Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Easy Halloween Snacks

When the sign-ups for soccer snacks came out I knew that I wanted to be snack mom for the game closest to Halloween.  I love holidays and everything that goes along with them.  The decorating, the crafts, the food, I love it all.  I had so many ideas and as the day of the game approached I knew that I needed to narrow it down and make some decisions.  I had originally planned on making something homemade, but I know that a lot of people are uncomfortable with homemade treats these days so I decided to go with pre-made foods.  Just because I was using pre-made foods did not mean I couldn't add a fun holiday spin to our snacks.

I had seen people make butterflies by filling a ziploc with grapes and clipping it with a clothespin for the body so I decided to use the same method to make little bats.  These turned out so cute and while they did take a little bit of time, they were super easy.  Start out by getting some clothespins and painting them black.  If you can find black clothespins, even better, but I couldn't so I just painted them.  Once the paint was dry I used a white paint pen and a black sharpie to draw the eyes and the fangs.  Then I cut little triangles out of black construction paper and glued them on for the ears.  Each snack size ziplock got 4 Halloween Joe Joes (Oreos are perfect too if you don't have a Trader Joes near you).  Then I just bunched up the bag in the center and clipped it with the clothespin.  Halloween bats made of Joe Joes, check.

I had a sweet snack so now I wanted something savory.  Cheez-Its are one of Jake's favorite afternoon snacks and since they are orange they were exactly what I needed.  I picked up a box of the little fold over plastic bags and drew jack-o-lantern faces on them.  Then I filled them with Cheez-Its and used a little piece green pipe cleaner to close it up.  I also curled the end of the pipe cleaner to make it look like a piece of the pumpkin vine.

Jake doesn't like Gatorade so I knew we would be bringing juice boxes.  A little white duct tape wrapped around, a couple of googly eyes glued on, and a wavy line from my sharpie and we had mummies.

The final part of our snack was the mid-game fruit.  The traditional orange slices were a no go because my picky eater doesn't like oranges.  He does like cuties though so we just peeled them, cut a little "stem" out of celery and our snacks were ready to go.  Mid-game pumpkins followed by post-game bats, jack-o-lanterns, and mummies made the perfect Halloween themed snacks.  Any or all of these would be perfect additions to any Halloween celebration!

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