Fiendishly good Hallowe'en food for kids to make, from vampire rice to spider sandwiches

For easy edible treats that children will love to make and devour, we have some tricks up our sleeve...

Baked alaska ghost
From frightful finger food to deadly desserts, have fun in the kitchen this Hallowe'en  Credit: Haarala Hamilton and Valerie Berry

Hallowe’en is a powerful marker of the turning of the seasons, and for children especially – so even if ­parties will be smaller next weekend, there’s all the more reason to celebrate it this year. And there’s no better place to do so than in the kitchen.

Even tiny tots can assemble spiders from teacakes and chocolate sticks, or make bug sandwiches fangtastic. Older kids can get involved in “grown-up” dishes, such as a savoury-but-spooky black rice or creamy soup with stringy, stretchy cheese – served in a witch’s cauldron or a pumpkin.

A ghostly baked Alaska is a cinch to put together and a proper showstopper, but if you want something on a smaller scale, oranges make ­perfect mini “pumpkins” filled with orange jelly and decorated with scary faces.

And if you are carving a pumpkin lantern, put it in the fridge at the end of the evening to slice and roast the next day, rubbed with oil and crushed garlic – 30 minutes at 200C/180C fan/Gas 6 will do the trick. Eat the pumpkin wedges with a trickle of pomegranate molasses and chopped coriander. Even after Hallowe’en, the magic goes on.

Bug and spider sandwiches

Just right for little hands to assemble (once the slicing has been done by an adult).

Prep time: 10 minutes

MAKES

Six

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 small bridge rolls or tiny round rolls
  • Favourite fillings (sliced cheese, ham and mashed avocado for example)
  • 1 green or red pepper
  • 6 pitted black or green olives
  • Edible gummy fangs

METHOD

  1. Fill the rolls with your favourite fillings.
  2. Slice the pepper into rings (discarding the seeds) and cut the rings into approximately 4cm curved pieces for bugs and 8cm kinked pieces for spiders.
  3.  Stick the pepper legs into the rolls – six for bugs and eight for spiders.
  4. Slice the olives into rings and add to the sandwiches for eyes or spooky “O” mouths. Some gummy fangs look cool, too, even if they cross the savoury/sweet boundary – it is Hallowe’en, after all.