Spooky Smoothies: Get Major Cool Mom Points With Minimal Effort

Raise your hand if you think parenting is hard. 

Me, too. 

Raise your hand if sometimes the pressure of doing really elaborate things for the holidays gets overwhelming?

I see you, Sister.  Me, too. 

Now raise your hand if you’re looking for ways to create some magic during the Fall-idays (Get it? Fall Holidays? Genius.) without going broke or turning into a raging, stressed out monster. 

Me too AGAIN!  We should get coffee together sometime.


I recently did this fun, Halloween-themed activity with my kids and it required minimal effort but had a maximum Cool Factor.  Spooky Smoothies gave my kids joy while I was able to DO LESS and enjoy the moment with them.  I just had to share it with you! 

Here’s how it works:

  • Buy clear plastic cups
  • Use a black sharpie to decorate the cup like a ghost / pumpkin / Frankenstein / etc.
  • Make a smoothie that is the matching color to what you just drew–orange for a pumpkin, white for a ghost, green for Frankenstein, purple for a witch. Google a recipe if you need to, or just blend together whatever fruits/juices your kid likes in that color.
  • Fill your cup and watch your kids think you’re the best mom in the whole world.

Here is our orange pumpkin smoothie:

spooky smoothies

Trying to think of a way to do even less? I like your style! Just buy plain ol’ orange juice. BOOM. 

Here is our white ghost smoothie:

spooky smoothies

Again, looking for less work?  Pour a glass of milk.  Mind blown! 

If you want to really master this DO LESS thing, just give your kid the cup and sharpie and let them decorate it.  They’ll love it—I promise! 

You don’t need big, complicated activities or displays to impress your kids this Halloween.  Simply whip up some Spooky Smoothies to start a new and *most importantly* EASY tradition! 


Rebecca is a type-A wannabe with a pretty legit cookbook collection and likes a good Netflix binge. Her interests include sleep, napping, and snoozing her alarm. She is also a SAHM to two kiddoes (5, 2) and the proud wife of a resident at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She grew up in Milwaukee, WI but has also lived in Minnesota and Florida before coming to Iowa in 2014. Needless to say, she has a lot of teams represented in her t-shirt drawer! Rebecca worked in a preschool before deciding to stay home with her son so she loves to talk about education, children’s activities, and parenting littles. She stays active by teaching Wiggle Worms through the North Liberty Recreation Department and planning as many playdates as possible (Anyone free tomorrow at 10am??). On those rare nights when the stars align and the kids are asleep, the dishes are done, and the laundry is folded she likes to…yeah right, that never happens!


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