Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!

Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!Healthy doesn't mean you have to just hand out carrots! But to save costs on unnecessary sugar highs and dental bills, let's stay away from the caramel and taffy this year and opt for more healthy options! 
Being healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of the treats, here are some easy tips we wanted to pass on to you, for a more healthy halloween!
  • Balance. Portion candy with other healthy alternatives such as: fruits, vegetables, crackers, pretzels, low-fat milk, granola bars.
  • Eat Dinner. Remember to feed your child a well-balanced dinner prior to trick-or-treating. This will prevent candy from substituting dinner as well as prevent overeating of treats.
Sensible Treats for Trick-or-Treaters
    Easy Tips for a More Healthy Halloween!
  • Granola Bars
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Kudos Fruit & Nut Bar
  • 100% Juice Boxes
  • Sugarless Gum Packs
  • Frito-Lay Munchies Kid Mix
  • Packs of cheese & crackers
  • Chex Mix
  • Chocolate-covered dried fruit
  • Honey Maid Cinnamon Sticks
  • Welch’s Fruit Snacks
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Animal Crackers
  • Nutrition bars such as NutriPals or Luna
Don’t forget.... If you do decide to hand out candy on Halloween night, be sure to make more sensible choices:
  • Opt for low-fat. Choose candy such as Peppermint Patties, Three Musketeers, and Twizzlers. These all have less fat and calories than their counterparts and still taste great.
  • Size matters. Always offer fun-size or snack-size versions of candy to decrease the calories, fat and sugar content. Kids get a sugar fix without over-doing it.
  • More isn’t always better. When handing out candy, don’t give out multiple pieces or handfuls. Give out one fun-size candy bar or treat and then hand out a healthier option, such as a mini box of raisins or a pack of sugarless gum or candy. (nationwidechildrens.org)

Even at Ontario Bakery, we understand that people want healthy sweets, so call and ask how we can customize your baked goods just for you! Happy Healthy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Halloween is at the end of the week and people are having so much fun carving pumpkins and we just thought it would be fun to celebrate everyone's creativity! From whimsical to works of art, these designs are worth admiring and possibly even doing yourself!  Remember, Ontario Bakery wants to be the go-to bakery for all your Halloween needs!  From custom cakes to cake pops and cookies - let us bring the sweet to your trick-or-treat! 

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?
Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?
Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

Top Ten Creative Halloween Pumpkin Designs! Which One Is Your Favorite?

From all of us at Ontario Bakery, happy Halloween carving!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat? Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers~

Trick or Treat? Halloween Safety Tips for Parents and Caregivers~Halloween is fun celebration for the whole family, but in the mix of all the trick or treat fun,  let's make sure every child is safe in the process with these important tips to remember: 

Costume safety: Help kids choose costumes that can be seen at night. If your child must have a dark costume like a witch or Darth Vader, we recommend adding reflective tape or strips to the costume and to the trick-or-treat bag. Some stores carry glowing aerosol spray paint for fabric that can be washed out. Kids and accompanying adults should also carry flashlights or glow sticks to increase visibility.
Face paint is preferable to a mask that might restrict a child's vision. If children do wear masks -- paging Darth Vader again -- make sure they do not interfere with breathing or hearing and that eye holes are wide enough to not interfere with eyesight.

Trick-or-treating safety: It's definitely the safest for kids to go out in groups and be escorted by adults to each door. For more safety, consider trick-or-treating with the littlest kids at an organized afternoon event rather than on neighborhood streets after dark. 
Remind kids about the Safety Store's tips for pedestrian safety: 
  • Cross streets at corners or on crosswalks, never from between parked vehicles
  • Before crossing, look left, then right, then left again
  • Make eye contact with drivers and make sure a driver sees you before crossing.
If you're staying home to hand out candy,  clearing leaves and other obstacles from your sidewalk, steps and porch; turning on outdoor lights; and using glow sticks instead of candles inside jack-o'-lanterns.

