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Oct 28, 2010 01:35 PM

Halloween Potluck Help - must be EASY and kid-friendly

As a new mom, I am starting the parent/kid party circuit this year. Our neighborhood does a children's party/parade every year, which I have never attended before due to lack of child! But we're going this year and I need to bring a dish, but all of my recipes are really adult-oriented foods or require lots of prep time. Here are the details:

1. Party is outside, so no electricity for crock pots, etc.
2. Expect 100 people (50% kids), but don't have to feed all...say enough for 10-20?
3. I have other commitments all week & weekend that prevent any advance prep. I need something that can be made that day with only about 2-hrs before the party available to cook.
4. Due to the number of children, I'd like something kid-friendly but still adult pleasing.
5. Can be a protein, side, or dessert, but others have already signed up for hummus, salsa, crudites, fruit salad, ham-biscuit-sandwiches, and other obvious choices.

I'm on the verge of picking up a tray of Chik-fil-a nuggets, so any ideas are welcome!!
Thanks in advance!

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  1. I know this is an easy fix - but since you are a new mom, and until you get this first one under your belt, how about trying some rice krispie treats with butterscotch chips? You can make them the day ahead and be less stress for your first time. And/or some brownies with chocolate frosting and orange m&m's or sprinkles on top?

    1. Boyzomas got a great idea just above this, but if you want something fairly substantial, why not make wraps and cut them into pinwheels? Large flour tortillas spread with herbed cheese of some sort, maybe plain for the kids, e.g. cream cheese; good sliced roast beef, turkey, or ham, or even pbj. Done in a snap, and kids tend to like them as long as nobody's gone waaaaay out there with the fillings. Ham, cheese and a dill pickle spear is a good filling, or turkey/pesto, or, or, or. Have an awesome Halloween, and now that you're having kids, get ready for the time of your life. ;-)

      1. A big round tray of assorted nuts, made into a jack-o-lantern face by using the dark and light colors of nuts, pumpkin seeds, etc. No cooking, last minute. Can be elaborate, or as simple as 2 triangular eyes and a grin.

        You could put it in a big round aluminum pizza pan.

        1. I've done chicken drumettes tossed in falafel mix and baked. Call them bat legs. You could also do a rub or a sweet and spicy glaze. Leave some plain for the less-adventurous kids.

          1. Halloween Children's buffet is right up my alley.

            Each year my menu is different; chicken quesadillas, hamburgers, cheese and pepperoni pizzas with salad (shockingly enough some of the little kids love salad with ranch or Italian dressing).
            Then there are chicken fingers with different dipping sauces
            BBQ pork buns and baby back ribs - they loved these. Chicken drummies with dipping sauce
            I've found these last 6 years, I can never tell what all kids like. Some like only cheese and pizza, but others are quickly becoming as educated about food as their parents or at the least more open to foods. I never have food left over.
            Asian menu is always fun and the food eaten by all the guests.