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10 Brilliant Food-Inspired Kids Halloween Costumes

10 Brilliant Food-Inspired Kids Halloween Costumes

Dress up your kids in these smart and highly hilarious food get-ups

Your kids will never look so delicious!

Whether you're a new parent or have a whole brood running around, we're sure Halloween is a super fun time of year for you and your family. Before your kids start getting old enough to declare their costume wants — princess, superhero, witch, etc. —by all means take your family's get-ups to the next level.

Have a favorite food or drink? Love a particular TV show character? Dress your kids based around pop culture topics or food trends. These golden ideas will make for some adorable photos, not to mention hilarious conversations.

And why not dress up as a family? If you’re all going trick-or-treating together, go with a cohesive theme. Think a happy meal, chefs, and their meal or a Fruit of the Loom package — the sky is the limit.

If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, we have done the leg work for you. Take a peek at these inventive and amazing costumes. Also — DIY alert! — they're able to be made at home.

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Published: August 22, 2019 at 6:14 pm

Halloween is the spookiest night of the year (of course), and also one we think should be filled with lots of scary (but tasty) snacks to make sure it goes smoothly and the kids have enough energy for all that trick-or-treating!

It’s the perfect occasion for the family to gather together to cook some terrifyingly tasty recipes, too. And we’ve got some really good ones here that are fairly simple and don’t require Bake Off-level skills, either.

There are sweet and savoury options, and even a few pretty healthy ones, too, like our Vegetable skeleton dip.

So whether you’re hoping to make some pre-trick-or-treat goodies to get the children prepped for the neighbourhood walk-around, or if you’re planning a full-on Halloween party (or are attending one and want take a dish along), we’ve got it all covered.

Here’s our pick of the best Halloween recipes…

1. Spooky Pumpkin Soup

Is there any dish more appropriate for Halloween than a delicious bowl of pumpkin soup? It’s easy to make and an ideal dish for the colder autumn months.

2. Annabel Karmel’s Monster Muffins

These yummy green muffins are a great treat for hungry little monsters.

3. Annabel Karmel’s Vegetable Skeleton Dip

Perfect for Halloween parties or a family movie night, this deliciously healthy skeleton-shaped veggie board goes perfectly with Annabel’s sour cream and sweet chilli dipping sauce.

4. Annabel Karmel’s Sticky Toffee Apples

If you’re looking for something sweet and sticky, you’re in luck, because we’ve got Annabel Karmel’s take on this Halloween classic.

5. 3 Kinds Of Halloween Gingerbread

This handy guide will show you how to turn your average gingerbread man into 3 different character – a monster, a wicked witch and even a spooky ghost – through the power of coloured icing.

6. Spooky Skull Cupcakes

If your kids love their treats extra sweet, these cakes with icing and white chocolate could be just what’s needed…

7. Spider Whoopie Cakes

This gorgeous-looking spider’s web whoopie cake includes some really bold flavours like treacle and ginger. Perfect for taking along to a Halloween party and one we think the adults might like even more than the kids.

8. Zombie And Brain Cupcakes

How do you like yours sliced? We’ve got 3 fab zombie-themed cupcake recipes that are easy to follow and yum to eat.

9. Annabel Karmel’s Meatloaf Mummy

A savoury treat which will delight younger and older children.

10. Annabel Karmel’s Pumpkin Muffins

Scary, spooky, creepy orange cakes: simply delicious!

11. Ghost Cakes

By making some simple vanilla icing sheets you can take your regular cupcakes to a whole new spooky level. Here’s how…

12. Bat & Ghost Cookies

Cookies are always fun to make with craft little ones, and a great opportunity to get creative with the faces!

13. Chocolate Spider Cupcakes

Good fun to make, PLUS an ideal way to get a sneaky bit more chocolate in!

14. Vegan Witches’ Fingers

Made with dates, prunes, honey and cocoa powder, these raw witches’ fingers are a healthy sweet treat, perfect for vegan families, dairy-free children or guests with dietary requirements

15. Beef, pumpkin and ginger stew

This heartening stew could be just what’s needed after a cold autumn night out.

