As if there isn’t enough to think about for Halloween (costumes, pumpkins, hayrides…), I’m adding a few more things to your list: Easy Halloween food ideas your kiddos will absolutely love as they celebrate the countdown to candy town. The key here Mama, is the word “easy”. Like, you’ll just barely need to do any thinking to make these creative, playful dishes your little will absolutely love, love, love before they head off Trick-or-Treating.
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Here’s whatcha need
I love to make holidays special for my girl (especially the eating part!) But, I don’t want you to get overwhelmed with these Halloween food ideas because they absolutely do not require much prep or a crazy amount of time in the kitchen to prepare. You know I don’t like complicated in the kitchen, so I’m certainly not going to make you deal with that craziness either.
All you need are a few very simple things to help bring these Halloween food ideas to life!
- Colorful pasta
- Broccolli (steam in the bag works great!)
- Hot Dogs
- Crescent Rolls
- Sliced Cheddar Cheese
- Candy eyeballs
- Mini Chocolate Chips
You can also spice things up with…
- Colorful plates (you can use all year round)
- Themed cupcake liners/toppers/picks with little bats and witches and ghosts and thangs (this one comes with the candy eyeballs!)
- Halloween sprinkles (these ones are sugar-free!)
Pasta bats, apple-less trees and a ghost pumpkin
I made this dinner for my kiddo the other night and she loved it! This pasta is veggie-based and looks just like little bats (especially the black ones – died with squid ink!). I told her that a wicked witch cast a rainbow spell on the bats and the only way to turn all the bats in the land black again was to eat her dinner 🙂 The broccoli (steamed in the microwave because…easy is my middle name!) were actually baby apple-less trees (made tiny by another other witches spell) and well…the orange ghost was actually a pumpkin in costume (dressed up as a ghost, obvs). When it comes to creating Halloween food ideas, this one took me like 15 minutes. The witches’ spell stuff was off the cuff, so feel free to just plop the food in front of your kiddo and call your job done!
To make this dish:
- Boil some colorful pasta (top it with whatever they like! We added butter and cheese, but if your kiddo is older they might go for blood – pasta sauce? ew.).
- Microwave some frozen broccoli and dress it up however your kids like it. If you can believe it, my kiddo actually loves her broccoli plain.
- Peel an orange and make the ghost face using mini chocolate chips! If you don’t have any chocolate chips, you can keep the peal on and draw a jack-o-lanturn with a marker. Done and done.
Mummy dogs and witches eyeballs
I just re-read that title and witches eyeballs sounds so gross to me. But, kids love gross, so that’s what they get! I made these mummy dogs a few years ago for my daughter and she thought they were so cute, she was afraid to eat them! I’d call that a mission accomplished. These mummy dogs are really easy because you don’t have to go crazy cooking the hot dogs first. You just wrap them in some crescents and bake! The eyeballs are green grapes with raisins.
To make this dish:
- Preheat oven to 375
- Cut your crescent roll dough into strips (think “mummy bandages”)
- Cut a piece of sliced cheese so that it’s the width of your hotdog
- Place the cheese under the hotdog and wrap it with your crescent bandages so that it looks like a mummy
- Bake for 15 minutes (here’s the full recipe I based mine off of)
- When they are done, let cool just slightly and add your eyes. You can use candy eyeballs as I did or a simple condiment (like mustard or ketchup).
- Cut your grapes in half and smoosh one raisin into each half (“smoosh” – very technical cooking term)
- For the veggie, choose your own adventure! I had baby carrots so I cut those up into tiny bites.
A few other Halloween food ideas
Keeping this post short and sweet, but thought I’d throw in a few other Halloween food ideas that don’t require much work but still help bring the spirit of Halloween to your kiddos.
- Crescent Roll Ghosts (seen above, just baked the crescent rolls into ghost shapes and added a few chocolate chips immediately after they came out of the oven)
- Yogurt with Halloween sprinkles (just a few to add a pop of color!)
- Pancakes dyed orange (if you’re awesome, you can make cool shapes and stuff)
- Stick a plastic spider in their lunch
- Banana ghosts (just peel the skin off and add chocolate chips eyes and mouth)
- Draw a jack-o-lantern face on the peel of an orange or on the plastic liner of a fruit container
- Stuffed peppers are great too because they look like pumpkins!
- Ghost kabobs (fruit and marshmallows – draw the ghost faces on the marshmallows with edible markers)
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