When planning a Halloween party for young children, remember not to get too spooky with your decorations! Incorporating decorative elements like mini pumpkins with googly eyes, scattering mice and colored balloons will give the haunting holiday a kid-friendly touch….Here are some healthy Halloween treats and festive entertaining inspiration from TSG’s premier children’s party planner Shana Rosenheck of POMP:
A Children’s Spooktacular Halloween Celebration
What better way to mix up a children’s Halloween bash than with creative healthy snack alternatives? Shana shares a few simple and quick ideas to add some healthy options to your upcoming Halloween celebration.
You Only Need Two Simple Ingredients: Clementines and Celery
Directions: Simply peel the clementine and pull out the center rind. Cut your celery into skinny strips. Poke the celery into the top of the clementine to create the pumpkin stem. These clementine pumpkins are a sweet and delicious alternative to sugary snacks.
You’ll Need: Mini-Pretzel Sticks, Cheese Sticks, Chives and Scissors
Directions: First cut each cheese stick in half. Next, carefully push the pretzel stick so it is a ½ inch deep in the uncut side of the cheese stick. To create the bristles cut thin slices that are about 1 inch long. Carefully tie the chive around the top part of the string cheese and snip off the ends. Tada, you have brewed up a healthy alternative for your Halloween party!
Apple Monster Mouth
You’ll Need: Mini-Marshmallows, Red Apples, Caramel and Toothpicks (optional)
Directions: First, wash the apple and cut it into eight sections. Remove the core and lay flat. Next, place the caramel in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 20 to 30 seconds. You just want the caramel to soften. (You can also use peanut butter if none of your guests have nut allergies!) Using a knife, smear the caramel or peanut butter over one side of each apple slice. Press the mini marshmallows into the caramel slice. You may want to place one mini marshmallow behind the row of “teeth” to help stabilize the top lip. You may also want to use a toothpick to keep the top lip from sliding off of the marshmallows until the caramel hardens and sets.
These neat tips and tricks are sure to make your next Halloween party a howling hit. Happy planning!
Photography by Alyssa Rosenheck