It's Halloween 2020- and that's pretty scary- but, if parents have learned anything this year, it's how to be creative! We have put together our first small collection of super simple DIYs of the season to get you and your littles in the Halloween spirit. Enjoy!
1. Skeleton Veggie Tray with Guacamole
This spooky veggie tray is scary healthy too!
What you need:
Optional for guacamole: red onions, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, salt, pepper, garlic, and lime juice
1. Cut your avocado in half and scoop it out. The peel will serve as the head of your skeleton.
2. Slice your cucumber in circles. It helps to peel one side so it can stay standing up. Arrange in a straight line vertically to make the spine.
3. Slice your bell pepper (any color works) to make the rib cage.
4. Make guacamole or stuff the avocado peel with the store bought kind (we won't tell). We made ours by mixing mashed avocado with finely diced red onions, one chopped jalapeno pepper with the seeds taken out, 5 chopped cherry tomatoes, the juice of 1 lime, a handful of of fresh cilantro, 2 cloves of garlic, and plenty of salt and pepper to taste. Stuff your skeleton's head with the guac mixture. Add olive slices for eyes, a bell pepper slice for a nose and a piece of string cheese for the mouth.
4. Cut two pieces of string cheese lengthwise. Use as arms. We added some sliced bell peppers to be the fingers.
5. Decorate with cherry tomatoes (these are his guts!) and enjoy!
2. Spider Cookies
What You Need:
Twizzlers pull and peel licorice
1. Bake (or buy) sugar cookies and top with frosting. We used vanilla but chocolate would be equally as spooky and delicious.
2. Cut the maraschino cherries in half.
3. Separate licorice strings. Cut licorice strings to make spider legs.
4. arrange two cherry halves on top of your frosting. Add legs and enjoy! This design works really well as a cupcake topper as well.
3. White Chocolate Spider Webs
What you need:
White Chocolote Chips
Wax or Parchment Paper
1. Arrange pretzel sticks on a wax paper lined baking sheet in a snowflake/star pattern.
2. Melt chocolate chips. Pop them in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes at half power. Stir. You may need to put them back in the microwave for 15 seconds at a time until desired consistency. Let cool for about 5 minutes and stir again.
3. Place melted chocolate into a small zip top bag. Gently snip a small tip off of the bag (you will use the bag for piping the chocolate).
4. Start in the middle of the pretzels with a big dallop of melted chocolate to hold the entire structure together. Then make concentric circles around the pretzels until it resembles a spider web. You can eat these by themselves or use as cake toppers. Enjoy!
4. Cinnamon Sugar "Chips" with Yogurt Dip
What you need:
Tortillas- we use whole wheat
Halloween cookie cutters
1 Cup Vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stack two tortillas on top on each other. Press cookie cutters into the tortillas to make your Halloween shapes. Arrange on a baking tray.
2. Brush tortilla shapes with melted butter. Top with cinnamon and sugar. We find it easier to combine the cinnamon and sugar before sprinkling it on but it works either way.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until light golden brown. They will harden as they cool so you don't want to overbake them.
4. Make yogurt dip by combining vanilla greek yogurt with honey, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Dip your chips and enjoy!
Stay tuned for round 2 with even more easy recipes.