Welcome to October, my favorite month of the year. Not only is it my birthday month, it’s Halloween and fall is in full swing. As we head into the holidays, I’m sharing some festive lunchbox inspiration and allergy-friendly treats for the little ghouls and goblins that might be visiting you Oct. 31.
Here are some quick tips to adding some spooky fun to your kid’s lunch:
- Add black and orange sprinkles to applesauce or yogurt
- Use cream cheese to stick candy eyeballs to pretzels
- Use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into spooky shapes
- Add seasonal flavor like pumpkin-spiced fig bars or apple cinnamon granola.
We all know someone with food allergies. Keep it safe and simple for them with some of these treats. Juice pouches or small bottled water are easy and always appreciated. You can also make goodie bags filled with some of these items, which can be found at Dollar Tree, Walmart or at OrientalTrading.com:
- Pencils, erasers, stickers, stamps and bookmarks
- Key chains, slap bracelets and glow sticks
- Hair scrunchies, temporary tattoos, slime, puzzles and vampire teeth
What’s for dinner on the big night? Sure, you can just order pizza, but how about:
Mummy hot dogs
Ghost cheese pizza
Halloween snack boards make any get together event more special
To create a fun Halloween board, grab some of your favorite seasonal snacks like jack-o’-lantern goldfish crackers, seasonal M&Ms, bright green olives, orange cheddar cheese and blackberries. Use cookie cutters to cut cheese and fruits into spooky shapes. Your kids will be so excited!
Originally Published in October 2021 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.