Halloween’s just around the corner, which means parents everywhere need to start prepping now if they want to make meal time more exciting and downright “boo-licious” with festive, holiday themed snacks for their toddlers. From spooky web wheels, to creepy crawly slithering and sweet snake treats, we have you covered when it comes to creating hauntingly great food that your child is certain to enjoy!
The best part about making these super easy treats is that they won’t require any magic tricks, or begging and pleading on your part, for your kids to make them disappear!
What little ghoul doesn’t enjoy drinking a little blood on Halloween? It’s also a beverage that’s easy to make – simply chill tomato juice and serve in your favorite Halloween themed glass!
Little Devils Grog
Place a maraschino cherry within each well of an ice cube tray and then fill each well with cranberry apple blend fruit juice. Freeze.
Mix 2 parts of pineapple and orange juice blend with 1 part of ginger ale, or a carbonated lemon-lime drink, and chill until ready to serve.
To serve, dip each glass into blood that you create by mixing some corn syrup with some cherry flavored powered drink mix. Allow this fake blood to drip down the sides of the glass and fill each glass ½ full with the juice and soda blend.
Add a couple of the ice cube encased cherries to the glass and serve cold.
Thinly slice a fresh carrot. Top with a small piece of diced celery or a small slice from the stem part of a green onion. Assemble the pumpkins by skewering the two pieces with toothpicks. Place spreaders so that one- third of the pumpkin bottom is anchored in your child’s favorite vegetable dip.
Hummus and cream cheese based dips are good choices because they are thicker than a traditional dip made from dressing or yogurt and will allow the spreaders to “stand up” in the dip.
Welcome to My Coffin Dip Holder
Transform a traditional French or Italian loaf of bread into a creepy coffin shaped dip holder. Simply slice the loaf in half, and using a knife, hollow out the bottom slice, leaving a 1″ inch margin around the edges. Then fill with your favorite dip. Guacamole is a good choice since its naturally green color goes along with the holiday theme.
Garnish with a creepy plastic prop, such as a skeleton or spiders at one end, or have a few gummy worms wiggling out of the slime. Next, place the coffin lid on top of the coffin at an angle so that the dip and prop are visible. Paint “RIP” on the top of the lid with a little ketchup for added effect.
Serve with slices of bread, pita shells, or tortilla shells that you have cut out into shapes resembling tombstones. Toast for extra crunchiness before serving. Alternatively, serve with your child’s favorite chips or sliced raw vegetables.
I Want My Mummy Pizza Toast
Apply your favorite ready-made pizza sauce spread onto slices of toast. Apply thin strips of cheese on top of the toast at angles, making certain to leave plenty of space so that the slices of cheese resemble a mummy’s bandage wrapping. Two slices of black or green olives make cute eyes.
Frightfully Delicious Hot – Mommy Dogs
Slice hot dog weenies in half, or use smaller cocktail weenies. Wrap each hot dog in strips of thinly sliced Phyllo dough. Brush dogs with melted butter and bake in 375 degree oven until crispy, around 8 to 10 minutes.
For easier serving, use bamboo skewers to impale mommy dogs on a stick. These go great when served with fresh blood-ketchup or barbecue sauce.
Cut out large circles of bread, spread with peanut butter and jelly, or your child’s favorite sandwich spread. Insert 3 to 4 pretzels on either side of the sandwich for the spider legs and garnish with a couple of raisins on top at one end for the eyes.
Spooky Spider Web Wheels
This treat is another creepy take on pizza, using refrigerated biscuit dough. Using the larger sized biscuits, roll out each one into a small circle. Top with your child’s favorite pizza or spaghetti sauce. Slice thin strips of mozzarella or other cheese and layer on top of sauce in the shape of a spider web.
Slice a black olive in half, and place in the corner of the cheese web. Thinly slice the other half of the black olive into 6- 8 smaller strips and then apply on either side of the spider’s body to make its legs. Bake in 355 degree oven for around 6 to 8 minutes until pizza wheel is brown on the bottom.
If you’re super busy during Halloween, and, really what parent isn’t, you can use sliced bagels in place of the biscuit dough to cut down on the time this treat needs to bake in the oven.
Don’t Get Scared Now – Some Assembly Required Sandwiches
Let your kids get in on the fun by setting up a sandwich station where they create their own spooky treat. Using holiday themed cookie cutters, make up a tray that features an arrangement of deli meats, cheeses and bread slices that all have been cut out in fun shapes, such as pumpkins, bats, ghosts, witches, tombstones and monsters. Allow your child to assemble their own scary sandwich!
Melt some chocolate and use it to paint scary, monster faces on the inside of several clear or transparent small plastic cups, set aside. Prepare box mix of vanilla pudding, and tint with a safe green food coloring. Pour pudding into cups once the chocolate has dried and store in refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.
Slithering and Sweet Snake Treats
When you get to the shaping part, this treat can be a bit sticky and messy to make, so you may want to wear gloves.
Melt ¼ cup of butter in a large Dutch oven, or other tall pot, over medium high heat. Add 4 cups of mini-marshmallows and 5 cups of your favorite crispy puffed rice cereal. If you wish, you can add a few drops of your child’s favorite food coloring to the butter and marshmallow mixture. Green and orange are popular choices since these snakes are for Halloween.
Using your hands, gently roll cereal into snake-shaped strips, about 2 inches thick in diameter. Use two raisins, or two semi-sweet chocolate morsels for the eyes, and a thin strip of strawberry licorice for the tongue.
Place snake treats in a buttered pan and allow to cool and firm up before serving.
Ghostly Banana Popsicles
Peel and slice banana in half, and place on a new, clean Popsicle stick or bamboo skewer. Dip in melted white chocolate and use two semi-sweet chocolate morsels for the eyes. Freeze and serve cold.
Eyeballs and Witches Scream for Ice Cream
Drizzle strawberry topping or jelly onto a plate for blood. Top with one scoop of vanilla ice cream. Place a blue, green or brown candy in the center for the iris of the eye. Dip the end of the toothpick into the strawberry topping and use to draw the blood vessels onto the sides of the vanilla ice cream eyeball.
Alternatively, you can make a witches head by topping a scoop of vanilla ice cream with some shredded wheat cereal, or pretzel sticks for hair, and a dark colored ice cream cone for the hat. Semi-sweet chocolate morsels make good eyes, and use a small slice of orange gum drop for the nose. A thin slice of either red or black licorice makes a great witch’s mouth!
What do you think of our list of Halloween treats? Did we list any of your child’s favorites or do you know of a great Halloween themed dish that we left out? Why not share your favorite Halloween snack ideas for toddlers in our comments section?