5 Halloween treats for kids!

These (mostly) healthy eats are monstrous and sweet!

Halloween is all about the treats (no tricks please!) so we’ve stirred up some fiendish ideas that children aged 2-plus will love to make. Most of them are healthy but we couldn’t resist throwing in some sweet treats that we’ll eat too!

Lots of these ideas use candy eyes, which are available from supermarkets. Alternatively, you can draw eyes with black icing.

1) Haunted biscuits: topped with marshmallow ghosts

You’ll need: marshmallows, icing sugar, water, candy eyes, black writing icing, 10 biscuits (shop bought or follow this recipe)

1. First, ask your child to measure 225g icing sugar into a sieve and shake into a bowl. Help them stir in a few drops of boiling water and keep stirring. Stop adding water when the icing is pourable.

2. Now your child dips a marshmallow into the icing sugar and sticks it to the top of a biscuit. Repeat until all of the biscuits have a marshmallow on top.

3. Now help your child spoon icing sugar over the marshmallow. Let it run down the sides onto the biscuit. Stop when the marshmallow is covered. Then repeat with each biscuit.

4. Finally, stick on candy eyes and draw on a mouth with black icing!

        Yummy!

2) Boo-nanas! This frozen treat is ghoulishly good

 You’ll need: bananas, lolly sticks, plain yoghurt, candy eyes

1. Give the bananas to your children to peel and break in half.
2. Now give them lolly sticks to pop into the bottom of each one.
3. Then they dip the bananas into the yoghurt, pop on candy eyes and freeze them.
4. Once frozen, they can draw on mouths with black icing (optional) and either eat them or pop them back in the freezer.

3) Mini jack-o-lanterns: these healthy snacks are so a-peel-ing!

 You’ll need: satsumas and black writing icing

Just give the satsumas to your child to draw pumpkin faces on. An instant way to make fruit the best snack of the day!

4) Crispy monsters: chewy fiendish friends

 You’ll need: 100g white chocolate, food colouring (any colour), candy eyes and puffed rice squares (shop bought or follow this recipe)

1. Unwrap the squares so they’re ready to use.
2. Now, melt the chocolate. Get your child to break the white chocolate into a microwaveable bowl. Blast it for 10 seconds and give it a stir. Repeat until most (but not all) of the chocolate is melted.

TIP! If you heat it for too long the chocolate will solidify. The remaining chocolate will melt as you do the next stage.

3. Now add a drop of food colouring and let your child stir until the chocolate has changed colour.

TIP! If your chocolate does solidify, a little drop of hot water should save it.

4. Now they can dip each puffed rice square into the chocolate. Let it run down the square a bit then lay them on a baking tray.
5. Now they can add the eyes. And pop into the fridge until set.

5) Pastry snakes: a sssuper sssavoury teatime treat

 You’ll need: ready-rolled puff pastry, a handful of grated parmesan, flour, an egg, seeds, black olives

This recipe is adapted from bbcgoodfood.com

1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200fan/gas 7.
2. Ask your child to cut the pastry into strips and then twist and bend them into snakey shapes. Flatten the head a bit so you can add eyes later.
3. Beat the egg and let your child brush it onto the snakes (providing they have no egg allergy of course).
4. Now your child sprinkles parmesan and seeds over the snakes and lies them on a lined baking tray.
5. Help your child cut slices from the olives so they can add eyes.
6. Finally, pop them in the oven for 12 minutes and serve.

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