Wow all the kiddos you know with these super simple but awe-inspiring Halloween goodie ideas.
Whether you were volunteered to supply munchies for a party, or you just want to whip up something awesome for the trick-or-treaters on your block, you do not have to kill yourself in the kitchen. There are tons of throw-together ideas for Halloween treats that look like you spent hours sweating over them.
The Eyes Have It
Eyeballs that are not attached to a face are creepy, revolting and awesome when it comes to Halloween goodies. Make eyeballs on a stick by poking marshmallows onto lollipop sticks. Draw on a pupil, iris and bloodshot veins with decorative icing.
Another option is to dip donut holes into melted white chocolate. Stick a ring-shaped hard candy or a piece of button-shaped, candy-coated chocolate onto each donut hole before the chocolate hardens. Dip a toothpick into red icing and draw veins from the candy iris to the outer eyeball.
If you want a savory creepy peeper treat, stick carrot "pupils" inside herb-flecked mini-mozzarella balls to make Eyes-of-Newt
Lend Them a Hand
Dismembered body parts are a big hit with kids on All Hallows' Eve, which is terrific since there are so many ways to make finger and hand-shaped treats. For instance, you can slide a candy corn into each fingertip of food-grade plastic gloves. Fill the gloves with popcorn and close the ends with rubber bands. Slide a plastic spider ring around one finger to complete this creepy treat.
If you are hosting a party, fill a glove with water or orange juice and freeze it. Come party time, peel away the glove and float the severed hand in a bowl of punch, or use fruit snacks to make a Witches' Brew Punch
. You can also dip pretzel rods in melted candy coating for bony fingers and affix almond slivers as fingernails.
Alternatively, slice a few notches near the centers of several cocktail wieners to look like knuckles. Slice an indentation near the tops for fingernail beds and slide in a slice of yellow bell pepper to look like a thick, grody fingernail.
Blood, Guts and Brains
Kids love anything remotely gory or gross, particularly on Halloween. Turn a sheet cake into a spooky Graveyard Cake
by inserting oblong cookies vertically into the frosted cake to look like gravestones. Use black icing or edible pen to write "RIP" or other tiny epitaphs on the stones. Place a few candy pumpkins strategically throughout the graveyard as well.
Want something a little healthier? Fill large dates with a mixture of cream cheese and finely chopped almonds. Place them on a platter with a sign reading, "Creamy Stuffed Cockroaches."
If you are a skillful baker, whip up a batch of vanilla cupcakes and fill them with raspberry jam. Pipe thick white frosting on the top in a squiggly brain design. Your young guests will squeal with grossed out glee when they bite into a “brain” cake and blood oozes out.
When devising ideas for Halloween treats for kids, go with creepy and cute, gruesome and ghastly or a combination of both. You will be rewarded with shrieks of delight and maybe a sticky hug or two.
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