We just had a birthday party for four cousins in our family and decided to make it a fall/Halloween-themed party as we don’t celebrate Halloween.
It turned out to be a lot of fun as the kids were able to help do a lot of the food!
Here were just a few food recipes we made! Almost all of our recipes were inspired by one of my best friends, Pinterest! I am a little disappointed as I failed to get pictures of two of our food items.
- Ghost Hot Dogs! My sister did these. She cut a slit in the hot dog, added a strip of cheese, and then wrapped a crescent roll around the hot dog like you see below. Scary!
- Jack-o-Lantern Macaroni and Cheese! I saw this on Pinterest, but the picture was of individual little bowls with olives on the top for the face.
I don’t like olives.
And we had 17 people at the party–seventeen bowls of macaroni and cheese was way too much.
So I just made a face out of bacon on the top of the big dish. Bacon always makes everything taste better!! (It sure is a lot better than olives!) And that face is a little scary too! I am not a food artist! You can find the recipe for the Macaroni and Cheese HERE.
- Pumpkin Centerpiece with a Fancy Hairdo! The kids had a blast with this one. I did cut off the top and scoop out the seeds so that the kids could eat the roasted seeds, and I didn’t think people would want the kabobs sticking in the pumpkin stuff. However, by the time we got everything on the kabobs, not too much of the kabob was actually in the pumpkin, so I don’t know if that was necessary. I also stuck the kabob in first to get the hole ready as it was hard to stick the kabobs in the pumpkin. The kabobs would pull the cut top off of the pumpkin when we would remove them, so that is another reason that it may be better not to cut the top of the pumpkin.The kids painted the face on the pumpkin and also helped to make the kabobs. I rinsed the fruit and cut the cheese, and we had an assembly line at the table. The kabob went down the line and each child added one more item to the kabob, and I stuck it in the pumpkin. I was a little frantic as I tried to help about three 3-5 year olds put the fruit items on so that they would stay on, but they had a blast! If some grapes fell off, no one cared! I found this idea here.
- Apple Mouths! My sister Rhonda also saw this idea somewhere. She cut thin slices of apples, put peanut butter on both slices and then put marshmallows between the slices. So cute!
- Spooky Ghost Brownies! You might have seen this recipe as it is on the end caps at the grocery stores. Betty Crocker has it on some of their frosting jars, and it was in some magazines. I made a 9″ x 13″ pan of brownies (Aldis mix) and cut them into squares after they cooled. My daughter put a large marshmallow on top of each square. I warmed up some Betty Crocker vanilla frosting and my daughter and niece drizzled the frosting over the top of the marshmallow and brownie. Sometimes the marshmallow wanted to topple, so we put some frosting under the marshmallow. After the frosting dried, another daughter took an icing pen and drew faces on the marshmallows. She wanted the face on the top of the marshmallows that were on the inside of the tray so that everyone could see the faces. They had fun helping. I also made dirt cake, but forgot to take a picture!
Have fun this Halloween!
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