A Lazy Mom’s Halloween Week Lunch Ideas

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I’m not that mom. Notes in the kids’ lunch boxes, lovingly and intricately curated Bento Boxes, elaborate decorations for each holiday? Nope, nope, nope. Although I love to cook a good meal, Martha Stewart I am not. I get a little into Christmas decorating and occasionally get a bit of Pinterest fever for the kids’ birthdays, but overall I’m a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Seasonal Adorableness. I blame my mother. She’s far worse than I am and takes particular pride in this trait of hers. Unfortunately, I have a kindergartner who is delighted by all seasonal decorations. Yesterday morning he woke up, bounded out of bed, and declared it to be “Decorate the House for Halloween” Day. And here I was thinking it was “Eat Bacon for Breakfast and Maybe Fold Some Laundry” Day. But since the small people in this house seem to be in charge, there are now cobwebs in the corners of the playroom, plastic spiders everywhere, and I’m feeling like I should get over myself and festive it up a little bit. Luckily for me, it’s 2017 and Pinterest exists so I can be pretend to be creative without breaking much of a sweat. Here’s a few of the cute ideas I came across to add a little fun to his lunch box this week. Enjoy!

Martha Level: Beginner

Where are my mamas who can barely get lunches packed, never mind get creative with them? We’re in luck. We can toss some festive food into the kiddos’ lunch boxes with nothing more than a sharpie and food that is probably in the house already. In addition to the pictures below, I saw faces drawn on upside down vanilla pudding cups (ghosts) and bananas (ghouls?). Thanks to My Life As I Pin It and Under Construction, for the ideas!
 
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: My Life as I Pin It
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: My Life as I Pin It
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: Under Construction

Martha Level: Intermediate

These require a little advanced planning and may not be for those of us who find themselves packing lunches 5 minutes before the bus rolls up, but are still pretty manageable. If you’re like me and found some long forgotten cookie cutters shaped like pumpkins, ghosts, and cats at the bottom of the Halloween bucket, you can even take the sandwich up a notch. Thanks to Sweet and Lovely CraftsBe Different Act Normal, and Little Diary on the Prairie for the ideas!

lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: Be Different Act Normal
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: Little Diary on the Praire
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: Sweet and Lovely Crafts

Martha Level: Expert 

Okay, so my classification of these as expert level probably says a lot about me. These are obviously all pretty doable but are a bit too much lunch box commitment for me. (Actually, I’m pretty sure I have both Ritz Crackers and tiny pretzels in the cabinet. Since I’ve managed to work myself up into a Halloween frenzy over here, those spiders might happen). Thanks to Listotic, One Little Project, and Like Mother, Like Daughter for the ideas!

lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: Listotic
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: One Little Project
lazy mom lunch Halloween ideas Providence Moms Blog
Image Credit: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Hope your little monsters enjoy some fun in their lunches this week. Be sure to follow Providence Moms Blog on Pinterest for these and more ideas.

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Tracy was born and raised in Southeastern Massachusetts and currently resides about 15 minutes outside of Providence with her husband and their three children, Max (2012), Ryder (2014), and Lily (2017). As a mother, she has dabbled in various parenting philosophies, and after attempting everything from free range to helicopter, she's landed squarely in the camp of "I'll do whatever it takes to make the noise stop." In all seriousness, Tracy believes that the key to happily surviving parenthood is grace. Whenever possible it should be given generously to our children, our spouses, and especially ourselves. Tracy has spent her career working with mothers and children in various capacities. She has a private therapy practice, is an Infant Massage Instructor, and works in Early Intervention. She has learned that one of things that children need most is well supported parents, and she believes that the candid sharing of stories and experiences is an important way of supporting parents. When she's not at work, Tracy spends her days trying to get outside, writing, and searching for her patience at the bottom of a (reheated) cup of coffee. She is an avid runner, and she loves to cook, obsessively organize, and drink wine.