Halloween treats are one of the best perks of October, especially for all of our little ghouls running around. Cooking for Halloween brings the opportunity to make scary and delicious concoctions that would otherwise horrify us. So why not take advantage of this annual occasion to challenge your creativity and whip up some scary-good treats that will leave a lasting impression? Let’s face it – for parents, Halloween is all about bringing a smile to our kids’ faces, and these five quick, yummy snacks are sure to do just that!
Number Five: Zombie Blood Floats.
Zombie blood floats are guaranteed to both disgust and excite your little ones. All you need for these simple ghoulish beverages is your favorite ginger ale (or lemon-lime soda, if you prefer), green food coloring, rainbow sherbet, and a handful of gummy worms. Just slip a few drops of food coloring into the soda while the kiddies aren’t looking, and pour it into a tall glass a couple inches from the top. Watch them freak out as you tell them it’s zombie blood, and then slip in a big scoop of brains (rainbow sherbet). To top off the concoction, tell your little one that no zombie brain would be complete without worms crawling around in it, and have them add the gummy worms to their liking. If the idea of drinking zombie blood doesn’t excite them, the taste sure will!
Number Four: Bloodshot Eyeballs.
The kids are sure to love making these easy eyeballs, almost as much as they’ll love popping them into their mouths! You need only four simple ingredients: any flavored box of doughnut holes, a bag of white chocolate chips, a tube of red gel icing, and a bag of candy-coated chocolate pieces (blue or brown would be most believable, but I tend to pick out the red ones). First, cut a small sliver off of each doughnut hole, so as to make a flat side. Place onto a wire cooling rack flat side down, far enough apart so that they don’t touch. Place white chocolate chips into the microwave and heat in intervals of 15 seconds, stirring each time, until chips are completely melted. Pour melted chocolate over the doughnut hole until each is covered. Place a candy-coated chocolate piece in the center of each doughnut hole, and refrigerate until they are set. Note that you can save the chocolate that falls off by placing a sheet of parchment paper under the racks. When the chocolate hardens, use the red gel icing to create zig-zags down the side of the doughnuts to resemble a bloodshot eye. Put these in front of the kids, and they can watch them disappear!
Number Three: Monstrous Munchies.
This quick monstrous mix is the one of the easiest snacks that you’ll ever make. Your kids will love doing it too, because they could do the whole job by themselves! You’ll need a box of caramel-nut popcorn, a quarter cup of chocolate chips, a half cup of candy corn pumpkins, a half cup of candy-coated peanut butter pieces, and one cup of gummy worms or your favorite Halloween-themed gummies. Simply pour all of the ingredients into a big bowl and mix together. I like to use a bowl with a lid and shake it all up. Set this family-pleaser out on the living room table accompanied with some hot cocoa, and you’re all set for the perfect Halloween movie marathon! For movie suggestions for your Halloween movie night, see our article featuring family-friendly Halloween movies everybody will love.
Number Two: Graveyard Cups.
Even as adults, we adore the classic dessert of dirt and worms. This has always been a great classic, and with a few simple additions you can turn that easy dessert into a Halloween hit. All you need are your favorite brand of chocolate pudding, crushed chocolate cookies to resemble dirt, gummy worms and any other candy additions your kids enjoy, whipped topping, and a bit of chocolate frosting. Simply grab any clear cup that you’d like to fill, and scoop in alternating layers of pudding, dirt, and gummy worms.
When you’ve reached the top, take a spoon and put a large dollop of the whipped topping in the center. Put a dollop about half that size on top of it, and a third, even smaller dollop on top of that one; this will make your graveyard’s ghost. On the head of the ghost, use the chocolate frosting to make two little dots for eyes. Small candy pieces or sprinkles will work for this, as well. If you want to have a little more fun, pick up a box of your favorite rectangular cookies and let the kiddies use the chocolate frosting to design some creative tombstones for their cups. If you’re feeling especially sinister this year, serve them at an adult party topped with the flavored grasshoppers or ants. It’s a great way to find the adventurous types in the crowd!
Number One: Bewitching Breadsticks.
These simple, creepy witch-hand breadsticks are eerily delightful and bewitchingly delicious. To make these, you only need a tube of breadstick dough, half a stick of melted butter, two tablespoons of cinnamon sugar (for sweet) or two tablespoons of parmesan cheese (for savory), one large beaten egg, and a bag of sliced almonds (with skin on).
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Roll out the dough, and cut each rectangle in half, and then lengthwise into two strips so the sticks are about the size of fingers. Cut one end of each stick into the shape of a fingernail. Roll the strips in the melted butter and place on a baking sheet forming whatever position you like; you could make straight fingers, crooked fingers, or even bunch up tinfoil to form a hand big enough to wrap around, say, a cup of monstrous munchies. When the strips are placed, cover them with the cinnamon sugar or parmesan. Brush the pointed tip with the beaten egg, and press an almond slice into the tip to form a “nail”. Bake these for about 9 minutes or until browned, and that’s it! These are great to serve on their own at parties, or they can be wrapped around a cup of monstrous munchies for the ultimate Halloween snack.