By Kristy Wilson
As a kid I can remember going to a very unique haunted house. It was in the basement of an old building that had been decorated on the outside with ghouls, ghosts, zombies, a headless horseman, and the like. The unique thing about this haunted house was that upon entry everyone was blindfolded. Patrons were escorted from room to room with each room telling another part of the haunted tale. In the final room of the haunted house the story ended with the big thriller and scare as everyone removed their blindfolds. Looking back it took a lot of creativity to put the whole thing together!
Being the big chicken that I was (who am I kidding, I still am!) I could not relax until I was escorted back through the entire building sans blindfold to see just how they pulled the whole thing off. It was only then that I convinced myself that I could go to sleep that night! What I found was that the event planners had used a lot of foods items to create some very realistic, gross feelings items to tell the haunted tale. For example, peeled grapes were used as a bowl of eyeballs and Jello was used as worms.
Keep in mind that this was many, many years ago and I can’t claim to remember one bit of the story. However, for those of you with older kids and who have a bit of a creative, story-telling side below are some food ideas to help you tell your haunted tale! You can even set some of the prepared items aside to have the kids eat as a snack when the story is over! If you choose not to set any of them aside, but still want to use them for a snack just make sure hands are washed well before starting your story.
1. Eyeballs: Peeled, room temperature grapes.
2. Worms: Jello and straws!
3. Bones: Pretzels, marshmallows, and white chocolate for dipping. Recipe to follow, but consider using varying sizes of pretzels and marshmallows to make different sized bones, and serve chilled so that they chocolate does not melt while people are handling them during the story.
4. Brains: Pumpkin innards. If you are going to carve pumpkins anyway, just save the inside gunk to be felt as brains! Pick out the seeds and roast them with a bit of sea salt for the edible treat later. Note: If you are thinking that your kids will eat the items that you make and you don’t set any aside for the snack, you might have them feel the “brains” last since the pumpkin goo will get all over everything else!
5. Brains option #2: Canned mandarin oranges. Partially drain and dump them in a large bowl. This one requires a little less work!
Have fun prepping and exploring your creative side as you come up with a frightening tale that is filled with missing limbs and other scattered body parts!
Do you have little ones that aren’t quite able to process a Halloween scary tale? Or maybe you are having a large Halloween party and need some cute, easy, and healthy snack ideas to share? Check out the links below for some fun, spooktacular food ideas:
I wish all a safe and fun Halloween filled with great memories and fun food!
Kristy Wilson considers herself a “towney” having lived in the community for 25 years. She grew up in Unit #4 schools and attended the University of Illinois. Kristy is passionate about her work with youth in the community and is interested in how nutrition affects youth’s behaviors. Her friends and family refer to her as a “foodie”, but she would tell you she just loves tasting and learning about food. Kristy is the mother of an amazing 2 year old little girl. Kristy works part-time and enjoys spending the rest of her time with her little girl, working on future not-for-profit program plans, volunteering in the community, being the best wife that she can to her fantastic husband, and of course COOKING!