Today’s lunch flies in the face of my healthy, not cutesy lunch philosophy. But, I couldn’t help myself. I am a complete Halloween junkie. Maybe it’s the dress up, the macabre, the pagan undertones, the candles, the spooks, the pumpkins, the candy, a Catholic preoccupation with the dead—who knows? As a kid I was obsessed with Halloween. As a 20-something designer in Chicago, I spend months fabricating elaborate costumes, because there was always something fabulous to do on Halloween. If not, I brought my own fabulous. Now, with kids, Halloween is beyond awesome, because—guess what?—my kids are crazed for Halloween. I had to honor their love of All Hallow’s Eve with a Spooktacular Halloween Lunch. The inside-out mummy sandwich is smoked turkey and mayo on whole wheat with a fresh mozzarella wrapping. I used a small biscuit cutter to make the circular head. The arms are pieces of fresh mozzarella cheese sticks. Mr. Mummy is lying on a bed of nori seaweed snacks (nori is also the dark stuff behind his eyes). The jack o’lantern is sliced persimmon with chocolate chips glued on with a little cream cheese. When I got to the celery, I ran out of steam. I was intending to make little snake eyes with freeze dried strawberries, but it was time for bedtime stories, so the cucumber is just cucumber. I have no idea if this lunch will survive the trip to school intact, so I let the kids take a sneak peek. Happy Halloween.