There's nothing cuter than little kids masquerading as ghosts and goblins, butterflies and monsters at Hallowe'en. Despite their cuteness, many parents worry about the amount of candy their little gremlins have access to this time of year.
Hosting a party with a few friends and neighbours is a great way to fill children's superhero bellies with healthy and spooktacular food while taking some of the emphasis off collecting candy. By hosting the party right before or after trick-or-treating, you minimize the amount of time they’re out collecting it for later. There are tons of creative ideas available to try. Here are 5 tasty and ghoulish snack ideas that will make them (and you) squeal:
- Eyeball Soup: If you like having your food stare back at you, try this. Make roasted cauliflower and red pepper soup. Make eyeballs with bocconcini (soft mozzarella) cheese balls and pimento stuffed olives by pressing half an olive into the cheese. Float the eyeballs in the soup when serving. This could also be served in cups.
- Puking Pumpkin: This gross looking snack is perfect for ghouls of all ages. Carve a pumpkin with a big gaping hole for a mouth. Make guacamole. Position the pumpkin on a serving dish with the guacamole coming out of its mouth and piling up on the platter. Serve with whole grain crackers, homemade pita chips, or cut-up veggies.
- Haunted Sliders: These may not be scary, but they will stick to your ribs. Make mini beef and lentil burgers and serve them open-faced. Use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter to cut a thick piece of white cheddar cheese. Top each slider with a ghost.
- Finger Food: These little digits give new meaning to finger lickin' good. Make human shaped fingers out of mozzarella cheese strings. Cut a cheese string so it is half its original length. On the round end, cut out a shallow notch for the finger nail. Cut small notches in the cheese for knuckles. Cut pieces of coloured bell pepper or black pitted olives (cut in 4 pieces) for fingernails and attach them with a dab of cream cheese.
- Goblin Grins: Quick little veggie snacks that will make you smile. Cut a slit in the centre of an edible pea pod (just through one side). Cut out a tongue shape from a red bell pepper. Slide the tongue through the opening of the pea pod with the inside of the pepper facing up. Slide in a few slivered almonds for teeth.