We try to be healthy, eat local and be environmentally conscious here with our food. As a result, my kids never get brightly colored processed corn packaged in flashy bags in their lunch boxes like all of their friends. I make an effort to make their healthy, local, homemade food look fun and interesting so they don't feel completely left out.
The other day, I sent a Jack-O-Lantern hard boiled egg in my son's lunch for a special surprise. I just hard boiled a local brown egg and then used a sharpie to draw the "Jack-O-Lantern" face. He was delighted!
Yesterday morning, we invented boo pancakes! I admit that I had to use a gluten-free mix (my kids are gluten intolerant) but I added some fresh pumpkin and made ghosts, pumpkins, goblins (just blobs really but children's imagination is a beautiful thing), skeletons and mummys (the latter two look the same to me but totally different to the little ones). These were gobbled up quicker than I could throw them on the skillet and the kids were asking for more this morning.
I can't take the credit for making fun shapes out of pancakes. I admit to copying Ma from Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I recently finished reading her books which are chock full of back to basic, simple living ideas.