Healthy Halloween Treats
As all moms know, the routines of the Fall season get a little bit muddled once October hits. At this point, we're scrambling to make (or buy) costumes for Halloween, juggling after-school activities, and planning for the weeks and months ahead when the kiddos will be off for various holidays.
Hectic as it may be, I find that my inner crafty diva kicks into high gear too. Not sure if that goes for all moms who like to create things or if it's just me, but I get the itch to visit the craft stores way more when those falling leaves drift by my window. (OK, in SoCal we don't really get a lot of those autumn leaves of red and gold ... but I can dream, right?)
The thing is ... I don't get a chance to make a lot of handmade snacks for my daughter and her friends. I completely understand that there's a cleanliness/sanitary factor involved many times, as well as a school's need to protect students from possible allergens and contaminants.
That said, the urge to create something silly, fun, and/or themed for my child to eat and enjoy is still there this time of year. (And some ideas out there you could still pack for school events because they are still sealed up, like this adorable pudding cup bat that I'm thinking of making this year.)
Before you go thinking I'm some Martha Stewart type mom that offers up platters of adorable holiday themed snacks for my kid whenever she has friends over, just know that any scenario involving prep-time and a cute display of food only happens for special events we're attending. (Yup. Most days, my kid will help herself to a few pre-packaged snack options and a drink when she's home from school ... or if she's lucky, I'll wash and dice up some fruit.)
However, when it comes to being a hostess or when asked to bring something to a party, I go all out.
Maybe it's the Leo in me (probably the ONLY time I'll admit to loving/seeking attention), but I not-so-secretly love when someone gushes over some crafty thing I've made ... and even more exciting when it's fun and edible!
Last year, we went to a friend's house for some Halloween fun with our kids before trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. So I brought three festive snacks that were a hit with everyone -- Franken-Grapes, Ghostly Cheese Sticks, and Candy Corn Fruit Salad. (Thank you Google images and folks who pin their creations on Pinterest! You're truly an endless source of ideas for me.)
Candy Corn Fruit Salad
And making these was super easy too! All it took to make these was:
Clear plastic cups
A glue gun
Individually wrapped cheese sticks
Green seedless grapes
Mandarin oranges, drained
Pineapple chunks, drained
Ghostly Cheese Sticks
I'd love to do a party of my own one day and have additional trays of food -- perhaps something heated up (like hot dogs or a cheese dip). And when that time comes, I've bookmarked a large list I stumbled upon recently. My favorites that I definitely want to try out include:
Deviled eggs in some fabulous "designs"
Whatever you do this year for Halloween (or any holiday, really), have fun with it! These are so simple that you can get your children involved in making them as well. And who doesn't love a quirky little monster looking at them while they gosh on some grapes?