I consider myself to be a fairly festive person, particular in the way of celebrating various holidays. I’ve always admired those who make the effort to decorate their homes, bake and cook holiday-appropriate dishes, and host celebratory events. Since moving to Australia, I must admit that I haven’t been nearly as jubilant when it comes to making a fuss over the typical North American occasions like Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Canada Day, or even Valentine’s Day. Thanksgiving? What’s that? Aussies are seemingly much more laid back when it comes to celebrating the holidays. No wonder…the beautiful, sunny weather here makes every day seem like a holiday! Halloween is just catching on in Oz and Christmas feels more like a 4th of July backyard barbecue to me. Which is fine for now, as I’ve saved a pile of money on hosting parties and purchasing holiday home decor 😉
Obviously such holidays hold deeper significance than Santa Clause, Easter egg hunts, or sending Valentine’s Day cards. However, I can’t help but enjoy and partake in all sides of the various occasions. The 6th grade teacher in me still craves the creativity and joy of it all. Hence Thomas’s afternoon snack today:
Although I doubt he understands the ghostly significance of his Halloween inspired snack, at least it made me feel like a festive fun mom. Well, for about 2 minutes until he purposely dumped his milk on the floor and demanded ‘baboo’ (blueberries) for the third time today.
Today’s snack time prompted me to contemplate all of the creative Halloween food possibilities out there. From middle school to adult themed costume parties (the best kind…obvs), I’ve hosted them all. I thought I’d compile a photo list of 10 Halloween Inspired Snack Ideas, some of which I’ve made in the past and others that I’d love to have a reason to. Best of all, they are all much healthier than your typical trick-or-treat junk food.
Jack-O-Lantern Guacamole Tray
I realize this is soooo gross, but amazing nonetheless. Add some tortilla chips and dig in!
I made something similar for my class a few years ago using a healthy cupcake recipe and just decorated them like this photo example! You could really use any healthier chocolate or cupcake recipe you want (like this one) before adding the embellishments.
Can you tell I’m just about ready to get this baby out and enjoy an adult beverage again?
So how about you?
Have you made any of these Halloween concoctions before?
Is there a specific holiday that makes you feel particularly festive?