Fun Halloween Recipes for Children!

Over the weekend, my husband and I hosted a kid friendly Halloween party. I spent Friday preparing a few cute Halloween activities, and recipes for everyone to enjoy. I have added the recipes so you can do them with your family and children. I tried to take the best pictures I could, but have ‘stolen’ a few higher quality pics from other sites as noted. Thanks for reading!

‘Mummy Dogs’

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Not sure where I originally got this recipe from, but here it is! (The only change I made to this recipe was I cut the hot dogs in half length-wise. Hot dogs are pretty bad for your anyway :). You can use full hot dogs, but I don’t suggest the kind that ‘plump’ when they cook.)

Ingredients: about ten hot dogs and crescent rolls. Optional for ‘face’: ketchup, mustard, peppercorns etc.

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Crescent Rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations creating 4 rectangles; press perforations to seal. Recipe Creations: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
  3. With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half).
  4. Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog and 1/4 slice of cheese to look like “bandages,” stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” On ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot. With mustard or ketchup, draw features on ‘face.’

Next on the menu was:

‘Halloween Sandwich Bites!’

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This picture/recipe was borrowed from: http://www.delish.com/entertaining-ideas/holidays/halloween/jack-o-lantern-sandwich-bites-halloween-dinner-party-recipes#slide-7

 

Ingredients: refrigerated pie crust (or you can use excess crescent roll dough from above recipe!) ham (or any other lunch meat,) cheese, and an egg. Also you will need some type of cookie cutter (we used a pumpkin and a ghost!).

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with nonstick foil.
  2. Unroll pie crusts. Cut each crust into 24 pumpkin shapes with a 3-in. pumpkin cookie cutter. Using a 1⁄2-in. triangular cookie cutter or a sharp knife, cut out eyes and a nose from 12 of the cutouts.
  3. Using a 2-in. round cutter, cut 24 rounds from the sliced ham and 24 rounds from the sliced cheddar.
  4. Place 2 slices cheddar in the center of each of the 12 solid pumpkins; top each with 2 slices of ham. With a small brush, brush beaten egg around edges. Top with remaining pumpkins with cut-out faces, carefully pressing on edges to seal.
  5. Place on prepared baking sheet. Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake 12 to 15 minutes until light golden. Let cool on rack 5 minutes before serving.

(Just as a side note, you can make these a little fancier by adding some spices to the inside, or veggies to make it healthier!)

The recipe that was the most labor intensive, but most worth it was:

‘Scary Deviled Egg Eyes!’

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Ingredients:

12 hard boiled eggs
1/2 C. mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
2 green onions, finely minced
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
1/2 tsp. dry ground mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
blue food coloring, as needed
redpaste food coloring, as needed(I didn’t use the paste, I used regular food coloring)
24 slices of black olives/or green!
pimentos or fresh red peppers

Instructions: 1. Peel the hard boiled eggs and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop the yolks out into a large Ziploc back and reserve the whites until needed.

2. Squish together the yolks until smooth in the Ziploc bag.

3. Add mayo, onions, parsley, mustard, salt, paprika, and garlic powder. Mix well.

4. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to turn the yellow mixture a soft green.

5. Put all ingredients into the ziplock bag, cut a small bit of the corner of the bag off (kind of like a cake piping bag) and put the green yolk mixture into the cavity in each white half, dividing evenly.

5. On top of each yolk filling, place one black olive slice. Add a small piece of pimento or red pepper for the pupil.

6. With a toothpick dipped in red food coloring , draw red veins on egg white’s surface. (If you use regular liquid food coloring, be sure not to use too much, as it will run!)

7. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

and last but not least:

‘Ghoulish Punch!’

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Recipe and picture borrowed from http://spoonful.com/recipes/bloody-punch-with-floating-hand

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups cranberry juice
  • 1-1/2 cups apple juice
  • 1-1/2 cups grape juice
  • 2 cups caffeine-free cola
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries (I skipped the strawberries, mostly because I forgot. It looked great anyway!)
  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine the cranberry juice, apple juice and grape juice. Stir, then refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. At the last possible moment, add the cola, the strawberries and, of course, the Floating Hand of Death.

For the Floating Hand of Death

  1. In a measuring cup or jar, stir a few drops of green food coloring into some water — not too much, just enough to give it a slightly decomposed tint.
  2. Pour the greenish water into a disposable rubber glove (the stretchy kind — make sure it’s not powder-coated inside) and tie the top securely. Place in the freezer for several hours or overnight.
  3. At serving time, peel the glove off the hand and deposit icy hand in chilled punch. Yum.

