Kids and their parents from coast to coast are looking forward to a fun filled and safe Halloween this year. Trick or treating has always been the defining main event of the holiday. However, collecting candy going door to door throughout the neighborhood is most likely not going to be what parents want their kids to do thanks to the kibosh from the corona virus.
So what are parents in for? How and what kind of safe activities can they provide in a controlled environment that will keep the kids engaged and happily occupied. More importantly, how can parents accomplish this without stressing over what to do?
A big part of Halloween is about the treats. The treats don't have to be a shopping bag full of candy. So, why not let your kids create their own treats with an entertaining baking project?
So what do kids especially like about baking? Coming from the baking entertainment services niche industry, our company provided baking classes, parties, corporate events and holiday baking celebrations for adults and children within a specialty kitchen designed for small to large groups. One of the most anticipated classes of the entire year for children was Halloween cookie decorating.
So, If you are going to do what kids like most, Halloween cookie decorating can be a #1 home activity for the holiday this year. With a little careful planning, you can create the best Halloween memory too! Before you start, get the kids dressed in their favorite costumes, put on some spooky Halloween songs or have them watch a funny Halloween movie while you prepare for the "treats" fun.
- Make sure you have plenty of fun holiday shaped cookie cutters like ghosts, pumpkins, witches hats, cauldrons, skeletons, monsters and jack-o-lanterns.
- Find a recipe on line or in a pinch, most food stores stock ready made cookie dough that works well with cookie cutters. (If your kids have food allergies, don't forget to check the options you may need such as dairy free, nut free, gluten free or egg free.)
- If your letting the kids cut all the shapes themselves, provide a clean flat, smooth surface to flour down in preparation of cutting the shapes. Follow the accompanying directions for proper baking.
- After all the cookies are baked and cooled, you have finally arrived at the fun part...decorating! This is is where the kids really get to spend time being creative. So make sure to have on hand colorful icing. Kids like vivid Halloween colors such as orange, red, yellow and brown. Don't forget lots of Halloween confectionery or candy toppings.
From our experience, what we found to be true over and over again, is that baking and decorating is a timeless, fun and memorable activity for kids as it is for many adults. Somehow, the creativity, anticipation, whimsicalness and hands on nature associated with decorating your own cookies, cupcakes, cakes and more can can lead to a rewarding feeling of accomplishment and one of the most memorable of childhood family experiences.
Go to: celebrationsinthekitchen.com for more information on baking ideas for children and adults.