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Halloween Fun in the Kitchen

Here are some of my favorite Halloween recipes to make with kids!


1-Spooky Popcorn Hands

You Will Need:

  • Candy Corn
  • Gummy worms
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Clear gloves
  • Plastic spider rings
  • Spooky Plastic spiders
  • Rubber bands

The Activity:

Place popcorn bag in the microwave and cook according to directions. Ask an adult to open the bag of popcorn and empty it out into a bowl to cool off

Put one candy corn in each of the fingers of the glove to create fingernails

Fill the glove with popcorn and little spiders

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Tie on the other end with a rubber band

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Place a spider ring on one of the fingers

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2-Decorate Mummy Cupcakes

You Will Need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (we made ours using cake mix)
  • White frosting
  • Ziploc baggies
  • m&ms
  • sugar eyes
  • fruit loops

The Activity:

Put White frosting in a plastic bag and cut a little tip on the end of the bag.

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Create a zig zag pattern on the cupcake by squeezing the bag

Add candy for eyes. We experimented with different types of candies.

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3-Hot Dog Mummies

I have made these 2 years in a row with the kids and they LOOOOVE them!!!!

You Will Need:

  • Beef, chicken, turkey or Veggie Hot dogs
  • Crescent dough
  • Sliced American cheese
  • Cooking spray
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sugar eye balls
  • Knife

The Activity:

Step 1: Unroll dough; separate at perforations.

Step 2: With knife, cut each triangle into long strips. Don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Step 3: Slice cheese slices into 3

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Step 4: Place a small slice of cheese on the hot dog and use a strip of dough to wrap it along the length of the hot dog.

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Step 5: On a large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs cheese side down.

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Step 6: Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot.

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Step 7: Once completely cool, put a little squeeze of mayonnaise (use like “glue”)at the top of the hot dog and “stick” on 2 sugar eye balls!!!

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Sensory Activities

Sensory Fun with Fruit Pizza

I started a new cooking class  called Little Chefs as part of the Miss Mancy’s Fall Curriculum at the Social Mind Center. The idea is to expose children to a variety of foods, smells, textures and tastes. This is especially helpful for children that are picky eaters. Since our focus at SMC is Social Communication, we utilize this class to teach important social skills during the group interaction as well as teaching children how to host a play date!

For our first class, we made beautiful fruit pizzas!

You Will Need:

  • One medium size watermelon
  • Berries
  • Grapes
  • Melons (1/4 inch slices)
  • cookie cutters

Each child began by cutting out shapes from different melon. It helps if the melon is not cut too thick so that the cookie cutters can cut threw easily.

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We sliced the grapes and the strawberries.

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Each child got a one-inch ROUND slice of watermelon and they were then free to decorate their fruit pizzas with their favorite fruits.

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Therapy Corner:

You would be surprised to see how challenging this activity can be for children who do not enjoy getting messy. The wet texture of the fruit was a challenge to many but they went along with it and asked to wipe their hands several times. I placed paper towels next to each of them and didn’t make a big deal out of it but reminded them that it’s ok to get dirty, we will wash up at the end.

The aroma of the fruit was wonderful to some but overwhelming to others! This is great exposure to foods that they would otherwise never touch!!!

I didn’t want the children using knives for the first class until I get to see their safety awareness, so the use of cookie cutters makes this activity activity appropriate even for little ones.

The results are beautiful and the children enjoyed sharing their pizzas with staff and parents!