Halloween Party Snacks for Kids (adaptable to any holiday)

3 Nov

My friends greeted the news with gasps. With disbelief. With wide-eyed incredulity.

Yes, it was true. I actually bought a loaf of sliced white bread last week, smeared it with variations of cream cheese, jelly and butter and served it to my son. I also bought cupcake mix from a box AND, horror of all horrors, two tubs of pre-made icing with all manner of indecipherable ingredients written on the side by the (seriously?) “nutrition” information. I had my reasons. And I have no regrets.

Halloween is Leandro’s favorite, number one, most-anticipated holiday, so we invited a few of his beastie besties for a Halloween get-together on the Sunday afternoon before Halloween. Between goody bag decorating, scavenger hunts, and cupcake decorating, I felt like I had the activities covered, but it was a challenge to make good-looking seasonal stuff that would impress the moms, be attractive to the kids and still fit with my food values.

In the end, I kind of compromised my values, but two out of three…well you know the song…and, thanks to bat, pumpkin and ghost cookie cutters, I felt pretty cool in the end.

The little white bread sandwiches looked very cute once Leandro and I used the cookie cutters on them. And Pam had given me a recipe that became the recipe below: apple party dip with baked tortilla chips — also given the cookie cutter treatment (you can call it overkill, but we had fun and Leandro was totally engaged in the prep).

Pam’s cool serving idea for a spooky “Witch’s Brew”

Pam also made a “witch’s brew” of hot apple cider, cranberry juice and cinnamon – hope to get that recipe soon — and other folks brought even more cupcakes and brownies…Thanks everyone! And I made some devilled eggs (how could you not?) with olive slices and capers for eyeball effect….It was a lot of fun! (P.S. Thanks to my dad, Pedro, for rescuing the pictures from a wormhole in the alternate universe that is my computer)

Apple Pie Party Dip and Tortilla Chips

(this tastes quite like apple pie…without the fuss of crust or lengthy baking)

Dip

2 Cups apples, peeled, cored and diced

1.5 tsp lemon juice

2 heaping tsp light brown sugar

¼ tsp cinnamon

2 generous tsp lingonberry preserves (can be substituted with apricot, blueberry, etc)

Combine all dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled (may be made several hours ahead).

Chips:

5-6 large (8”) burrito-style flour tortillas (fajita-style are too hard for cookie cutters and little hands)

2 Tbs butter, melted

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 Tbs light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350°F. Using cookie cutters, cut tortillas into desired shapes, or simply cut into pizza-style slices. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Cool before serving.

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7 Responses to “Halloween Party Snacks for Kids (adaptable to any holiday)”

  1. mmmarzipan October 23, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    thanks for the great ideas!! 😀

  2. Bluejellybeans October 23, 2013 at 4:12 am #

    Great ideas!

  3. Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy October 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on Hot, Cheap & Easy and commented:

    REBLOG! NOTE TO READERS: Ahead of Halloween, here are a few ideas for kid party fun from last year…I did NOT focus on the healthy stuff. Maybe I’ll do better this year?

  4. Karen November 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    There is a time and a place for everything and I think you made a great party that everyone must have really enjoyed. I use sliced white bread to make tiny little cups that I brush with butter and bake. I then fill them with wonderful little bits of delicious fillings. They are absolutely beautiful. I use all the trimmings to make bread crumbs.

  5. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide November 3, 2011 at 8:44 am #

    It’s OK about the bread. We had to buy bakery bread two days in a row this summer and boy is that stuff pricey. Our tomatoes came in midweek and I just didn’t have time to make a starter for ciabatta. I know it wasn’t Wonderbread, but still. I love this dip!

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