Special Needs Children Cook: Bat Wings for Halloween

Image shows a purple plate with large marinaded cooked chicken wings on it.
Bat Wings for Halloween!


There’s nothing like nibbling on a tender bat wing to satisfy a hungry goblin at your next Halloween party.  Special Needs Children Cook:  Bat Wings for Halloween is an easy way for your child to help cook for the party.  When Halloween is over, these yummy chicken wings can be served at any other gathering or just for a family dinner.  This recipe shows how to bake them in an oven, but when summer comes you could also grill them outside.


  • 2-3 lbs. chicken wings, placed in a medium bowl for easy removal
  • 1/2 t. ground ginger
  • 1/2 t. garlic powder
  • 2 T. dark brown sugar
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. pepper
  • 2 T worcestershire sauce (or 1 t. hot sauce)
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce


  • Gallon zippered or slider plastic bag (Slider works better for younger children.)
  • Large bowl
  • Tongs
  • Medium bowl for chicken
  • Baking tray, sprayed with cooking spray
  • Silicone basting brush
Image shows a tray with spices and soy sauce next to a bowl with chicken wings & tongs and a bowl with an open plastic bag in it.
Set up your supplies for marinating the bat wings.

Adult:  To set up for this recipe, get the ingredients laid out as is shown in the picture.  If your child is able to help with the measuring, do that with them first.  Get the spices and liquids ready in small containers.  Open up the plastic bag and set it into the large bowl so that the spices can be added easily.  Have everything neat and in the proper order before starting.  The pictures show the ingredients being put into the plastic bag in this order:  ginger, garlic, brown sugar, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce.  Have the chicken off to the side until after the marinade is mixed since the marinade needs to be made first.  Note:  soy sauce can stain, so make sure you have taken precautions about that (old clothes, old tablecloth).

Child:  Follow the pictures to prepare the marinade for the bat wings.

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Adult:  Now give your child the chicken wings.

Image shows a bowl of chicken wings with tongs in it and a bowl with a plastic bag containing marinade.
Here is what you will need for your child to start marinading the chicken wings.

Child:  Click on the pictures to see how to add the chicken to the marinade.

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Adult:  Once your child has the chicken in the bag marinading, put the bag with the chicken in it into the fridge for 30 minutes to 2 hours.  When it is marinaded, get the baking pan sprayed and set out next to the bowl with the bagged chicken in it.

Image shows a greased baking pan with the marinaded chicken and tongs next to it.
Set up the already sprayed baking pan next to the chicken wings and tongs.

Your child will use the tongs to place the chicken on the pan.  Keep the leftover marinade in the bag for basting later.

Child:  Put the bat wings on the baking pan by following the pictures.

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Adult:  Bake it in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.  If you feel your child is ready for it, they can baste the bat wings with the leftover marinade after 30 minutes.  If not, you can do it.  I always put towels or hot pads over the edges of a hot pan if I am letting a child work with it.

Image shows a pan of baked chicken with a bowl of marinade next to it. The hot sides of the pan are covered with tea towels and hot pads.
Cover the edges of the hot pan of chicken wings and get the marinade ready for basting.

Child:  Baste the bat wings as you see in the pictures.  Be careful!  It’s hot.

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Adult:  Finish baking the chicken another 10 minutes or until done.  Throw out the leftover marinade.

I hope you enjoyed Special Needs Children Cook:  Bat Wings for Halloween!  Check back often for more fun things to do with your special needs child.  Happy Halloween!



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