These Food-Inspired Halloween Costume Ideas Will Whet Your Creative Appetite

You love food, and you love Halloween. How can you satisfy both of your passions at once? No, not with fists full of bite-size candy bars you will sneak from that big bowl you've set by the door for trick-or-treaters. Or at least, that's not the only way. You can also let your food-nerd flag fly proudly by dressing up — or dressing your kid up — in a food-themed Halloween costume (pictured above).

While you can certainly buy food-related costumes ( cute ones, funny ones), any cook worth his or her salt knows that homemade is best. And if you're hungry for ideas (no, really, stop with the chocolate bars), the Internet is filled with ideas — floating around like apples in a bowl, ripe for bobbing.

These egg and bacon costumes will let your kids show off their sunny-side-up attitudes, not to mention their love of cured meats. Food Network Magazine offers step-by-step instructions on these and other appetite-stirring creations.

You could continue with the breakfast theme and, with the help of a simple blow-up pool inner tube and some paint or colorful straws, turn your kid into a doughnut — with colorful sprinkles!

Or you could "do lunch" and go as a burger or fries — or as a piece of nigiri sushi or a sushi roll, or the cutest, shrimpiest piece of sushi ever. (Pass the soy sauce.)

You could go as pie or a pizza pie or as just a slice.

How about a healthy snack, like this bunch of grapes — made out of purple balloons and a trash bag? Or a wedge of watermelon? Or a strawberry?

Hop on the hot-sauce trend and go as a bottle of Sriracha.

Go as a cupcake, cotton candy or candy corn (also here and here), or a French macaron. (Mmmmarvelous.)

There are as many costumes ideas as there are foods. Why not get creative? Share your ideas.

Van Gogh and Starry Night

This adorable duo channels Van Gogh and his most famous paintinginto a spectacular costume pairing. If parents and other siblings want to get in on the fun too, there can be additional paintings, or even a giant disembodied ear trundling around.

Halloween party food essentials

  • pastry (homemade, or ready-to-roll)
  • cookie cutter
  • dip (variety)
  • cheese
  • apples
  • pumpkin
  • crisps
  • corn chips
  • red, black, green and white food colouring
  • eggs
  • mixed fruit and vegetables
  • pizza
  • olives
  • bread
  • sausages
  • tortillas
  • cream cheese
  • black foods like black olives to make eyes or spider bodies

If you love baking and are on the lookout for delicious recipes for the best Halloween cakes, cupcakes, cookies and sweet treats to bake, check out recipe ideas here.

Don't forget to add chocolate, candy, cream and other sugar-based treats or dessert items to your list, to go alongside the savoury snacks! Who doesn't love a toffee apple at Halloween?!

Hosting a Halloween party and looking for party food ideas? Or maybe you've some of your own to share. Swap ideas in our forum below:

More Halloween Fun:

Got any fun Halloween recipes or foods to share? Have a favorite spooky project? Do you have peanut butter on your ceiling? (if so, how does it get there?)

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Good Eats, Great Costumes

There's only one person to call when you want to dress up like your favorite snack: Amanda Kibler, the single-person wardrobe department for Good Eats with Alton Brown. On the show, Alton encounters zany characters who help explain kitchen mysteries, like why dough rises or milk turns sour. So over the years, Amanda has created all kinds of kooky costumes, like the Kool-Aid man and Alvin the Albacore.

We asked Amanda to design food-inspired Halloween costumes, and she pulled out all the tricks she uses on the job. She promised that anyone with a glue gun can re-create them: The costumes are made with everyday items from around the house and simple crafts-store goods. "Alton likes the costumes on the show to have a homemade feel," Amanda says. "Some of the best things are created on a shoestring." The only real challenge to these projects might be talking a 7-year-old into dressing up as a cupcake instead of Hannah Montana.


Small Fry
Boxes present all kinds of costume possibilities: "Cover one in rock salt and you’ll have a dancing sugar cube," Amanda says. "Or you could make a juice box and use a pool noodle as a straw. It’s all about finding the right box." For this outfit, she cut curves into the top of a box and filled it with foam fries. The 1950s-style lettering is a Good Eats twist. "Alton likes a retro, classic look mixed with modern things. We reference lots of old movies and pop culture."


