With Halloween falling on a school day again this year, perhaps there’s some call for a few spooky items in their lunchbox?
Easily turn a standard bagel into a freakish monster, add some satsuma pumpkins, a mummified carton of juice, some Monster Munch crisps, a few cobwebs here and there and you have something fun for them to enjoy at school.
Last Halloween I created these haunted lunch boxes for the girls, then 10 and 7. I wasn’t sure whether this was something the eldest would actually like and wondered whether she was getting a little old for my own inner childish creations. So I showed her what I had created for the youngest and asked whether it was something she’d like too. She, very politely, told me that others might stare at her and she’d feel uncomfortable. Totally cool! #slightlydyinginside Thank goodness I asked!
But just as I was packing away the cobwebs and spiders, she did have one or two requests: “You can leave that carton of juice in it. And I’ll have the Oreos. That’ll be fine. And I don’t mind if you draw on my foil either”. So she ended up with a tamed version of a haunted lunch.
This certainly got me contemplating her ‘childhood days’. Those days are certainly numbered. And the realisation that those days were slowing slipping away meant that I needed a reality check. She’s growing up!
To be fair to me, parenting a 10 or even 11 year old is confusing. They’re being pulled into puberty with their regular hormonal explosions #takecover. But almost dragging their feet at the same time, not knowing which side they truly belong. Wanting to enjoy independence and the excitement and responsibility their age brings, while still remaining innocent to so much in the everyday, still finding joy and the thrill of fantasy, playing ‘IT’, wanting bunches in the hair, still wanting to hold your hand as you walk down the street…. It’s tricky to know how to play those childhood cards.
So while I felt a little sad that, yes, you know what, I think she may be too old for cobwebs in her lunchbox and ‘DANGER’ signs (took me ages that sign), it’s time to put the thinking cap firmly on and to create special, age-appropriate moments that sparkle for our pre-teen.
Anyway, I digress. Let’s get back to haunted lunch boxes for younger kinderlings.
So while the eldest was unpacking the cobwebs from her lunchbox, the youngest was stuffing hers with more: “More! More spiders Mummy!’ And more spiders she had. Because, before I know it, she’ll be shying away from the DANGER signs and carrot pumpkins too.
Create your own haunted Halloween lunch box
Turn bagels into monsters using plastic fangs and sweetcorn eyes. Use a black food colouring pen to add further detail.
Wrap cartons of drink in masking tape or bandages and add sticky eyes to create mummified cartons of drink. Add some Monster Munch as well as some ‘witches tights’ (Oreos) in a small sandwich bag.
Stick cobwebs to the inside lid with sellotape. Decorate the inside lid further with spooky sticky notes.
Turn satsumas into fruity pumpkins by drawing on a pumpkin design with a Sharpie pen.
Create pumpkin carrot snacks as shown in the diagram below.
Enjoy your Halloween celebrations however you choose to celebrate and enjoy them enjoying their childhood.