Rebecca is a retired special education teacher. She earned a master's degree at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.
Have a Healthy Meal Before Trick or Treat!
This Halloween, fill the kids up with healthy Halloween food before trick or treating. Impress your family or perhaps some friends with a spooktacular dinner.
Halloween can be a hectic holiday. It’s pretty much celebrated on the 31st no matter what day of the week it falls on. On school nights, it can be tough getting a good meal before trick or treating. Follow the steps for this quick and easy spooktacular dinner.
Step 1.(The Night Before Halloween)
The night before, get kids involved in preparing the spooktacular dinner. Have them tint almond slivers with red food dye and sliced mushrooms with black. Refrigerate the mushrooms and store the almonds in an airtight container
Next, have them create tomato flies with plum tomato heads, baby Gerkin tails, and cucumber slice wings. Attach parts using toothpicks. Refrigerate overnight.
On Halloween night, make the monster meatloaf. Use your favorite recipe for the meatloaf. Meanwhile, boil 2-3 eggs. Crack lightly and soak in beet juice or red food dye.
While the meatloaf cooks, make the ghostly mashed potatoes. Peel and boil 4-5 potatoes. Drain and add butter, salt, pepper, and a little milk.
Mash with a hand mixer or food processor. Put the mixture in a pastry bag, or even a plastic Ziploc bag with the corner cut out.
Pipe the potatoes onto a cookie sheet in mounds to resemble ghosts.
Add a black olive slice for the mouth and bits of black olives for the eyes. Toast lightly under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully.
The meatloaf is done now. While it cools, it is time to do the breadsticks. Use sheets of refrigerator crescent roll dough. Roll them up into finger shapes. Stick on an almond sliver fingernail. Brush with melted garlic butter
Beat an egg in a small bowl and add a few drops of red food color. Brush the “fake blood” over the top of the fingers. Bake according to package directions.
While the breadsticks bake (11-13 mins.), put the creepy-crawly tossed salad with slime dressing together. Wash and toss mixed greens in a bowl. Add the tomato flies and black mushrooms. The slime dressing? It’s just Green Goddess renamed. How simple is that!
Back to the Monster Meatloaf. It has cooled on a bed of greens. Now it’s time to add some spooky bloodshot eyes and other gross stuff. Secure pieces of roasted red peppers on top with toothpicks.
Peel the eggs and slice in half. Slice a bit off of each tip and secure a green olive slice for the iris and pupil. The breadsticks are done. Now it is time to eat a fast, healthy meal of healthy Halloween food before trick or treating.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 23, 2020:
I think so too. I would have loved it as a kid. Thanks, Alicia.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 22, 2020:
Your ideas are very creative. I think your suggestions are especially important this year so that children can have fun at Halloween if they don't go trick-or-treating.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 22, 2020:
Thanks for stopping by, Pam!
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 20, 2020:
This does look like a spooktacular meal, rebecca. I know the kids would probably love to help make a meal like this. It is a great idea.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 20, 2020:
I liked all those recipes for Halloween dinner. Involving children in preparing these would be fun. Even the names of the recipes are so interesting.
Thank you for sharing.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 20, 2020:
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 19, 2020:
Very cute food for Halloween dinner. Extremely creative!
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 19, 2020:
Wow! You went all out in preparing a spooky-looking Halloween dinner. Those bloodshot eyeballs, bloody finger breadsticks, and the mashed potato ghosts are creative. I am sure your family loved eating this!
I am not sure how much trick or treating will happen this Halloween with the ongoing pandemic. Some people are advising against it.