Friday Halloween Lunch

The last of the Halloween lunches is here! It has been so fun making all these lunches but I am excited to be going back to whatever theme I want to do. I was thrilled to use all the halloween inspiration I’d found throughout the year and I think I managed to get them all in. Next year I will have more picks ahead of time and have to think up all new ideas. 

Today’s lunch is packed in the Boon Trunk again because I find this one really good for size and packing larger things. 

  
Today’s theme is kind of spiders kind of spooky, general halloween. I used another of the free Lunchbox Jokes from Artsyfartsymama these are just so cute. 

  
I made mini halloween pizzas with string cheese for the spider web and sliced cheese for the ghost one. Add some plastic spiders and it’s SPOOKY! 

  
Orange Jack O Lantern babybel, watermelon balls and strawberries made cute and spooky with some picks. 

  
Polka for corn cob with spooked out eyes and spider, BOO carrot, sugar snap peas halved and some healthy bat biscuits I made on the weekend. 

This lunch completes my Halloween Lunches, I’m kind of sad it’s come to an end but excited for all the other styles of lunch I can pack again! 

I hope you’ve been inspired to add some halloween into your little ones food, I know my son was so excited by all these. 

– Mel

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Spooky Eyes Halloween Bento

Thursday Lunch is a spooky eyeball theme packed in the yumbox panino. 

  
A while ago I saw a blog post on Eats Amazing for the Eyeball Sandwich Tutorial and knew it would be perfect for Halloween Lunches. 

  
They turned out awesome! Not difficult either. I decided to make it into a scary face so added strawberries for the cheeks, a carrot nose, grape face and apple slices with vampire teeth for the mouth. 

  
My third attempt at the marbled egg was a success, you need to leave it soak in the water for over an hour, left longer the colour would have been even more vibrant. The other eyeball is a babybel cheese with a grape slice pupil and foodoodler veins. I also added peas with an eye pick, sugar snap peas and a salami stick and a black Happy Halloween pick to complete it. 

Now to think of what to do for tomorrow’s lunch! 

– Mel  

Skeleton Halloween Lunch

Wednesday School Halloween lunch is a spooky skeleton and pumpkins theme. Lunch is packed in the Fuel Bento today, I find I can fit a fair amount of food in this box and it’s a bit taller than others so can handle things like corn easily.


I went food shopping yesterday on the hunt for the new Cheddar Babybel cheeses that have just come out in Australia, which is really exciting because we only ever had the normal red ones! The flavour of the cheddar is much preferred by my son and it matches so cute with the halloween theme. I used a Fred Brand gingerdead men cutter on his sandwich which is Rye bread with coco2 spread. I sliced chicken into strips and made a pinwheel kabob using one of the picks from the Lindt chocolates we got a few weeks ago. Plus a few pieces of treat natural popcorn.


The second half of lunch has the awesome new polka dot corn cob I found at the supermarket yesterday which my son is so excited about, he loves corn raw so it’s easy to pack in his lunch. I sliced carrot lengthways and used a Bone cookie cutter to keep with the skeleton theme. The food rings and Happy Β Halloween pick are a great addition too. Sliced strawberries and grapes with bone picks and a Jack O lantern mandarin complete this spooky lunch.

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I only have 2 more to go before halloween, I’ve had so much fun making these as I’m a bit of a spooky horror freak so being able to use all the spooky items has been really cool!

– Mel

Frankenstein Halloween Lunch

I am so pleased with today’s lunch, it turned out awesome! Relatively simple too but it looks really effective. 

  
Lunch is packed in the Boon Trunk and I used the gorgeous Frankenstein joke from this free set at Artsyfartsymama.

  
Mini Frank apple slices with foodoodler accents and eyes, salami stick and corn on the cob.

  
Strawberries with a Frankenstein cupcake ring, sugar snap peas and grapes with alpha letters. My black food cups are getting quite the workout with these halloween lunches, they match perfectly! 

  
My favorite part of the lunch! I had in my head a Frankenstein wrap for months now and yesterday I found the green wraps at the supermarket to do it. Inside is roast chicken, carrot and cheese. I added some eyes, foodoodler accents and used nori for his hair. I was going to add some bolts but I don’t like poking too many things into wraps in case my son doesn’t realise they are there so I stuck with just the eyes. It’s a winner though my Son saw it and LOVES it! 
I hope you’ve been inspired to add some halloween into your lunch, it doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Sometimes simple things look the best! 

– Mel

Witch Halloween Lunch

It’s the last school week before Halloween! That means 5 more Halloween Lunches. I’ve started the week with a witch theme. 

  

Today’s lunch is packed in the Boon Cargo. I love how the sandwich is central and everything else surrounds. At the sides he has a boiled egg with alpha letters, babybel cheese with a “W” for Witch, apple slices and grapes. 

  

His sandwich has a plastic cupcake topper and cat pick with foodoodler cauldron drawn on. Behind the sandwich are star biscuits I made yesterday. 

  
Up the top of the lunchbox he has peas, witches broom made from a twiggy stick and ham with a wrap band to secure it, carrot stars and another lunchbox note from these Free Halloween Joke Printables at artsyfartsymama. 

  
Finished off with a banana for fruit break and packed in his freezable lunch bag. 

– Mel

Lunchbox Series – Fuel Bento

  
The third instalment of the lunchbox series will be focusing on the Fuel Bento. 

This lunchbox was actually purchased to use for me! I think I got to use it twice before my son claimed it, Well I kind of went along with it because sometimes I struggle to pack his lunch in the yumbox or others because they just aren’t big enough for what I was wanting.

 

Fuel Bento, Bentgo Kids and Yumbox Original

 
As you can see there is much bigger space to work with in the Fuel, it is also a bit deeper as well so packing taller things like corn on the cob is no trouble. 

