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Wow, can you believe that Halloween is right around the corner? It seems like just yesterday spring was warming up into summer, and now fall is here and in full swing! Halloween is one of the most beloved holidays for kids and for good reason. Who doesn’t love playing dress up, eating candy, and spending time with friends in the autumn air?
When Halloween comes to mind, so do all of the tasty festive treats. Candies, popcorn balls, candy apples, and more–all showcase the best that the season has to offer. But wouldn’t it be fun to turn making the treats into the best part of having them?
In the spirit of DIY, we like to turn Halloween spooky treats into a fun activity to do with the kids. In this festive post, we’ll explore treats that are perfect for little hands and great for satisfying grumbly tummies. After you’re done, your kids will be able to impress their friends with these spooky treats, and your kiddos will get into the Halloween spirit in no time!
Six Spooky Treat Ideas for Kids
Craft Some Silly Crisped Rice Treats
This spooky Halloween treat is great for children of all ages and is a good choice for when you have a bunch of kiddos to feed and entertain all at once. Regular, boring crisped rice treats are completely transformed into spooky concoctions with just a little imagination and a few essential ingredients and tools.
To get started with these silly creations, simply make the crisped rice treats as indicated on the box. Put an extra tablespoon of butter into the recipe to make the treats a little softer when they are set. Once mixed, spread the treat mixture on a big shallow pan, like a jelly roll pan, and press until thin. Once the crisped rice treats have cooled, use Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes like ghosts, witches’ hats, bats, cats, and more. Then, let your kids use colored icing and sprinkles to decorate the treats the way they want them! If you are hosting a Halloween party, these treats make great take-home favors when wrapped in plastic wrap!
Hold a Cookie Decorating Contest
If you have a group of kids to entertain this Halloween, a cookie decorating contest is a festive way to get everyone involved and having fun right off of the bat (pun intended!). Simply mix up your favorite sugar cookie dough and cut out festive shapes with cookie cutters beforehand. Bake the cookies in advance to be sure they are cooled when it comes time to decorate. Offer colored frosting in zip-top bags to help them decorate, and include sprinkles, candies, and other edible decorations at the workstation. When the kids are done, let the judging begin! At the end, everyone gets yummy treats to eat, so everyone’s a winner.
A New Spin on Bobbing for Apples
Are you looking for a new spin on a traditional Halloween treat other than the tired bobbing for apples trope? Well, you can have your apples and eat them too! Homemade caramel apples are easy and delicious, and you can feel good about knowing that you snuck a fruit in past your kid’s sweet tooth. Melt some soft caramel in a double boiler and dip your apples (on a stick of course!) into the candy. Then, let your kids decide what to top their apples with. While the caramel is still soft, but cooled enough to not burn little fingers, let your kids sprinkle on some sea salt, chopped chocolate, nuts, coconut, or any other topping you have around.
Make Some Haunted Fruit Punch
Every Halloween party needs some punch! What makes this punch festive, though, is what you put in it! After filling your punch bowl with yummy fruit punch (make sure it’s red, of course), have your kids pick out their favorite fruits to pop in it. Let the kids stir the witches brew with big wooden spoons while you pour in some lemon-lime soda or seltzer water. Then drink up and let your kids enjoy the fruity, fizzy Halloween brew!
Enjoy Some Edible Dirt
Tell your kids you’re going to make dirt to eat and watch their eyes get wide! To make this great recipe, mix up a batch of your favorite chocolate pudding and place in a large bowl. Once it is cool, help your kids layer their chocolate pudding into clear plastic cups with alternating layers of pudding and chocolate cookie crumbles. To add to the fun, throw in some gummy worms, NECO wafer tombstones, and finish with a final sprinkle of cookie crumbles. Your kids will squeal with frightful delight as they munch on their dirt concoctions!
Make a Popcorn Pumpkin Patch
When it comes to Halloween treats, popcorn balls are a staple. When it comes time to plan spooky festive treats for your little ones, try this fun new spin on an old classic. Use your favorite popcorn ball recipe, but add in a little orange food coloring. If you can’t find orange, use equal amounts of red and yellow food coloring mixed together. Help your kids shape the orange popcorn mixture into small balls and let cool on wax paper. Once the treats are completely cooled, wrap them in clear plastic wrap and twist the extra wrapping into a small knot at the top to look like a pumpkin stem. Then dive in! If you’re hosting a party, you can make these treats in advance with your little ones and let them arrange the popcorn pumpkins on a table covered in a black tablecloth to look like a real pumpkin patch!
When it comes to spooky Halloween treats, it’s all about having fun. Getting your kids involved in the kitchen will get them excited about cooking and as an added bonus, you’ll get a little extra time with your little monsters. All of these options are great for Halloween parties, pre-trick-or-treating festivities, or just to enjoy together at home.