Even the very youngest cooks can get in on the fun with these super-simple Halloween goodies!
For each pumpkin you will need:
• 1 Tangerine/Cutie/small orange of your choice
• 1 piece of celery
• A knife sharp enough to cut the celery into small pieces
Cut the celery into pieces approximately ½ to ¼ inch long and ¼ inch wide. They do not need to be symmetrical. For each pumpkin, peel a tangerine and insert a piece of celery in the top to look like a pumpkin stem. That’s it. You’re done! If you plan to make these ahead of time cover them with plastic wrap to prevent them from drying out.
For each monster hand you will need:
• 1 single-use transparent food grade plastic glove, available at restaurant supply and grocery stores. (Do not use anything with powder or latex, as they will make your popcorn taste like rubber bands.)
• 1 twist tie or 4-5 inch length of string, ribbon or cord
• 1 to 11/2 cups of popped popcorn
• 5 candy corn, gumdrops, M&Ms, or Bugle chips, for fingernails
Place one of the “fingernails” in each finger of the glove. Fill the glove with the popped popcorn. Tie shut with the twist tie or string. You are done! This can be a fun activity for a Halloween party and a large bowl of monster hands looks just creepy enough without being scary.
For each banana ghost you will need:
• Half a banana, peeled
• Two mini chocolate chips for eyes
• One standard-size chocolate chip for a mouth
Poke the eyes and mouth into the banana near the rounded end to make a ghost face. Banana ghost accomplished! You can stand it up on the flat end, if you like. Note: bananas will brown when exposed to air, so plan to eat these ghosts quickly before they get really gruesome.
Guest Writer-Elizabeth Wagner is a special needs educator with over 10 years of experience working with special needs children in the classroom and home setting.