If you’re throwing a Halloween kids party, the food needs to be fun, delicious and VERY easy to prepare. Oh yes, and you don’t want to be spending a fortune either. We zoomed down to Iceland this week to try out their frozen party food range for a half term spooky party tea. After an afternoon of hurling themselves around a sweaty soft play barn, the boys were ready to gnaw off their own arms, so we didn’t have long to put it all together.
As we’re staying with friends, I headed to their little in-town Iceland to see what kind of range they had.
Since I’ve been working with Iceland on their #PowerOfFrozen campaign, I’ve been genuinely surprised by the quality of their products, and actually just how much of a timesaver they can be. Despite Leighton Buzzard having a fairly small store, they had lots of Halloween Party Food to choose from.
There’s nothing worse than a totally beige and boring party spread that gives you an instant stomach ache after you’ve scoffed it. So I chose things that would easily look fun and spooky, but also that would appeal to the kids.
Here’s what we opted for…
Halloween Kids Party Menu
- 18 Jumbo Tempura Prawns – £3.00
- 18 Mini Deep Dish Pizzas – £3.00
- 12 Mini Toad In The Hole – £3.00
- 16 Sticky Chicken Skewers – £3.00
- 1 kg Chinese Style Pork Mini Ribs – £2.50
- 16 Vegetable Spring Rolls – £1.00
- 12 Mini Chocolate Eclairs – £1.00
- After Dinner Mint Ice-Creams – £3.00
The boys were super impressed with our spooked-up table heaving with food and couldn’t wait to dive in.
Arlo loved the mini ribs which he instantly called ‘dead man’s fingers’. They were super meaty with a deliciously Chinese spiced coating.
Everyone made a bee-line for the deep dish mini pizzas which were juicy and packed with flavour.
The fishy tails of the jumbo tempura prawns looked suitably gruesome, but the soft and pillowy prawns inside the batter were delicious – especially dipped in some sweet chilli sauce.
The mini toad in the holes came in little trays, and the frozen Yorkshire pudding batter just springs up in a hot oven in next to no time. Sam was especially fond of knocking these back in one swift mouthful.
I also made a big jug of Toxic Green Smoothies using Iceland Frozen Banana, Kale & Mango Smoothie Mix – 4 portions £2.00. The boys thought this was great, and I was far happier giving them that than some nasty artificial fizzy drinks.
Dessert was made up of mini eclairs – which the boys know and love from their packed lunches, plus THE most delicious After Dinner Mint Ice Creams. SO Good. Bitesize desserts are just the best.
We balanced out the indulgence with some spooky fruit salad – being puked out of a watermelon for extra gross factor naturally.
Preparation wise, it was all a question of just bunging everything in the oven and putting the eclairs out to defrost. The other trimmings were very straightforward, so the whole table was set up in an hour. When you’ve got a pack of excitable ravenous kids on your hands, you don’t want to be faffing around for any longer than that!
Halloween Food Styling Tips
- A bed of instant noodles makes a nice and wormy bed for the jumbo tempura prawns to poke out of
- Boil spaghetti in water mixed with red food colouring for instant guts to spread liberally around the table – the boys absolutely LOVED eating this!
- I poked the chicken skewers into oranges – they were a bit wobbly to stand up but looked fab
- Crisps of choice – Monster Munch!
- Liberal squirtings of gloopy red ketchup makes for fantastic blood smatterings – especially on the spare ribs and all over a menacing knife! (obvs make sure kids don’t touch that!)
- Puking watermelon fruit salad – carved like a pumpkin and hollowed out and mixed with other fruit – little vampire fruit bats will like gorging on it
Halloween Party Tips
Iceland have got bags of Halloween Party Tips over on their website – from Pumpkin Carving Templates to gory recipes, a spooky Spotify Playlist and special bottle labels to Halloween up your drinks selection.
Check out Iceland’s website Power of Frozen for facts and ideas about frozen food. You can follow the conversation on social media with #PowerOfFrozen
All photography in this post is by my super-talented friend Sharron Gibson – check out her beautiful portrait and wedding portfolio.
Disclosure: Iceland commissioned me to create this blog post to promote their frozen party food range. All opinions are my own, and I only choose to work with brands that I genuinely like.
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