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Spooky Stuffed Pepper Pumpkins

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 ~

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO PRINTABLE VERSION OF 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!

Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

Making Halloween Gingerbread Houses With Kids

Gingerbread house making and decorating has found its way into the month of October.  What a fun Halloween craft idea to do with kids!   Whether you choose to make everything from scratch or select from the fun Halloween gingerbread house kits in stores, it will be spooky fun!  You really can’t go wrong either way.  A fun day is ahead when you plan on making Halloween gingerbread houses with kids!!!

The Basics of Gingerbread Houses ~

You must first decide if you are going to make gingerbread cookies from scratch or use an alternative ingredient, such as graham crackers.  Either way you choose to go is great and may be dictated by what your family likes.  Obviously, if you are making gingerbread cookies, you will need to do that ahead of time.   Here is a GREAT gingerbread cookie recipe for you to print out!   Create some extra family fun by having the kids throw on their aprons and do the baking with you!

What You Will Need ~

Plan ahead on what toppings you want to have available.  You may already have some great ideas on what will be included, but if help is needed, here are some festive ideas:

  • gumdrops
  • candy corn
  • pumpkins or jelly pumpkins
  • candy eyeballs
  • baking chips in several flavors (chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch)
  • M & M’s (holiday ones are a plus!)
  • chocolate kisses
  • candy skeleton bones
  • various colors of icing in tubes or plastic bags
  • candy buttons

Here are some handy links to some of the items that are a bit harder to find in the stores:

The “Glue” ~

Next, you need to decide what you want to use for the “glue.”  Probably the most popular option is icing.  You can make your own or use store bought.  Be careful to not use a super creamy icing, as it is harder to make things stick!  Another option is burnt sugar.  I love Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s post on this, which includes the directions for burnt sugar.    Check out Mel’s Kitchen Cafe post on haunted houses using burnt sugar!  *Might I suggest you save this recipe from her post as well.

Plan Ahead for Making Gingerbread Houses ~

Plan ahead and have all of your ingredients set out in bowls for everyone to easily reach.  It also helps the kids get their creative juices flowing when they can see all of the items they have to work with out in front of them.  Of course, it makes it even more fun if you serve a fun Halloween drink in a festive cup to enjoy while they are building.

Remember, the idea is not perfection when you are making these works of art with your kids.  The fun is in letting them make decisions and then you all get to enjoy it together!  Just have FUN making Halloween gingerbread houses with your kids!

Fun Halloween Dinner Ideas

It’s very important fill those bellies of your little ghosts and goblins before they head out trick or treating.  However, those kiddos are usually so excited about filling those goodie bags that they would prefer to skip the healthy meal part.  Parents can alleviate this issue  by preparing a spooky dinner to entice them.  Make Halloween fun before the haunting begins by making some of these fun Halloween dinner ideas!

Feet Loaf ~

Do you have a favorite meatloaf recipe your family already loves?  You can still follow that recipe, however, once your ingredients are all mixed up, you will shape the meat into feet.

Shaping the feet:

Shape the feet, bringing the back up to form the top of the ankle.  Then snip small sections to create toes and spread them out a bit to keep them separated while baking.  Hollow out the top of the ankle and place half of an onion in the hollowed area to keep ankle formed.  This also adds extra flavor from the juices of the onion as well.  Cut 10 small sections of onion to create toenails and place one on each toe.  Drizzle some ketchup around the ankle where you have placed the onion.

Bake at 350 for about an hour or until cooked through and browned.

Frankenstein Corn Dogs ~

This simple recipe uses frozen corn dogs.  Make a simple egg wash of 1 egg and 2 Tablespoons of water.  Mix in green food coloring until you get a nice dark green  color.  Cover the entire corn dog with the green egg wash and bake as normal.  Lightly coat the top of the corn dog in honey and then roll in crushed black tortilla chips to create the hair.  Push pretzel pieces in the sides of corndog for arms.  Use candy eyeballs and either black olives or more black tortilla chips to create the mouths.

Make an easy side dish of green beans and corn.  Top with a couple of plastic eyeballs for a spooky finish.

   ⬅Don’t have plastic eyeballs???  These are so realistic and eerie!

Breadstick Spider Bowl ~

Use a loaf of frozen bread dough for this eerie delight.  Follow directions on package to thaw out dough.  Divide the dough into 8 smaller balls, 1 medium sized ball and 1 larger ball.

Roll out the 8 smaller sections of the dough into long breadstick shapes.  Then fold in half to form the legs and place on greased baking sheet.  Let rise according to directions on package.  If you desire, season with garlic powder, grated parmesan cheese, seasoned salt and red paprika.  Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until a light golden brown.

Using the remaining dough, form 2 balls, one larger one for the body and a smaller one for the head.  Let rise according to directions on package.  If you desire, season as stated above.  Bake according to package directions until they are a light golden brown.

Let legs and body cool.  Place 2 black olives in the head for eyes.  Cut 8 small incisions along the side of the body to anchor the legs.  Cut out a small circle in the body make room for bowl of nacho cheese sauce.

Monsterghetti ~

Make spaghetti as you normally would, with the exception of dying the noodles to the color of your choosing for noodles to soak in.  Once noodles are prepared, place a heaping spoonful on plate, top with meaty spaghetti sauce and 2 olives for the eyes and voila, you have monsterghetti!!!

Festive Halloween Serving Ware ~

Of course, you have to finish off your fun Halloween dinner ideas with a cool serving platter.  There are so many to choose from, whether you want simple or fancy.  Here are some great deals below:

Make the rest of this month fun celebrating Halloween in every way you can.  Make these fun Halloween dinner ideas leading up to Halloween as well as Halloween night!  Make memories with your ghosts and goblins!

Happy Haunting!

 

 

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