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For a Witch's Tea.

Kids party. 5 year olds.

Planned starting at 5 PM, so that means dinner.

Thanks to my awesome secret reaper gifts, I got the activities set, but I'm needing some help with food.

I'm not normally a cutesy halloween food type person, our party is normally, well, 'normal' in the food area. But, this particular venue is me exploring the more...Martha side of Halloween. Which is foreign territory.


I'm pretty sure I can manage a witch's brew drinks just fine, I mean, just add dry ice, no big deal. But I need to buy a cauldron, since mine has a hole in it. (to fit a fountain mister).

I'm pretty sure I have a jello brain mold and possibly a hand mold around as well, if I can find them (I think they were among my after season purchases last year)...but some of these girls, I don't know how that would fly. (one cried last year when we "killed" a unicorn pinata for a birthday party)

I have various halloween cookie cutters I could make little sammiches with, or even cut up a pizza into bat shapes or something, but we're planning on (having the kids) decorating some cookies, so don't know if I want to make too many things the same shapes.

So, what's some fun food items that are easy and kid appropriate? Or should I stick to normal?
 

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You could make the little mummy rolls, weenies and dough, cupcakes with spider rings on them....I would not go all eyeballs and stuff on them, might scar the little boogers for life!! LOL
 

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Maybe some orange and black jello jigglers? Maybe you could have triangle cookies for the kids to do their own "candy corn" design, then you could do shapes for the sandwiches? Chocolate dipped pretzels? popcorn balls? Apples and caramel? Rice Krispie treats with a web or witches hat drawn on in frosting? I also found the following ideas on pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/pin/141370875774056117/
http://pinterest.com/pin/154952043399917328/
 

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For a main dish, what about chicken fingers but call them Witch digits? You could makes some cool little signs and tape them to skewers or toothpicks to label each dish.

Have some funny names for dipping sauces too - Hansel&Gretel for sweet and sour, Salem Sauce for barbeque (yes, I know there were no witches burned there, but darn it, I like that!), etc..

I like using regular food (so it gets eaten) but giving it funny/punny names to tie into the theme. :)

Here's another easy idea - grilled cheese sammies (that most kids would eat!)
http://www.marthastewart.com/319096/grilled-cheese-sand-witches-with-celery?czone=holiday/halloween-center/halloween-center-desserts&center=276965&gallery=275177&slide=259386

And here is some witch hat calzones that look pretty easy to make:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/appetizers-snacks/witchs-hat-calzones/


Love these, and they are REALLY simple (it's all assembling):
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/witches-hats/c04c58a6-9fb7-46ef-a45f-9bfabbf96b0d
 

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Maybe some orange and black jello jigglers? Maybe you could have triangle cookies for the kids to do their own "candy corn" design, then you could do shapes for the sandwiches? Chocolate dipped pretzels? popcorn balls? Apples and caramel? Rice Krispie treats with a web or witches hat drawn on in frosting? I also found the following ideas on pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/pin/141370875774056117/
http://pinterest.com/pin/154952043399917328/
I'm looking more for the real food than the treats. I think we got treats part covered. And as funny as those cheeseburgers are, my daughter won't touch a burger.
 

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For a main dish, what about chicken fingers but call them Witch digits? You could makes some cool little signs and tape them to skewers or toothpicks to label each dish.

Have some funny names for dipping sauces too - Hansel&Gretel for sweet and sour, Salem Sauce for barbeque (yes, I know there were no witches burned there, but darn it, I like that!), etc..

I like using regular food (so it gets eaten) but giving it funny/punny names to tie into the theme. :)
Hm, that's not bad. And I could have a party tray from somewhere and just label...
 

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Simple is always better---take it from a PreK teacher---kids are picky and not apt to eat odd items or fancy stuff anyway. I agree with the mini pigs in a blanket (mummy dogs) as they can be made ahead and popped in the oven at the last minute. Tyson's makes "Chicken Fries" which are just thin cut tenders and could be called "fingers". And mini english muffin pizzas can be prepped ahead and toasted up in minutes.
Decorate the table with a few Halloween items and voila! The kids will be impressed and actually eat what you made.
 

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We always give our english muffin pizzas olive slice eyes to look like mummies...even on regular days,lol. Also we have made snakes on the pigs in a blanket idea. Just wrap in crescent dough, slice up the hot dogs so you can shape it like a snake. Kraft's website has a lot of cute/ not gross holiday ideas for these kind of things. Worth a check out.
 
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