For there are plenty of spooky snacks beyond chocolate eyeballs and sugar-scattered jelly worms
Halloween is creepily creeping up. If you're in charge of some excitable under-10s, that means it's time to get thinking all things pumpkin-carving, cotton-wool-web-weaving and mini-witch-costume-making.
Aside from all the crafty fun, sugar-coated E numbers are usually the order of the day. But if you're putting on your own spook-tacular soirée, why not crack out some little people-friendly foods that won't give you the eerie sensation of an instant cavity?
Here are some fun ideas they'll love that you'll actually enjoy, too.
1. Blood-stained cake
Red velvet cake is delicious, as we are all very well aware. Add an artfully dripping splatter of crimson icing, stick a toy knife in the top and hey, presto: a perfectly subversive Halloween party treat.
2. Pumpkin pretzels
White chocolate-covered pretzels sounds like the perfect muddle of sweet and salty, no? A dash of orange food colouring and a handful of green M&Ms turn these into a spooky snack.
3. Spider cookies
You really can't argue with Oreos, can you? Liquorice legs and fondant icing eyes transform the biscuit into a creep-crawly treat.
4. Spider pork bites
Pulled pork, good. Crispy pastry, good. Top with a toy spider and job's a good 'un.
5. Mummy biscuits
Biggest doddle ever. Wrap up biscuits in white chocolate, drizzle some extra for texture then pop on black icing eyes. Terribly moreish.
7. Spooky fruit skewers
After all that sugar, you'll be glad of a dose of vitamins. These fruity babies have scary faces atop kiwi, marshmallow and melon – best of both worlds.
8. Cheese monsters
Roll up a dollop of cream cheese and smash into tangy cheddar for a whole world of fun.