It's also very important to teach children their home phone number and street address in case they are separated from adults, as well as teaching them to resist and shout "No!" or "This is not my mother/father" if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept something other than a treat or leave with them. 

At Ontario Bakery, we want you to have the best and safest Halloween possible. Please review these tips with the whole family. And remember, for halloween, birthdays, weddings and more, Ontario Bakery is your one stop shop for custom baked goods and treats! Place your order today!


Monday, October 20, 2014

Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!

Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!Coming up with Halloween games for your spooky party can be a little challenging, so we thought we'd take the guess work out of it for you!  Add our delicious halloween cake pops or other customized treat to the party and you'll be sure to have a happy crowd!

Dead Man's Belly

You will need:
  • some green or red jelly
  • plastic spiders and other creepy crawlies
  • halloween sweets such as jelly snakes
  • blindfold
Fun Kid Games Your Halloween Party at Home or at School!Make up a big bowl of jelly in advance- make it slightly runny by using a little too much water so it's more like green or red 'goo' rather than firmly set jelly. Drop in your creepy crawlies and other bits and bobs. Then gather the kids round and blindfold them in turn so they can dip their hands into the goo and guess what the dead man ate for his last meal! 

Spooky Scavenger Hunt

You will need:
  • suitably scary decor
  • items to hide
Dress the room the treasure hunt will be taking place in with Halloween-style decorations. You could make cardboard stand-up gravestones, paper spider-webs and attach cut-out bats to the ceiling. Then simply hide various goodies around the room for the kids to find.
Dress the Mummy
You will need:
  • a big supply of toilet paper or kitchen towel!
Split the party guests into groups no smaller than two and give them a substantial supply of toilet paper. The object of the game is to try and turn one of the group into a mummy by wrapping them entirely in the loo roll! Prizes go to the quickest or the best attempt.  

Sleeping Monsters 

A 'dead' (excuse the pun!) easy take on the party game standard and a great one to calm the kids down if they're getting a little over excited! Everyone - the 'monsters' - lies down on the floor.
When somebody moves they're out until only one player remains. 

Brain Digging

You will need:
  • a big bowl of cooked spaghetti
  • some ping-pong balls or similar
  • some small bags of sweets
Get the kids to dig in amongst some bits of 'brain' to find a trick or treat! Cook up a big pan of spaghetti, leave to cool for a moment and then turn into a big bowl. In amongst the pasta hide some ping-pong balls or similar. Three balls have 'treat' written on them, and three have 'trick' written on them. Each child gets a turn to dig inside the 'brains' and pull out a ball. If they choose a trick ball they have to do a forfeit (something silly, like run around the garden twice, or do a silly face), but if they pick a treat they get a small prize, such as a small bag of sweets. {Thanks to NetMums for these great games!}
We hope this year's halloween is full of silly tricks and delicious treats.  Of course, the 'treat' part is our specialty at Ontario Bakery. Be sure to call us and let us know how we can personalize your party needs!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween PartyIt's halloween time and you want to bring some fun treats to your kid's school halloween party! Of course you do.  But sending candy corn and a bowl of candy seems so basic and overdone.  This year, why not branch out and be a little more creative with these simple, fun and very delicious halloween themed treat ideas? The kids will love them and so will you!

First, we'd like to say that Ontario Bakery is always up for some haunted fun, so let us know if you'd like to simply order a spooky dozen or two of your favorite cupcakes or cookies or even some ghost cake pops, we'll have them fresh and ready for you right in time. 



    Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
  • If you'd rather do it yourself, go to your local bakery or grocery store and buy either pre-made iced/sugar cookies or donuts covered in powdered sugar.  The idea is to go for white. You could even go for marshmallows, but that depends on how much sugar you're up for. Next simply get some chocolate chips and insert them into your treats for ghost eyes! Messy but delicious and fun! (You may want to leave some cleaning wipes for the teacher, as a kind gesture)
    Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
  • Next, idea is Jack-O-Lantern cups.  Step one, will be to purchase clear plastic disposable picnic cups.  Grab a black permanent marker and draw some spooky 'carved' faces on the outside.  Next step can go in two directions. For a sugary note, make some jello and distribute evenly in each cup after the faces are drawn. Chill and bring to the class. Or, for a healthier note, simply show up and pour orange juice in each cup. Chilled apple cider will even do. 




