Halloween is the perfect time to get creative with food. Whether you are planning a spooky party or just want to impress the kids, there are plenty of quick and easy treats you can whip up. These ten Halloween treats are so easy that you can make them with kids without spending a fortune.
1. Spooky pizzas
Grab a pizza crust or several individual ones and get creative with the toppings. String cheese can be turned into a simple spider web and a black olive makes an excellent spider. Strips of cheese can be laid across the pizza to turn it into a mummy with a couple of olive eyes. Orange cheddar cheese can be used to make a pumpkin face on your pizza, too. Let the kids decorate their own pizzas and have some fun.
2. Halloween donuts
When it comes to Halloween donuts, the options are endless. You can make pumpkin donuts, Zombie donuts, or spider donuts. You can also make vampire donuts. Pick up a box of glazed donuts and with a couple of chocolate chips or red hot candies, add some eyes. To make them into vampires, you can use the fake vampire teeth that are always available around Halloween, or stick some candy corn into the donut center to create a snarling mouth.
3. Ghostly eggs
Hard boil some eggs and peel them. Cut a little off the large end so the eggs will stand up. Use a food marker or a Q-tip dipped in black food coloring to draw little eyes and a mouth on the ghost egg.
4. Halloween cookies
There are lots of Halloween cookies that you can make for your family. For instance, you can make Halloween cutout cookies or cobweb cookies. If you are going to throw a kid-friendly party, consider making monster cookies. Just lay out a bunch of chocolate dipped cookies and use royal icing to add candy eyes and to draw a mouth. Stick colorful mini M&Ms to the cookies to make them spotted and arrange the monsters on a plate.
5. Wormy Jell-O cups
Mix up your favorite flavor of gelatin and pour into clear plastic cups. Let it set for a bit in the fridge until goopy. Drop some gummy worms and bug sprinkles into the mix and put them back in the fridge to finish setting up. If you don’t have plastic cups, you can use plastic plates.
6. Mummy dogs
Cut thin strips of crescent roll dough or biscuit dough and wrap them around a hot dog sausage like a mummy, leaving a little space for the eyes. Bake the mummy dogs at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until the dough is cooked through. Add dogs of ketchup for the eyes and serve.
7. Zombie marshmallows
You will need some food safe markers and some large marshmallows. Draw faces on the zombie candy and add red marker blood and wounds. You can even look for green marshmallows to make them a little more zombie-like.
8. Halloween bites
Use ghost, witch and pumpkin cookie cutters to cut out your sandwiches. You can make any kind of sandwich and turn it into a themed lunch by using the cutters. Of course, parents get to eat the remaining crusts.
9. Oreo monster suckers
Stick a sucker stick into each Oreo cookie and dip into melted chocolate. Before the chocolate dries, stick candy eyes onto the monster. Later, finish it up by adding details with icing. Alternatively, you could make a mummy by creating icing lines that zigzag across the face.
10. Popcorn hand
Make some popcorn and toss it with a little melted white chocolate and some Halloween themed sprinkles. Stuff it into plastic gloves and tie them off. These creepy hands are perfect for giving out as treats at parties. If you want to make the hands even more exciting, add a few drops of green gel coloring to the chocolate before mixing it with the popcorn.
11. Scary faces
Have some yellow, green or/and red bell peppers stuffed with bean sprouts, couscous (optional) and onions. It’s a healthy and diet-friendly Halloween treat that contains few calories but a lot of nutrients, including antioxidants. Carve some scary faces to make little, spooky bell pepper Jack-o-Lanterns.
12. Halloween apple oatmeal cookies
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine together 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup shortening. Beat in 2 eggs. Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Stir into the sugar and shortening mixture and blend thoroughly. Add in 1 cup diced apple, 1 cup rolled oats and 1 cup chopped nuts. Stir up. Bake for around 15 minutes. Decorate as creepiest as possible.
You can create some pretty neat Halloween treats without spending days working on them. While there are plenty of more complicated ideas out there, the ones on this list will allow you to whip up a bunch of different themed foods within a couple of hours. What are your favorite Halloween treats?