How to Save Money on Halloween Candy

Okay, not trying to freak you out, but did you know that Halloween is literally only weeks away?!  That’s right y’all, WEEKS. That means that it’s time to start getting your act together and getting ready so that you aren’t doing a bunch of last minute shopping and spending way too much money. But how are you going to do that?!  Well, I’ve decided to make it easier for you and write down all of the ways that we have saved on Halloween throughout the year, so that you can take advantage of savings too!

Here are some tips on how to save big on Halloween candy:

  • Coupon.  Couponing is not dead, folks. Quite the contrary.  You can still print out coupons from your computer at home or clip them out of the Sunday paper.  More often than not though, consumers are virtually clipping coupons and adding them to their membership account at their grocery store.  All of these things can help you save big.
  • Stock up.  Yeah, I know, that’s a given since you are giving it aways to droves of children, but seriously, stock up.  Many stores offer Buy 2, Get 1 Free deals or a discount off of your total when you buy more, etc. Be sure to see if you can add these deals to any available coupons too!
  • Shop at drug stores.  Seriously, drug stores such as Rite Aid and Walgreens have the best candy coupon deals that I have ever seen.  I highly recommend shopping these stores for your halloween candy.
  • Avoid seasonal candy.  The candy you give out to kids doesn’t have to have halloween pictures on it.  Why not shop down the regular candy aisle and get the basic candy for less money?
  • Don’t give out candy. Hahaha, just kidding! I don’t want you to be the neighborhood grinch!  No need to not give out candy, just be ready for Halloween and save on the candy you do give out!

What are your favorite ways to save on Halloween candy?  I love to hear all of your ideas!

Top Pumpkin Patches in Oregon

Fall is rapidly approaching my friends and you know what that means?!  ALL THINGS PUMPKIN! Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Lattes, Pumpkin scented candles and PUMPKIN PATCHES, so many pumpkin patches.  I may be biased since I live here, but I honestly think that Oregon has some of the best pumpkin patches in the entire country!

My family and I love pumpkin patches and have visited a lot of them, so I think we are kind of pros in making this list.  If you are ready to have some fall-filled fun? Here are some of the top pumpkin patches in Oregon, according to my kids and family.

  1. Roloff Farms – It’s a pumpkin patch meets Hollywood, y’all!  If you have ever watched Little People Big World on TLC, you are familiar with this family, but you might actually get a chance to see them in person if you visit Roloff Farms.  Plus, their awesome pumpkin patch features wagon tours, pony rides, Kiddy Train, Giant Sling Shots, Petting Zoo, Exotic Animals, Putt Putt Golf, Maze, Hay Pyramid, Pumpkin Catapult and more!
  2. Bauman Farms – Bauman farms is a family favorite of ours!  With a huge pumpkin picking field, several mazes (corn, straw and hay bale), tractor rides, face painting petting zoos and more this is a really fun pumpkin patch for the entire family.
  3. Heiser Farms – At Heiser Farms, you can shop for pumpkins in the field, at their farm stand or in their shop, they also offer several mazes (corn, hay bale and straw), tractor-pulled hay rides, haunted house and more!
  4. Smith Rock Ranch – If you are in Central Oregon, you just have to go to Smith Rock Ranch for your pumpkin patch experience.  Full disclosure, I have never been to this pumpkin patch, but I have a lot of friends in Central Oregon and every single one of them recommended I check it out.  They have a very elaborate Maize (see what they did there?) and each year their maize has a different theme, 2018’s theme is Cars!  It also features a pumpkin patch of course, and pumpkin cannons, harvest festivals, playground for the kids and more.
  5. Green Bridge Gardens – Green bridge gardens is an adorably quaint little pumpkin patch.  Here you will find hay slides, a corn maze and a hay maze, a tractor-pulled hayride, play tunnel for the kiddos, petting zoo, duck races and more!
  6. Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch – Airlie Hills Pumpkin Patch was the first pumpkin patch I ever took my kids to so we revisit this one almost every year.  They have a little pedal-car tractor race track, hay slides, a grain box, petting zoo, corn maze, hay maze, pumpkin patch, strawberry patch and more!
  7. Vince Woods Farm – One of my favorite things about Vince Woods Farm is how affordable it all is.  Just $0.50 to enter the maze, $1 to enter the pumpkin forest and caboose and only $0.20 per pound for pumpkins!  In this day in age where everything costs an arm and a leg, sometimes a nice, simple, inexpensive activity can make all the difference.
  8. E.Z. Orchards – When you think of pumpkin patches, E.Z. Orchards is exactly the kind of place that you think of.  The entire place is cute.  Here you will find a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, horse-drawn hay rides, pony rides, live music, ring toss, steer roping, corn maze, hay slides and just about the best shortcake that money can buy.
  9. Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch – The Sauvie Island Pumpkin Patch is a classic in the Portland area.  Here you will find super fun typical pumpkin patch activities such as a huge corn maize, Hay Rides, an animal barn, giant pyramid and more.
  10. Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm – If you tend to like guided fun than the Plumper Pumpkin Patch & Tree Farm is the one for you!  You will get to take a tour of the entire farm, learning about the pumpkins and all of the farm animals.  Then you get to check out the pumpkin patch and the farm itself on your own.  While there you will find play structures for the kids, tube slides, mazes for adults and kids alike, hayrides, and you can even check out the Christmas tree farm while there!

