Here's a brilliant way to balance out the candy overload at Halloween – with a skeleton made of veggie bones and a sweet chilli and sour cream face. Children will love 'dissecting' the bones from the body to dip into the sauce. Red pepper rib, anyone?


For the sweet chilli and sour cream dip

  • 100g cream cheese
  • 100g soured cream
  • 2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce to taste
  • 1 tsp lime juice

For the skeletons

  • ¼ cucumber, sliced
  • ½ carrot, peeled and sliced in half
  • 3 mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 celery stick, cut into small strips
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced
  • 2 broccoli florets
  • salad cress
  • 1 black olive, pitted and sliced


  • STEP 1

    First make the dip. Beat the cream cheese until smooth, then beat in the sour cream, sweet chilli sauce and lime juice. Cover and chill until needed

  • STEP 2

    Arrange the vegetables on a board to make the skeleton's body. You'll need about 10 cucumber slices for the shoulders, 8 mushroom slices for the spine (plus 2 more for the hands), 6 red pepper slices for the ribs, 2 broccoli florets for the hips, 5 celery slices for the arms and legs and 3 carrot pieces for the feet and neck

  • STEP 3

    Transfer the dip to a small bowl and position it above the skeleton's neck, to make the face. Add the cress for hair, 2 olive slices for the eyes, a carrot piece for the nose and a pepper slice for the mouth

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