There’s no need to get scared silly when prepping for Halloween treat-making. The good news is that you already have most of these ingredients in your pantry (the usual suspects: JELL-O, food coloring, skewers, pasta, and gummy worms, to name a few).
Simply add a few Halloween-themed candy and entertaining decor to your dessert or treat arsenal, and you’ve got yourself spooky halloween treats that are simple and easy to make, and so frightfully delightful to enjoy!
Spooky Soda Float
-vanilla ice cream
-chocolate wafer cookies
-green food coloring
-clear glass mugs
Directions: Scoop the ice cream scoops ahead of time and put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer to save time and cut down on spills when serving. Place two ice cream scoops into each tall glass mug and top with soda. Swirl the “slime” (green food coloring) into the whipped cream and apply cookie “dirt” (crushed chocolate wafer cookies) liberally. Use the candied witch fingers as your soda stirrer and enjoy!
Wax Lip Straws
Using a metal BBQ skewer, gently make a hole in the center of each mouth. Use the skewer to press and mold the hole until it is big enough to insert the top of a bendy straw. Submerge the straw, stir and enjoy your drink! Hot tip: the wax on the back of the lips can be pressed around the straw to hold it in place.
Directions: Make your lime JELL-O and pour each JELL-O into a mini Weck Jar (or other “specimen” jar). When the JELL-O has set for about three hours, use a metal funnel to add Torani Syrup (or “blood”). Insert the funnel tube into the JELL-O so that it touches the bottom. Pour the Torani syrup into the funnel until the tube is full, and slowly remove the funnel. Put the jars in the fridge and let each one set for a few hours; some “blood” may settle to the bottom. Just before serving, place one zombie candy hand in each jar.
Creepy Creature Fruit Pizza
-8 oz cream cheese
-1/4 cup light brown sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-fruit: mandarins, apple slices & blueberries
Directions: Beat the cream cheese, light brown sugar & vanilla until smooth. Spread the mixture onto each pizelle cookie and decorate with fruit. Half a mandarin orange, blueberries and thinly-sliced Granny Smith apples create the cutest spiders and skulls. Get creative or set out the fruit and let the kids make their own creepy fruit creature!
Directions: Before filling up the “eyeball” tray, flip each gummy eye over and press gently to the bottom of the tray. Fill with water. Before releasing each “eyeball,” use a little hot water over the back of the mold to release the ice easily.
Fun Character Snacks
Directions: Fill these fun character cups with World Market popcorn and add a few coordinating Mike and Ike candies for a fun topper!
Directions: Bake your favorite cupcakes and top with chocolate icing. Place “dirt” (finely-crushed chocolate wafer cookies) on top of the icing and add your creepy crawlies, spooky faces and other frightening edibles.
Eye on Dinner Pesto Pasta
Directions: Make the “eyes” by cutting the olives into small pieces and poking each piece into a mozzarella ball with a wooden skewer. Alternatively, you can also turn some of the olives into eyes by pressing a small piece of mozzarella into one end. Set aside your “eyes” while making the pasta. While the pasta is still warm, toss the pesto into the pasta and plate each portion. Arrange several sets of “eyes” on each plate. Be careful—your dinner is watching you!
–pumpkin cookie kit
Directions: Follow directions on the kit box and enjoy chomping on the season’s favorite gourd.