Budget-friendly Halloween nosh

The cost of store-bought Halloween party treats can be more terrifying than the ghouls crowding your doorstep.

And if you want a real fright, take a glance at all the sugar and artificial colouring listed on the nutrition labels.

Mini Jack-o’-Lantern Pizzas, made with smoky Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese, cost less than 60 cents each to make and will be a hit with adults and children.

They’re made with wholesome ingredients to balance out all the Halloween sweet treats.

Store-bought dough makes these pizzas easy to prepare. To save even more money, you could make your own dough.

This also is a good cooking project for children, who can customise their Mini Jack-o’-Lantern Pizzas. Buy a variety of vegetables and other toppings, and let the children design their own. Broccoli florets, for example, could be added for hair.


Start to finish: 40 minutes.

Makes 12 servings.


12 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise

12 pitted black olives, quartered lengthwise

6 slices Canadian bacon, halved

20-ounce ball prepared pizza dough, room temperature, divided into 12 portions

8-ounce can tomato sauce with basil and oregano

2 cups shredded, reduced-fat orange Cheddar cheese


Heat oven to 450 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with cooking spray.

To make eyes, place tomatoes cut-side down on a cutting board. Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, make a ΒΌ-inch slit through the centre of each tomato. Stuff an olive quarter into each slit to make pupils.

To make mouths, trim each half of Canadian bacon into a jack-o’-lantern-style mouth.

On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll each piece of dough into a five-inch-wide round, then transfer to one of the prepared baking sheets.

To make the pizzas, coat each round of dough with tomato sauce and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Arrange the mouths and eyes on the pizza. Additional olive quarters can be used as fangs.

Bake until crusts are browned and cheese is melted, about eight to 12 minutes.

Nutrition information per serving:

203 calories (66 calories from fat); 7 g fat (3 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 17 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrates; 11 g protein; 1 g fibre; 654 mg sodium.