Have Fun Making Monster Munch for Halloween ~ Halloween is coming soon and I can say from my own experience as an elementary school teacher and a parent it is definitely one of the events of the year! It’s a lot of fun decorating the inside and outside with a spooky theme, planning and preparing the Halloween costume and what candy to give out the big night.
I also like to do other activities leading up to the big day so not all of the excitement is built up for just a few hours collecting candy on Halloween night. It’s also a lot of fun doing some crafts and preparing some food together with a Halloween theme with the family.
The problem for me is that during the Halloween season the children are provided with a lot sweet food in a short period of time. Between the Halloween baking and the treats collected after a night of trick-or-treating that’s a lot sugar going into their stomachs. I know my dentist cringes when Halloween comes around.
So I like to provide a balance and not only have Halloween food be about the sweets.
I also love crafts for children that are simple to create and the final product is fabulous. Monsters are really easy to make because they are basically made from a different types of shapes that are easy to make and easy to cut out for all ages. I lot of creativity can also go into making monsters. The ideas and possibilities are limitless!
So why not make a Monster Bag filled with Monster Munch? The Monster Munch isn’t totally void of candy but it also has other tasty treats that are a little more nutritious. Here is how to…
Have Fun Making Monster Munch For Halloween
Step 1 – Making the Monster Munch
Set out three bowls each filled with three different types of ‘munchy’ food. Notice I made little signs with a spooky font for each bowl to identify the type of monster food.
Here is the type of munchy food I put into each bowl:
Monster Crunch: rice cereal squares (Rice Chex™), wheat cereal squares (Shredded Wheat™), circle oats (Cheerios™)
Monster Fruit: raisins, dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries.
Monster Sweets: Halloween candy corn and pumpkins, chocolate chips, Smarties™, Skittles™, yogurt raisins
This is a very open ended and flexible recipe so there lots of other ideas that you could add to your monster munch depending on preferences, cost, availability, allergies and the age of the children you are making it with.
Step 2 – Making the Monster
- 8 x 10 ½ inch (26 x 20 cm) paper bag with handles*
- 8 ½ x 11 inch (28 x 22 cm) coloured paper**
- scrap paper and pencil for sketching ideas
- white craft glue
* I bought the bags at Michaels. You can buy single bags or a package of ten.
** I used card stock paper but construction paper will work too. I also just used orange, black, white, green and purple to keep things simple.
- Glue one sheet of the coloured paper to both sides of the bag. I would let this dry for a little while to make sure it is dry and secure. The paper will be a bit bigger than the bag but that is OK because it nicely covers the bag.
- Design your monster by sketching it on the scrap paper with a pencil.
- Start cutting out shapes for the eyes, ears, horns, hair, mouth …. whatever you want to add to make him look spooky and hungry.
- Here are some ideas to copy or use as an inspiration.
Step 3 – Feeding the Monster the Munch
Now you can make the monster munch for the made monster. I used two orange paper cups to scoop the munch into a re-sealable bag using the following proportions:
- 3 scoops Monster Crunch
- 1 scoop Monster Fruit
- 1 scoop Monster Sweets
Then I stapled a label to each bag right at the top so the bag could still open with the name of who made the monster and the munch.
You can also add one of the orange paper cups to the bag so the child can scoop some of the munch into the cup and eat from that rather than using their hands.
I am thinking there may have to be a conversation about not just picking out the candy and leaving everything else. I certainly had to do that with my children when they were young.
Suggested ways to do this craft and make the munch:
- This is a great family activity to do together
- This is a great ‘make-it-and-take-it’ Halloween party activity. Then you can settle the children down by watching the movie Monsters Inc.™ and they can enjoy some of their munch!
- This is also a great classroom activity. Have each student bring an assigned amount of Monster Munch food to contribute to the class collection. They can each make their own monster to decorate the classroom. On Halloween Day the students can make their own Monster Munch to enjoy during the party.
This is a food that although is not completely clean healthy, it is one that you don’t mind have hanging around long after Halloween. It is both fun to make and fun to eat!
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