Whether you are a healthcare professional or have fallen sick yourself, spending Halloween in the hospital (or facility) isn’t ideal, but can definitely be made fun!
Do Something to Acknowledge the Holiday. Wear your costume, buy candy, put up decorations, make and bring in spooky treats. It will create a healthy culture/morale and a fun atmosphere, and will help you get through the day! Keep It Appropriate. Be respectful of other around you and try not to wear inappropriate costumes. Be sure to communicate to others beforehand that costumes still must remain professional and to make sure they can still do their work safely. Make It Voluntary. Keep in mind that not everybody celebrates this holiday, let alone holidays at all. Don’t insist on participation in the festivities for this day. Communication Is Key. Make sure your colleagues/peers and patients have a clear idea as to what is going on and what to expect on this day (i.e. special contests, etc.). Don’t forget to make it known that it’s still a day full of regular responsibilities! It is easy to get too excited and sidetracked!
Some Terrifying Treats To Prepare:
Candy Corn Push-Up Pops
- Craving a big bag of candy corn? Get your Halloween sweet fix a different way with these charming creamy cake push-up pops.hPreheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8x8x2-inch baking pans and line with parchment paper; set aside.
- According to the recipe, prepare, divide, and tint the cake batter. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
- Once the cake has cooled completely, transfer to a cutting board.
- Prepare the orange filling and cream cheese filling according to the recipe instructions, then spoon both into separate pastry bags fitted with a large round tip.
- Use the open end of a push-up container to cut the cake into circles. Pipe cream cheese filling into the bottom of each container, then insert one yellow cake circle, followed by orange filling, one white cake circle, and cream cheese filling.
Haunted Hooting Owl Pretzels
- Whoo-oo dare eat this menacing owl? Everyone! Though they look especially spooky, these chocolate-dipped pretzels are a hoot to make.Dip large pretzels in melted confectioner’s coating. Place the pretzels on waxed paper.
- As the coating sets, sprinkle with coarse black decorating sugar. Press a black jelly bean onto the twist of each pretzel for the nose, and small pieces of licorice candy onto the base of the pretzels for the talons.
- Separate a sandwich cookie and press the halves onto the pretzel for eyes.
- Ice white candy pieces and press onto each cookie eye, then add chocolate chips to them for pupils.
- Use black licorice twists as eyebrows.
Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs
- You won’t be able to take your eyes off of these eerie Halloween peanut butter bites. Not only are they eye-catching, but they’re also irresistible at any festive event.In a mixing bowl stir together 1/2 cup peanut butter and 3 tablespoons softened butter. Gradually add 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, stirring until combined. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper. Let stand until dry (about 20 minutes).
- Chop 8 ounces of vanilla-flavor white candy coating. Place in a heavy saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Dip balls, one at a time, into coating. Let excess coating drip off peanut butter balls. Place on waxed paper; let stand until coating is firm.
- Use a clean small paintbrush and red food coloring to paint veins on the coated peanut butter balls.
- Pipe small dots of black icing for pupils.
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