Mini Pumpkin Heads

I absolutely love Halloween and all the joy and fun you can have with your children at this time of the year. These mini pumpkin heads look great and are super simple to make. This recipe is a great way to encourage young children into the kitchen. Let them help you in the kitchen with the simple food preparation tasks of peeling, washing, and cutting.

This recipe uses imperial mandarins, a family favourite in our home. One mandarin contains approximately 2g of dietary fibre and is a good source of vitamin c, magnesium, and potassium. Celery also contains vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, K, C and potassium.

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Prep Time

2 minutes

Cook Time


4 servings


  • 4 imperial mandarins, peeled
  • ½ stick celery


  1. Wash your celery first then cut each stick into half lengthwise and half again. This will give you four thin celery sticks. Cut them crosswise into 2cm long sticks.
  2. Peel your mandarins, then simply push a small stick of celery into the top of each mandarin.

Recipe Notes

  • If you prefer, you can de-string the celery by pulling the outer layer of strings back with a sharp paring knife. This will make them less tough and easier for children to eat.
  • When buying celery, look for sturdy stalks that stick upright with crisp fresh leaves. Celery sticks should snap when you break them. To ensure they stay fresh for longer, chop them close to the time you need to use them and store them in the fridge.
  • You could also swap the mandarins for tangelos or tangerines. Choose whatever is in season to maximise nutrient content.

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