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Supplied by Catherine Speedie, owner of  Gingko Good Food, an organic, wholefood restaurant and deli with a garden and kids play area in Parkview

 JACK O’LANTERN SMOOTHIE

 Cut a jack-o-lantern face out of black paper and tape it onto the tall glass to give it a true Halloween look. For the smoothie blend the following until smooth:

Ingredients:
· 1/4 cup cold water/organic milk
· 1/2 cup organic plain yoghurt
· 1 tblsp almonds
· 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (unsweetened)
· 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
· 1 tblsp honey
· 1/4 tsp cinnamon
· 5 blocks ice

Makes one large smoothie

 SPOOKY SPIDER CRACKERS 

Ingredients (per ‘spider’):

2 round crackers
peanut or any nut butter – almond is good
8 egg noodle noodles
2 raisins

Directions:

Smear a small amount of nut butter onto the inside of one cracker. Place 4 chow mein noodles on one side of the cracker followed by 4 more on the other side. Place the remaining cracker on top. To make the ‘eyes’: dab two spots of peanut butter near the top of one crackers to ‘glue’ the raisins into place.

CHOCOLATE BAT CUPCAKES 

Ingredients:

  • Cupcakes (baked from your favorite recipe)
  • Chocolate icing
  • White frosting
  • 2 M&M’s Minis
  • Jujube candy
  • Thin Mint (we used Haviland brand)
  • Andes Creme de Menthe candy

Directions:

  1. Frost a cupcake (baked from your favorite recipe) with chocolate icing.
  2. For the bat’s face, set two M&M’s Minis in place for eyes and add a jujube candy nose.
  3. For the wings, cut a Thin Mint (we used Haviland brand) in two and set the halves in place as shown. Then cut an Andes Crème de Menthe candy in half diagonally and set the pieces in place for the bat’s ears.
  4. Finally, add a white frosting mouth, fangs, and pupils.

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