So, you may have noticed by now that I really, really love Halloween. I started planning posts back in April. I used to plan my costume out a solid 4 months ahead. I have a Halloween Pinterest board that is ridiculously large. I get heart palpitations when Target FINALLY puts out Halloween stuff in the Dollar Spot.
I’ve basically been waiting for the past 10 years to be able to go full blown Halloween once I had kids.
And now, here we are – Ryan is officially a preschooler and I can go full-on Halloween Queen. Starting with fun lunches for him to bring to school!
Easy Halloween Themed Lunch Boxes
These Halloween lunch boxes aren’t just super cute – they’re totally easy. As always these lunches each took me about 5 minutes to put together (not including bake/cook time) and mostly can be made the say before. There’s no need to rush in circles and stress out about sending your kiddo off with a fun meal!
Spooky Eye Halloween Lunch Box
Main: Cook pasta of your choice al dente before draining and rinsing with cool water. Toss with about 1 TBS of olive oil to prevent sticking. Put your pasta into a zip top bag and add a mixture of 10-15 drops of food coloring plus 1 teaspoon of water to your pasta before shaking until the color is (relatively) even.
Dress your pasta however you like – my boys dig plain noodles, so they were fine stopping here, but if your kids would like a pasta salad with lemon, olive oil, garlic, that would be awesome too.
If you don’t want to use food coloring, try pesto! My recipe for creamy pesto pasta salad is a hit with kids and is great cold, so it’s perfect for lunch.
Once your pasta is in your box, it’s time to add eyes. Halve mozzarella balls and add olive slices on top (securing with cream cheese is desired) to make funky eyes. Large Spanish olives halved also made fun eyeballs!
Watch it made here!
Pair your pasta with a fun Halloween treat and one of my 10 Halloween snacks that take UNDER 1 minute each!
Spookley the Square Pumpkin Lunch Box
Main: Using a paring knife, simple ‘draw’ a Spookley face onto a slice of yellow cheese and remove the excess. (Just like carving a pumpkin!) cut your sandwich to fit and add celery for a stem and candies for eyes. (I used M&M’s and a mini chocolate chip.)
Finish your lunch with a fun Halloween treat and one of my 10 Halloween snacks that take UNDER 1 minute each!
Batty Chips and Dip Halloween Lunch Box
Main: Preheat your oven to 350. Using Halloween cookie cutters, cut flour tortillas. Toss into a bag with 1 TBS (for 4 tortillas) of butter and 2-3 TBS of taco seasoning of your choice. Shake until evenly coated and lay in a single layer on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through until just golden. Pair with your favorite chip dippers!
Looking to make a whole day of Halloween food fun? Grab my free Halloween Menu Planner with over 40 Halloween recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and dessert that you can mix and match to make your perfectly spooky day of eats!
See what I mean? Making lunch fun and festive doesn’t have to be a whole thing – it can be simple and easy while still being fun and exciting for your littles!
So tell me – do you like Halloween? Would your kids like these lunches? Let me know in the comment below!
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