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8 Spooky Halloween Treats From Frankenfingers to Witch's Brew

Jaynie has extensive experience with party and event planning. She has planned events for groups of 20 to 600 people.

How about a ghostly graveyard cake for your Halloween party?

How about a ghostly graveyard cake for your Halloween party?

If you’re looking for some neat snack ideas for your little trick-or-treaters, you’ve come to the right place. These are some of my favorite recipes for Halloween. Each year we make them, they are a huge hit with our party guests. I serve them on a long dining table that I cover with a black lace spider-web-design tablecloth. I also use accents, such as skeleton goblets full of dry ice and water, small pumpkins filled with candy, plastic spiders, and silicone severed fingers. I hope you enjoy the recipes with your family this Halloween. Happy haunting!

These scarecrow cupcakes are always a big hit with the kids.

These scarecrow cupcakes are always a big hit with the kids.

1. Scarecrow Cupcakes

Because Halloween is such a huge event at our house, I choose not to make these from scratch. Instead of using my recipe, I simply use our favorite devil’s food cake mix and a tub of pre-made vanilla frosting. It is the decorations that make these cupcakes fun and the other moms always comment on how adorable they are! If you would rather make them from scratch, there is a recipe in the Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes book put out by Publications International, Ltd.

Decorations should be applied after the cupcakes have been fully cooled and frosted.

What You'll Need

  • Devil's food cake mix
  • Vanilla frosting
  • Black and red decorator gel
  • Chow mein noodles
  • Shredded Wheat cereal
  • Candy corn
  • Mini-M&Ms
  • Gumdrops and/or wafer cookies

Directions

  1. Break up the shredded wheat so that it forms individual, long strands.
  2. Break chow mein noodles until they are about ¾-inch-long pieces.
  3. Cut gumdrops in half and flatten with a rolling pin, pulling the bottom edge until it is wider than the top (you are fashioning it into a hat shape).
  4. Use your candies and other decorations to form the scarecrow faces as in the pictures shown.
These popcorn hands are incredibly simple to put together but they look great.

These popcorn hands are incredibly simple to put together but they look great.

2. Popcorn Hands

These are the simplest treat you can possibly make, but kids love them. The picture shown here uses something other than candy corn for the fingernails, but I think candy corn makes them much cuter and is more of a bright, whimsical contrast to the popcorn.

What You'll Need

  • 1 box non-latex, clear plastic kitchen gloves
  • Microwavable popcorn (I use 5-6 bags for about 25 gloves)
  • 1 bag candy corn
  • Several twist ties or a roll of curling ribbon

Directions

  1. Microwave the popcorn.
  2. While it is cooling, place a candy corn, point down, into the fingers and thumb of each glove.
  3. Fill the gloves generously with popcorn
  4. Seal with the twist tie or curling ribbon.
Graveyard cakes are so much fun to decorate. Each one is a little different.

Graveyard cakes are so much fun to decorate. Each one is a little different.

3. Graveyard Cake

As with the cupcakes, I skip the recipe and just make the cakes from our favorite chocolate cake mix. This recipe also recommends using whipped cream (like cool whip) to fashion into ghosts as shown, but I found that unless it was served immediately, the ghosts got pretty melted, so I no longer use that tip.

What You'll Need

  • Chocolate cake mix
  • Gummy worms
  • Candy pumpkins
  • Oreo cookies
  • Milano cookies
  • Coconut flakes
  • Green food coloring
  • Black decorator gel

Directions

  1. Make cake according to directions.
  2. While it is cooling, separate the Oreos and scrape out the cream.
  3. 3. Crush the Oreos by placing in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin.
  4. Use black decorator gel to write things on the Milano cookies such as R.I.P. and Boo.
  5. Mix coconut with green food coloring until it looks a bit like grass.
  6. Once the cake has completely cooled, top with premade chocolate frosting and decorate with the toppings as shown.
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This spooky treat is simple and delicious.

This spooky treat is simple and delicious.

4. Caramel Apples With Gummy Worms

This is also quite simple. You can make dirt apples with sugared gummy worms, but I prefer to use the non-sugared version (like in the photo above) because I think they look better.

What You'll Need

  • Apples
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Caramels
  • Gummy worms
  • Waxed paper

Directions

  1. Follow the directions on the bag of caramels for making the caramel apples.
  2. Drape with gummy worms when the caramel is partially set. This will help them adhere to the apple.
  3. Allow treats to completely cool on the waxed paper.
  4. You may also coat your caramel apple, while the caramel is still warm, with crushed Oreos, to resemble dirt and then top with the gummy worms.
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5. Breadstick Bones

This is another easy and very yummy recipe! These breadsticks are a delicious, non-sweet treat that my kids and their friends love. We dip them in queso cheese, guacamole, or salsa.

What You’ll Need

  • 2 tubes Pillsbury breadsticks (they have about 8 sticks per tube)
  • Variety of dips like those suggested if you choose to dip them
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Spray your cookie sheet with non-stick coating.
  2. Pull apart the breadsticks.
  3. Use a knife to split both ends about ¾ of an inch.
  4. Roll each side of the split end into a ball.
  5. Pull the stick to elongate a bit and place on the cookie sheet.
  6. Sprinkle each bone with coarse salt.
  7. Bake according to directions until golden brown.

6. Witch's Brew

This is a creamy, refreshing Halloween drink.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with additional nutmeg.
  3. Serve immediately.
Banana ghosts are a classic Halloween snack.

Banana ghosts are a classic Halloween snack.

7. Banana Ghosts

These are super simple to make but they turn our really cute and kids love them.

What You'll Need

  • A few bananas
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Saran wrap
  • Waxed paper

Directions

  1. Peel bananas and pull off any loose strings.
  2. Cut each banana in half and insert a popsicle stick into the flat end of each half.
  3. Wrap with saran wrap and place in freezer for about 3 hours.
  4. When firm, remove from freezer.
  5. Melt white chocolate candies in small pot over medium heat.Remove wrap from bananas.
  6. When candy is melted, use butter knife to spread evenly over entire banana.
  7. Press chocolate chips in to make eyes and nose.
  8. Place onto waxed paper and return to freezer until ready to serve.
This spooky snack can be prepared in just a couple of minutes and does not require any heating or freezing.

This spooky snack can be prepared in just a couple of minutes and does not require any heating or freezing.

8. Mozzarella Frankenfingers

If your kids like cheese sticks, they’ll love these simple Frankenfingers.

What You'll Need

  • A few mozzarella cheese sticks
  • 1 green pepper
  • Herbed cream cheese

Directions

  1. Using a paring knife, slice thin knuckles into the cheese sticks.
  2. Carve a small notch out of the top of the stick.
  3. Apply a small dollop of cream cheese.
  4. Cut green pepper into small square to resemble fingernails and press into the cream cheese. That’s it!

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