Happy Tuesday, everyone! For this second week of October, we’re going to be turning our attention on some fun ideas for kids to help keep them in the Halloween spirit all month long. First up, here’s a look at 10 different recipes perfect to serve up at a Halloween-themed celebration that will thrill and chill all the kiddos out there (and even us older folks who are still kids at heart), and are very easy to make. And even though most kids are focused on candy this time of year, I’ve included some health-conscious ideas that younger palates should still enjoy!
Mummy Pretzel Nuggets
What little kid doesn’t love pretzels? And what little kid wouldn’t love these Mummy Pretzel Nuggets? They are so simple to make (no cooking/baking required!), and they make for a great snack to share! Also, if you’re dealing with any kind of a nut allergy situation, I’d recommend substituting with regular pretzel nuggets.
- First, lay out a sheet of wax paper.
- Melt the almond bark according to package directions.
- Using a fork, dip a pretzel nugget into the melted almond bark. Shake off excess bark by gently tapping the coated nugget.
- Place the nugget onto the wax paper. Run the tines of the fork across the pretzel nugget to give the mummy effect.
- Repeat until all the almond bark is gone. Now, add two small dots for eyes with the black decorating icing. Let the mummies set for 45 minutes and then enjoy!
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Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries
Here’s a healthy recipe idea that youngsters should really love and is also easy to make: Jack-O-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries. There’s just some minimal baking required for these tasty treats, and are ready to eat in just 30 minutes. What a perfect way to keep the Halloween season somewhat healthy this year.
- 2 very large sweet potatoes
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
- To begin, you’ll need two fat, round sweet potatoes. Look for the biggest ones with the most girth to them. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Peel the skin from both sweet potatoes, and slice off the narrowed tip ends from the sweet potato, leaving the thickest part of the middle remaining (perfect for a chip’s circular shape).
- Using a sharp knife, cut out a small “V” shape in the top center of the sweet potato (resembling where a pumpkin stem might be located at the top of the pumpkin).
- Then, slice the sweet potato into 1/8″ thin slices. Using a small, sharp vegetable knife, “carve” jack-o-lantern faces into each sweet potato slice.
- Toss the sweet potatoes with some melted coconut oil and spices in plastic bag, and place the sweet potato fries onto a cookie sheet and bake for 20-22 minutes, or until barely golden brown around the edges.
Rice Krispies Treats Brains
If I am being honest, one of the easiest treats I used to whip up for the kids I used to sit for were Rice Krispies Treats, but you know, these things don’t become a classic without good reason. So, if you want to make some fun desserts for some kiddos this Halloween, why not try these gooey and gory Rice Krispies Treats Brains? Kids of all ages will love munching on these macabre morsels, and they take no time to make, either!
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 10 ounce bag of mini marshmallows
- Red food coloring
- 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Red gel icing
- Melt butter in a pot over medium heat (you can do this in the microwave too if it’s easier).
- Next, add in your marshmallows and heat until everything is melted together, stirring frequently. Add a few drops of red food coloring to create the brain color.
- Add in the Rice Krispies cereal and stir until evenly coated with the marshmallow and butter mix.
- While your mixture is still warm, spray your hands with the non-stick cooking spray and scoop up about 1/4 cup of marshmallow coated cereal. Form it into a ball, then flatten a bit and give it a brain like indent with a spray coated knife.
- Set finished brain onto a parchment or wax paper covered baking sheet, and repeat until you’ve used up all your mixture.
- Let the brains cool and then drizzle each of them with red gel icing to give them a gory finish.
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Creepy Shirley Temples
When I was younger, I loved Shirley Temples, especially when I would go to weddings. That’s why I thought these Creepy Shirley Temples might be a fun drink to serve up at a Halloween Party, as youngsters are sure to love this twisted take on a classic kids' drink.
- 8 ounces Ginger Ale , Lemon Lime soda, or a 50/50 mixture of both
- 1/2-3/4 ounce of Grenadine
- 1-2 Maraschino Cherries
- 1 Liquor shot syringe (you can find these on Amazon)
- 1 Beaker for a glass (you can find these on Amazon)
- Fill the beaker or glass with the soda.
- Fill a shot syringe with 1/2-3/4 ounces Grenadine.
- Add the cherries to the beaker or glass.
- Place the syringe in the beaker/glass for guests to 'inject' the grenadine into the Creepy Shirley Temple before drinking.
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Candy Corn Popsicles
If you’re looking for some dessert ideas for your kids' Halloween party, then be sure to try out these Candy Corn Popsicles. They use mainly fruit juice, so they’re healthy, delicious, and also very easy to make!
- 1/4 cup cream of coconut
- 3/4 cup coconut water
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup mango juice
- Red food coloring
Popsicle molds (you can find them on Amazon)
Popsicle sticks (if they’re not part of your mold sets – you can find packs of sticks on Amazon)
- Combine the cream of coconut and coconut water in a measuring cup. Pour the coconut mixture into 10 3-ounce or 8 4-ounce ice-pop molds, dividing the mixture evenly.
- Freeze until set, at least 2 hours.
- Mix the mango juice with 1 drop of red food coloring in a measuring cup. Pour the reddened mango juice on top of the coconut mixture, dividing evenly. Insert the ice-pop sticks, pushing them gently down into the coconut mixture layer.
- Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
- Then, pour the pineapple juice on top of the mango layer, dividing the juice evenly. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. They are best enjoyed within 4 days.
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If you’re looking for an easy and sharable treat to put out during your Halloween shindig for tiny monsters, this Monster Munch should do the trick. Most of the prep involves the microwave, and the vibrant colors are sure to please the kiddos this October. Now, let’s do the Munch, let’s do the Monster Munch! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
- Puffcorn, butter flavored (you can find bags of Chester’s Puffcorn at local grocery stores or Target)
- Candy melts in Halloween colors: black, orange, purple, green, and/or white (you can find them at Michael’s)
- Halloween themed sprinkles
- Melt 1 bag of Candy Melts according to the package directions in a large bowl.
- Mix 3/4 of a bag of Puffcorn until well coated. Spread the coated Puffcorn onto a sheet of wax paper. - - Pour sprinkles on the coated Puffcorn, and let the candy coating set.
- Repeat these steps with other candy melt colors.
- Use any leftover Puffcorn in the bags and mix it all together with all the coated Puffcorn after the candied layers harden, making for a sweet and savory Halloween treat to enjoy.
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Individual Spooky White Pizzas
Since everyone loves pizza, these Individual Spooky White Pizzas would make for a spook-tastic addition to your kids' Halloween party menu this year. As with all the recipes I’ve featured on this list, these delicious personal pizzas are very easy to make, and if you want to get the young ’uns involved in creating these ghostly dinner delights, the directions are easy enough for them to be a part of the assembly process.
- 1 1-pound ball of prepared pizza dough
- All-purpose flour, for rolling the dough
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, finely grated
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
- 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (about 6 ounces)
- Pitted black olives, sliced, for decorating
- First, preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Divide the pizza dough into 4 pieces. Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll and stretch on a lightly floured surface into an 8- to 9-inch oval. Transfer to a prepared baking sheet and pull the end of the dough to one side into a tapered end to create a ghost shape. Repeat with the remaining dough, putting 2 ghosts on each baking sheet. Don't worry if they all look slightly different-- it will give the ghosts personality.
- Mix the oil and garlic together in a small bowl and evenly brush over the 4 ghosts; sprinkle with a total of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
- Bake until the crusts are golden and set, for about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans top to bottom halfway through the baking time.
- Then, mix the ricotta, Parmesan and Italian seasoning together in a small bowl and spread over the ghosts, stopping about 1/2-inch from the edge. Sprinkle with the mozzarella and return to the oven until the ghosts are hot and the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes more.
- Once they finish backing, place 2 olive slices on each ghost pizza for the eyes.
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Ritz Cracker Spider Sandwiches
If you need a quick snack to whip up for your tyke’s Halloween festivities, these Ritz Cracker Spider Sandwiches take just seconds to assemble, and will undoubtedly be a hit with all the little monsters out there this month.
- Ritz crackers
- Pretzel sticks
- Peanut butter and/or cream cheese
- Wilton candy eyes
- Spread a Ritz cracker with either peanut butter or cream cheese. Then place another Ritz cracker on top, forming a sandwich.
- Break your pretzel sticks into two pieces, and place four sticks on each side of the sandwich, resembling a spider’s legs.
- To attach your candy eyes, dab the backs of the eyes with your sandwich filling (peanut butter and/or cream cheese) and affix a pair of eyes to the top of each sandwich.
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Gummy Worm Slushy
Here’s another frightfully festive drink you can serve up that should impress all the kids, because frankly, no one under the age of 12 can resist gummy worms (I am pretty sure it’s a scientific fact). So, check out this recipe for a Gummy Worm Slushy, and get ready to serve up some creepy crawly concoctions this Halloween season.
- Gummy worms
- Orange juice blend (orange pineapple or orange mango work great)
- Fill an ice cube tray with gummy worms and Sprite, and let them freeze until they fully harden.
- Dump the wormy ice cubes into a pitcher and fill the pitcher with equal parts Sprite and an orange juice blend.
- Place the pitcher in the freezer and stir every 20 minutes or so until it's a slushy consistency.
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Rolo and Pretzel Frankenstein Treats
I know we may have already seen a pretzel-based party treat idea here, but Frankenstein is my favorite Universal Monster, and these Rolo and Pretzel Frankenstein Treats were just too adorable not to share. There’s just a few minutes of baking involved, and kids are sure to gobble these snacks right up!
- 1 12 ounce bag of Rolo candy
- Snyder’s snaps pretzels
- Wilton googly eyes
- Tic Tacs, green
- First, preheat your oven to 175 degrees.
- Then, lay out the pretzels flat on a baking sheet, and place an unwrapped Rolo on top of each pretzel.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes, until chocolate is soft. Do not overbake, as it will harden the chocolate and get a white outer edge when they’re overdone.
- Once the chocolate is soft remove the pan from the oven immediately place two green Tic Tacs, one on each side of the Rolo, mimicking Frankie’s bolts in his neck.
- After the Tic Tacs are in the chocolate, immediately top with two googly eyes directly in the center of the Rolo. Gently press in the eyes, and repeat the process with the remaining Tic Tacs and eyes.
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In case you missed them, check here to read all of our other 2018 special features celebrating the Halloween season!