Halloween Party Snacks and Games!

So Halloween is nearly here and we have been busy creating some super fun (and mostly healthy) food ideas for any parties that you might be throwing over half term. Halloween is a great excuse to throw a party; great costumes, scary props, fun games and spooky food... so hopefully this will help to inspire you! Please remember to share your photos with any foodie bits that you create with the #gosochal tag so that we can see your amazing creations!

Spooky Bananas

These have to be the easiest one of the lot...
For 12 banana spooks you need:
- 6 small bananas
- 36 dark chocolate chips

Cut each banana in half and then stick chocolate chips into the top end of the banana - making two eyes and a spooky mouth! 

Satsuma Pumpkins

- 12 satsumas
- 1 stick of celery

Peel the satsumas then chop the celery into tiny sticks. Insert the celery sticks into the top of the Satsumas like a stem.

Slime and bug jelly

- 1 pack of lime jelly cubes
- A handful of raisins
- 6-12 mini pots

Melt the jelly cubes in a litre of boiling water and stir until totally dissolved.
Pour into the tiny bowls/cups and drop a few raisins into each one. If you want to go all out then make up only half of the jelly, half-fill the pots, drop the raisins in and then when set, dissolve the other half of the jelly cubes, pour over the set jelly, drop in a few extra raisins... and leave to set once again!  This just gives the impression of "floating bugs"!

Scary Mouths

- Apples (sliced)
- Nut butter
- Mini marshmallows

Spread nut butter between two apples slices and add some marshmallows - simple but effective!

Spider eggs

These are actually really delicious!

- 6 free range eggs
- 12 black pitted olives
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- salt and pepper

Hard boil 6 eggs and peel, cut in half and carefully remove the yolks.
Mash the yolks with mayonnaise and season with salt and pepper. You can also add in some chopped spring onions or anything else you fancy to liven them up.
Spoon the yolks back into the dip.
Cut the olives in half and place a half on each.
Now slice the olives into small strips for legs and add 3 or 4 to each side - this is a bit fiddly but well worth it!

Ghostly krispies

- 2 mugs full of rice krispies
- 1 mug full of white marshmallows
- 24 dark chocolate chips
- 100g white chocolate (optional)

Put the rice krispies and marshmallows into a deep saucepan and heat gently, stirring all of the time. The marshmallows will start to melt... and when they have all melted and you are left with a sticky lump of rice krispies.
Spoon blobs of this onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. 
Now add on the eyes before they set and leave to harden somewhere cool.

Starry Night Dippers with Spicy Salsa and Yoghurt Dip

These are my favourite ones; so easy and so delicious.

For the stars:
- 3 large wholemeal tortilla wraps
- Star cookie cutter (various sizes)

Put the oven onto medium / gas mark 4 / 160 Celsius. 
Cut out tortilla star shapes, brush them with a little oil and place on a lined baking tray.
Pop them into the oven for 5 minutes until golden...That’s it!

For the salsa:
- 4 tomatoes 
- 1 large shallot
- one half of a red chilli (deseeded) – optional
- 1 handful of mint leaves
- salt and pepper

Finely chop everything, mix together and season.

For the yoghurt dip:
- one third of a cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 spring onions, finely chopped
- 200g of full fat natural Greek yoghurt
- salt and pepper

Mix everything together and season.

Oreo Spiders

These are really simple and effective – a nice treat!

- 1 pack of Oreos
- 1 pack of long pretzel sticks

Break each pretzel stick into 4 shorter ones and carefully insert them into the middle of the cookies so that they stick out like legs (4 on each side)

So there you have it! Several simple and really effective Halloween ideas your party.  

As for games, our favourites here at Sochal HQ include:

Apple bobbing (our number one)

A large bucket is filled with water and then lots of apples. Each participant has their hands tied behind their back and has to extract one apple from the bucket using only their mouth...A classic party game!

The mummy game 

Two teams and several loo rolls! Choose one ‘mummy’ in each team and the winner is the first group to totally wrap their mummy up in loo roll with minimum clothes/skin on show.

The ghastly guessing game (this one is not for the squeamish!) 

Prepare a box with a small hole where the participants can insert one hand. Now prepare the ghastly exhibits…the idea being that participants have to feel each item with one hand and guess what it is. Very normal food items can suddenly seem scary when you don’t know what you're touching! Hands can be wiped by the person in charge before they are taken out of the box.
Here's some exhibit ideas:
- Grapes: peel them and they become eyeballs!
- Well cooked spaghetti: slimy worms!
- Chocolate drops: mouse droppings!
- A bowl of mashed up jelly: this is just really funny to feel
- Lychees: these feel funny with their prickly skin
- Kiwi fruit: these also feel funny with their hairy skin
- Olives: slimy eyeballs!
The list goes on and on... get creative! Most things feel funny when you can’t actually see what you are touching.  Be prepared for some squeals!

Have fun and let us know how you get on!