Have you planned your Halloween night family dinner? I mean, you still have a couple of days to figure it out, right? Well, if you are still searching, I have a great idea for you. Spooky stuffed pepper pumpkins were on our menu last night and wow! Seriously, the whole family loved them! And, if that sounds good, let me fill you in on the rest of the kid-friendly Halloween menu!
Kid’s In The Kitchen ~
What I love most about this menu is that the kids were able to get involved. Aprons were thrown on (I think this is pretty important for these recipes I’m about to share) and the fun began! I should mention, however, that a little prep was done before the kids arrived. We were packing a lot of stuff into one night so that was a huge help!
Stuffed Pepper Recipe ~
As mentioned earlier, some steps were done before the kids arrived. It is important to get some of the cooking done ahead to make it easier for them to participate! Otherwise, they will quickly lose interest. Here is what I did earlier in the day:
EARLY PREPARATIONS ~
- Slice tops off of bell peppers
- Cut jack-o-lantern faces in the peppers
- Boil peppers
- Cook meat mixture
The kids were very excited to stuff the peppers, add the cheese on top and find the right bell pepper top to fit on each one. Finding the tops were somewhat like a puzzle which makes it even more fun! I then placed them in the oven to start cooking and make room for the snake breadsticks!
SNAKE BREADSTICKS ~
We followed a festive breadstick recipe that we found on Pinterest from Flawlessfood.co.uk. They give very detailed instructions to make this delightful Halloween side dish. It is a perfect accompaniment to the spooky stuffed pepper pumpkins. Follow this link for Snake Breadsticks from Flawless Food!
Our breadsticks did not turn out as professional as the ones from Flawless Food, however, the kids had a blast making them. If you prefer a deeper color, please follow their directions and paint the wash on for the last 5 minutes of baking. This being said, I wanted the kids to be able to complete this step, so to keep any burns from occurring, I had them paint the breadsticks before baking. They still turned out adorable and the kids were delighted when they came out of the oven.
OREO TRUFFLE BATS ~
Many of us have already discovered this sinful dessert of Oreo truffles. What is even more amazing is while they are always such a HUGE hit, they are truly so EASY to make. We went a step further for our Halloween themed dinner and made them into bats. This was achieved with a little help from One Sweet Appetite. YOU ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO WANT TO PIN THIS BAT OREO TRUFFLE RECIPE FROM ONE SWEET APPETITE!!
Below you see Addi’s Oreo truffle bats! *We have officially lost Max’s attention at this point! 😂 Please note that if you are making these for something other than a Hallowhttps://mimiblog.org/aob6een family dinner, you may want to do these on your own. 😁
She truly had so much fun with every step of this recipe, from crushing the oreos and rolling the dough into balls to adding the finishing touches. We had bats with different eyes, bats with 1 eye, and bats with 3 eyes. Much laughter was heard while creating these masterpieces. Since we had such a packed evening, we tried to concoct our own method of attaching the bat wings. Next time I will definitely follow the instructions from One Sweet Appetite.
Addi was so perplexed on how we were going to make the bat wings. I pulled out the wax paper and she started laughing. “Mimi, we can’t eat paper!” I then drew bat wings on the wax paper. My little princess was understandably still confused. It was when I taught her how to cover the bat wing stencils with melted chocolate that it started to make sense. She was amazed that we could create our own chocolate images this way. Once again, follow the link above for more detailed instructions on this fun step!
Needless to say, we had a VERY busy night filled with festive Halloween recipes! We topped it off with the annual pumpkin carving. The kids went home with full bellies and carved jack-o-lanterns. More importantly, we created another fantastic evening of wonderful family memories!