When my daughter was little, I loved to send her with special school lunches now and then. I used to include a special note every single day and actually, it’s pretty much what spurred her on to learning to read at a very young age. She was so excited to be able to read those notes all on her own!. When it came to her lunches though, she was hypoglycemic and it was really important that she got enough protein and other nutrients but she could be kind of fussy about food. One day she liked something, the next day she didn’t. Any time I could entice her to eat something relatively healthy by making it more appealing in some way, I considered it a win. Being a busy single mom with a full time job, if it was quick and easy to put together, that was a double win!
So, this Halloween lunch is just perfect for kids like my Sammy. The spider sandwich is made with whole wheat bread that has been cut into circles using a cookie cutter and filled with cream cheese and jam. You could use peanut butter instead of the cream cheese if that is permitted at your child’s school. Stick 8 pretzel sticks into the sandwich for the legs and add 2 raisins or chocolate chips as the eyes. For the mummy juice box, use white tape (first aid or duct tape), white bandages or cheesecloth and wrap them around the box. It looks best if you cover the top of the box too but be sure to leave an opening for the straw! Stick on a couple googly eyes and you’re done. Easiest of all are the cheese sticks and the mandarin orange cups. All you need for them is a black permanent marker (such as a Sharpie – my preferred brand) and you can draw on features to turn them into ghosts and Jack O’Lanterns. See? Easy peasy just like I promised. You could send them all together in one Halloween lunch or spread them out as a countdown to the big day. Simple but fun for your kids!
PRO TIP: Another way to jazz up your kid’s lunch is by including a holiday themed napkin. Or use holiday stickers to embellish their lunch containers. It’s a fun colourful little surprise for them and will make them smile at lunchtime!