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Please post your children's Halloween costumes and party ideas.

Does you child prefer sweet or spooky?

For party treats, consider these pumpkin mini doughnuts. They disappeared faster than a vampire at morning's light.

Mini Pumpkin Doughnuts

Dough
 1 7/8 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 1 teaspoon cinnamon
 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
 1/2 teaspoon allspice
 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
 1/3 cup vegetable oil
 1/2 cup brown sugar
 1 egg
 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
 1/2 cup whole milk
 1/2 cup butter, melted
 2/3 cup sugar
1-2 tablespoons cinnamon

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Have a mini doughnut pan out.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.
 Whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the mixture and stir until just combined. Do not over mix or your doughnuts will be tough.
Fill a zip-top baggie or plastic bag with batter. Cut off corner to about the width of the doughnut rings on the the mini doughnut pan. Twist bag and fill each doughnut cup with the batter. Bake for 9 minutes, until doughnuts spring back when gently pressed. Remove doughnuts from pan and allow to cool briefly.
In the meantime, melt butter in small pan or bowl (about 30 seconds to 45 seconds). Pour sugar on a plate and mix together with the 1 to 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.
While doughnuts are still hot, use a fork to quickly dip each doughnut top in melted butter, then in the cinnamon sugar. Serve immediately.
Makes about 3 dozen.

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Animal Art Show and Sale: Preview, Friday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. (registration required); show, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Erie Zoo, 423 W. 38th St.; matted and framed art comes with a photo of the animal artist in action; animal art bookmarks, pottery, mugs, canvas, ornaments and more available. Cost: Friday preview, $20 (includes beverages, snacks, souvenir, animal painting demos); artwork is $4 to $60, with 10 percent discount for members. Info: www.eriezoo.org, 864-4091.

THANKSGIVING ON THE PENINSULA: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m.-noon; join Presque Isle State Park naturalists for a 2-mile hike focused on wild turkeys and cranberry plants; meet at Presque Isle Lighthouse parking area. Cost: Free. Info: 833-7424.

TERRIFIC TURKEYS: Saturday, Nov. 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon; Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road; for children age 4 and older with an adult; learn about turkeys and take home a turkey craft. Cost: $7; $5 members; preregistration required. Info: 835-5356, www.asburywoods.org.

Wreath Decorating: Sunday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.; Tom Ridge Environmental Center, 301 Peninsula Drive; includes design tips, bow and craft materials to decorate a 24-inch Fraser fir wreath; preregistration required; children age 7 and older welcome when accompanied by a prepaid adult. Cost: $40. Info: 833-6050.

 

 

 

 HARVEST CENTERPIECES: Monday, Nov. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road; materials and instruction provided to create a holiday centerpiece to take home. Cost: $30; $24 members. Info: 835-5356,www.asburywoods.org.

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