Kids can be finicky. What one kid likes another hates. When you add in allergies and sensitivities it can be a nightmare to pick the ideal party food and drink. Let me guide you through what can be one of the most challenging choices to make. These ideas below are all easy and always popular with even the most picky of eaters!
Popcorn Hands with Candy Corn Fingers
The beauty of these are that they are a twofer. They are a delicious snack that satisfies both the salty and sweet craving and its a great time-wasting craft. You need clear plastic gloves and yarn to tie the ends closed.
Jello with Wiggly Surprises
Make jello, any color or flavor, in a sheet cake pan. When you pour the jello in the cake pan to firm up, add any gross edible candy you can find. Gummy worms, eyeballs, pumpkins, or nerds. Just about any candy will work just make sure you cool the liquid jello slightly before adding the worms or they could melt. Bulk candy can be found at any grocery store. I found red, green and orange jello works the best for the gross out factor. Lastly cut the jello into squares or cookie cutter shapes like ghosts or pumpkins if your feeling ambitious!
Rice Crispi Treats with Candy Confetti
Everyone knows how to make Rice Crispi’s Treats, but if you don’t the recipe is on every box of Rice Crispi’s. The key to Spooky Halloween treats is lots of red and orange food coloring and orange and black candy confetti. This can be found at most large grocery stores or craft stores. You just need candy small enough to put in the treats but large enough to be seen. Often you can find orange marshmallows in the Fall and then you won’t need to use food coloring. If you have to use food coloring add it after the marshmallows are melted and before you add the cereal. These treats can also be cut into fun shapes with a cookie cutter like the jello.
Ants On a Log
These are a classic that are given a new twist to adjust for food allergies. Celery sticks cleaned and cut into logs as usual but instead of the traditional peanut butter use cream cheese. You can use raisins or cut up fruit of any kind. Celery has very little taste uncooked so it is the perfect conductor for other flavors. Cream cheese and strawberries are very pretty and quite tasty. If you have both peanut and strawberry allergies use kiwi or banana. Just make sure you come up with inventive names to make the kids squeal with delight or fear. Names like boogers on a log or slimy worms on a log definitely paint a picture. Stink bugs on a log are my oldest boy’s favorite.
This is an easy drink that can be modified to fit almost all tastes. Grape juice mixed with pineapple juice is delicious but looks terrible. Thats perfect. The key to the brew is the look not taste. If you serve it from a glass punch bowl you can freeze an ice ring with gummy worms, pumpkins, vampires teeth whatever you have. If you use red juice like cranberry juice mix 1 liter of Sprite and add an ice ring of vampire teeth. Punch of the Vampire is both gross and tasty!
Spiced Apple Juice
Apple juice mixed with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg gives the perfect little kick that makes this drink special. This drink is even better warm. If you heat it ahead of time you can transport it in a large cooler and it will stay warm for about an hour.
All of these treats and drinks can be easily modified for different tastes, allergies and sensitivities. With a little adjustment they can be modified for different seasons as well. Enjoy the party!