Picking out costumes and watching all of the classic Halloween movies? The time for trick or treating is upon us next weekend, but first, why not enjoy a little kitchen time with your children. Dive into festive creation with three recipes for spooky Halloween snacks!
1. Peanut Butter Ball Monsters
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- M&M’s, mini gumdrops, and shoestring licorice
- measuring cups
- mixing bowl and spoon
- wax paper
What To Do:
- Help your child measure the peanut butter, honey, and sugar, and mix them together in a bowl.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for about an hour.
- Put flour on your child’s hands and work with her to form small balls. Place the balls onto wax paper.
- Add mini M&M eyes, mini gumdrop noses, and licorice antennae to the monster heads.
- Put the balls on a tray and refrigerate until these monsters are ready to be eaten!
Source: The Budding Chef
2. Witch’s Brew
- grape juice
- red grapes and blueberries
What To Do:
- Put grape juice, grapes, blueberries, and milk into a blender.
- Add ice and blend to make a “witch’s smoothie!”
- Sing songs to the Healthy All Over CD to talk about how little witches can stay healthy!
3. Be A Pumpkin Cook!
- whole pumpkin
- ingredients for pumpkin muffins or bread
- knife (adult only)
- 9″ x 12″ baking pan
- aluminum foil
- blender or food processor
- muffin tin or loaf pan
- measuring cups and spoons
- mixing spook and bowl
What To Do:
- Wash and cut open the pumpkin. Encourage children to smell it.
- Remove the seeds. Using your hands, remove and save the pulp.
- Encourage the children to describe the textures of the pumpkin.
- Cut off thin slices of pumpkin flesh and have the children taste it.
- Place the pumpkin, cut side down, in the baking pan. Add 1/2 cup of water.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Let cool.
- Remove the foil and encourage the children to observe the changes in the pumpkin. The pumpkin is darker and soft because heat changes the consistency of things.
- Scoop out some of the soft pumpkin pulp. Puree it in a blender or food processor. Add some of the liquid from the baking pan, if needed.
- Use the pureed pumpkin in any recipe that calls for canned pumpkin. Let the children measure, pour, and mix.
- Eat the muffins. Compare the appearance of the batter to the finished product. Explain again how heat changes things.
- Bonus: Melt butter and coat the pumpkin seeds. Bake at 250 degrees until golden brown. Salt and enjoy!