One way that we can help our children, and our entire family, to really get into the spirit of a holiday is to spend some time with them in the kitchen, helping them to prepare their favorite meals and snacks. To celebrate Halloween, we give traditional favorite recipes a creepy, frightful twist that’s certain to thrill kids of all ages.
While most of these menu items are fast, simple and easy to prepare, a few do require some cooking time with a microwave or on a stovetop. For the sake of safety, be certain to closely supervise your children and guide them when they are cooking.
Parents and adults can save some time and increase safety by precooking some of the ingredients, especially meat and sauces and pasta noodles. Allow your children to pitch in and take part by stirring and mixing, as well as letting them help with the assembly and decoration of the food items rather than the actual cooking part of the food prep.
Boo Blue Witches’ Brew
Puree 1 cup blueberries and then strain. Mix the blueberry juice with 1 cup of sugar, stirring well, to make the blue base. Add 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, stir well. Next, add 7 cups of cold water, and stir well. Adjust the taste and tartness at this stage by adding a little more sugar, if you wish, and stir well again. Chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Make the drink extra creepy by adding ice cubes made by placing 1 to 2 gummy worms in the bottom of a muffin tin, and then filling each tin well with some of the brew until it is half way full. Freeze and serve in the glass with the brew.
Use your child’s favorite round cracker, and spread with your choice of peanut butter, spreadable processed cheese, or cream cheese. Add three short pretzel sticks on each side for the spider legs, and then top with a second cracker to secure the legs and quickly assemble these cute and delicious spider crackers. You can even dab a little more of the spread in circles on the top for extra creepy eyes!
Fruity Monster Mouths
Core and quarter several fresh red and green apples. Use a sharp paring knife to cut out the middle section on the skin side of each quarter to make the open mouth. Allow your child to then fill this hollow with peanut butter, or leave it open. Use bits and pieces of slivered almonds to make the teeth, and insert into the mouth to make monstrous smiles!
Ghostly Berry Bites
Rinse and drain several large, ripe, blemish free strawberries. Leave the green cap attached. Dip the strawberries into melted white chocolate, and use semi-sweet chocolate morsels for the eyes and mouth. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.
Spooky Joes and Terrifying Tacos
Putting a Halloween themed spin on your child’s traditional sandwiches for the holiday doesn’t have to be a complex and time consuming process. Turn regular Sloppy Joes into creepy, eyeball infested ones.
Follow your regular recipe for Sloppy Joes. Then garnish the top of the filled bun with eyes made from pimento stuffed green olives that are secured to the top of the sandwich with toothpicks.
For terrifying tacos, make and assemble tacos as you normally would and then top the tacos with eyeballs made from slices of string cheese that are stacked with a slice of black olive.
Pasta with Spiders and Eyeballs
Prepare your child’s favorite pasta noodle. Naturally green, vegetable based noodles made from spinach or zucchini add a nice touch to the dish. Top with your child’s favorite red spaghetti sauce and then allow your child to garnish the pasta with lots of edible spiders made from sliced olive halves for the body, and smaller slivers of sliced olives for the legs on each side.
Eyeballs can be made the same way as you would for terrifying tacos, or, alternatively, follow a traditional meat ball recipe, and top each meatball with a slice of string cheese that is then topped with a slice of black or green olive.
Creepy Candy Corn and Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cats
Stick two large marshmallows on top of one another, securing with a bit of melted chocolate. Attach two mini-marshmallows at the bottom for the feet. Use a thin strip of licorice for the tail. Next, dip the entire body of the cat in melted chocolate. Use candy corn tops for the ears and nose, and short, thin strips of licorice for the whiskers.
Make cupcakes following the recipe for cupcakes found on 1 box prepackaged chocolate cake mix. Once cupcakes have cooled, use strips of white vanilla icing on the top to simulate mummy bandages and then top with two round candies for the eyes.
Witches Hat Cookies
There’s no baking required for this easy treat! Use your favorite brand of prepackaged fudge striped shortbread, flipping cookies over until the fudge side faces up. Place a circle of orange or green icing in the center of the cookie, and then top with a chocolate Hershey’s kiss.
Make certain that your child makes the circle of icing big enough that a bit of it will peak through all the way around the candy topper. This final step will make your witches’ hats more stylish and festive!
What do you think of our list of Halloween recipes for kids? Why not share your favorite Halloween themed foods and tips with our readers in the comments section?