- Posted October 21, 2013 by
Trick or Treat - Extraordinary Halloween for Kids
Whether you see Halloween as an All Saints Day marketing spinoff. For them it’s all about adult-sanctioned naughtiness and scoffing sweets or easy desserts at a perfect time to cause maximum orthodontic devastation.
But hey, it’s tradition so wind yer neck in, grandad. Your job as an adult is merely to make it as spectacular as possible – at the very least, more spectacular than your immediate neighbours. The minimum requirement is to carve a jack-o-lantern out of an unsuspecting pumpkin, but I think we can do better than that, so please send in your favourite ghoulish foods or something like ice cream recipes.
Glowing fluorescent jellies are brilliant. Make them with tonic water and place them on a UV light - the quinine that gives tonic water its pleasant bitterness lights up spookily. And for grown-ups, you can make them with gin too or some other easy dessert recipes. Make up your jelly using leaf gelatine, using the instructions on the packet, but with about 25% higher concentration of gelatine
For simple gruesome pleasure, you can buy a good range of edible insects from big department stores, and they are always fun to eat. Perhaps offer a dip into the pick-n-mix only after the kids have scoffed a fat-bottomed ant? But if you’re too squeamish for that, you can make food look like spiders, bleeding fingers, mummies or ghosts...
You could serve a deep blood-red borscht or this simple hot blood soup. Kids often find this pan-fried lambs testicles recipe from my CBBC Gastronuts series hilarious too. For adults, Bloody Mary soup is excellent – it’s basically just a huge Bloody Mary, but with more tomatoes and a bit less vodka. For simple, scary-looking food, you can make gruesome-looking gimlet eyeballs out of steamed Brussels sprouts rolled in beetroot red food colouring. My kids love to eat delicious marinated grilled chicken heart kebabs
Sprinkling popping candy crumbs onto their food is great fun, especially if you don’t tell the kids what you’re doing. There are lots of recipes around for ghoulish snacks. I also love to serve foods that scare the living daylights out of kids – nip down to your local Chinese shops for instant jellyfish salad, black fungus, or seaweed for lots of squeals and giggles.