19 Spooktacular Halloween Treats (That Aren’t Candy)
There’s nothing like Halloween to bring out the thrill-seeker in all of us. You’ve gotta *HEART* a holiday that gets everyone’s adrenaline pumping with scary costumes, frightening makeup and haunting desserts. But if the most horrifying thing about Halloween to you is the thought of filling little treat bags (and little tummies) with a monster load of sugary candy, we’ve got your back. Here are 19 healthier Halloween treats that will delight all the kids, young and old.
3. Silly Apple Bites: Expect a fit of the giggles when you break out these monster apple bites. It’s the googly eyes and crooked sunflower-seed “teeth” that get kids laughing every time. (via Fork and Beans)
5. Bat Energy Bites: Edible eyeballs and broken tortilla chip *wings* make these chocolate energy bites so festive. Bonus: The salt in the tortilla chips pairs so well with the chocolate bites. Salt and sweet for the win! (via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)
6. Tangerine Pumpkins & Banana Ghosts: This one’s for the little ones with food allergies in the house. If carob chips aren’t allowed, you can sub raisins or blueberries for the eyes. (via Flo & Grace)
8. Colorful Vegetable Skeleton: Have you seen the creepy meat skeleton making the rounds on Pinterest? This one’s built along the same concept, but not so gruesome. Kid’s will love dunking the veggie *bones* in dip. (via The Kitchn)
9. Raw Witches Fingers: These yummy treats are gluten-, egg- and dairy-free, with zero refined sugar. But the taste is absolutely irresistible, thanks to three kinds of nuts, dates and cacao powder. (via Fork and Beans)
12. Apple Sunbutter Teeth Bites: There’s nothing like an apple-slice mouth, stuffed with crooked sunflower-seed teeth and a slick strawberry “tongue” to celebrate the most ghoulish holiday of the year. They’re just creepy enough, without being scary — so perfect for little ones. (via Fork and Beans)
13. Bat Halloween Treats: Here’s another “school-safe” prepackaged treat that’s full of spooky spirit. Kids will love them because they’re chocolate pudding. Parents will love them because all the ingredients are right up front on the label. (via The Melrose Family)
14. Deathly Hallows Cheese Board: These little cheese-and-cracker spiders with pretzel *legs* will delight kids, young and old. Savory treats make a welcome change on this sweetest of sugar holidays. (via Half Baked Harvest)
15. Paleo and Vegan Witch Finger Cookies: It wouldn’t be Halloween without some witch finger cookies. This fave finger food just got a healthy makeover, so go right ahead and indulge. (via Food Faith Fitness)
18. Devilish Avocado Sriracha Deviled Eggs: These mayo-free avocado deviled eggs are dressed up for Halloween with devilish bell pepper *horns.* They make fantastic snacks or appetizers to take to a party. (via Cookin Canuck)
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com