Otherwise known as how to happily feed 25 kids for under thirty bucks.
I am the Food and Beverage Coordinator (or some such similar title that I have forgotten) for Nick‘s Cub Scouts. I don’t know how that happened. Oh wait, yes I do. An email went out about a month ago that some spots were opening up and they were looking for volunteers. I’d be in charge of the food and drinks for their various meetings, events and parties. I replied right away, of course. If you know me, you know if there is a food opportunity I’m on it like white on rice. I figured it would be another outlet to try out fun new recipes and things for the kids. Time? Who needs time? But don’t let me kid you. I’m not complaining about it. I live for this stuff.
So last week I got my first assignment … Halloween-themed snacks for their party tonight. There would be 20-25 kids and about 10 adults. Got it. Cupcakes were a given. I paged through tons of cute, scary, and gross cupcakes on various websites and magazines. Each one more appropriate than the next. But likewise, each one has an aching amount of detail that, let’s be honest, I don’t have the extra time for. Even I’ll admit that.
But I wasn’t going to let that deter me. I was convinced that you could still have fun and Halloween-themed food items without spending hours in the kitchen. You totally can. Tonight proved it.
I started by making plain white cupcakes with my buttercream frosting. Then I bought a bag of plastic spider rings and after the cupcakes were frosted, Nick sprinkled them all with green sugar crystals and pushed a spider ring into the center of each one. Bag of spiders? $2 for 50. Homemade frosting? Free with ingredients I had on hand. And I confess. I used a boxed mix for the cupcakes. On sale for a buck. 24 cupcakes for $3. The result? Happy kids and less than 45 minutes of my time. Perfect.
But that wasn’t enough. I needed one more thing, and I spied just the item on Family Fun’s website. Monster Fingers. A little time consuming, but I enlisted Nick’s help and we got a plateful of them done in about half an hour. Super simple to make. Take a cheese stick and cut it in half. Cut a little bit off the end to make a spot for the “fingernail.” The nail is a piece of green bell pepper affixed with a smidge of cream cheese. Cut little notches to resemble the joints on the finger and you’re done. Easy and healthy and a little bit of the “oooh creepy” factor we need for Halloween. Bag of 24 cheesesticks: $6. Bell pepper: $1. Cream cheese from the fridge.
Then I bought two plastic pumpkins for 94 cents each and filled them with tortilla chips and pretzels. You know, in case the adults aren’t interested in the Monster Fingers. Four cases of Honest Kids juice boxes and a Halloween party was born. My work here is done. At least for tonight.