A Spooky Ghost Bento Box for Halloween Lunch
Halloween falls on a school day this year, so here’s an idea for a Halloween bento lunch to take to school. Also, if you’re hosting a Halloween party, you can deconstruct these lunch components and serve them.
Ingredients you’ll need
- white bread
- sandwich fillings (I used cheddar cheese, but you should use what your child likes)
- Mandarin orange
- Ghost-shaped chips (I found mine at Trader Joe’s but I’ve seen similar chips at Target, too)
Equipment you’ll need
- divided lunch box (this one is made by PlanetBox)
- small ghost or tulip-shaped cookie cutter
- plastic drinking straw
- large ghost cookie cutter
- ghost cupcake pick
How to make a Halloween Bento Lunch
1. Start off by making some “ghostly cucumbers.” If you have a small ghost-shaped cutter, use that to cut the cucumbers. I didn’t have one handy, but I did have a little tulip cutter, so I used that to cut the veggies then flipped the cut-outs upside-down so they looked like little ghosts. Pretty sneaky trick!
2. Use a plastic drinking straw to cut the holes for the eyes and mouth of each ghost shape. If you pinch the end of the straw a bit as you’re pressing it into the cukes, the holes will be oval instead of circular. I’ve found the straw cuts best if I press it into the cucumber on the cutting board and then lift it up a bit and push it all the way through.
4. Next, get the the ghost sandwich going by cutting a couple of ghost shapes from a slice of bread. I usually buy whole wheat bread for sandwiches, but in this case I picked up a loaf of white bread to give the sandwich that ghostly appearance. The cookie cutter I used has a bit of a ying-yang thing going on and I found that if I was careful when I positioned it on the bread I could cut two pieces from one slice. This makes cutting the shapes basically the equivalent of cutting crusts off and minimizes waste tremendously.
I had a little bit of trouble getting two perfect shapes from a single slice of bread, but they were pretty close so I just used the nicer piece for the top of the sandwich. No worries! I used the straw cutting trick to cut the face on the top piece of bread too.
5. Fill the sandwich with whatever fillings your child likes best. I used a slice of cheddar cheese because I liked the glowing effect from the orange cheese peeking out the eye-holes. Put the sandwich in the largest section of of the bento box. If your child has a bigger appetite at lunch time, make two sandwiches and stack them on top of each other.
7. Fill the remaining compartments with a handful of ghost chips and a spooky candy.