Easy 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins

I  am so ready to start baking again!  Now that Fall has arrived and it is acceptable to turn on my oven again, I am ready to start baking!  Plus, the holidays are coming soon, so I like doing test runs on my recipes.

I have made a couple of tweaks to once of my favorite easy Fall baking recipes!

DELICIOUS 2 INGREDIENT PUMPKIN MUFFINS!

Here’s what you need:

  • A box of white cake mix
  • One can of pumpkin

Mix the two ingredients together, mixture will be creamy, but thick.  Spoon into muffin or cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.  Because of the thickness of the mixture, you may have to smooth out the tops of the muffins before baking, but this is based on preference.

The muffins came out super moist and tasting very similar to pumpkin pie!  Yummy!

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BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)

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Are you looking for a great treat for your Halloween party?  How about serving up some bones and blood?  Sounds gross right?  Oh, but it is not!  It’s so yummy!

Check out this step by step on how to create this Freaky Halloween Treat:

BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)
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This sweet treat is the perfect addition to your Halloween party!
BONES & BLOOD (A Freaky Halloween Treat)
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This sweet treat is the perfect addition to your Halloween party!
Instructions
  1. Melt White Chocolate Chips in the microwave, checking and stirring every 15 seconds. (I used a half of a bag of chips for my recipe) Stick one mini marshmallow onto each end of the pretzel stick and dip the complete "bone" into the melted chocolate. Allow to cool. Use your Strawberry and/or blackberry sauce as your "blood" dipping sauce. I used my own homemade sauce made of strawberry and blackberry.
Recipe Notes

*Turn your microwave to its lowest setting before melting the chocolate.

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Tuesday Top 10: Halloween is Coming! What’s Your Favorite Candy?!

Halloween is just a few days away and I’ve got to tell you, I am looking forward to the candy. Truth be told I have lost a little bit of weight over the last year (40lbs!!!!) and I try to avoid too much junk food, but I still have my favorites.  So those times when I do splurge, I generally choose from those faves. Here are my top 10:

  1. Milky Way
  2. Skittles (red ones only please)
  3. Butterfinger
  4. Hershey’s
  5. Snickers
  6. Sweethearts
  7. Sour Patch Kids (again..red ones only 😉
  8. Heath
  9. 3 Musketeers
  10. Lindt Chocolate Truffles

Lucky (or maybe unlucky, depending on how you look at it) for me, it is Halloween season which means we are seeing a lot of candy coupons!