I love having fun with the various holidays, and as a mom and daycare provider I try to do even more. For the past four years that I’ve been doing my in-home daycare, I have consistently tried to do a fun meal or snack for Valentine’s Day, St. Patty’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and of course, Halloween! There are so many fun ideas for meals and snacks for Halloween, and some of them are so easy to do! It’s also important to me that I keep at least most of our food healthy as much as fun, and these recipes helped me achieve both. Today I’m going to share the Halloween treats I’ve used over the past four years that I found in magazines and online. These recipes are all simple enough that the kids could get involved with making them!
Spooky Eye Tacos:
For this fun and healthy meal idea, just make taco meat as you normally would and warm up some taco shells. You can top with whatever you want, but the main thing is to create two “eyes” with dollops of sour cream and a slice of black olive on each. Mine just had the taco meat, cheese, salsa, and the sour cream & olive eyes. You can see in the one photo that even if the shell breaks, you can still make it work!
Fruit Eye and Mummy Dogs:
Fruit “Eye”: This is simply a dried apple, topped with a dried apricot, and then a raisin. Easy peasy!
Mummy Dogs: I didn’t follow specific directions for these. Just take refrigerated crescent rolls, cut into long thin strips, and “strategically” wrap around a hot dog, leaving the “face” open. Bake the “pigs-in-a-blanket”, or “mummies”, in this case, until the crescent is golden brown. (Follow package directions for temp & approximate time.) Remove from oven and use mustard to create the face. Serve with ketchup or other desired condiment. These are a hit!
You could do this as a party display for veggie dip, or could do smaller cups for individual servings. After peeling 5 carrots, shave off the tips of each to create a flat “nailbed”. Spread some of the dip where you flattened the end and use that for adhesive for an almond sliver (the fingernail). Sounds gross, I know, but that’s Halloween! (I tell my daycare kids that the baby carrots are children’s fingers! Mwa-a-a-ah!)
These cute individual pizzas could be in whatever shape you want. Make individual sized pizza crusts with refrigerated (or homemade) pizza crust dough. Top with pizza sauce. Then, using a cookie cutter as a guide (in this case a ghost), sprinkle mozzarella cheese to create the desired shape. Remove the cookie cutter and continue for the remaining pizzas. Bake according to package directions or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
Graveyard Dirt Pudding Cups:
You can do this yummy dessert as individual cups or in a baking pan as an entire “graveyard”. Simply mix up instant chocolate pudding according to package directions, pour into containers, and let set. Top with chocolate wafer cookie crumbs in the shape of a freshly dug grave (sort of an oval or soft rectangle shape). Using black frosting with a closed decorator tip, write “RIP” at the top of an oval vanilla wafer cookie, then stand the cookie up in the pudding. You could even add gummy worms for extra effect!
Have a Spooktacular Halloween!
Image Source:// All Author’s Own