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Oct
2014
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Easy, Fun & Nut-Free Halloween Themed Lunch

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Remember that healthy halloween snack idea roundup I did a few days ago? I thought I would share my own fun Halloween themed lunch idea that I came up with for my kiddos.

I wanted something that I could send to lunch with my first grader and kindergartner to school, so that meant it had to be nut-free. It also had to be something I could make up quickly that morning if I had to, but preferably could be something I could make ahead of time.

I don’t know about you, but my mornings are generally pretty crazy. With having to wake up and nurse the baby, get lunches packed and put in backpacks, have breakfast on the table, trying to tame my daughter’s hair, helping my toddler get dressed, tracking down everyone’s shoes, & getting all 4 little kiddos in the van by 7:30 in the morning, my mornings are pretty whirl-wind & crazy.

So I aimed to make a lunch that I could do quickly but would still be fun. Here is my test run & I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

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Included in my lunch:

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Jack-O-Lantern Quesadilla: Place one small tortilla on a plate, sprinkle with cheese. Set aside. With a second tortilla, use a knife to cut out a Jack-o-Lantern face. Place on top of the cheese-sprinkled tortilla. Place in microwave and cook until cheese melts. (I did mine in 15 second interval, and then 10 seconds after that until it was melted.)

*When Jim made these he cooked the quesadilla like he normally does and then just cut out the face shape. You didn’t see the cheese layer, but he saved himself a few steps and the kids still thought it was fun. You can also cut up a celery stick to use as a stem.

Vampire Apples: I cut up the apple into quarters and cored them, then turned it over so the skin side was facing up and carefully cut out a wedge. Then I cut up two mini marshmallows I had on hand so they looked like triangles, and placed them on the apple to look like vampire fangs.

Jack-O-Lantern Peaches: Just draw a Jack-O-Lantern face on top of the peaches with a sharpie.

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Happy Halloween Lunch Favor: I wanted to add a card or something fun to go with it, and then I remembered THIS printable I had made last year for Halloween party favors. I printed it off, cut it out, and paired it with some orange baby carrots I had in the fridge. Easy, quick and fun. 

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Ghost Cheese Sticks: Draw a fun ghost face on the back of the cheese stick package with a black sharpie. 🙂

Mummy Drink: I drew lines on a white napkin & wrapped it around some fruit-vegetable juice drinks I had leftover. I just used scotch tape to tape it down. I hot glued on some craft googly eyes I already had as well. I’ve also seen ideas of using white electrical tape and white crepe paper to wrap food items up to look like a mummy.

Monster Dip – I added some edible googly eyes to some Greek yogurt. The kids can eat it on its own or use it as a dip for their vampire apples. I found my pack of edible decorative eyes in the cake decorating section at our Walmart for ~$2. I’m not sure how many came in the package, but I know it will last me for a while.)

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Food Prep & Make-Ahead Plans:

I was really happy with how quick and easy this lunch was to put together. Most of the items took seconds to do, such as drawing a face on the cheese and peaches, or stapling the halloween party favor tag on a ziplock bag. Since these can be made easily ahead of time, you can do this quickly whenever you have time. I think I would wait on the carrots until the morning of, just to make sure they don’t dry out.

I’d also recommend doing the more time-consuming parts of the lunch ahead of time too. The mummy-drinks were still quick to make (just draw stripes, tape, and glue eyes), but tracking down the glue gun, googly eyes and tape and things was what added to my time table.

I plan on making the cheese quesadilla the night before too. I’ve read they store just fine in the fridge once they are cooled. My kids have bento boxes that are wide enough to fit a sandwich, so I will plan on cutting the tortillas for the school kids down a little to fit in their bento boxes.

The yogurt can be put in its container ahead of time as well, but I wouldn’t recommend putting the candy eyes in it ahead of time. They started to blend in to my yogurt after a few hours, so I would imagine it would be a big mess over-night. I think I will put the eyes in their own separate baggie so my kids can just add them to their yogurt when they’re ready to eat it.  Plus, I think they’d have fun adding the eyes themselves too, so its a win-win to wait.

Day of Plans:

I think the only thing I will probably do the day of is add carrots to the baggie and staple the Halloween printable to it, and cut up the vampire apple wedges. My kids don’t like when I add lemon juice to it, so I will cut those up so they are fresh. Adding a few marshmallows won’t add too much time either.

And of course, don’t forget to add some fun Halloween lunch box jokes

Hopefully these ideas have given you some inspiration for your own fun Halloween themed lunch. I plan on making this for my preschooler who is home with me too. He was my food tester this go around, and he gave it two thumbs up. His favorite items were the mummy drink, quesadilla and vampire apple. I’m interested to see what my other children think.

What fun ideas do you guys have for Halloween themed meals? Do you like to do fun halloween lunches for your kids? Or breakfasts and dinners? I’d love to hear your ideas! Feel free to share in the comments below.

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