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Halloween party for kidsPosted at 12:02PM, 31 October 2012 by Lily Barclay - Writer, bbcgoodfood.com
It's Halloween! Let their imaginations run wild with a frightening feast and ghoulish games that will have them screaming with delight.
Spooky savoury feasts
Let's face it, not much is more terrifying than a room full of very over-excited kids. So if you want to take things slowly with the sugar, we have a few savoury suggestions that should keep them at the table. Witches' brew pea & bacon chowder, eyeball pasta and cheesy bean potatoes are all fun and popular with kids. Where as Halloween dips & bites like avocado slime sludge and vegetable hellfire spread and creepy bites should also give them some nutritious fuel for all that scary dancing.
But it wouldn't be Halloween without a trick or treat or two, and scary Halloween jelly, freaky fingers, brain balls and bloodthirsty squash will all go down well with the gore-loving crowd. Catering for the more genteel type of ghouls? Hooting Halloween owls, pumpkin cakes and spider web chocolate fudge muffins should do the trick, but the crème de la crème has to be this Haunted graveyard cake which everyone from toddlers to teens will love.
Run a few silly contests for awards like, 'biggest witch's nose', 'best broom' or 'scariest fingernails' so that everyone wins a little prize. Great homemade giveaways include these eerie eyeball cake pops, toffee popcorn bark or squeamish squares.
Try spicing up traditional apple bobbing by adding some milk and food dye into the mix to make it frogspawn green or blood-curding red, you could also add edible glitter and fake spiders to turn it into a witch's potion or a giant's blood bath. Whoever bobs the most apples in a limited space of time could win a small party bag of treats to take home.
Putting ingredients like cold spaghetti, lychees or runny jelly in a bowl and getting blindfolded party guests to guess what they are feeling is always good squelchy, squealy fun, and you can always rename your concoctions as baby snakes, eyeballs or goblin goo. Just don't get too carried away with parties for younger children, pre-schoolers' probably won't appreciate a full-on 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' experience.
If you are looking for something a little less scary, then how about a hunt for a ghost ship's treasure chest, you could scatter clues attached to gold chocolate coins around the house leading to a hoard of ghostly goodies like cheap costume jewellery, popcorn or peppermint lollipops.
When your party is nearing an end it might be worth giving the children a quieter, table activity to calm them down before home time, spooky cupcakes decorating should get twitchy feet settled down in no time.
Do you have any terrible treats in store for your little ones? We'd love to hear your ideas...