With Halloween just around the corner, you and your kids have likely already begun planning what their costumes are going to be. While you plan on dressing the kids up for Halloween parties and trick-or-treating, why not also dress up their everyday school lunches, as well? In this article we have compiled a few simple, yet fun, Halloween lunch box ideas that you can use to make your kids’ lunches the silliest and spookiest ever!
How Halloween Lunches Can Help Your Kids Make Friends
Besides the fact that creating Halloween themed lunches can be fun (for you and your kids), there is another benefit to this idea. Bringing a Halloween lunch to school can be a great way for your kids to interact with others and encourage fun-filled play. This can be great for children who find it difficult to make friends or to open up to their classmates. If they show up with exciting lunches filled with ghosts, spiders, and monsters, it could be an excellent way to break the ice.
Halloween Lunch Ideas
Without further ado, here’s some of the best Halloween lunch ideas available!
Make a Coffin or a Ghost Sandwich
Depending on the type of bread you have, you could do either of these two options (or both!).
Once you have a sandwich made, use a cookie cutter or a really sharp knife to cut out the shape of a coffin or ghost. White bread would be great for a ghost, while rye pumpernickel bread is great as a coffin. If you do the coffin sandwich, you can also take a piece of cheese and cut out the letters “R.I.P.” for a nice, spooky touch, or use pickles/olives with toothpicks for the ghost’s eyes.
Make Dirt Pudding Dessert with Worms
Pudding is an amazing dessert, but can get boring after a while. For Halloween, create a decadent dessert that your kids will love that looks like dirt with worms.
Use premade chocolate pudding with crushed up chocolate wafer cookies, for the dirt. Then just place some gummy worms on top. Mason jars are great for this idea, but you can use any container on hand.
Homemade Paleo Halloween Reese’s Cups
If your kids have dietary restrictions, you can still make a fun Halloween lunch for them. Try out these paleo Reese’s cups by Bravo for Paleo. This is a great way to give them a healthy and delicious dessert in their lunch, without having to spend a lot of money on unhealthy Halloween candy.
Make Candy Corn Pancakes
Speaking of ultra-sugary candy, candy corn tops the list. But it is also one of the few iconic Halloween candies around. Instead of buying a huge bag for you and the kids and risking massive sugar highs (and crashes), try this idea by Creative Food: Candy Corn Pancakes.
Just mix up your pancake mix like you normally would, and separate it into three bowls. One bowl will remain uncolored. Drop orange and yellow food coloring into the other two bowls to get your desired candy corn colors. Then fry the pancakes into the candy corn shape. Your kids will love them!
Make a Hotdog Mummy
Instead of a normal hotdog in a normal hotdog bun, make a hotdog mummy with eyes. You can either wrap a crescent roll around the hot dog, which you will need to then crisp up in the oven.
Or you can then wrap the hot dog in a soft tortilla shell that has been cut in strips. Just make sure you leave room for the “eyes”, which can be anything: candy eyes, food dye, large specks of pepper, or whatever else you want.
Create Little Orange Pumpkins
For something a little simpler, carve eyes and a mouth into the skin of an orange or tangerine for a neat lit pumpkin effect. You could also include large slices from a carrot with little eyes and a mouth cut into them.
Another cute idea to include with your pumpkins is banana ghosts—just push a few chocolate chips in for the eyes and mouth!
Jack-O-Lantern Tortilla Chips
For this one you will need a Jack-O-Lantern cookie cutter. Use it to cut out Jack-O-Lanterns from soft tortilla shells, then cook them in the oven till they are nice and crispy. Then just include some cold cuts, fruits, and veggies, and you have a simple spooky lunch.
Make Ghost Shapes from Cutlery
Why let the food have all the fun? Dress up the cutlery you include with your child’s lunch as a ghost! Wrap a white napkin around them, tie a ribbon around the “neck”, and use a marker for the ghost’s eyes and mouth.
Need More Ideas?
Contact Kangovou today for more lunchbox ideas, or to find a new bento box to store some of your Halloween Lunch creations in. Our large lunch bento box is the perfect size to fit everything your child needs, including a few ghosts and pumpkins (and maybe a candy bar too).