It has two separate containers inside and they can be taken out and microwaved if you so desire. I haven’t used this function for it myself though. I wouldn’t call it leakproof at all but it does seal well. I like the compartments inside, they help with being able to pack sweet and savoury and not having to worry about things touching. The larger half is great for packing a salad or sandwiches because it’s a big space. 

When packing for my son I often use silicone cups to divide it up to fit in even more food. It’s a very versatile lunchbox. 

  
Durability is probably the only downfall apart from not being leakproof. I have seen a lot of peoples kids drop theirs and it has broken quite easily. (Falling on cement) We havnt had any trouble with ours but my son isn’t very rough either and it’s always packed in an insulated lunch bag. I don’t think it’s a very cute looking lunchbox but it’s functionality makes up for that. 

I’d say this would be excellent for a teen or adult, you can pack an array of things and only need the one box. Plus the durability wouldn’t be an issue then because most of us know well enough by then how to take care of our things!

I use the Fuel Bento on average once a week. There isn’t really any other lunchbox (that we have or like) that is the same size or has compartments like this. We will keep using it until I find something similar sized that is leakproof and more durable, but it is a great sometimes lunchbox and the price point is good too.

Here are some lunches I’ve prepared in it, it is very versatile and even though the outside may not look like a kids box what I put inside certainly does. 

  
  
  
The Fuel Definitely has a place in my Kitchen and I’ve been able to make lunches in this that wouldn’t be possible in other boxes. If you are wanting a cheaper alternative with some extra space and the person you’re packing lunch for is responsible enough not to drop it this would be a great option.

– Mel

Vampire Halloween Lunch

It’s Friday here today so the last school lunch of the week. Today I went with a vampire theme as I havnt done that yet and picked up these cute plastic fangs cheap. Lunch is packed in the Fuel Bento.

  
The lunch is mainly red and black which ties it together without everything being “Halloween”. For his sandwich I just placed some eye picks and vampire teeth to be Dracula and some foodoodler accents. Bat moulded egg and bat cheese with salami sticks complete the first half of lunch. 

  

For the second half of lunch he has carrot stars, apple with teeth, grapes and strawberries. Plus another of the cute Halloween Lunch Box Jokes from artsyfartsymama.

  

Happy end of the week, Stay tuned for more spooky lunches next week as we approach Halloween!

– Mel

Lunchbox Ideas Printable List

Today I have something really cool for you: A Printable Lunchbox Ideas List!

I have put together a list and made it cute for you to print and pop on the fridge or wall. Its filled with Kid friendly foods that are healthy to fuel their little bodies at school.

It may not fit everyone’s criteria for eating but it’s just a guide of what I pack for my sons all in one spot! We aim for real whole foods and lasting energy plus healthy benefits.

I hope you can get some ideas from it too so that in the morning or night, whenever you pack lunch and you’re thinking what can I pack? This list will give you some help.

Healthy Kids Bento - Lunchbox Ideas

Healthy Kids Bento – Lunchbox Ideas List Free Download

Enjoy!

  • Mel

Thomas Yumbox

Today’s lunch is packed in the yumbox panino. I find it easier to work with than the original yumbox. I went with my sons favorite thing ever…Thomas the Tank. 

  

The peas were a huge hit yesterday and he requested them again today. I used the Thomas boiled egg shaper on his egg, it is probably the best egg mould I’ve used the shape always turns out. Train picks in his grapes and a “T” in his babybel.

  

A Thomas theme is a little hard so I used a Train sandwich cutter, added alpha letters and some Thomas baran. 

  

Plus a Banana for fruit break with a little message of course (he loves them) and it was done! 

  
I try to do a train or Thomas lunch occasionally because my son gets so excited, maybe I’ll think of more train ideas by the next one! 

– Mel

Mummy Bentgo Halloween Lunch

Today’s lunch is packed in the Bentgo Kids. I went with a mummy theme today and I think it turned out really cute, my son is really going to love this one!

It matches so well with the green Bentgo Kids too, my sons favorite colour is green so he loves it when I pack lunch in this one.

With his egg I sliced it uneven and twisted each slice around so it looked like mummy wrapping, add some eyes and you have an instant mummy! I’m trying peas for the first time in his lunch today, they are one of his top foods so I’m hoping they get gobbled up. I just used frozen ones and they will be thawed by now so they’re ready to go.  I made cacao and date protein balls yesterday and it’s a recipe I haven’t tried before but they turned out well and my youngest has already proclaimed they are YUMMY! Let’s hope my eldest agrees.

Slinky apples are another of his top foods and I thought it would go perfect with the mummy theme, again just add eyes and instant mummy! I used one of our Happy Halloween Picks in his dried apricots to bring some colour through.

I added another of the super cute Free Halloween Lunch Box Jokes from artsyfartsymama.

And my favourite part of the lunch: his Mummy Wrap. It’s a ham, cheese and carrot wrap using a wrap band to hold it together and I trimmed the excess then sliced them to be the mummy wrapping. No wastage and my son will eat it all, add some eyes and the mummy is so so cute! Plus some carrot sticks and alpha letters and this lunch is done.

I really enjoyed making this one, some days the ideas just flow and I have to pick only a few to fit in the lunchbox but it has come together really well. It may just be one of my favourite lunches so far, and I’ve made ALOT of lunches so it’s exciting to still get that excitement for them. I let my creativity run free and it works perfectly for us because when his lunches are fun my son will easily eat them up and enjoy his healthy food. That’s a Mum win in my book.

What do you do to take the mundane out of packing lunches and get the kids eating healthy? I’d love to hear what works in your family too!

– Mel