Friday, October 2, 2009

Giveaway: Halloween Goodies!

Because I love you, my readers, I decided to do a little giveaway for Halloween.

I love Halloween.  A lot.

I have a set of 12 Halloween food picks (bats, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns), and some Halloween cookie cutters for your enjoyment (Bat, Owl, Pumpkin, Ghost, mini pumpkin).

All you have to do is leave a comment for me - something about Halloween.  Any fun Halloween Bento-worthy recipes?  What are you planning on being for Halloween?  How about your kids?

I'll do a drawing on Thursday October 8th around 6 PM, EST It will be random.  Only one entry per person, please.

I'll try to get the prize shipped out on Friday, October 9th, so as to get it to you in time for plenty of fun themed packing.

Thanks for reading!  I hope that you continue to enjoy my blog!

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  1. We love Halloween here too and are thrilled that it will be happening on a weekend this year. My daughter is going to be a nurse this year, my new grandson a little Lion. I will be myself, that in itself is scary enough without makeup lol. By some miracle a huge pumpkin grew in the front yard near my car after some seeds from last Halloween ended up planted. That pumpkin will be shared with the neighbors and we will cook it and roast the seeds too. And then make a ghastly face and put it between the two yards as a warning to all trick or treaters of the little goblins who live with us. (or one grouchy husband haha)It should be a fun day, and your little giveaway is super cute and reminds me of another thing for us to do, make Halloween cookies!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  2. The kids will be Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, and Peter Pan. I'll have to make some pirate and fairy food for their lunch boxes somehow. I am so not creative. I need some ideas to steal, Matey! Ha, ha!

  3. I'm planning on making little mini "pumpkin" rollup sandwiches. Using a sun dried tomato tortilla (they are kinda orangish) and american cheese, I'll roll it up, slice into 1" rounds and then stick a little piece of parsley or cilantro on the top with a food pick.

  4. We'll be having a little party for the neighborhood kids with a pinata and other fun games. No where near as awesome as our Halloween in March parties used to be, but it'll be good.

  5. We love Halloween!

    Unfortunately for me, the girl wants to be a princess yet again (I was lobbying for jellyfish) and the boy is debating on various superheroes (I wanted to make him a sushi roll or a slice of pizza).

    For Halloween bentos, I plan to make mini pumpkin tarts/muffins and use chocolate bits to cut out jackolantern parts. :o)

  6. My kids are planning on being Wubzy and Widget. I'm sure most people won't know who they are though! We are having a halloween party the week before and carving pumpkins with lots of our close friends.

  7. I'm very disappointed my kids won't be at school on Halloween so I've no excuse to do a surprise Halloween bento lunch for them. Am planning a special Halloween themed tea party instead!

  8. Hey Astrid, Maci is going to be a witch, Marissa is going to be a vampire. I will also don a witches hat and makeup, wig. LOL Hey what about the witches fingers for your bento?

    Creepy Witches' Fingers

    Yield: 5 dozen

    1 cup Butter, softened
    1 cup Icing sugar (powdered sugar)
    1 Egg
    1 tsp Almond extract
    1 tsp Vanilla
    2 2/3 cups Flour
    1 tsp Baking powder*
    1 tsp Salt
    3/4 cup Almonds, whole blanched
    1 Tube red decorator gel
    (optional, not pictured)

    Gross everyone out with these creepy cookies.
    In bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg, almond extract and vanilla. Beat in flour, baking soda*, and salt. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Working with one quarter of the dough at a time and keeping remainder refrigerated, roll heaping teaspoonful of dough into finger shape for each cookie. Press almond firmly into 1 end for nail. Squeeze in centre to create knuckle shape. (Accompanying picture showed long rolled shape with bulge at centre for knuckle; you puff it out rather than squeeze it in.) Using paring knife, make slashes in several places to form knuckle.

    Place on lightly greased baking sheets; bake in 325F (160C) oven for 20-25 minutes or until pale golden. Let cool for 3 minutes. Lift up almond, squeeze red decorator gel onto nail bed and press almond back in place, so gel oozes out from underneath. You can also make slashes in the finger and fill them with "blood."

