Halloween food at a party doesn’t have to be full of sugar – there is a way of getting some healthier options into your youngster during the sugar fest this Halloween! It is quite easy to make Halloween party food with some imaginative presentation and ‘scary’ labels!
Marbled dragon eggs – take a hard-boiled egg still in its shell and crack the shell all over but do not remove it. Take some food colouring or natural edible food dye (we used concentrated beetroot juice) and dab all over the egg-shell.
Leave for a few minutes and then peel off shell. Try not to touch the pattern on the egg as it may still be wet.
Once the shell is peeled off let the egg rest on some paper towel. It will give the dye a chance to dry off too.
You can then display your dragon eggs in some fancy boiled egg holders or just have a platter with the eggs on. Try some other colours or combine colours for different effects. Tumeric, saffron or paprika would make lovely orange and gold coloured dragon eggs. Or try dabbing with red cabbage for a lovely purple colour. Some fresh crushed coriander, basil or another ‘green’ herb would make a lovely green coloured dragon egg.
We loved the effect of the dragon eggs and it is quite easy to create some bloodshot eyes using the same method. Once the dyed hard boiled eggs have dried, cut them in half. We added halves of pitted black olives for pupils, but you could add large sultanas for the pupils.
Peakles thought the eyes looked ‘yummy but yucky’!
More Halloween food favourites are our mini Jack O’ Lanterns and witches fingernails! These were made from dried apricots, sultanas and sliced almonds! Cut a sultana in half and press the ‘sticky’ cut side onto a dried apricot. Add another to make two eyes! We made ours guard a handful of sliced almonds or ‘witches fingernails!’
For a ‘witches dinner’ use pasta that you don’t normally use at home (although if you do use spaghetti – call it worms instead!) we used Reginette pasta which is thick strips of pasta with a pattern on the edge. It really does look like tentacles once it has been cooked – just what all witches like to eat! Add some of your favourite sauce and it will go down well!
With a lot of ‘regular’ party food you just need to change the names – for example we will be eating Witches and Wizards Wands and Gloopy Giant Dip – bread sticks and celery sticks with humus! We will have Trolls fingers and Trolls eyeballs - gherkins and cherry tomatoes with a small blob of mayonnaise on top) and not to forget Hot Toads covered in Beetle Juice – jacket potatoes with fresh herb or garlic butter on top!
Have a fantastic Halloween!