Nice Slice
Felt and fleece are popular materials on the Good Eats set because they don’t ravel, and they come in lots of bright colors. "Color is so important when you’re working with food," Amanda says. She often starts with a piece of white foam (available at crafts stores), cuts it to shape, then covers it with felt or fleece. "You can do a lot with foam - you can be a carrot, banana, pickle, pea pod."


Bacon Bit
Designer Amanda Kibler knows, from dressing grown men as leafy greens on Alton’s show, that a costume has to be functional, with room to move. "Whatever shape you choose, you have to be able to walk around," she says. To make this spray-painted foam bacon strip safe for trick-or-treating, she hot-glued the front and back pieces together only down to the knees.


Good Egg
Each costume on Good Eats is created to withstand the test of time - and Alton’s high jinks. This felt egg is a riff on some rice-grain costumes Amanda once made for a show. The outfits held up fine, even as two actors banged into each other to mimic cooking risotto. The costumes still hang in the wardrobe closet, so this egg should last, too. "You could use any of these costumes next year," Amanda says.


Cupcake Cutie
Amanda loves using old, forgotten items from around the house in her designs. The red and brown "sprinkles" on this cupcake are actually hair curlers. "On Good Eats, we try to use interesting materials in unexpected ways," she says. She has used steel wool to make aliens, waffles to make a belt buckle and place mats to make armor. "If I laugh while I’m choosing materials for a costume," she says, "I feel like I'm right on track."

4 Food-Inspired Halloween Costumes You Can DIY

Photo by: JEFF HARRIS/STUDIO D ©Hearst Communications Inc.

JEFF HARRIS/STUDIO D, Hearst Communications Inc.

Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re still brainstorming a kid-friendly costume, look no further than your kitchen for inspiration! These costumes are all made out of balloons and clothing your kid already owns. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to make them.

  • Balloon pump
  • 60-inch long green balloons (enough to cover the front of your child)
  • Black permanent marker
  • Green scrapbook paper
  • Heavy-duty double-sided tape
  • Posterboard
  • 1 purple resistance band, cut in half lengthwise
  • Green shirt and green pants

Using the pump, inflate the balloons. Draw scales on each balloon with the marker.

For each balloon, cut a 6- to 7-inch football shape from the paper. Draw asparagus crown details on each.

Use the tape to attach a crown to each balloon.

Cut two 1 1/2-inch-wide strips of posterboard long enough to wrap around your kid's torso. Wrap one strip around your kid's chest and the other around the hips secure with tape. Cover the front half of the strips with tape, and attach the balloons.

Wrap one piece of the resistance band around your kid's chest and the other around the hips tie to secure. Trim excess.

Photo by: JEFF HARRIS/STUDIO D ©Hearst Communications Inc.

JEFF HARRIS/STUDIO D, Hearst Communications Inc.

  • Balloon pump
  • 60-inch long yellow and white balloons (10 to 15)
  • 5-inch round yellow balloons (4 to 6)
  • Red-and-white-striped fabric
  • Heavy-duty double-sided tape
  • 1-inch-wide white ribbon
  • Headband
  • White shirt and white pants

Using the pump, inflate the long balloons about two-thirds full. Bend and twist each one into a cluster of loops to create popcorn shapes. Underinflate the round balloons (these will be the kernels).

Cut the fabric so it reaches from your kid's chest to just below the knees. Fold over the top and bottom edges of the fabric and hem with the tape. Wrap the fabric around your kid, and use the tape to close it in the back.

Cut the ribbon to desired length for straps tape ends to fabric. Tape the balloon clusters to the top edge of the fabric. Tape the kernels to the clusters and the clusters to each other. Attach two clusters to the headband with tape.

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Don’t feel like getting political with your Halloween costume this year? We don't blame you.

In 2017, the most sizzling Halloween costumes will be served up for two. So, if you’ve been hungry for a sweet or spicy ensemble, no worries. We cooked up some appetizing food-inspired looks for you and your main squeeze. Couples with “good taste” will surely get a belly laugh just feasting their eyes on these adorable combos.