These recipes didn’t take too long to prepare, and they were fun to do! Many of the steps were easy enough to involve a child. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Halloween! I know we sure did!

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75 FREE Things To Do Over Spring Break!

This blog post is designed to help busy Mom and Dads in the Ann Arbor/Detroit area find fun activities for the kids over spring break! Thanks to http://annarbordetroit.kidsoutandabout.com for this fabulous list!

 

75 FREE things to do in Ann Arbor-DetroitClick here to find out about them!

 

Monday, April 1
Tuesday, April 2
Wednesday, April 3
Thursday, April 4
Friday, April 5
Saturday, April 6
Sunday, April 7

Camps: There are a bunch of Spring Break Camps this week–some of them are all week long, some can be attended day-by-day. Here is KidsOutAndAbout’s list of local Spring Break camps.


Monday

Monday, April 1: ScienceFest: Galactic Getaway at Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. School is out, that means it is time to get away! Come escape day-to-day life as we explore the wonders of the Universe with a week of space themed hands-on activities! We will learn about the planets, stars, & galaxies that make up our Universe.

Monday, April 1: Schools Out Family Jump at Pump It Up: Wixom. School is out, and we are in! Bring the family to our special family jump on days school is out!

Monday, April 1: Who Are You Fooling? at Matthaie Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Join us for an April Fool’s special activity day. Make paper masks, play games and find out which plants play tricks! A Make Way for Spring! School Break Getaway program. Join us for week of fun during school spring break.

Monday, April 1: Family Jump Time at Canton Pump It Up. Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Family Jump Time! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up.

Monday, April 1: Bonus Jump! at Sky Zone Canton. Spend your vacation days in the sky!

Monday, April 1: Tunes ‘N’ Tales By Tricia at Ann Arbor District Library. Tricia Kjolhede is an amazing entertainer with years of classroom experience and knowledge of child development. She doesn’t perform FOR kids; she performs WITH kids! Explore the fun of musical expression with Tricia!

Monday, April 1: Four Feet Down the Trail – Catch the Sun  at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve. Catch the Sun: We’ll discover the sun and make our own super nifty suncatcher.


Tuesday

Tuesday, April 2: Spring Break Open Gym Play Ages 3-12 at ONE Training Studio. Come hop, skip, run, jump, play games, take classes, get active and have fun at ONE Training’s Fit-Tastic Spring Break.

Tuesday, April 2: Escape From Planet Earth at Farmington Civic Theater. Dove Foundation: Suitable for all ages. Finally, a family movie that your entire family can enjoy together!

Tuesday, April 2: Baffling Bill Magic Show at Ann Arbor District Library. Baffling Bill returns to AADL for an afternoon of extraordinary magic!

Tuesday, April 2: Mario Kart Tournament at Novi Public Library. Start your engines for the round robin competition of this 4th annual tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.

Tuesday, April 2: Spring Break Jump N Art at Pump It Up: Wixom. Spring Break Jump N Art 9:30am – 1:30pm $20 per child 1 day or $35 per child for both! Includes: Lunch, snacks, crafts and FUN!

Tuesday, April 2: Spies Like Us! at Plymouth District Library. Secret codes, ciphers, surreptitious skills. Spend part of your Spring Break with us and learn the secrets of spies

Tuesday, April 2: Family Jump Time at Canton Pump It Up. Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Family Jump Time! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up.

Tuesday, April 2: Wee One Yoga at Novi Public Library. Join NPL and the Divine Yoga Company to learn yoga and baby massage.

Tuesday, April 2: The Edge Video Game Party!  at Plymouth District Library. Test your skills playing Mario Kart and other fun games.

Tuesday, April 2: Self-Guided Activity Day at Matthaei at Matthaie Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Explore on your own and experience the trails and conservatory at your own pace with an adventure backpack full of self guided activities.

Tuesday, April 2: ScienceFest: Galactic Getaway at Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. School is out, that means it is time to get away! Come escape day-to-day life as we explore the wonders of the Universe with a week of space themed hands-on activities! We will learn about the planets, stars, & galaxies that make up our Universe.


Wednesday

Wednesday, April 3: Straw Bridge Engineering at Ann Arbor District Library. What kind of bridge can you build with straws and other household materials? Can you build the strongest one?

Wednesday, April 3: Spring Break Kid’s Kamp – Aztec Sun at Painting with a Twist – Farmington. Come and spend the afternoon making a cool painting with an instructor walking students through the process one step at a time.

Wednesday, April 3: Sketchbook Detectives at Matthaie Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Explore how scientist-detectives unlock the mysteries of ecosystems. Find clues hidden throughout the conservatory and learn sketching techniques for capturing nature.

