Halloween Themed Bento Lunch Box Ideas

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Bento lunches are commonplace among Asian households. These adorable boxed lunches can be seen as an extension of love in the form of edible art. It has been said that a mother’s love can be measured by how elaborate she makes her child’s bento box.

I’ve prepared numerous bentos for my three children over the years. For the most part, my bento skills are pretty basic. However, every once in awhile I get inspired to do something extraordinary. If I am really in the zone, I may even make my husband a “man-bento.” My kids and my husband aren’t the only ones who benefit from these homemade bento boxes of love . . . I benefit too! Making bentos allows for a creative outlet where I can make healthy lunches for my family.

I find that making bento lunches for my family gives me a sense of joy that is therapeutic to my soul.

Preparation Is Key

The secret to making a great bento is preparation. When properly planned, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to put together a well-executed bento lunchbox. For specifically themed lunches, I like to map out a quick diagram ahead of time. Once I sketch out my vision, I take a quick gander into my pantry and into my fridge to see what I have in stock. Since I detest going to the grocery store, I limit my bento ingredients to what I already have on hand. With these ingredients in mind, I label my diagram with the food items that I intend to use. I refer to my diagram when I am constructing the bento. This helps to keep me on track with completing the bento in a timely manner.

The Nightmare Before Christmas Bento

Halloween is a fun time to put a unique twist on an ordinary bento lunchbox creation. You get to step out of the box and get really creative. The possibilities are endless! Some lunches embrace all of the glorious gore of Halloween while others keep it traditional. I tend to lean towards all things kawaii. This includes making lunches that feature my family’s favorite cartoon personalities such as Jack, Sally, and Zero from one of our favorite Halloween flicks, The Nightmare Before Christmas. My kids really got a kick out of these lunches! Plus, they were fun to make!

Halloween Themed Bento Lunch Box Ideas

Ingredients:

Jack Skellington

  • Rice
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Nori (dried seaweed)

Sally

  • Rice
  • Eggwhite
  • Cheese
  • Tomato Seeds
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Bologna
  • Nori
  • Beni Shoga (red pickeled ginger)

Background

  • Rice tinted with matcha
  • Carrot
  • Mustard Seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Okinawan Purple Yams
  • Little Smokies Sausauge
  • Broccoli
  • Bacon & Cheese Tamagoyaki

Ingredients:

Zero

  • Cheese
  • Nori
  • Pomegranate Seed

Jack

  • Rice
  • Black sesame seeds
  • Nori

Hello Kitty

Background

  • Rice tinted with matcha
  • Tomatoes
  • Okinawan Purple Yams
  • Little Smokies Sausauge
  • Broccoli
  • Bacon & Cheese Tamagoyaki

Whether it’s delectable candy or lovingly made bento lunches, Halloween will always be full of fun TREATS!

Originally published October 2020.


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