5 Easy, Inexpensive Halloween Snacks

Jack o'lantern pancakes
These Halloween ideas are short on time and long on creating fun.
Play with your food: A little spooky here or there is the best ingredient for fun.

Halloween may be several weeks away, but it’s never too early to start gathering up ideas for pre-Halloween and day-of parties. Consider a little spooky food fun to surprise a loved one, kids or even friends at work. These will surely put a smile on their faces.

Create spider web tostadas by topping tostadas with refried beans, and pipe on a spider web design, using sour cream. (Small plastic bags with a small opening in a bottom corner make easy piping bags if you don’t have one on hand.) Add a few black olives to mimic spiders, and, voila, you have a healthy, fun snack or meal.

Think outside the box with cookie cutters by making pumpkin-shaped sandwiches or pancakes. How about using a bat-shaped cookie cutter to cut pieces of meat or cheese to pack in kids’ lunches?

Make scary sips by wrapping an individual-sized juice box in narrow strips of gauze or white tape to create a mummy effect. Glue on some googly eyes, and it’s perfectly spooky.

If you’re looking for something festive for fall, purchase a small baking pumpkin, clean out the interior, and use it as a bowl to serve a cold dip. Pumpkin pie dip served in a pumpkin? Fun!

Clementines with jack-o'-lantern faces drawn on,

Don’t underestimate the power of a permanent marker. Use one to draw a jack-o’-lantern face on a clementine, a ghost face on the outside wrapper of a cheese stick or Frankenstein’s mug on a pudding cup.

These ideas are short on time and long on creating fun.

Nicole Pierson is a microblogger.