Background story: The grandkids and I are into growing our own pumpkins. Well, okay, maybe not actual pumpkins - but lots (and lots and lots!) of vines, plenty of pretty blossoms, and a handful of onion-like creatures spaced here and there among the ample foliage. The results we achieved come from believing that the seed packet instructions calling for "full sun" do not apply to us. Guess our "sunny smiles" don't count! So, we don't really have pumpkins to harvest this year, but what the heck! We are having a Family Halloween Harvest Party anyway! And these Maca-moldy Mason Jar Monsters will be served to all 15 ravenous guests!
Pint size wide mouth jars make very generous single serving portions. They are tied at the top with raffia scraps and a narrow ribbon bow. A pair of holiday print paper napkins and a plastic fork are slipped in at the side. Cut 1" green paper circles and glue (Elmer's) them side by side on the face of the jar. Make eyelashes, too, if you like. Keep in mind that these are monsters...who says two eyes are the limit? When circles are dry, use a stronger glue (such as Gorilla brand) to secure gooey eyeballs to the paper circles. Those eyeballs are slippery little buggers.....you can sub wiggle eyes if you like. Fill the jar with homemade mac and cheese, using white cheddar instead of yellow. Tint the baked pasta with green (or purple) food coloring. The "trick" part of "trick or treat" for the kids is using thin strips of carrot and/or celery sticks as crazy monster hair to get them to eat a few veggies, too! Mini-tomatoes are also good to sneak in. And I think the jars would be cute filled with gelatin, too....or maybe "gan-green" oatmeal on Halloween morning! You can also poke a name card onto the times of each fork if you'd like.
Nervous Grandma Note: Make sure the kiddoes don't eat the gooey eyeballs! They are easy to peel off to play with, though.