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Halloween Fun

10-27-2015

The Great Pumpkin Hunt

A fun, candy-less Halloween event? Yes, that's exactly what the Great Pumpkin Hunt was. Last Saturday was our second annual Great Pumpkin Hunt at Beall Park. Nearly 200 childeren took part in the event, painting pumpkins, and learning about the benefits of healthy eating. We had a blast!

Here's a glimpse at Saturday's festivities.

Have a Happy, and Healthy, Halloween

Witches and goblins and monsters may fill the town on Halloween, but that doesn’t mean your little ones can’t be secure. Here are some driving tips for you to help them have fun and stay safe:

  • When driving, slow down and be especially alert – children are excited and unpredictable on Halloween.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs, and enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully.
  • Eliminate distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on your surroundings.
  • Anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Be especially alert for kids during popular trick-or-treating hours, 5:30-9:30 pm.

Spooky Snacks and Devilish Drinks

If you’re hosting an adult costume party this Halloween, try these fiendish (and healthy) appetizers and beverages:

Bat Bites

Ingredients

1 (4 oz.) package low fat cream cheese, softened

8 ounces soft, mild goat cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup pesto

2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper

2 tablespoons poppy seeds

8 pitted olives, sliced

32 peppercorns

32 triangular (blue, yellow or white) corn chips

Preparation

Mash together cream cheese, goat cheese and pesto. Chill for 40 minutes. Shape mixture into 16 2-inch balls, about 1 heaping tsp. each. Roll in black pepper and poppy seeds to cover. Press two olive slices into balls for eyes and place peppercorns in centers for pupils. Insert chip on either side of ball for wings; serve.

Blood-Bath Punch with Skull

Ingredients

3 blood oranges (or any type of orange)

1 bottle cranberry juice cocktail

1 quart chilled orange juice

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Preparation

Cut 3 oranges into 1/2-inch wedges; freeze. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, mix 1 (64 oz.) bottle cranberry juice cocktail, 1 quart chilled orange juice, 1 cup chilled vodka, 1/2 cup triple sec and 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice. Serve with frozen orange wedges. Fill a Halloween mask with water (seal the openings with sturdy tape), freeze overnight, then remove the mask and float ice face up.

And Speaking of Blood…

Contrary to recent reports, the blood supply at Bozeman Health is not facing a shortage.

According to Laboratory Services Manager Mike Long, “We continue to maintain our supply at 50 units of red blood cells, which is about a three- to four-day supply.” From Bozeman Health’s perspective, Long added, United Blood Services (UBS), which supplies donated blood to Bozeman Health for use in transfusions, has not had a problem filling the hospital’s order.

To overcome the problem UBS is having in maintaining their blood supply, Bozeman Health encourages Gallatin Valley residents to donate blood early and often. A schedule of United Blood Services blood drives may be found on their website at www.bloodhero.com.

However, Long noted, “we want to reassure the community that our blood supply levels are stable.”

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