  • Lastly, for a very healthy note, simply get a party platter of carrots, cherry tomatoes, orange slices, blueberries etc... and simply arrange them into the face of a happy and very healthy jack-o-lantern.  Who won't find a healthy pumpkin fun? 

Delicious and Fun Treat Ideas for Your Child's School Halloween Party
We hope this halloween is a fun adventure for you and the whole family. Remember to be safe and know that Ontario Bakery is just a phone call away for the people of Southern California. We hope to bake for you soon!



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!

Every fall, the same question seems to come up amongst kids all over, "What are you going to be for Halloween?" Unfortunately, not all costumes are created equally and it can be a challenge coming up with a costume that doesn't require blood, gore or frightening imagery. 

Why don't we go for a more magical note this year?  
Here are the top five family friendly movie inspired halloween costumes of 2014:

Go Frozen 
Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!



Whether your child wants to dress up as Elsa, Anna, Hans, or goofy snowman Olaf, this cast of characters from the blockbuster hit Frozen are bound to be gracing the trick-or-treat scene this Halloween.

The Lego Movie

The basics of this costume are simple enough — an orange construction vest, construction boots, and a yellow hard hat. Your child can create a yellow block head out of cardboard, or an "Emmet" name tag will also do the trick

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Turtle power! This popular late 1980s/early 1990s television show is back, this time in movie form, and Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are more popular than ever. You can definitely expect to see a lot of pizza-loving turtles this Halloween.




Captain America
Trick or Treat! Top 5 Family Friendly Movie Inspired Halloween Costumes of 2014!Fans of Marvel comics loved the latest installment of Captain America that came out this summer. It's not surprising this is a top costume choice for many kids — who doesn't love dressing up as a super hero?

Maleficent 

Kids loved this movie about the villainous fairy who cursed Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). For a homemade version, a black turtleneck, black cape, and black horns are the essential ingredients for this sure-to-be popular costume.

Whatever your choice, this year's Halloween celebration is sure to be a blast! Ontario Bakery is just a phone call away for all your sweetly baked goodies too! We can't wait to join the fun with you! Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fun Halloween Party Game Ideas You'll Love to Play!

Halloween is just around the corner and you want to be ready, don't you?  Besides great treats and costumes, you're going to want to have some fun games to turn to! We have a few fun Halloween party game ideas we think you'll love and enjoy! Here you go!Apple bobbing
    Fun Halloween Party Game Ideas You'll Love to Play!
  • large bowl or bucket
  • large towel or plastic sheet
  • apples
  • towels for drying off
Swinging apples
  • apples
  • string
Guess the ghost
  • a blindfold


You will need:
Fill your bowl or bucket to 3/4 of its capacity with cold water and place your towel or sheet under the bucket. Put about 4-6 apples in the water and let each child have a turn at getting as many apples as possible - hands must remain firmly behind backs!
The easiest way to get the apples involves getting very wet (you need to push the apple all the way to the bottom of the bucket) so have a towel to hand to mop up wet faces!

You will need:
Here's an alternate version to apple bobbing! Tie string around each apple stem and hang the apples from a doorway. The children can then take turns biting into the swinging fruit while keeping their hands behind their backs! For a sweeter alternative, hang ring doughnuts from the string instead of apples!

You will need:
Sit the kids in a big circle. Put some music on and take it in turns for one child to be blindfolded and walk around the circle, touching the other children's heads. When the music stops, the child that the person who is 'it' has their hands on must let out a ghostly wail.
The person who is 'it' must try and guess who it is. If they guess correctly they swap around. If they do not guess correctly they go around the circle again.
Let Ontario Bakery have the honor of making some great sweets for your spooky night! We can't wait!