Halloween Classroom Party Food for Hungry Kids
Posted by Wendy Moyle on June 5, 2009
The following snacks are easy to make, and many are simple enough for children to make. Some can do double duty, and work well as table decorations or crafts…and then can be gobbled by your goblins.
MONSTER PAWS – Using plastic gloves, purchased at beauty supply stores or the deli counter, stick one piece of candy corn at the tip of each finger. Fill the glove with pre-popped popcorn, and tie with curling ribbon, yarn or with a pipe cleaner. Add a little tag with a message, and the hand can be used as a party invitation, table decoration, or favor.
BUGS ON A LOG – This extra-easy to make treat is a fun activity for little children, and then can be instantly consumed. Ingredients: Pretzel Rods, Peanut Butter, and Chocolate Chips. Dip pretzel rod into peanut butter, (about half of the pretzel should be covered), and then roll in chocolate chips. If you are allowing the children to participate, it is easiest to give each of them a plate with their own portion of ingredients on it. They’ll enjoy the making as much as the tasty eating!
Creepy Crawlie PopCREEPY CRAWLIE POP – For each pop, you’ll need 2 black pipe cleaners, 2 wiggly eyes, 1 Tootsie Pop™, and a 4″X4″ piece of black foil or black tissue. Wrap the black foil around the sucker, leaving the existing wrapper in place. Cut the black pipe cleaners in half, then center them at the base of the pop and wrap them around the stick, so that there are four legs on each side. Bend the pipe cleaners to resemble legs, then glue wiggly eyes in place. This is an easy craft idea, or a great little favor.
GHOST SUCKERS – To make these easy treats you’ll need 1-12 oz. Package of white chocolate chips, 12 Popsicle sticks, and 24 mini chocolate chips. Melt the chips in the microwave for 1 minute, stirring at 20-second intervals. Spoon melted mixture into a ziplock bag. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, and place the Popsicle sticks on the paper at least 2″ apart. When the mixture feels warm instead of hot, snip a small hole off one corner, and squeeze approximately 2 tablespoons onto each stick, smoothing the mixture with a knife. Add two chocolate chips for eyes, and refrigerated until hardened.
CRISPY POP – To make 16 pops, you’ll need 1-12 oz. bag of Nestle’s TollHouse Chocolate Chips™, 16 ready made Crispy Treats (or make your own if you have the time—cut into 2 ½” X 4″ pieces), 16 pretzel rods, and some Halloween colored sprinkles. Cutting little holes with a knife, stick the pretzel rods into the narrow end of the Crispy Treats. Melt the entire bag of chocolate chips for one minute in the microwave, and stir. Dip the end of the “pop” into the melted chocolate, then sprinkle with festive sprinkles. Set pops on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper, and refrigerate until the chocolate sets. If you will be using these as take home favors, or sending them to school, cover the crispy treat portion with plastic wrap and tie with satin or curling ribbon.
FROZEN MONSTER HANDS – Fill plastic or latex gloves with red, purple or green punch, and either knot or fasten the end tightly with a twist-tie. Gloves can be purchased at most beauty supply stores, or deli counters. In a pinch, if you are visiting the doctor’s office between now and Halloween, most are willing to spare a few. Place wax paper on a cookie sheet, and place “hands” on the cookie sheet. Freeze. When the hands are frozen solid, carefully use scissors to cut gloves away. Float the monster hands in a cauldron of punch. Your punch should be a different color for maximum fright effect!
TASTY PLACE CARDS – Bake sugar cookies in the shape of rectangles, and let cool. With colored gel or frosting, write the names of party guests on the cookies, and decorate as desired. A miniature Snickers™ bar attached with frosting will make the cookie stand. This is a great table decoration, and a nice personal touch for a small group or classroom of children.
DEAD TREES – With scissors, cut one end of a black or chocolate flavored licorice stick to make the trunk and branches. Push the other end through a hole in the bottom of a peanut butter cup. Use chocolate frosting to cement the tree in place.
BROWNIE SPIDER WEB – Using a 10″ tart pan with a removable bottom, or a 12″ pizza pan, bake one package of brownie mix according to the directions on the box. After the brownie cools completely, frost with one container of ready-to-spread vanilla frosting. Draw a spiraling circle on the frosted brownie with black gel frosting. Starting in the center of the brownie, “pull” a toothpick out to the edge of the pan to create the web effect. Garnish the web with one of our clip-on crawlie spiders. When you are serving this snack, have enough spiders on hand, so that you can add one to each plate. This same concept works equally well with individual cupcakes.
HAUNTED TREE Bake and decorate Halloween shaped sugar cookies, such as pumpkins, ghosts or bats. The ready-made Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough™ can be rolled and used to make cutouts if your time is limited. Put each individual cookie into a little plastic baggie (not zip variety), and tie with orange or black curling ribbon. Find a good-sized tree branch, tie the cookies with curling ribbon to the branches, and you’ll have a boo-tiful centerpiece! For a truly special effect, add twinkle lights to the branches before adding the cookies.
For many parents, one of the most frightening thoughts about Halloween is all the sugar and junk food their children will be consuming. Try the following healthier snacks, or mix a couple in with the creepy goodies listed above:
RITZY BITZY SPIDERS – Ritz™ crackers, peanut butter, pretzel sticks and raisins…all you’ll need to create these creepy little critters. Spread one cracker with peanut butter. Break four pretzels in half for each spider, and add pretzel “legs” to the first cracker. Spread peanut butter on a second cracker, and place the peanut butter side down on the pretzel legs. Attach raisins with peanut butter, and…eeeek, your spider is ready to be consumed!
WITCH’S BROOMSTICK – For this easy and healthy snack, you will need pretzel sticks, and a block of “orange” cheese. Most children enjoy mild cheddar. Slice cheese so that you are working with a piece that is ½” thick. Using a sharp knife, cut cheese into the shape of the base of a broom. Scrape with a serrated edge to give the appearance of bristles, then add the pretzel stick to the top as the handle. The cheese is so easy to cut with cookie cutters—try cutting out little pumpkin shapes and bats too!
SEVERED FINGERS – Using peanut butter as “glue”, attach a slivered almond to the tip of an uncooked baby carrot.
SANDWITCH CUTOUTS – Make sandwiches using favorite ingredients, and cutout full-sized Halloween cookie cutter shapes. For ghost shapes, use white bread, and add raisin eyes. For bats, witch hats or monsters, try pumpernickel. Green olives, little pieces of carrots, or chocolate chips make gruesomely good eyes.