by Emily Harris
The days are shorter, the air is crisper, and fluffy jumpers are back from their summer siesta, which can only mean one thing. Halloween! October! Pumpkins! Well, maybe three things.
If you have children, big or small, you may want to celebrate the occasion and the season with some spooky vegan Halloween meal ideas that kids can get involved with, both in the making and the eating. Because how hard can stuffing peppers with a four year old really be…
You really can do anything with toast. And why not test those skills to the max with this Frankenstein avocado on toast, decorated with tomatoes, olives and vegan cheese? Frankenstein’s hair is made out of dried seaweed and the bolts are made out of pretzel sticks, both ingredients you can use for a different recipe if there’s any left over!
Give the kids a chance to get messy and make a skull out of pizza! This recipe uses pre-made pizza dough, and if you’re daring enough to make your own vegan dough, you may even want to get the kids involved at this point. If not, present them with a blank canvas of a pizza crust and let them create their skulls to their heart's content. They can choose from peppers, tomatoes, olives, onions, and more (remembering to top it all off with their favourite vegan cheese).
Just. So. Cute. I'm even considering making these Halloween stuffed peppers that also happen to be pretty healthy. Choose whichever colour pepper takes your fancy, slice the top off, cut out the innards, carve out spooky faces, and stuff with grains and pine nuts, ready to be roasted in the oven. The method sounds kind of terrifying in itself - kids will love it.
One of our very own recipes dreamed up by Val, who thinks “it's not Autumn until the first pumpkin pie rolls out” and I couldn’t agree more. Not quite a spooky meal, but everyone deserves a treat as well as tricks. This pumpkin pie recipe is completely vegan, with a crust made from digestive biscuits and topped off with Oatly creme fraiche. You could always add the base and pumpkin mix into a few of our allplants breakfast or treat jars to reuse them. This also gives the kids a portion each to save the inevitable mess that comes with pudding. Result.
The presentation of this witchy guacamole dip really made me smile, so it will definitely be a hit with children, too. Whizz up a usual vegan guacamole recipe, then call the kids in to decorate with grated carrots for hair, various veggies for the face, and blue corn chips for the hat (and for dipping purposes, of course). This recipe will go as a fitting side to the skull pizza or the Quorn monster burgers coming up next.
Just look at the ears! The eyes! The teeth! These monster burgers made from vegan Quorn are the perfect spooky Halloween night meal for kids and parents alike, let’s be honest. Children can decorate the burger buns with carrots, olives and pickles to create their monster faces, adding a healthy dash of tomato sauce to really emphasise those monstrous carrot fangs.
Another pumpkin recipe by Val, but this time as a tasty, glossy ravioli. Maybe for the more mature child or teenager, but no less delicious or nutritious, this ravioli can either be made from scratch or bought from a store and topped with our 4 ingredient sauce instead. All you’ll need for the latter is some olive oil, shallots, salt and chilli flakes. I’d leave out the chilli flakes if cooking for younger children and substitute with a sprinkling of nutritional yeast instead, to give the ravioli a cheesier topping.
Another treat to top off all of the spooky pizzas, burgers, peppers, dips and ravioli; butternut squash sugar cookies. It’s all about the googly eyes on this one for me. These cookies are made from butternut squash which might sound a bit weird (like courgette cake) but if carrot cake has become a staple, then I don’t see why butternut squash cookies shouldn’t be next on the list. You can really decorate these cookies any way the kids like, but this recipe uses vegan icing sugar, tapioca starch, brown rice syrup, plant-based milk, almond extract and vegan chocolate chips to make the googly eyes. A staple recipe for whenever the need arises to whip up some edible vegan googly eyes. You never know.
Have a spooky, autumnal, Halloween recipe for kids that you’d love to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!
Emily H is part of our lovely Customer Delight team, helping customers enjoy our meals as much as she loves our Three Mushroom Risotto. On her days off, you’ll find her at an art gallery, snapping away with her camera, or updating her Instagram with a gin in hand (so millennial).