Halloween themed cupcake picks are easy to find this time of year. Take two seconds to stick one in one of the foods in your child’s lunch — just about anything will do — to instantly make it more festive. This Frankenstein pick is from a set by Meri Meri but you can find many other styles at department, craft stores or even your local grocery.
Cut a sandwich in half using a zig-zag pattern, then add olive slices for eyes. If you like, add a little tomato under the top layer of bread to highlight the mouth.
Draw a silly jack-o-lantern face on the skin of an orange or a clementine using special, food-safe markers.
Turn a peeled hard-boiled egg into a ghost by cutting slits in the white and sticking in thin slivers of black olive. Or go the monster route by cutting appropriately sized holes and pushing in olive slices for eyes.
Use a small pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut shapes out of a slice of cheddar. Pack them with a stack of crackers.
Try this idea from Family Fun: cut ghost shapes out of a slice of toast with kitchen shears. Spread with cream cheese and add raisin faces.
Black and Orange
If you’re really pressed for time, forgo the decorations and pack carrot sticks with some black bean dip for dunking them in.
Wendy Copley writes about cooking, crafts, parenting and her obsession with lunch boxes at Wendolonia.
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