While candy might have kids’ attention, there are three whole meals (and plenty of snacks) to eat up before trick-or-treating begins. Cook up some delicious meals that celebrate all things Halloween! Here are a few ideas for getting into the Halloween spirit with healthy, nutritious food.
Focus on what’s in season
Halloween comes but once a year, so try foods that are available at the end of October. Squash and pumpkins are harvested near Halloween and can be cooked or flavored in a huge variety of ways. From roasting in the oven to baking in breads or pureeing into soups, these foods can be styled to fit even the pickiest pallet.
Enjoy the colors of Halloween
While orange and black might be the most popular colors for Halloween decorations, there are plenty of other ways to use the colors of your food to bring a little ghoulish fun to the table. Bright red tomato soup becomes the dish of choice for little vampires, and green juice forms a tasty witch’s brew. Dish out favorite foods on festive Halloween dishes or between table decorations for even more fun!
Play with presentation
Even the most ordinary foods become extraordinary fun when you prepare them in inventive ways. Have a little mermaid in the house? Serve greens arranged like seaweed and melon cut into sea star shapes. Have a superhero helping you in the kitchen? Make veggies a veggie spread in the colors of their logo. Ask the kids at the table what their favorite characters would want to eat and design your meal around their ideas!
These recipes from The Kids Cook Monday Ambassadors should get you started on embracing the spooky holiday with meals that are fun to make and eat with everyone in your family.
Whether the kids in your kitchen are heading out trick-or-treating or staying in to play games and watch scary movies, have a happy and healthy Halloween!