Ok, Ok. we know that this little Halloween creation is going to get massacred the minute it gets in front of baby.  But let’s face it, Halloween is fun, and it’s never too early to start engaging your baby in the fun of the holidays.   Mealtime can not only be a time to discover and enjoy yummy and nutritious foods, but an opportunity for baby to learn.   Before you hand over this tasty meal, tell your baby what you’ve made for them!

So get out that big scary  Michael Myers butcher knife and have some fun slicing up some vegetables for your little pumpkin this Halloween!  It’s quick and easy!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

1 Medium Carrot
1 Sweet Potato
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Avocado
1 Banana
Tube of Write-On Cake Decorating Gel
1/4 cup water

Instructions:

Wash vegetables as necessary.  Peel carrot and sweet potato using a vegetable peeler.  Cut carrots and sweet potatoes into “french fry” shapes.  Arrange on cutting board in a single layer.  With knife at an angle, cut top and bottom rows slightly shorter than middle rows to create a pumpkin shape.  Slice a single ring of bell pepper cut up to create mouth and stem.  Once you are satisfied with your design, place carrots, sweet potatoes, and bell pepper together in a microwave safe bowl and add water.  Cover with plastic wrap.  Use knife to puncture a few vent holes on top.
Cook in microwave for 4 minutes or until vegetables are steamed and reach a mashable consistency.   Place cooked veggies on a paper towel to drain and let cool until they can be handled.    Arrange on dish or high chair tray and create the pumpkin shape.  Slice a thin layer of avocado and cut three triangle shapes for eyes and nose.

For the Banana ghost, slice one banana in half and use cake decorating gel to make eyes and mouth.  Yes, it’s a sugary treat, but it’s just a dab, and come on!  It’s Halloween!   If you think about it, if you don’t let baby munch on a bunch of chocolate after trick-or-treating, this will probably be the healthiest Halloween your baby will ever live through.

We recommend waiting to give the banana to baby after he/she has had some fun with the pumpkin.  The banana is sweet, and has a dab of naughty sugary frosting treat, so baby might not be so interested in after having a tasting the ghost!

There will be leftover vegetables from preparing this little meal, so mom, fill up on some raw snacks instead of munching on a bunch of sugary candy tonight.  Or not.  We don’t care.  Do whatever you want, it’s your Halloween!

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