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Halloween can be filled with all sorts of laughs and surprises around every corner. Special memories can be made in even the simple things that we do to go out of our way and make our children’s lives more exciting and magical. One fun way to brighten their Halloween this year is to mold the atmosphere with unique and creative treats that surprise and delight even the gloomiest little ghosts and goblins.
1. Windy Ghost Lollipop Chimes
Ready to put an eerie twist on an old favorite Halloween treat? Take some lollipops that are round (such as Tootsie Pops or Dumb Dumb lollipops) white tissues, orange and black curling ribbon, a permanent black marker, and some small jingle bells and have a Windy Ghost Lollipop Chime “creation station”. Wrap the lollipops in the tissue like a ghost (imagine a child wearing a sheet over it’s head), and tie at the base of the lollipop with a piece of 6-8 inch curling ribbon. Tie a jingle bell onto one end of the ribbon so that it dangles from the neck of the ghost pop. Add eyes and an eerie mouth onto the tissue head of the ghost using the permanent black marker. Use additional ribbon to hang your Windy Ghost Lollipops from your front or back trees in your yard or banisters on a porch to create a spooky chime effect on a windy day!
2. Hauntingly Delicious Caramel Apples
Many families love to create traditions year after year and this is one that is both easy to do and tasty too! Gather a bunch of different toppings to have in small bowls that include things like chopped nuts, sprinkles, white and dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, raisins, and small candies like M & M’s. Buy a bag of 12 Granny Smith (green) or Macintosh (reddish) apples and 12 craft sticks, 2 bags of individually wrapped caramels, wax paper (or butter for greasing) and 4 tablespoons of milk. This recipe makes 12 caramel apples.
Start by cleaning and removing the stems from each apple then place craft stick inside where the stem used to be. Use wax paper on a baking sheet, or grease a baking sheet using butter and set aside. Unwrap and melt the caramels and milk in the microwave in a bowl for 1 minute. Stir. Repeat in microwave for one more minute. Let cool for 1-2 minutes. Proceed to roll each apple in the caramel sauce quickly while coating it thoroughly then place on wax paper or on the buttered baking sheet and place in refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes to firm up.
Once the caramel apples begin to firm a bit, try to roll gently or sprinkle and press items like chocolate chips, raisins, chopped nuts, candies, or sprinkles onto the apples. Melt a few chocolate chips and drizzle over top of your finished apples for a spooky look.
3. Creepy Crawly Whoopie Pies
Let’s create some spooky delights in the form of spider whoopie pies! Follow a standard whoopie pie recipe, but use a drop or two of red and yellow food coloring to make the filling orange in color. Once the whoopie pies are prepared, you can use thin pretzel sticks or twizzlers candy to create four legs on each side sticking out of the center of the whoopie pie for spider legs. Now add two drops of icing on top front of whoopie pies and place two matching color M&M candies (such as green) onto the drops of icing to make the eyes. Kids love helping in the kitchen, so this could even be an entertaining family baking and creating activity which will soon turn into a scrumptious eating activity!
4. Bootiful Rice Krispies Treats
Make a batch of Rice Krispies Treats using a traditional recipe. Use a Ghost shaped or Witch Hat cookie cutters to form the rice krispies treats into those shapes after you make them. Icing the top of the ghost shape with vanilla icing and the witch hats with either black or purple icing. Trim the hats with a secondary icing color using the piping icing in orange, white or yellow. Add eyes and a mouth to the ghosts using black, purple, or orange piping icing. Turn this into a kids activity by inviting family, friends, or bring them into your child’s classroom (mostly completed except for piping icing) to turn their class Halloween party into a decorating party!
An alternative option for those who are not fond of icing on Rice Krispies Treats is to use mini chocolate chips and gently melt bottoms to make them stick onto ghosts for eyes and a mouth. Use the mini chocolate chips in a straight line at the border of the witch’s hat for added decoration or melt orange chocolate chips and drizzle across in a pattern on the witch’s hat for a Spooktacular Touch.
5. Jack-O-Lantern Firecracker Surprises
Talk about excited kids – these will make them beg for more! This Halloween treat is one of the most mysterious surprises yet! The “mystery” is in the contents that YOU get to choose to include inside each firecracker surprise treat! Gather up some empty paper towel rolls cut in half or thirds (your choice on how long they should be), some orange tissue paper, black permanent marker, black curling ribbon, and black construction paper cut outs for eyes, nose, and mouth of Jack-O-Lantern.
Choose small items to include inside your firecracker such as Halloween stickers, individually wrapped candies, fruit snacks, dollar bills, small toys, bookmarks, stencils, stampers, small playdough containers, mini cars, or other surprise. Once you’ve selected your surprises, wrap the paper towel rolls in orange tissue paper leaving about 2 inches of extra at each end. Wrap closed and twist the ends shut with a black curling ribbon. You may need to place some tape on outer edges against the paper towel roll. Use tape or glue stick to place your Jack-O-Lantern faces on the outside of the orange tissue paper. Use the permanent marker in a discreet place on the back to write name of each child in case your ingredients/surprises inside the firecrackers were gender specific or age specific per child.
Now set these on the table at dinnertime as a centerpiece with some candy corn sprinkled around them and watch their faces light up when you tell them they get to open them after dinner is finished and dishes are done.