With Halloween looking quite different this year and trick or treating firmly off the agenda we are looking at ways to make halloween fun over the half term holidays. We will be focusing on some creepy Halloween food ideas to go with a few spooky movies and some family party games in the house.
These savoury and sweet recipes are all great for littles to help make and create. Alternatively a tween or teen could be pretty independent at making these recipes, this post is inspired by my 11 year old daughter’s love for making fun baking and treats.
These easy cheat pizzas look great and taste delicious. They are little cheese and tomato pockets of loveliness. Simply roll out ready made puff pastry and using the straight edge of a medium cookie cutter and cut out 9 circles and place on a lined baking sheet. Top the pastry with 1/2- 1 teaspoon of tomato and basil pizza sauce and cover with a sprinkling of grated mozzarella cheese. With the remaining pastry cut out thin strips and layer them over the pizza circles like a mummy’s bandages. Then cut up black olives for eyes and bake in a preheated fan oven at 180 for 15 minutes.
Every party needs a few finger sandwiches or in this case spider sandwiches. Cut out circles and fill them with your filling of choice. Then use twiglets or pretzel sticks for spider legs and cucumber and grapes for eyes.
Another Mummie recipe but one that was so simple it had to be added to the list. You can make this one with a roll of pastry or if you’re in America crescent rolls. For the UK version of rolls switch to the Jus Roll croissant dough.
Cut thin strips of pastry out and wrap around your hotdog. We find the chilled herta ones work well or you could use Quorn hotdogs. Bake for around 15 minutes until golden at 180 deg. Once out the oven we placed cheese circles with an edible pen for the pupil in the pastry but again you could use olives or simply serve them without eyes!
What could be better than an oozy cheesy tortilla… one that has a pumpkin face of course!
Cut out a pumpkin face from one tortilla and then place grated cheese on to the uncut tortilla and then place your pumpkin face tortilla on top of the cheese. Cook on the stove top in a frying pan sprayed with oil. I fry gently on both sides until golden, using a fish slice to flip them over.
This pumpkin soup recipe can be adapted to have a spooky addition of a drizzled spider web with some cream.
I always have a few tortilla wraps going spare in our bread bin. Cut out some spooky shapes such as a bat with a Halloween cutter. Then sprinkle some paprika on and cook in the oven for around 8 minutes or until crisp at 160 for a fan oven. These are fab for placing on top of your pumpkin soup!
My daughter absolutely loved making these with her little brother. in fact they were giggling away and getting on so well that it made the slight mess in the kitchen worthwhile.
Place 3 cups of mini marshmallows into a saucepan with 2 tbsp of unsalted butter and melt carefully (to avoid the sugar burning) whilst stirring. Once the marshmallows have dissolved place 4 cups of Rice Krispies into the pan and add in a few drops of orange food colouring. We used a mixture of yellow and red to get the desired pumpkin colour.
Now roll into balls and place in a muffin tin to decorate and chill. Top tip is to put some oil on your hands, so the marshmallow Krispy mixture doesn’t stick to your hands. We used coconut oil, but any oil would do. Once you have your pumpkin shape you can decorate with green smarties and chocolate chips.
These eyeball brownies were named by a good friend of ours who said they are just like the eye in the spell book on the Halloween film Hocus Pocus.
Simply make up a batch of my delicious foolproof brownies from this recipe. Instead of Easter eggs you can pipe a rosette of coloured icing and then place an edible eye on each square.
A brilliant simple but creepy Halloween food idea that isn’t as healthy as it sounds but too good to resist!
Peel and cut a banana in half. Pop a lolly stick in and place in the freezer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile melt white chocolate in the microwave preferable on a microwavable plate as it’s easier to roll the banana on a plate then dip in a bowl. Take the cold banana out the freezer and roll in the chocolate and quickly decorate with chocolate chips for eyes. Once cooled they make a great little halloween snack for all.
This is a treat that we will adapting in half term week to be Halloween themed. Just get pretzel sticks and push into a marshmallow. Dipped into melted chocolate and then into Halloween sprinkles. This photo is of one we made for a camping themed party, so you can easily adapt this with a halloween twist.
This is one for the grown ups as well as the children. If you follow me then you will know we are big fans of slow cooker fudge. It’s so simple to make and we love visiting Devon and eating fudge, so we love to make fudge at home and reminisce about our holidays down south.
Make up a batch of pumpkin spiced fudge and you can add halloween sprinkles, eyes, pumpkins or serve it up plain.
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