Children love celebrating Halloween more than most adults do, but trick-or-treating can work up a monstrous appetite. If you are throwing a festive party for your family or simply want tasty treats to serve before helping your kids don their spooky costumes, whip up these delightful Halloween-themed dishes.
Frozen “boo”-nana pops
A spooky treat that won’t make fingers sticky when eating is a Halloween miracle. These dipped, frozen banana pops from Skinny Taste are a delightful pre-party snack.
Cut a banana in half lengthwise and across the middle, making four pieces you can insert popsicle sticks into and freeze on a wax paper-lined cookie sheet. Once they’re firm, melt white chocolate in a coffee mug in the microwave and dip the bananas in the mug, coating them with chocolate. Add two chocolate chips on the ends for eyes and return them to the freezer until they’re ready to rise from the dead.
Every Halloween celebration needs an appetizer and this take on deviled eggs from Mom Foodie is easy to make, store and serve. After hard-cooking and halving a batch of eggs as you normally would to prepare deviled eggs, scoop the yolks into a bowl and mix them with avocado, lemon juice, horseradish, salt and pepper. Blend with a spoon until smooth and scoop the mixture back into the egg whites.
To give them the eye effect, mix mayonnaise with red food coloring drops. Place the mixture in a plastic bag and squeeze it through the corner with the tip cut off, allowing you to pipe red lines like veins leading from the center of the egg yolk. Top each with a black olive slice as a pupil.
It’s time for the main course and finger foods are a must. Go with this version of pigs in a blanket by Pam-I-Am on Food.com.
Open a pack of cocktail wieners and slice wedges off the end where the toenail will go. Then, cut flour tortillas intro strips and microwave them briefly to make them soft enough to wrap around the opposite end of each wiener. Bake on a cookie sheet for 7 to 8 minutes, then spread a dab of mustard on each as a toenail and squirt some ketchup across the serving plate as blood.
Mini doughnut spiders
Here is a simple desert from It’s Always Autumn that the kids can help make, which only takes a couple ingredients.
Prepare beforehand by cutting a bowl of pretzel twists into round, horseshoe-shaped curves. Open a pack of chocolate-covered miniature doughnuts and gently stick eight pretzel segments into each doughnut like legs (four on each side). Squirt drops of chocolate frosting on top to adhere two M&Ms for eyes.
It’s not a Halloween party unless the drinks are spooky, too. Many children associate monsters with slime, so this green, ghoulish punch from Kraft will be a colorful treat for them. It doesn’t take long to prepare and is refreshingly fruity.
Pour boiling water over powdered lime-flavor gelatin in a glass bowl and stir until dissolved. Then, stir in some cold orange juice and let it cool to room temperature. When you’re ready to serve it, add seltzer water, ice, orange sherbet and sliced oranges and limes.
You don’t have to make grotesque or messy foods to celebrate Halloween with your kids; these child-friendly snacks bring just the right amount of spook to your plate.
This article is presented by Colonial Buick GMC in Watertown, Massachusetts.