These are some of my go-to, easy-to-make Halloween party snacks.
Hot days, cool nights. Leaves changing color. Football on Friday night. Yep, it's fall, y'all! And that means it's almost time to start making those calls about my kids' class Halloween parties. And since I'm sure I won't be the only class mom making said calls, prepare yourself with this list of spook-snackular Halloween school party snack food ideas.
1. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Rice Krispie Treats have been a hit with the kids since the 1950s, and they're still hits today, whether the plain squares of yesterday or the creative kinds of today. Here's a Halloween option sure to put a smile on a child's face.
- 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
- 3 tbs butter
- 1 (10 oz) bag marshmallows
- Red and yellow food coloring (to make orange color)
- 12 Tootsie Rolls
- 1 green fruit roll-up (available in blue/green flavor)
- Melt your butter in a large saucepan over low heat.
- Add marshmallows and stir constantly until melted.
- Remove from heat.
- Add approximately 4 drops of red food coloring and 2 drops yellow food coloring. Add until you have a nice bright orange color.
- Mix in Rice Krispies.
- Form small balls into the shape of a pumpkin (Tip: Add non-stick cooking spray (Pam) or Crisco to your hands before forming your balls.)
- Cut Tootsie Roll in half and add a half into each pumpkin while still warm.
- Cut small leaves from the green portion of your fruit roll-up.
2. Witch Hat Cookies
A brim made of devil's food cake mix, frosting for the band, and a kiss for a pointed top—it can only be the Witch Hat Cookies recipe from Betty Crocker.
- 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devil's Food Cake mix
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting
- Betty Crocker neon gel food colors (orange, purple and green)
- Assorted candy sprinkles, if desired
- 48 Hershey's Kisses, unwrapped
- Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). In a large bowl, mix cake mix, oil and eggs until soft dough forms.
- Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Divide frosting into 3 small bowls. Tint frosting as desired with food colors. Place frosting in small resealable food-storage plastic bags or disposable decorating bags. Cut off tip of each bag to make 1/4-inch opening.
- Pipe 1-inch circle of frosting on top center of each cookie. Sprinkle frosting with candy sprinkles. Press 1 milk chocolate candy into frosting on each cookie. Store cookies tightly covered.
3. Spooky Spider Eggs
These little spider eggs are not only fun snacks, but they're also a great way to sneak in a bit a healthy among all the sugar and dyes.
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, halved
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- Black olives
- Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Slip out yolks and mash.
- Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper.
- Cut whole olives in half.
- Put one half on mashed yolk for the spider's body.
- Thinly slice the other half for the spider's legs. Place four legs on each side.
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4. Mummy Dogs
Kids love hot dogs, but kids go crazy for any type of variation of their beloved meaty treat. Like these mummy dogs, for example.
- 1 package refrigerated breadstick dough (8 count)
- 8 hot dogs
- Poppy seeds
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Using 1 dough strip for each, wrap hot dogs to look like mummies, leaving an opening for eyes.
- Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Place dots of mustard and poppy seeds for the eyes.
5. Candy Corn Jell-O
This favorite snack of kids everywhere is so simple to make, but it'll look like you worked all night.
- 1 lemon Jell-O Gelatin (3 oz)
- 1 orange Jell-O Gelatin (3 oz)
- 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 1/3 cups boiling water
- Candy corn
- Gather your 8 oz. clear plastic cups.
- Place lemon gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water.
- Stir well until dissolved and allow to cool.
- Fill each cup 1/3 full of yellow and place in refrigerator.
- Place orange gelatin in a bowl and add 2/3 cup boiling water.
- Stir well until dissolved and allow to cool.
- Fill each cup 1/3 full of orange and place in refrigerator.
- Top each portion with whipped topping and garnish with a piece of candy corn.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
6. Mini Donut Spiders
With just a few items, you can make a salty-sweet treat the kiddies are sure to love.
- Pretzels (twisted)
- Mini donuts
- Chocolate frosting (or melted chocolate chips)
- Use a sharp knife to cut the two curved sides off a pretzel.
- Carefully push 8 pretzels curves into the top of a mini donut to form legs. Press slowly so you don’t snap the pretzels.
- Pipe a very small amount of chocolate icing (melted chocolate chips) onto the donut and use it to anchor two M&Ms as the eyes.
7. Eyeball Cheese
Even if it looks gross, as long as it's just decorated food, kids will gobble it up. So why not slip in a little healthy stuff on the goblins with protein and calcium-rich eyeball cheese?
- Babybel individually wrapped cheese wheels
- Gel food coloring
- Black sliced olives
- Remove the wax cover from cheese.
- Use gel food coloring and a fine tip art brush to draw the blood vessels.
- Dry olive on a paper towel, then place in the center of the eye.
- Fill center of olive with ketchup.
8. Witch's Brooms
Here's another great idea for slipping in a little good stuff among the bad-for-you sugars. These witch's brooms, made with pretzel and sliced cheese, are simply adorable.
- 12 slices of cheese
- 12 pretzel sticks
- 12 fresh chives
- Fold each cheese slice, and cut the fringes of the broom using a pair of scissors.
- Roll the slice of cheese around a snack stick having the fringes looking down.
- Tie chives around the top of the cheese to keep it on the pretzel stick.
9. Graveyard Pudding Cups
Chocolate pudding, ghost marshmallow peeps, and Oreo crumbs, oh my! I want one NOW!
- Chocolate snack pudding cups
- Ghost Peeps
- Candy pumpkins
- Finely crush the Oreos in a Ziplock bag.
- Open up the pudding cups and sprinkle the Oreo crumbs on top.
- Place a Peep ghost in each cup.
- Top each cup with a candy pumpkin.
10. So Many More Ideas!
I am overwhelmed with the easy-to-make Halloween snacks out there. I would love to list them all, but neither you or I have that much time—so instead, I'll leave you with this awesome video tutorial of easy DIY Halloween party snacks from Rosanna Pansino.
© 2016 Kim Bryan