Without spending a great deal, the food for your Halloween party can be amazingly spooky with a few tips. As this tends to revolve around all things bad, sticky, chewy, sugary treats, I like to try and get as much goodness into the kids as I can before they fill their faces with sweets. I know I must sound like a real kill-joy, but I can assure you all the children love the Halloween parties we throw.
I think that because the food looks so fun, they forget some of it is good for them and eat it anyway-result. If you get the children involved with the food prep, not just at Halloween, they are more likely to eat it if they have played a part in making it.
350g plain flour
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbinate soda
175g brown sugar
4 tbsp golden syrup
My ginger zombies were so easy to make and very tasty too.
Preheat your oven to 190.
Putting the flour, ginger and bicarb into a bowl, rub in the butter.
Add the sugar and stir in the syrup and egg to make a dough.
Roll out onto a floured work surface about 5mm thick and cut out your zombies.
I just used a gingerbread man cutter and snapped limbs off when cooked.
Cook on a tray lined with baking paper for 10-15 mins and decorate as you choose when cool.
For the scary strawberries, it was simply melted white chocolate and some of the icing from decorating the zombies to draw in their shocked faces. These look really effective.
Using a pen draw spooky faces on the satsumas, the skin comes off anyway. Let your imagination run wild- just don't forget to let the kids involved too.
Apple mummies look great. I found some bandages out of an old first aid kit in the cupboard and wrapped them round and stuck some eyes on. Let's just hope no-one needs a bandage now.
We made some ghost lollies with toilet tissue and some wool to tie around the neck, complete with eyes drawn on.
Finally, we served up hot-dogs with ketchup as 'fingers 'n' blood' .
I hope these tips help you to have a fun, happy and mainly inexpensive Halloween!