Wednesday, April 3: Spring Break Open Gym Play Ages 3-12 at ONE Training Studio. Come hop, skip, run, jump, play games, take classes, get active and have fun at ONE Training’s Fit-Tastic Spring Break.

Wednesday, April 3: FAMILY FUN NIGHT! – Plymouth Library at Plymouth District Library. There will be songs, games, stories, creative play and other family fun activities.

Wednesday, April 3: Escape From Planet Earth at Farmington Civic Theater. Dove Foundation: Suitable for all ages. Finally, a family movie that your entire family can enjoy together!


Thursday

Thursday, April 4: Spring Break Kid’s Kamp – Silly Gecko at Painting with a Twist – Farmington. Come and spend the afternoon making a cool painting with an instructor walking students through the process one step at a time.

Thursday, April 4: BUBBLEMAN at Novi Public Library. Enjoy learning and seeing the wonder of bubbles. Ron Loyd, the Bubbleman, will delight and engage everyone with his amazing bubble show.

Thursday, April 4: Is It Spring Yet? at Matthaie Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Hit the outdoor trails to look for signs of spring. Then warm up inside with hot cocoa and make your own special blend to take home.

Thursday, April 4: Travel Through Tales To The Himalayas at Ann Arbor District Library. Check out the colorful rickshaw on the Downtown Library’s front porch and experience the rich culture of the Himalayas through stories and crafts!

Thursday, April 4: $5 After 5 at Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. Pay half-price at the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum on Thursday night’s $5 after 5 deal!


Friday

Friday, April 5: DIY Instruments at Ann Arbor District Library. Learn how to make musical instruments out of household items, like a Bee Harmonica out of popsicle sticks and rubber bands and a Brazilian Laughing Cup out of a paper cup and a paper clip.

Friday, April 5: FestiMoon at FestiFools. This sublime moonlight event features enormous processions of community, hand-made illuminated sculptures carried by dancing teams of merrymakers as they thread their way downtown to Washington and Ashley Streets in the heart of Ann Arbor.

Friday, April 5: Spring Break Kid’s Kamp – Three Monkeys at Painting with a Twist – Farmington. Come and spend the afternoon making a cool painting with an instructor walking students through the process one step at a time.

Friday, April 5: Windowsill Wonders at Matthaie Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum. Learn how some plants make wonderful kitchen herb gardens, and make one to take home

Friday, April 5: Family Jump Time at Canton Pump It Up. Come play on our giant, soft, fun-filled interactive inflatables during Pump It Up Family Jump Time! Share quality time and promote physical fitness while bouncing, sliding, climbing and jumping at Pump It Up.


Saturday

Saturday, April 6: Telescope Workshop at Sloan/Longway. Find out how to properly use your telescope with this interactive workshop presented by Longway Planetarium Astronomer, Richard Walker. Explore different types of telescopes, eye pieces, Barlow’s and calculating magnifications.

Saturday, April 6: Earth Day Tales at Leslie Science and Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day with tales about how you can do your part to care for the planet. Children will also plant seeds and use recycled items to create a work of art.

Saturday, April 6: FREE Spring Movies “Hotel Transylvania” at Canton Cinema  at Canton Cinema. Family Movies for FREE!

Saturday, April 6: ScienceFest: Galactic Getaway at Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. School is out, that means it is time to get away! Come escape day-to-day life as we explore the wonders of the Universe with a week of space themed hands-on activities! We will learn about the planets, stars, & galaxies that make up our Universe.

Saturday, April 6: Farmers’ Market at Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market. Located in Ann Arbor’s historic Kerrytown District, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market is a lovely open-air market that’s been an Ann Arbor institution for over 90 years!


Sunday

Sunday, April 7: FestiFools. A new local tradition, kicking off Ann Arbor’s outdoor festival season, FestiFools is a gigantic public art spectacular, created by members of the community and U of M students.

Sunday, April 7: Jump Club Sessions at Hot Ropes Jump Rope Club. The club will introduce your jumper to individual skills, partnering skills, long rope skills and, double dutch skills. Beginners are welcome!

Sunday, April 7: Dancing Babies with Dianne Dudley at Ann Arbor District Library. Dianne, a teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools, presents a program of music and motion.

Sunday, April 7: ScienceFest: Galactic Getaway at Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. School is out, that means it is time to get away! Come escape day-to-day life as we explore the wonders of the Universe with a week of space themed hands-on activities! We will learn about the planets, stars, & galaxies that make up our Universe.

Sunday, April 7: FREE Spring Movies “Hotel Transylvania” at Canton Cinema  at Canton Cinema. Family Movies for FREE!

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