Having a party and need to make some spooky homemade Halloween treats in a pinch? Or maybe you're reading this well in advance of the festivities. Either way, we've got what you need to make your child's Halloween party stand out.
Rice Krispies treats Halloween style - Prepare two batches of Rice Krispies treats with the original recipe, except in one batch, add black food coloring and in the other, add orange food coloring. Once the treats are prepared and have dried, arrange them on a plate or serving tray by blending the two batches together.
Yummy! Brains! - To make a yummy brain, melt some chocolate chips in a large pot on the stove. Once the chocolate is heated and melted, turn the burner off. Pour in a bag of gummy worms and stir into a ball. Continue stirring until the gummy worms are covered in chocolate. Stick this into the refrigerator and let the chocolate dry onto the gummy worms. When you remove it, it should resemble a brain.
Creepy, Crawly Spiders - To create creepy, crawly spiders your kids will love to eat - and maybe still smash, all you need is some peeled hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise, shredded cheese, black olives, and crunchy chow mein noodles. Stick the chow mein noodles in the sides of the egg to create 3 legs on each side. Then, spread mayo over the egg surface. Sprinkle the cheese over the top. It should stick to the mayo. Then, stick small bits of black olive onto the egg as eyes.
Pumpkin Veggie Tray - I know, I know; some kids don't like veggies. But they just might try them if you serve them this way. Shape some baby carrots in a circle, covering the whole tray. Basically, you want them to look like a pumpkin. Put the broccoli or celery up at the top like a stem and leaves. Use the containers of ranch dip to create the eyes and nose. Then, use another vegetable, like celery or cucumbers to create the jack-lantern grin.
Marshmallow Ghosties - To make marshmallow ghosties, you'll need a ghost-shaped cookie cutter, two large bags of marshmallows, 1 tbsp butter, and a large pot. Heat the marshmallows and butter at low temperature. Stir until melted. Pour the mixture over a waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Once it dries (refrigeration will speed the process), cut out the ghost shapes from the flattened marshmallow. The kids can eat the leftovers before Halloween.
Spider Web Cupcakes - Decorate your child's favorite flavor of cupcakes to look like spider webs this Halloween. First, frost the cupcakes with black frosting. Then, take orange icing and draw a web shape on each. Next, stick spider rings into the webs. The kids get a spooky Halloween treat with an extra take-home prize.
Floating Eyeball Punch - If you really want to creep the kids out - or just make them think you're a cool mom on Halloween, try making this floating eye punch. Buy a package of rubber balls made to look like eyeballs. These can be found at many novelty stores, Halloween stores, and retail stores around Halloween. Prepare some fruit punch and then clean the balls and stick them in each person's drink cup. The balls float around on top.
Spaghetti and Fingers - Prepare spaghetti as you normally would, except slice in some tofu shaped like fingers. Be sure all the fingers get mixed in well with the sauce and noodles. Tell the kids that someone lost their fingers while making the spaghetti.
Pumpkin candy holder - For this one, you'll need a pumpkin gourd for each child and enough Halloween candy or cookies to fit inside them all. Carve out the gourds. Then, spray them with clear acrylic spray so they'll last a while. Once they dry, fill them up with candies or cookies the kids will love.
Edible Witches - For this treat, all you need is a bag of marshmallows, icing, oreo cookies and candy corn. Take a marshmallow and string icing over the top to create hair. Next, use it to create a face. Then, take apart an oreo cookie, using the icing side down to stick it on top. Then, dab some frosting on top of that and stick a candy corn in it to finish off the witch's hat.Read more from Lyn Lomasi: 5 Vital Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips for Your Teens