  9. Halloween is my favorite holiday! My Kidlet's favorite bento item at Halloween is apple skulls. I take apple thinly sliced with no skin and punch out skeleton heads with a tiny little cutter, use a staw to punch out the eyes and voila! Spooky apples!

    Kidlet is going to be a Panda this year and I think I will be nothing :) Too much work doing his!

  10. I really miss Halloween. They don't celebrate the same way in England as we did back home in the states.

  11. Hey Astrid,

    Sarah wants to be some sort of princess and Emily wants to be Tinkerbell. They always want to be princesses every year. I haven't dressed up in years and probably won't this year. LOVED Lori's Creepy Witches Fingers last year - I will have to make them again!


  12. Yay, i love Halloween. I think I might go as a pirate--last year I was a french maid!

  13. I plan to make some mummy hot dogs for my kids lunch. I'll wrap the hotdog with either dough (and then bake) or tortilla. Not sure how to make the tortilla stick though...

  14. Alie, use a little bit of cream cheese.

    We're going with an horror theme here: Micheal, Freddy, Jason and the baby as Chucky.

  15. Our fun "food" Halloween tradition is that every year I make a homemake pizza in the shape of a pumpkin and decorate it to look like a jack-o-lantern with pepperoni, peppers, onions and lotsa cheese! I also like to do vampire teeth out of apple slices and slivered almonds!

  16. My small sprog will be off out trick or treating. I'm going to try and do something with apple shapes in her bento, rather than the usual bunny/check designs. Wish me luck on that one!

  17. I hope I am not too late!
    I've wanted kitty ears forever, and I just bought a pair for myself. I have been so excited, I wear them everywhere!

    For my bento, maybe something with orange. My school doesn't celebrate Halloween, but maybe my lunch will!

  18. Love halloween! My son wants to be a lego man or a lego piece this year. My daughter is still unsure.

  19. I adore Halloween! My son (Anakin) with either be darth vader or a penguin and my daughter wants to be a bag of jellybeans.
    laurahamm06 at hotmail dot com

  20. I have big plans for making caramel apples with the bases drizzled in dark chocolate and rolled in pecans. I saw a similiar apple on the cover of my favorite baking catalogue (king arthur flour shop) and it reminded me of Halloween. It is hard to get into the holiday spirit when it is 94 degrees outside but I am giving it my best shot.

  21. My girls wanted to be Carly and Sam from I-Carly, but after explaining 100 times last year that they were Hannah Montanas and NOT Barbies, I can't imagine having to go through an explanation at each house again. I have forced them to choose something else. The little one is gonna be Thumbelina and the oldest thinks she's gonna be a witch. I may make spaghetti heads for Halloween's bento. They were pretty freaky!

  22. My kids are going as Angels this year! the whole family was Pirates last year and we didn the whole house as Pirates music and all. The trick or treaters loved it!

  23. My boys love Halloween! My 6 yr old is going to be Bumblebee. The Transformer, not the insect. lol My 3 yr old is going to be a dinosaur, a green dinosaur. It HAS to be green. And my 1 yr old is either going to be Spiderman, Tigger or a pumpkin. Or maybe all three, if the fancy strikes me or him. =)

    I'm not sure what I'm going to be making. But pumpkin muffins and pumpkin chocolate chip cookies will definitely be on the menu.

  24. We love Halloween. We especially enjoy going to the local pumpkin patch farm and corn maze. Unfortunatly San Antonio is still hot in October so we enjoy this in our short and tank So much for bundling up for the

  25. Halloween themes and costumes has been a great diversion to everything else I have going on these days. As of today (it could change yet) my kidlets are planning to be a ghost, a bat, and nemo. I'm looking forward to making 3 fun, themed bentos for them -- after I finish making the ghost and bat costumes ;). I think I need to go back and figure out what I did for their lunches last year ...

  26. Wow your name is Astrid .
    I named my baby Astrid :D
    She is 8 weeks old and we are planning on dressing up as snow white both of us :)