1. Hotdog and Bun Costume, $54, Amazon

1. Hotdog and Bun Costume, $54, Amazon

Relish in the attention with this bun-and-wiener combo. This polyester hotdog tunic and bun dress are perfect for foodies who want to hit it out of the park this Halloween.

2. Bacon and Eggs Costume, $50, Spirit Halloween

2. Bacon and Eggs Costume, $50, Spirit Halloween

Feeling sunny-side up this time of year? It may be time to bring breakfast to life with this grease-inspired costume for two. A salt-and-pepper headband is included. All that’s missing is a good cup of joe.

3. Wine and Cheese Costume, $50, Amazon

3. Wine and Cheese Costume, $50, Amazon

Wine and cheese always make the perfect pair. Uncork a good laugh at your next Halloween party with this cabernet-and-Swiss costume. The only thing you’ll have to figure out is who will, um, cut the cheese.

4. Nestle Nerds Box Couples Costume, $38, Amazon

4. Nestle Nerds Box Couples Costume, $38, Amazon

More of a nerdy pair? This candy combo is for you. Odd, lovable and tangy, our trick-or-treat favorite from the '90s is now available to wear. It is also the perfect way to be extra close to your sweetheart this Halloween.

5. Three-Piece S’mores Costume, $60, Spirit Halloween

5. Three-Piece S’mores Costume, $60, Spirit Halloween

If you've got a hot third wheel, you may as dress up as this classic campfire treat. This sweet costume set comes in three delicious pieces: a toasted marshmallow, yummy chocolate bar and honey graham cracker.

6. Oreo Cookie Costume, $40, Amazon

6. Oreo Cookie Costume, $40, Amazon

Forget the basic chocolate chip costume and morph into cookies-and-cream instead. This adorable Oreo cookie costume for two is designed to be sweet. With this look, the only tough part is deciding who will be the yummy frosting.

7. Taco Costume, $72, Amazon

7. Taco Costume, $72, Amazon

Who says Halloween can’t be a fiesta? With this choice, amigos can become a traditional Mexican dish. The set comes with one taco dress and one taco costume. Only bummer? Sour cream and guacamole are not included.

8. Snap, Crackle, Pop, $25, Amazon

8. Snap, Crackle, Pop, $25, Amazon

With this costume, you and your friends can re-create your favorite childhood cereal: Rice Krispies from Kellogg’s. The accessory kit comes with one headband, two sets of three buttons, two scarves and two hats.

9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Costume, $42, Amazon

9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Costume, $42, Amazon

What better way to show you are a perfect match? This Halloween-ready costume is served up for couples with an appreciation for the PB&J classic. The bread tunics slide easily over clothes and are a nutty look.

10. Sriracha, $40, Amazon

10. Sriracha, $40, Amazon

The condiment continues its reign as a cultural phenomenon, with bottles of the spicy chili pepper sauce now available in adult and kid sizes.

10. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, $33, Amazon

10. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, $33, Amazon

A whole new generation now knows the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, thanks to last summer’s "Ghostbusters" movie (that our own Al Roker had a cameo in!).

11. Corn on the cob, $48, Halloween Express

11. Corn on the cob, $48, Halloween Express

Want to make a statement about genetically modified organisms? Or just be plain corny? This new corn costume has silks and all.

12. Willie Wonka, $28, Pure Costumes

12. Willie Wonka, $28, Pure Costumes

Pay tribute to Gene Wilder this year by dressing yourself or the kids up as the ingenious chocolatier.

13. Colonel Sanders, $15, Pure Costumes

13. Colonel Sanders, $15, Pure Costumes

Every so often, someone thinks they’ve hit on the KFC secret recipe of 11 spices, as the Chicago Tribune did recently. In a nod to the leak, pick up a red-and-white bucket and complete the look with this Colonel Sanders wig and mustache.

For more costume advice, check out our master costume guide with ideas for kids, couples, parents and even your pets!

Need an idea for a group costume by tomorrow? Here's your solution. Run to your nearest drugstore and purchase a couple balloons in each color of the rainbow. Tape them to a shirt of a corresponding color and then tack on a cut-out "S" to turn into the colorful candy, Skittles. Then find out where they rank in our exclusive guide, 52 Best and Worst Halloween Candies—Ranked!