Originally I had grand plans to make some of the really cute foods I had been seeing around pinterest for Halloween, like the jello worms or edible spider webs, but I just didn't have time to make them before dinner. So, I just used what I had and gave things spooky names to make it fun.
I told the kids they had to pretend they were monsters going out to dinner. I used my fancy monster restaurant voice, and took their orders. I refused to tell them what each item was, even though last Christmas I had broken down and told them when we did something similar. This time I just wasn't going to do it. They had to just guess. Here is what I had on the menu, with what they are in parentheses.
Main Dish (all meals served with Witch's Brew and Fingers)(colored ginger ale and breadsticks)
Dragon’s eyeballs, tongue, and crackers (mini babybel cheese, ham, crackers)
Mummy (english muffin pizza)
Rat tails with ketchup (thinly sliced hot dogs)
Fruit and Veggies (choose 2 or 3)
Rat Droppings (raisins)
Witch Warts (grapes)
Blood Blisters (grape tomatoes)
Chunks of Zombie Hearts (chunks of watermelon)
Witch hat (hershey kiss on a cookie)
ghost poop (mini marshmallows)
|to make the "finger", I shaped pillsbury breadstick dough and added|
a candy corn fingernail after they had cooled
|I used frosting leftover from a batch of mint brownies to secure|
the kiss on the cookie.
|I pulled off strips of string cheese and sliced olives to make the mummy. I toast my|
english muffin first, then add the sauce and toppings and broil until melted.
The kids ordered and then ran outside to play while I got their plates ready. I used Betty Crocker food coloring pens to turn the cheese into an eyeball (although it didn't soak in very well, so I would recommend dabbing it with a paper towel to avoid messy hands) and to put a face on the ghost banana. The kids had fun eating like monsters and asking for more "warts" and "zombie hearts". For the Witch's Brew, I put a few drops of food coloring at the bottom of each glass, then covered it with ice. I kept the glasses on the counter by me so they couldn't look too closely. I told the kids they could have water or ginger ale (Christopher won't drink anything but water) and they were surprised when I filled up the glasses. I think that may have been their favorite part of the meal, actually. They wanted to try the trick on daddy when he got home later.
This was a good reminder to me that my kids like simple things just fine. I had wanted to do a lot more with decorating the table spooky or having candles, but just didn't have the energy or time for it, and had considered not doing anything since I couldn't do everything I had imagined, but the kids didn't miss it. They enjoyed it and thought it was fun even without all the extras. That's good for me to remember.