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Old 09-30-2006, 12:57 AM - Thread Starter
 
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DS goes to a co-operative preschool, and Halloween is my snack day. I want to do something in honor of the day but I am having trouble coming up with a (at least relatively) nutritious idea. I have to make it for 17 kids so it has to be fairly simple. Also no nuts because one child has an allergy. Please let me hear your ideas!
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What about something with canned pumpkin? Maybe mix it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc and serve in little cups with some plain whipped cream on top? Or you could spread the mixture on wheat tortillas with or with out cream cheese, add some raisins, roll them up and slice into wheels. Are mini pumpkin muffins out of the question? Toasted pumpkin seeds with butter and garlic salt would be yum if the kids are old enough to be ok with them. What about baby carrots wrapped up in cheese slices - they could be dressed up with cheese "capes" for Halloween!

ETA - Nevermind the seeds idea - forgot about the nut allergy.
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I don't have any ideas for you, but I'm going to think about it and I'll post back. I'm the room mom for my 2yo's preschool class, so I have to come up with the food for the "Fall" party (not called a Halloween party). The teacher just asked me about it yesterday so I haven't yet had time to really think about it. But I want to do some clever, cute things that are also hopefully healthy. There are some cute ideas on familyfun.com that I'm thinking I might modify.
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How about homemade graham crackers made with fall or hallowe'en cutters and cheese cut into shapes with same? You could add slice of oranges, etc, beside.

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I saw a veggie platter arranged to look like a skeleton. Might be too scary for preschoolers though........

sorry, the only other halloween snack ideas I have are all chocolate and sugar laden.

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Thanks for all the suggestions!

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How about homemade graham crackers made with fall or hallowe'en cutters and cheese cut into shapes with same? You could add slice of oranges, etc, beside.
I might do something like this. They split up into smaller snack groups, so a design on a platter wouldn't work so well (I'd have to make 4 of them, and I am lazy. )

I found a recipe online somewhere for these cheese biscuit balls with green olives stuck in them that look like eyeballs. I might do that but it might be a bit much for preschool... what do you all think? Too gory?
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Ds and I are making "spiders" that I saw in a magazine recently. It's basically two round crackers put together with peanut butter in the middle (you could substitute something else since nuts are an issue) and chow mein noodles stuck in for legs. The eyes are raisins and are stuck on with pb too.
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Oh! ghost buns! Either make your own bread dough or buy the frozen stuff.

Take a small peice and form into an egg shape. Stretch out the the small part (the bottom) off to the side to a point, this will make the bottom of the ghost and make a small slice on each side (in the middle). Stretch the sliced parts (these are the arms) and take an upside down pencil (the eraser part) and poke 2 eyes and a little mouth.

After 5 minutes of baking, poke the eyes and mouth again to make sure they stay.

I made these for my kids and they loved it! You could cookie cutter up some cheese too to go with it.
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I'd do pumpkin mini-muffins. You can sub at least half whole wheat flour for the white flour. Add apple sauce instead of all the oil, and you've got a relatively healthy treat.
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My sil made these one yr, big hit http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jh...31&site=living

Oh, and you would obviously have to substitute something for the nail. Like maybe a carrot coin or raisin.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
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I'd do pumpkin mini-muffins. You can sub at least half whole wheat flour for the white flour. Add apple sauce instead of all the oil, and you've got a relatively healthy treat.
I made muffins with sprouted wheat flour and they were awesome! Most people didn't know they were whole wheat. If you use sprouted flour, you can probably make muffins or cookies with 100% whole wheat or spelt flour. I would use honey, sucanat, rapadura, or agave nectar as the sweetener instead of sugar.
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My sil made these one yr, big hit http://www.marthastewart.com/page.jh...31&site=living

Oh, and you would obviously have to substitute something for the nail. Like maybe a carrot coin or raisin.
Those are pretty cool - but I admit they freak me out! (I'm such a scaredy cat, I know)

ETA: the ghost bun recipe:
http://www.recipegoldmine.com/
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i found this site the other day, someone posted that spiderweb dip on the first page. i havent completely looked through it, but some of it looks fun, lol

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