Pumpkin picking, trick-or-treating, dressing up … October is already filled with lots of fun for your kiddos. But you can make their everyday a little more exciting–and spooky!–by packing them a fun lunch for daycare, school, or even a park picnic. This bento box is filled with silly and spooktacular ideas that you can likely pull off with stuff you already have in your kitchen. Here’s how to make each one:
Perfect Pumpkin Sammy
Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to trim two slices of bread into circles. Using the tip of a sharp knife, cut out triangle eyes and a smile from one piece of bread. On the other piece of bread, use a knife to spread on a layer of cream cheese and then a layer of orange jelly. Cut a small piece of celery, and stick it on the top of the sandwich as a stem.
Cheesy Witch’s Finger
Trim a cheese stick so that it will fit in the long, narrow section of the bento box. Using a knife, cut a piece of celery and then trim the end so that it looks like a pointy, green fingernail. Slice the end of the cheese stick so that it’s slanted, then place the green celery fingernail on top of it. Use a sharp knife to cut a series of slits right before the nail, and more at the other end of the finger, to look like knuckles. Slip a plastic spider ring onto the finger, too, if you want to make this snack super creepy.
Fill a section of the bento box with chocolate pudding. Trim off one end of a Milano cookie so that it’s straight on one side. Use a black edible marker or frosting to write “RIP” on the rounded end of the cookie. Place the cookie into the pudding, then add some festive sprinkles.
Raisin Monster Eyeballs
Fill a small section of the bento box with yogurt-covered raisins. For the few raisins on the top, add a dab of white icing and eyeball sprinkles to make them look like monster eyeballs.
Crunchy Carrot Gourds
Use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin from a large carrot. With a sharp knife, make two long slits down the top of the carrot to make a stem shape. Using your knife, carve away a little bit of carrot on each side of the “stem” to create a pumpkin shape. Slice up the carrot, then add the mini pumpkins to a section of the bento box.
With some simple ingredients and a little imagination, we hope this fun and festive lunch will add a few extra frights and giggles. Happy Halloween!