Ella and I are huge fans of Halloween, so of course I had to come up with some fun Halloween lunch box ideas to give her a bit of a surprise during her school day.
Here are the 5 Healthy Halloween Lunch Box Ideas that I came up with, and be sure to check out our 30 Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids for more ideas!
These healthy lunch box ideas would be perfect for planning a week of Halloween lunch boxes, or you can do one week leading up to Halloween, or just a special one on Halloween! (Or just do one – one is good!)
A couple of these are plan-ahead lunch boxes, because I like to make more than one at a time, and a couple are great easy options for days when your child is getting a hot lunch at school, but you still want some fun healthy sides to round it out.
Fruit Monster Lunch Box Idea
This healthy Halloween lunch box idea is a fun way to play up the last of the summer fruit and it is versatile enough to be used all year wrong. (Monsters are timeless!)
This lunch was for Ella’s pizza day at school, so I didn’t have to worry about packing a “main,” but this would also be a good option if you were sending a thermos lunch.
I used a bit of green licorice that we had on hand to make the fruit monster’s hair, but you could easily use dyed coconut or even shreds of lettuce. Ella doesn’t like licorice so this was more decorative and I didn’t really worry about the sugar content because I knew she wouldn’t eat it!
The skull candy is a special Halloween treat that Ella picked out, and again, I don’t think she actually ate it. It is attached with a bit of frosting (you can use jam) to one of our homemade apple vanilla muffins.
The lunch is rounded out with some Babybel cheese, carrots, celery, and ranch dressing for dipping, and two mini Halloween-themed snacks Smarties (Canadian version of M&Ms) and a pre-made Rice Krispie square.
Jack O’Lantern Lunch Box Idea
This was a fun and easy lunch to make, and it was actually one of our pre-made lunches, because I like to make 3 lunches all at once.
I used a pumpkin cookie cutter and food writer marker to cut out chicken sandwiches on tortilla bread. (If I was to make it a chicken and cheese sandwich, I would wrap the cheese separately to stop it from making the bread soggy overnight. Instead, I included a cheese string on the side.)
I used the food marker to also draw a Jack O’Lantern face on our orange, and used some cute Jack O’Lantern food picks to embellish our blackberries. I kept the orange in it’s peel because I find it it’s pre-peeled more than a day before, it dries out and makes the other food moist.
Skull Lunch Box Idea
I was so excited to hear how Ella liked opening up this lunch at school (and half-expected to get a note home about sending scary lunches!)
I made a skull sandwich using this skull cookie cutter, and adding herb and garlic cream cheese and smoked salmon inside. (I like how it kind of looks like muscle, but your preferred sandwich fillings will still be great.) I added a gummy worm coming out of the eye to put it over the edge.
In the side compartment, I added some chocolate pudding and topped it with chocolate cookie crumbs and skull and crossbone sprinkles.
The sides were a Caesar salad (dressing on the side), strawberries and grapes, and a box of Halloween Smarties.
Bat Pasta Salad Lunch Box
This bat pasta salad was such a hit! We bought some delicious squid ink bowtie pasta and after cooking I just dressed it simply with some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper, and shredded chicken. Without the chicken it may have looked cooler, but I wanted to add some protein.
I filled the second compartment with orange segments and blackberries skewered on skull food picks, and sprinkled Ella’s yogurt with some skull sprinkles. These do tend to run a bit by lunch time, so you could put them on the side, but Ella likes how it makes her yogurt look multi-coloured.
I added two Halloween Oreos as a special treat.
Frankenstein Lunch Box Idea
I used some of the leftover bat pasta salad to play up with Frankenstein lunch box. (Okay, Frankenstein’s Monster Lunch Box.) This was another prep-ahead lunch box idea, but I wouldn’t make it more than one day in advance.
I made the Frankenstein’s Monster kiwi by cutting a zigzag “hairline” about a quarter inch into our kiwi, and then used the knife to peel the skin from the zigzag line on down. I attached two candy eyes and two silver “screws” (dragee balls) with frosting.
I pre-assembled a worm and dirt pudding, again leaving the pudding separate so the worm wouldn’t get soggy overnight.
What do you think? Would you send any of these spooky, healthy Halloween lunch box ideas to school with your kids?
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