Halloween party food - I do not think there is one parent come this Halloween Night that wont have an over excited fidgety kid stand before them while dressing them in their Halloween Costume. There is nothing to beat the feeling a parent feels on the inside seeing their children happy.
To watch them gleefully jump up and down for joy on the spot, at world record speed is enough to put a smile on any ones face let alone mom and dads. Nonetheless, it is difficult to apply face paint while the kid is in mid air, so be a little stern and tell them if they want to be the best monster (scary ghoul, screeching witch, wailing banshee, squealing bat, Dracula or black cat) in town trick or treating then they will have to stand still. Good luck, although kids will want to be the scariest monster they tend to forget your warning after about a minute, and back on the imaginary trampoline they go.
Tip: If the Halloween costume needs altering, do not do it while the child is wearing his or her scary Halloween costume if using a needle and cotton.
Are you dressing your child as a ghoul or witch to go trick or treating, or for a Halloween party you have planned for Halloween night, or because the child has an invite to a friends house. Either of the options will include Halloween party food having to be arranged. If you lay on a spread of eats the kids love and find attractive then nothing will go to waste. Make sure the room where they sit down to feast is decorated accordingly, and the table prepared with ghoul foods to match the event. You will not not get away with the average layout of cakes biscuits and jelly.
Depending on how many kids are invited to your Halloween party you might have to consider booking a venue hall to accommodate the numbers. If money is tight, and with already having splashed out on Halloween costumes, and yet still to buy the Halloween party food, then you might not have much left in your purse to decorate the room. Do not panic because it wont take much to do this, in fact you may not have to dip into your pocket either.
A couple of inexpensive Halloween party decoration ideas
Black sheet if you have one. if not dye a white one
Tin foil for paper cut outs
Black paper to make black cat shapes, moon, toads and frogs, its your choice.
Use string for hanging bits and pieces from the ceiling.
Use blue tack its safer than using drawing pins should one drop on the floor.
Glue for sticking witch and wizard cut outs and cauldrons to the black sheet
To set the whole Halloween theme alight...place a couple of decorated pumpkins around the room. When preparing and arranging the party, consider the childrens safety. Make sure candles and electric sockets your using meet with safety requirements. For instance: The candles are not near curtains or within childrens reach, and electrical wiring taped down to avoid trips or falls.
Pumpkins can be picked up for pennies late in the evening when the shop keeper believes the mad rush for pumpkins is over.
If a lighted pumpkin is planned for the table centrepiece then make sure the lid remains on top and the pumpkin placed in the middle of the table out of reach. Do not have food around the pumpkin so the kids hands do not come in contact with the pumpkin. When you decorate the pumpkin make the mouth of your creation saddened so the kids cannot put their finger in and touch the flame.
To keep their Halloween costumes clean cut a black sheet into squares' and glue edges neatly for napkins. On each napkin glue their name in a spooky font, or Halloween symbol.
Best Halloween Party Food Recipes
2 egg whites
115oz (4oz) caster sugar
8 ice cream cones (double up if there are more kids)
50g melted chocolate
Silver or gold balls
White ice cream
Preheat oven to 110C/225F/gas mark 4. Whisk 2 egg whites until stiff and dry, add 115g (4oz) caster sugar1tbsp at a time, and mix again until the mixture is thick. Put 8 heaps of meringue on a baking sheet lined with non-stick paper and bake for 2 hours. Remove and cool. Dip the ends of the wafer cones in melted chocolate and chocolate vermicelli. Leave and let dry. Decorate the cones and meringues with Smarties (hat) silver/gold balls (eyes) and liquorice strips for straggly hair...attach with melted chocolate. Use scoops of ice cream to stick the hats to the faces.
Halloween party food is fun and exciting; however certain eats can be a risk. Its important you serve safe and healthy foods. Avoid risky meals that contain something a child could choke on, or hazardous causing an allergic reaction (nuts) Speak to the parents whose child is attending the party and ask what yummy food they can, or cannot eat.
Every Halloween party has toffee apples, and if they do not then they should. Most Halloween treats consist of sugary ingredients, so watch out for the greedy child wanting seconds. Print out an awareness pamphlet for each child, telling them about the "ghoul-den" rules on how all Halloween freaks clean their teeth. The kids will love to follow in the footsteps of their monster idols, and will do the same. Explain how the monsters know being gummy prevents them eating food that is yummy.
5 medium-sized dessert apples (depending on how many guests)
450g soft caramel sweets
2 tbsp water
Wash and dry the apples, and stick a wooden skewer through the stem end. Slowly heat the caramel sweets in a double boiler or over a bain Marie until melted and smooth. Dip the apples in the toffee and twist until completely coated in the caramel/treacle. Place on greaseproof paper upright and sit in the fridge till set
Ice-cream Creepy Crawlies
Chocolate ice cream
Black licorice sticks
Put a scoop of chocolate ice cream in the middle of a bowl. Poke 8 pieces of black licorice along the side of the scoop to make the legs. Add two currants for the eyes.
Hard boiled eggs (halved)
Scoop egg yolks out. Mash the yolks in a bowl and add some cream cheese. Fill the empty egg middles with the yolk/cheese mix and add an olive for the eye ball. Use cocktail sticks to draw lines on the whites so they appear blood shot.
Your Halloween party food needs to include the messy
Make a lime jelly and when its set mash it up. Decorate with gummy wriggly worms, or jelly slithery snakes.
The Mud Recipe below will go down a treat with all the kids
Melt a 200g bar of milk chocolate over a pot of boiling water Allow to cool, and then add some finely grated orange zest, 1 tbsp fresh orange juice, and 2 x 500g tubs of natural fat-free/low fat fromage frais. Blend and pour into a bowl. Chill in the fridge before serving. Make it more exciting by asking the children to wash their hands, and then allow them to eat it with their fingers for more fun
Serve a beef burger, tuna burger or veggie burger in a bun with lashings of vampire blood (tomato sauce.) Check with the childrens parents about what foods they are allowed to eat. Some children are picky at meal times, but this is different to the child that may have special needs.
1 cup water
1 cup granulated/ or caster sugar
Juice from 4-6 lemons
4 cups sparkling water
Make the syrup a couple of hours in advance. Its a good idea to prepare Halloween party foods while the children are in bed so your baked goodies remain a surprise, hence no need to be tapping the hand attached to those inquisitive fingers sneakily dipping in your mixes.
Mix 1 cup of water - and 1 cup sugar in small pot and bring to a boil, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves. Allow to cool. Squeeze the lemon juice in and stir into the syrup. Put into a large jug and add 4 cups of chilled sparkling water, mix and serve.
500ml pomegranate or cranberry juice
100 ml blackcurrant squash
500 ml sparkling water
Mix ingredients together in a jug, and serve