It’s no secret I love Halloween. In terms of holidays, it’s right there at the top with Christmas. What else brings a family together better than brainstorming and making costumes, going to pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins, and making silly Halloween foods? The only frustrating thing is that these things can take a lot of time if you aren’t careful. I’ve compiled three stupid-simple tips for making Halloween foods below so you can spend more time enjoying them than preparing them, and still have an amazing Halloween experience!
1. Cut fruits and vegetables with Halloween cookie cutters instead of knives
I wanted to add some Halloween element to our salad for dinner, and while I was at Walmart I came across this pumpkin/bat cookie cutter combo. The bat was the perfect size to fit in a thin apple slice, so I got it and used it that evening. My 4-year-old was able to help cut the slices out which made him more excited to eat the salad, so win-win!
Go ahead and get some bats, cats and skulls and cut them into anything: apples, tomatoes, carrots, bread and cheese. Not only is it a super simple way to bring Halloween into your food, but it has the added bonus of getting your kids to want to eat healthy!
2. Turn your jams and sauces into “blood”
Spaghetti sauce, ketchup, jams, or barbecue sauce, whatever it is, they are all red and can resemble blood. Here I put a layer of jam into some whole-wheat pancakes and poked holes on the top to make the jam ooze out like a vampire bit into them. Unfortunately I couldn’t convince my son that a vampire ate our breakfast (“There’s no such thing as vampires, Mommy!”), but maybe yours will be convinced? 😉 Just put it on whatever you are already planning on making, call it “blood”, and enjoy your extra Halloween meal!
3. Bring “body parts” to the table with simple ingredients you already use
This was the simplest thing I could have done to our spaghetti and meatballs to make it Halloween-y, and it took hardly any time to do at all:
Fresh mini mozzarella balls + olives = instant eyeballs
Some other fun and simple “body part” foods:
- Carrots or cheese sticks with almond slices for fingers
- Cut up watermelon for brains
- Hot dogs for ribs in the upper body of a skeleton
- Hand-shaped ice in a punch bowl
There’s only four more days until Halloween, so if you haven’t done it yet, hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to easily turn your food into a Halloween party. If you have any other stupid-simple Halloween recipe ideas, please show some love and share in the comments below!