If making some homemade treats is on the top of your list of fun things to do this Halloween, join the club! Kids normally choose the largest bag they can find to scare up a good supply of Trick-or-Treat candy. With the first Halloween party invitation, the mood changes quickly from school time to candy time!
With just a little imagination, even ordinary goodies can be turned into extraordinary Halloween treats. Even if your skills are limited in the kitchen, simple snacks can become spooky, delicious and just perfect to please all your friendly ghosts. You’ll find many ideas for creating tasty treats, recipes that you can make that fit even into your busiest day.
Cut-Out Cookies – Homemade cookies in pumpkin, ghost, and cat shapes are a traditional favorite in many families. Whether you make the cookies and frosting from scratch, or you buy ready made cookies and frosting, it’s all great Halloween fun! Tasty frosted cookies are always a welcome sight for your family and guests on Halloween night. There is nothing prettier than a big plate of shiny orange pumpkins, spooky ghosts, and satiny black cats. I don’t know which I like better, decorating the cookies or eating them!
Popcorn Balls – A good old fashioned treat, popcorn balls have been a traditional Halloween snack for many families for years and years. They are simple to make and are a welcome addition to any party table. Just melt together equal amounts of dark corn syrup and sugar, with a dash of salt. Bring the mixture up to a boil, then turn the burner off. Drizzle over your popped popcorn, toss so all the popcorn gets coated, then just start forming the popcorn into balls. Be sure to butter or grease your hands. You don’t want to make gigantic popcorn balls. Smaller ones, about the size of a tennis ball, are a little more manageable for a young child.
Also, as you form the popcorn balls, keep a bowl of ice water close by so you can stick your hands in there to cool them off. It also helps keep the popcorn from sticking to your hands. Then, let the popcorn balls cool down and wrap them in plastic or cellophane. Wrap them tightly and present them to your family and friends for a special Halloween treat.
Caramel Apples – Those glorious and delicious caramel apples are truly a feast for the eyes and the tummy! But, a big caramel apple is often a difficult treat for a little one to eat. You’ll find all kinds of leftover apples laying around after the party if you serve whole caramel apples to youngsters. Rather, cut the apples in wedges and stick them in individual serving size bowls with dipping caramel in the bottom of the bowl. You can even sprinkle on a few nuts for the traditional caramel apple look and taste. I little lemon juice on the apple wedges will prevent the apples from browning quickly.
Frozen Hand Punch Bowl – Everything on your Halloween party table is spooky, so why not your punch bowl? Create a simple yet spooky “floating hand” by filling a food-service quality glove, like you see at the deli, with fresh water, sealing the glove shut, and putting it in your freezer overnight. Just before the party, sneak “the hand” into your punch bowl and watch your guests reaction. You can make the frozen hand more fun by sticking some strawberry “nails” on it and maybe even a blueberry ring or other fruit bracelet.
You’ll find all sorts of recipes that will help you make wonderfully spooky treats for your family’s Halloween fun. If baking cookies is your favorite pastime, look for recipes for Halloween cookies that will keep you busy baking with your family for blissful hours. If you like to get in and out of the kitchen as quickly as possible, look for treats for your family that you can whip up in minutes. Either way, start searching now for ideas for making your favorite spooky Halloween treat so you’ll be ready when the first little ghosts and goblins start appearing at your door!