Halloween may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t wave our wands and put our witches hat on! Try these spooky monster mouths and a few of our other favourite Halloween Recipes. While a few candy bars are likely to sneak in, you can also turn some healthy food into delicious and frightening treats that even the fussiest of toddlers will love.
Capsicum Jack ‘o’ Lantern – using capsicums of various colours (think red, orange, yellow and green) chop the tops off and pull out the seeds and membrane of your capsicums. Using a small sharp knife, cut out triangle eyes, a nose and a zig-zag mouth. These can be used to hold sticks of various vegetables like carrot, celery and cucumber for all those little witches and wizards.
Mandarin Pumpkins – simply peel mandarins and use a small piece of cucumber or celery as a green stalk in the centre of each.
Guacamole Graveyard – mash 1-2 avocados with lime juice & a dash of salt, to taste. You can also add finely chopped red onion and coriander for a little extra flavour, if tolerated by your little people! Fill half-avocado skin with guacamole and place on platter. Use pre-made pastry cut out different shapes such as gravestones, crosses and bats. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool. Then poke these shapes into the avocado and place across the platter.
Apple Monster Mouths – cut a green apple into 12 segments and place in pairs. Spread 1/2 a teaspoon of peanut or other nut butter on 6 of the segments. Cut strawberries into thin slices (these will be your tongue). Place a thin slice of strawberry, hanging over the edge like a tongue hanging out of the mouth. Then place pine nuts along the edge of one side of the apple to represent teeth. Top with the remaining apple slices so it represents a mouth (as shown). You may need to use small tooth picks to secure the apple pieces together but make sure you help the kids with these, if using.
Bloody Bandaged Fingers – cut pre-rolled pastry into long thin strips, to represent bandages. Wrap chipolata sausages with pastry strips, unevenly to appear like poorly wrapped bandages. Place on baking tray and into a preheated moderated oven. Cook for 20-25 minutes (or according to packet instructions) until sausage is cooked through and pastry is golden brown. Serve with tomato sauce (to represent blood).
Wishing you all a very Happy and Safe Halloween!