My favorite Halloween treats to make for the kiddos are these adorable mini mummy pizzas. They take a few more minutes to make than the standard sandwich, but they’re well worth the effort. I typically use sweet, soft King’s Hawaiian rolls, which are sliced in half and layered with marinara sauce, string cheese and sliced black olives for the eyes. Aren’t they adorable?
As requested by the kids, our Halloween/All Saints’/All Souls’ Day celebration continues with this lunch of pan de muerto marmalade ghost sandwiches.
Yesterday, I made a made two gorgeous loaves of pan de muerto for Dia de los Muertos. The kids go crazy for this soft, golden bread. It’s basically brioche with a sweet orange glaze. I’ve tried various recipes, but I really like this one from King Arthur flour. I used the pizza setting on my bread machine to mix the dough and it worked like a charm: no kneading, no fuss, no mess. I also didn’t bother with the King Arthur egg wash and topping. Instead, I made a quick glaze with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (let it boil for only two minutes or you might end up with hard candy) which I spread on the warm bread and sprinkled with sugar. Crazy yummy and a beautiful offering for the dear departed—especially the bread loving dear departed.
The only problem with Halloween: the kids never want it to end. They have requested Halloween-themed lunches for the rest of the week. Yesterday it was mini mummy pizza breads made with marinara, mozzarella and black olives on King’s Hawaiian sweet rolls.
Today, I really should have made some skeletons, but these little pumpkin bagel ghouls and banana goblins were the best I could do after a wild night of trick or treating and candy consumption.
We also made assorted Halloween-themed treats for a little party we had last weekend. I did a woefully poor job of documenting the food, because I was too busy making and arranging it. Here are a few highlights:
Here at Love and Lunch we are crazy about Halloween. Some of our favorite moments from last weekend:
Last night I was in my typical Thursday—What am I gonna make for dinner? I’m really tired. What’s in the fridge? What am I gonna make for lunch—frame of mind. I was THIS close to slacking off and not preparing a Halloween-themed lunch. But, then I rallied and mustered the energy to make really dead ghost-shaped quesadillas—ghostadillas if you will. Aren’t they cute?
Happy Trick or Treating. Happy Halloween. Happy Fun Weekend!
This year’s Halloween lunch features a cheese pizza monster, a banana ghost, banana muffins (with peanut butter chips!), purple carrot sticks and a few Halloween candy treats. Wishing you a safe and reasonably healthy Halloween weekend. Let the trick or treating begin!
I don’t know when the whole Halloween tradition of BOOing your neighbors began, but I love it. You wrap up a surprise treat, leave it at a couple of neighbors’ houses and include instructions on passing on the BOO to two more neighbors. Two nights ago we were BOOed with a little bag of cake pops (!). Cake pops?! Super elaborate for a BOO bag. I have no idea who BOOed us—that’s part of the fun. I felt the pressure was on after the cake pops, so I wanted to make something particularly awesome for our BOO bags. Behold, Candy Corn Crispie Treats:
Good thing the recipe made a double batch.
Today I got to hang out with my little bun bun at lunch. This was my first time staying for lunch at kindergarten and it was actually less chaotic than I expected. I just loved being able to see Lily enjoy her Halloween lunch, which included a whole wheat English muffin mummy pizza.
She also got to eat some spooky, carnivorous apple slices.
She even used her Trader Joe’s Fruity O’s (an allegedly “healthy” alternative to Froot Loops) to make a cute little fruit monster.
Lunch with Lily was so festive and fun. Hope you can make some fruit monsters to celebrate a healthy and Spooktacular Halloween!
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.