Super Easy S'mores
You don't need a campfire to make these chocolate-hazelnut s'mores. To make these colorful treats, spread 4 graham cracker squares with chocolate-hazelnut spread and 4 graham cracker squares with marshmallow crème. Pair off the chocolate covered and marshmallow covered cracker squares and sandwich them together. Place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave, uncovered, on high for 30 seconds. Sprinkle the gooey edges in colorful nonpareils.
Try a peanut butter variation using chocolate graham crackers instead of traditional ones and swapping the chocolate-hazelnut spread for peanut butter.
Start with premade cupcakes, then let your little one go wild creating a silly Halloween monster. Set out sour candy corn for the spiky hair. Cut a thin wafer in half and stick on two mini candy-coated chocolates for pupils.
Spooky Ravioli Spiders
To make this creepy-crawly dinner, fill a narrow-tip, condiment squeeze bottle with pasta sauce. Then, let your child create a tangled spider web pattern on a plate. Use cooked raviolis for the spiders' bodies and strips of orange peppers for their legs.
Transform any drink into a spooky witches' brew by helping your child stick a handful of googly eyes on a clear cup. Hint: Try pouring in a bold-color punch or fruit juice for an eerie effect.
Drape fondant over single (and double-stacked) marshmallows to create a whole crew of boo-tiful creatures. Kids will love helping roll out the fondant. Use decorating gel to add the eyes and mouths.
To make these skeletal treats, start with chocolate-iced cupcakes. Let your child assemble the "bones" (white candy mints, licorice pastels, and white sprinkles) onto the top of each cake.
Kids will have a blast creating these ghoulish red-eye lollipops. To make: Cut two or three 6-inch squares of white tissue paper per pop. Then, cover the top of each pop and secure with white floral wire. Use colored paper and paint pens to make the iris and pupil. Finally, wrap a red ribbon around the wire and tie in a bow.
These goofy open-faced sandwiches are perfect for a Halloween-night supper. Your little sous chef will want to pitch in so gather your ingredients and follow the instructions below:
1. Spoon two hot marinara-sauced meatballs on top of a split, toasted roll.
2. Roll two small pieces of cream cheese into balls. Gently press two cream cheese balls onto the front of each meatball, making eyes. Cut pitted ripe black olives into small pieces; press into the front of each cream cheese ball as a pupil.
3. Cut orange and/or yellow sweet peppers into pieces; arrange on meatballs as beaks and eyebrows.
4. Arrange julienne carrots and/or chives on sandwiches to resemble feathers.
These open-face bologna-and-cheese sandwiches are a cinch to make. Kids can use small cookie cutters to create the cheese faces. A basil leaf and bread-crust stem complete the pumpkin package.
Give this lunchtime favorite a Halloween makeover with a ghost-shape cookie cutter. Little ones can help punch out the shape and add spooked raisin eyes.
Frankenstein Pudding Cups
You won't believe how easy it is to make these goofy green monsters. Simply follow the steps below:
1. Start with purchased vanilla pudding cups or homemade pudding divided into small dishes.
2. Use melted chocolate and a small paintbrush to paint monster faces on the inside of clear plastic cups.
3. Refrigerate until chocolate is hardened.
4. Add green food coloring to vanilla-flavor pudding.
5. Pour into prepared cups, top with crushed chocolate sandwich cookies, and refrigerate at least one hour.
Turn homemade or store-bought trail mix into festive Halloween party food by marking the treat bowl with a spooky message. Kids will have fun brainstorming and creating the labels.
Pumpkin Orange Slices
Green gumdrops and orange slice candies are all you need to make these adorable pumpkins. Plus, they're a perfect project for little hands. To make, follow the instructions below:
1. Trim the edges of two jelly orange slice candies to create straight sides. Push the two sticky sides together, forming a pumpkin shape.
2. Cut a small slice from the bottom of a small green gumdrop. Press into the top of candy pumpkin.
Let your tiny witch or warlock help put together this edible sidekick. To make, follow the instructions below:
1. Remove the top of a green pepper and set aside. Remove all seeds and membrane.
2. Cut out leg shapes from another green pepper and attach to the frog body using toothpicks. Fill with favorite vegetables.
3. Add a long slice of carrot for a tongue.
4. Using toothpicks, place two large pimento-stuffed green olives on top of the pepper lid for eyes. Serve with a favorite salad dressing if desired.
Ghostly Popcorn Bags
Your trick-or-treaters will have a blast making these ghoulish bags of popcorn. For each bag, simply round the top corners with scissors and apply two googly eyes. Then, fill the bags with popped popcorn, thread a black cord through the top, and tie a bow.
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