Every year, I tell myself I’ll be way ahead of the game with Halloween costumes. And every year, I’m scrambling at the last minute to put something together that’s acceptable for the kids. Not awesome, not pin-worthy, just good enough for them to feel not embarrassed of their mother when they go out trick-or-treating.
Halloween is the day after tomorrow, and I still have nothing in the costume department. Nothing.
Halloween-y food, though? That I can do!
I’m not into gory and scary, so these tame food ideas are perfect for wee ones or any kid (or, ahem, mom) with a weak stomach. Here are the deets:
I let this cookie cutter from The Land of Nod do all the hard work, but you can easily free-hand a ghost shape with kitchen scissors. Cut your shapes first, then sprinkle cheese and make the quesadilla on the stove; much easier than trying to cut after cooking. The eyes and mouth were made from purple cabbage using a small hole cutter, but you could easily use olives, blueberries, or even capers for the foodiest of foodie kids.
2. Monster Green Smoothie
This was a happy accident; my once green-smoothie-loving toddler suddenly said that they look scary, so I ran with it. A banana slice, blueberry, and apple mouth and teeth later, she couldn’t wait to get her hands on it (as you can see). Make sure the smoothie is super thick so that your toppings don’t sink! Here’s our all-time favorite recipe:
- 2 cups liquid of choice (we use fresh-squeezed orange juice, but have used coconut water and almond milk and both are great)
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1-2 frozen bananas
- boosts of choice (we use hemp hearts and chia seeds)
3. Pirate Oatmeal
Dried apricots are humble little things. They don’t look like much, but they’re awesome in oatmeal, granola, sauces, and most importantly, pirate faces. Just slice one in half (or use two) to get the full mustache effect. A blueberry eye and plum-peel patch (or any fruit peel) cut with kitchen scissors make this a fun, five-minute breakfast.
4. Cat in the (witch) hat bento
It’s been a while since I’ve used the cutezcute cutter (review and tutorial here), but the kitty face is perfect for a non-scary Halloween. This is a simple nutella sandwich with a purple cabbage and carrot hat cut with kitchen scissors (see a theme here? Go out and buy a pair if you don’t have one!), mixed berries, and snap peas. I served this at home, and the hat is probably too big and floppy to stay put on the go–but that’s easily remedied with a toothpick.
So there you have it. As you can tell, I’m a big fan of keeping it simple and letting the food shine through vs. constructing something elaborate.
After all, the clock is ticking and I’ve got three costumes to figure out!