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Simple Halloween party food for kids

Updated on September 27, 2011

So the kids want to have a Halloween party - the costumes have been chosen, the party has been arranged, the decorations made or bought and the spooky music is at the ready, but what about the food? What terrifying treats have been planned to feed to the little monsters? If, like me, you don't have the time to spend hours planning and preparing the food, then read on. These recipes take very little time to prepare, but will delight the kids and ensure that they have a spooktacular Halloween.

Halloween Drinks

Let's start with the drinks.

Ghostly Lemonade


1 cup water, 1 cup sugar (granulated or caster), Juice from 6 lemons, 4 cups sparkling water.

How to make:

  • Mix 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring frequently until all of the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
  • Add the lemon juice and stir into the cooled syrup.
  • Pour into a large jug and add the 4 cups of sparkling water.
  • Mix thoroughly and serve.

Toad Juice


4 glasses milk, 4 large scoops of green mint ice cream.

How to make:

  • Put the milk and ice cream into a blender and mix until it has become thick and frothy.
  • Pour into a large glass and enjoy.

Bat Blood


Cranberry or blackcurrant juice, crushed ice.

How to make:

  • Blend the fruit juice and crushed ice together.
  • Pour into tall glasses and serve.

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Halloween Party Food Ideas

These are some quick and easy party food ideas for busy mums. I have always found them to be a huge hit at my children's Halloween parties.

Witches Fingers

Cook some fish or chicken strips or goujons. Affix a finger nail (flaked almond) on the end using a little creme cheese or mayo.

Bat Wings

Use chicken wings and rename them "bat wings." Supply some tomato or barbeque sauce as "blood" for dipping!

Vampire Burgers

Using some beefburgers, tuna or veggie burger, serve in a small burger bun. Remember lots of blood (tomato ketchup) as relish!

Spooky Sandwiches

Make a selection of sandwiches with various fillings and using a themed Halloween cookie cutter, cut into spooky shapes. The children will love these.

Halloween Deserts

Green Swamp Surprise

Make a large bowl of green jelly. Once set, remove from the fridge and chop up into small pieces and transfer to serving bowls. Garnish with some jelly worms and snakes.

Witches Warts

Warm a tin of tapioca, and pour into serving bowls. Instant warty pudding!

Toffee Apples

Ingredients :

4 or 5 medium sized desert apples, 450g of soft caramel or toffee sweets, 2 tablespoons water.

How to make:

  • Wash and thoroughly dry the apples
  • Push a wooden skewer or lolly stick through the stem end of the apple.
  • Heat the caramel/toffee in the microwave with the water until melted (you can also use the double boiler method if you prefer).
  • Dip the apples until they are completely covered. Put in a large mug or lay on greaseproof paper.
  • Pop into the fridge to harden.

Bleeding Eyeballs

Place a round scoop of white ice cream into a bowl and press in a chocolate button, M&M, or smartie etc for the eye. Drizzle some blood over the top! (raspberry or strawberry sauce), and serve.

All of these ideas are very simple, effective and take minimal time to prepare. With just a little imagination, these simple party foods can be turned into all manner of gross food. Many pound or dollar stores sell halloween tablecloths, napkins and table decorations. Children love this time of the year and it needn't be expensive or time-consuming to be a successful party.


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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Angie Jardine - Thanks for the vote up. Last year at my kids Halloween party, I dressed up as a witch and the kids who knocked at the door "trick or treating" got such a fright. I had my face painted green and stuck rice crispies on for my warts! The only problem was getting all the green paint off in time for work the next day!

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      Angie Jardine 6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Wonderfully gross!! Loved it ... now where can I steal some kids and inflict this lot on them. Voted up, Jacqui ...

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Jess Diaz - The swamp jelly is pretty gross, I made it last year and added some jelly snakes and eyeballs. Looked disgusting, but the kids all loved it.

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      Jess Diaz 6 years ago from Lawrenceville, Georgia

      haha i like the toad juice and green jelly swamp idea there cute! thanks for the tips..

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      @ Jeannieinabottle - Thanks for your comments and the vote up. I hate the thought of slaving away for hours in the kitchen and missing all the Halloween fun. I'm a big kid at heart!

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      This is really cute. These are good, basic ideas for folks like me that aren't going to spend too much time baking elaborate dishes for a party. Good advice and voted up!

      P.S. Really cute graphics, too!