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Ahhh, Halloween.

One of the many great things about fall.  As a child I remember being barely able to contain my excitement before I put on my costume and did my makeup… I was so excited for that one day that you’re allowed to be anyone or anything imaginable, for just one day!  Oh, and the candy… What child could NOT be excited for a holiday when you can ring all the doorbells in your neighborhood and get free candy?!

As an adult, the candy part is less tempting (okay fine, excluding Reese’s or some dark chocolate…), but the dressing up still gives me something to look forward to.  Last year I walked around town with my friend and her three little girls, collecting candy and watching her adorable girls, who were dressed up as princesses, as they collected as much candy as they could before their little legs couldn’t walk anymore.

This year, I plan on keeping things simple and maybe having a Halloween movie marathon with a few close friends.  This semester has hit its peak in the homework department.  Anything that involves lounging around and doing just about nothing, sound fantastic to me!

Here’s a photo I snapped of the fall leaves right outside the library :)  Happy Halloween, Griffins!



Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays!! I love decorating and dressing up in crazy costumes! Not to mention the spectacular fall treats! (I’m the pumpkin fiend all of you are getting sick of 😀 ) However, Halloween sets off the holiday season. And with the increased consumption of candy and cute, little ghost cookies, probably not on a good note… Here are some ways to have a hauntingly good time without the scary aftermath.

1. Get scared!

No, really! The University of Washington released a study that shows watching a 90-minute horror flick can burn an average of 113 calories! Here is a list of the exact numbers for the most popular Halloween flicks. So grab some friends and embrace that horror movie marathon! Remember: that doesn’t mean you can eat a whole bag of Halloween candy or it defeats the purpose. Bonus points: Go to a haunted house! Not only do you get scared, but you are also walking (or running). The RiverFront Times ranked the top 5 best haunted attractions in St. Louis.

2. Make You Own Halloween Treats

Honestly, no one really know what’s in all those Halloween candies and cookies from the store. Take out the guess work and make your own!! Put that Pinterest obsession to good use and search for DIY treats and snacks (believe me, there are hundreds!) Invite your friends over for some a movies (see #1) and baking Halloween Bash! Remind them that costumes ARE required!

3. Take the Little Ones Trick Or Treating

As much as I wish and hope, adults are still not allowed to trick or treat… However, that does not mean you can’t live vicariously through the little ghouls and gals that society will acceptingly pass out candy to. So grab your best Halloween costume (again, Pinterest is great if you need a last minute DIY costume), and stroll the neighborhood with your little nieces, nephews, or siblings. Just make sure you walk with them, don’t drive! You never know, you may get a few pieces of candy as well! :)

What is your favorite way to celebrate a healthy Halloween?

Also, be sure to check out my blog, The Wholey Trinity, for more health and nutrition tips!



Alumni Posts

One Month

by Alumni Posts on November 15, 2013

in College Life,In Saint Louis

We basically have a month until exams are over, thereby indicating the end of the fall 2013 semester and the beginning of Christmas break. What’s weird is that Halloween, my favorite holiday of the year, was just over two weeks ago!

Earlier today, my mom and I went shopping at Gravois Bluffs, a nice complex complete with department stores like Kohl’s, restaurants like Qdoba (my favorite!), and unique stores like Garden Ridge. It’s out in Fenton, Missouri, which is just about twenty minutes from where I live. Anyway, as we were walking through Kohl’s, I realized that I was hearing some of the first Christmas songs I’ve heard this season. It seems too soon for Christmas music! I recalled a lunchtime conversation at work this past week when my friend and fellow intern, Stefanie, told us that she put a gingerbread house kit in her cart while shopping only to put it back when she realized that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

I guess the early hustle and bustle of the holiday season is inevitable. The “Christmas Season” no longer begins with Thanksgiving and ends with the New Year as it used to; each year, the stores begin “celebrating” (aka “marketing”) earlier and earlier. I don’t exactly know how I feel about this – though I’ll admit to looking at the first shipment of Christmas decorations and whatnot displayed at stores in early September, I also enjoy taking the holidays one at a time. (And to that point, I’m sad that Halloween decorations at stores are becoming more and more overshadowed by early Christmas arrivals.) All I can say for sure is that I hope everyone realizes that family and friends are the most important parts of Christmas and that presents and excessive credit card bills are, well, simply excessive.


Alumni Posts


by Alumni Posts on November 4, 2013

in College Life

Witches, the incredibles, iron man, John Lennon, spiderman were some of the celebrities that came to our Halloween pot luck party.

Group Picture.

At first I didn’t know what to be for Halloween but then I decided to be little lady bug. For the halloween pot luck I bought some pretzels and baked some halloween sugar cookies. Here is the recipe.

Halloween Sugar Cookies


Makes 48 cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cream cheese frosting
  • Halloween sprinkles


  1. Heat oven to 375°F. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, 1 cup butter, the shortening and eggs until well blended. Stir in flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll 1/4 of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll.) Cut with 3-inch pumpkin-shaped or round cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. Decorate with frosting and sprinkles.

Halloween Cookies


Halloween at Fontbonne

by Alumni Posts October 29, 2013

Happy almost Halloween!   It’s the last week of October already; can you believe it?  If you haven’t had a chance to do any festive activities, Fontbonne has a few going on this week that you might want to attend: Fall Festival–Okay, so this one was last week.  But if you missed it, you definitely want […]

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Halloween Is Almost Here!

by Alumni Posts October 28, 2013

Griffins! Halloween is this week and I am so excited! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Though, I am sadly too old to go get candy from door-to-door but I can still have fun. I am sure a lot of college students will be dressed in costumes at some random house for a party, but not […]

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After the Boys of Summer Have Gone

by Alumni Posts October 15, 2013

Let’s be honest here: I’m a summer girl. I like warm (borderline hot) weather, laying out in the sun, and wearing flip flops and tanks. But I can get on board with fall. After all, it does bring about my favorite holiday: Halloween! Fontbonne always does a good job of celebrating the holiday with a […]

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My first Halloween night in the United States.

by Alumni Posts November 6, 2012

In Taiwan, Halloween is not a traditional event in our culture. Therefore, this year was my first to see the real “trick or treat” at my American friend’s house. My friend bought candy and decorated her house to prepare for Halloween, and I felt so honored she invited me to her house to see the […]

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My Other Person

by Lizzie October 31, 2012

“What do you mean your other person?” That may be the question that comes to mind when you see my blog title. Well, if I haven’t mentioned it, I have a twin sister name Mary. Mary and I have been together ever since we were conceived within our mom’s womb. Through thick and thin, we […]

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Second Star to the Right…

by Alumni Posts October 30, 2012

Although officially Halloween hasn’t happened yet, Fontbonne has already been celebrating! Last week was the Fall Festival, which was filled with mask decorating, pumpkin carving, and other spirited activities… like the Environmental Club costume contest! I’m super pleased with how it turned out, because everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and came up with some great […]

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