Yummy Halloween snacks entertain children

Sycamore Park Community Center director shares a recipe for mummy dogs

Hannah Grover
Natalie Spruell, director at the Sycamore Park Community Center, talks about various Halloween-themed edible children's foods on Thursday at the center in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — With Halloween right around the corner, edible crafts with a spooky theme are a popular activity for children.

"Anything with food will bring them in," said Natalie Spruell, director of the Sycamore Park Community Center in Farmington.

While the community center offers crafts each week, staff like to host activities to make edible snacks on days when school gets out early or there are no classes.

On Friday, when Farmington Municipal School District students have no school, the center hosted an activity to make "mummy dogs."

This is the second year children at the center have made this Halloween-themed snack, which involves wrapping hot dogs in strips of dough.

Halloween-themed "mummy dogs" sit on a platter before they are baked on Thursday at the Sycamore Park Community Center in Farmington.

The simple recipe uses two ingredients: canned croissant dough and hot dogs.

“I’m sure biscuit (dough) would work, but (canned croissant dough) is already in a rectangular shape,” Spruell said while demonstrating the recipe on Thursday at center.

Spruell first cut the hot dogs to look like they had arms and legs. The length and position of the limbs do not matter, making the activity a good one for even young children.

“There’s no right or wrong,” Spruell said.

Then kids cut the dough into strips that are wrapped around the hot dog.

Spruell said some children like to bundle up their mummy with a lot of dough while others prefer just a little bit.

“It’s just a chance for kids to get creative with food and then to eat their final masterpiece,” Spruell said.

Once the mummy dog is completely decorated, they are baked at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

Try another

Another popular recipe children at Sycamore Park Community Center have enjoyed is "apple monsters."

These small snacks are made using apple slices, peanut butter, fruit rolls, Fruit Loops cereal, marshmallows (small and large ones) and toothpicks.

Two apple slices make the lips. Peanut butter cements the slices together, and marshmallows are pressed into the peanut butter to form teeth. A torn piece of fruit roll makes the tongue, and large marshmallow eyes are connected to the face using toothpicks.

Fruit Loop cereal is placed on the marshmallow eyes to give them a more eyeball-like appearance. Peanut butter holds the Fruit Loops in place. Some children also placed Fruit Loops on top of the upper lip to give their monster "nostrils."

Source: Natalie Spruell, Sycamore Park Community Center

Children created "apple monsters' on Oct. 12 at the Sycamore Park Community Center in Farmington.

Sycamore Park Community Center activities this week

Monday: Craft time at 4 p.m. 

Tuesday: Mystery physical activity at 4 p.m.

Wednesday: Dodgeball match at 4 p.m. 

Thursday: Mystery activity at 4 p.m.

Friday: Because there is no school, there will be a coloring contest at 10 a.m., dodgeball at noon and a game of spoons at 2 p.m. Game night will start at 3 p.m., and sardines is  at 4 p.m.

Location: 1051 Sycamore St. in Farmington

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A child holds an "apple monster" on Oct. 12 at the Sycamore Park Community Center in Farmington.

Kitchen science

The E3 Children's Museum and Science Center in Farmington hosts weekly science experiments for children. One of these experiments, scheduled to take place Nov. 12, is the "Bubbling Density Concoction."

The activity focuses on the chemical reaction caused when acids, like vinegar, are combined with bases, such as baking soda. The museum will also have other acids, like orange juice, and bases, like flour, for the children to experiment with.

Barbara Tracey, the education assistant at the museum, said this is an easy experiment families can do at home.

"Let them experiment with what kinds of things work and why," she said.

Spooky, smoky and sweet Halloween-themed drinks

Halloween lanterns

Ingredients: Plastic bottle or glass jar, glue, water, tissue paper, paint brush and battery-operated light

  1. Mix one part glue with two parts water in a separate container.
  2. Using the paint brush, coat one side of green or orange tissue paper with the glue mixture and cover the jar or bottle.
  3. Cut black tissue paper to form eyes and a mouth. Attach these to the container with the glue mixture
  4. Place the battery operated light inside and turn it on.

Source: Barbara Tracey, E3 Children's Museum and Science Center