Mumbler Maddy has sent in her top ideas for some super spooky Halloween snack ideas to help out fellow parents who might be looking for inspiration:
We’ve just thrown a small party in honour of a special birthday, and because of the timing thought we’d go Halloweeny with the food. I spent a great deal of time trying to find things that would look good but be very easy to do – and thought I’d share the results for anyone else in the throes of planning a Halloween party, or wanting to spooky up a dinner this week!
Now then, just to get this one out the way – these were by far the biggest Pinterest fail of the day. Here’s what I wanted to make:
I thought they looked pretty straightforward and they probably are to most people, but the harder I tried the worse they became. Then my little one started trying to help while simultaneously knocking over everything I’d put out on the table and I knew it was game over.
I abandoned ship and we made these not-so-pretty but just-as-sugary little freestyle monsters instead. They got eaten at the party anyway cos kids don’t care, and it was nice to do something with my son after a morning of frantic party prepping.
I’d bought the edible eyeballs from Sainsburys and the colour is just blocks of fondant icing. I’m planning to repeat this activity on a rainy day soon! Perhaps we’ll get better with practice…
Pumpkin veg and dip
Very simple but looked quite effective. Just get a small pumpkin, scoop out the flesh and insert dip of choice with veggies or crisps on the side. (This pumpkin was a bit too small and needed topping up during the party, so I’d go for a slightly bigger one again.)
Spewing melon head
My partner did this and somewhat frustratingly it was the best looking thing on the table. He claimed it was very easy to do, just cut out the mouth hole, scoop out the fruit and pin on some buttons for eyes. He mixed the watermelon chunks up with tinned pineapple chunks and grapes.
It looked really good and the kids loved it – definitely helped make the fruit a more appealing option than it might have been against all the sugar available.
(A tray might be better to put it on so you could have a longer trail of the fruit coming out of its mouth.)
This was probably the biggest hit of the party, and very repeatable for any occasion/any time you want a treat. I found this picture online and thought pimped up popcorn would be a really good party snack:
However I couldn’t find most of the things in her recipe including the little Halloweeny treats. I went to Hobbycraft on 26th October and they said they’d stopped doing Halloween already to make space for Christmas?!
So I improvised and bought: sweet and salty microwave popcorn, honeycomb pieces, chocolate chips, white chocolate buttons, little candy stars from the baking section and chocolate m&ms. I melted the chocolate chips and mixed all the above and the leftover edible eyeballs together in a bowl with some squirts of maple syrup to make it all stick together.
The picture doesn’t do it justice, but it was DELICIOUS! Very naughty, ridiculously sweet, but delicious.
Just wrap some bandages around an old jam jar, stick on some googly eyes, put a tealight or LED candle inside and you’re done!
And that was our spooky spread! If you make any of these ideas, I hope you enjoy them, and that you have fun this Halloween.
Thanks, Maddy!! If you are interested in flexing your writing muscles and submitting a blog post that might help time-poor parents, get in touch HERE.