Halloween might be mostly for kids, but that doesn’t stop me from having a big Halloween blow out every year. Whether the kids are into it or not, I get out my favourite pumpkins, scary spiders, and big bats and decorate the house. Then we invite over 20 or so of our kid’s closest friends and have some old fashioned Halloween fun.
The only thing I struggle with each year is making enough candy apples, cupcakes, and treats for everyone. But every year I get a little wiser, and this year I’m going to put the kids to work making kid-friendly goodies. Creating these treats can be part of the Halloween fun, and you’d be amazed at how many hours kids will work on them with you supervising and helping them along.
There are so many amazing (and gross) treats kids can make in the kitchen, and Halloween is the perfect time to do it. Here are a few great Halloween recipes and party treats your kids can prepare:
Homemade Jello Eggs
Squishy is the name of the game at Halloween, and there’s nothing squishier than a jello egg. We like to display these in a an open egg carton and let the guest grab them one by one.
I found this great Halloween recipe and photo on www.justataste.com, so be sure to check her out for more Halloween fun.
One dozen eggs
Blow the egg whites and yolks out of the egg (you may have to increase the size of the hole on one end), and then thoroughly wash it out with hot water or boil the shells. Keep in mind that eggs can carry salmonella, so the hotter the water and the stronger the pressure, the better.
Once clean, firmly fix a piece of duct tape (or any other incredibly strong tape) over one of the holes. Place the egg, tape-side down, back into the carton and repeat the hollowing out process with the remaining eggs.
Prepare the Jell-O according to package instructions and then insert the pastry tip into the top hole of the hollowed out eggs and pour in the Jell-O until the egg is full. The Jell-O will be hot, so pour carefully and slowly to ensure the eggs don’t overflow.
Transfer the carton of eggs to the fridge and chill them until the Jell-O has fully set, at least three hours. Once firm, crack off the shells and enjoy!
Another jello favourite, edible eyeballs are a great addition to any festive Halloween table and the perfect do-it-yourself treat for kids. Moms love them because they’re so easy to make, and little kids love them because they’re fun to play with.
Photo and recipe credit to Fun At Home With Kids.
1 packet unflavoured gelatin
Some bottoms from Plastic Easter eggs
An old egg carton
Measure the water and add a packet of gelatin, then stir until totally dissolved. While that mixture sits, oil the insides of the bottom parts of Easter eggs and add one raisin to each. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes, or until gelatin sets.
What could be easier for kids to make than spider cookies? Just pick up some supplies at the dollar store and your kids will be entertained making treats for hours.
Photo and recipe credit to Betty Crocker, where you’ll find tons of great Halloween ideas.
20 orange creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies
1 teaspoon chocolate ready-to-spread frosting (from 16-oz container)
40 miniature candy-coated chocolate pieces
For each cookie, cut eight 1 1/2-inch pieces of licorice for legs. Insert 4 pieces into filling on each side of each cookie.
With frosting, attach 2 miniature chocolate pieces to top of each cookie for eyes.
No Bake Ghost Cookies
For a school party or as an addition to your Halloween party table, no bake ghost cookies are a spooky treat your kids can make all by themselves.
Photo and recipe credit from thecookingmom.com
White Almond Bark or White Wilton Candies
Wilton Eyeball Candies, Mini M&Ms, Mini Chocolate Chips or melted chocolate for the eyes
Nutter Butter Cookies or Milano Cookies
Melt the chocolate and coat the Nutter Butter cookies with the white chocolate.
Take your Nutter Butter cookies and place them in the bowl and coat both sides with the white chocolate. Remove and use a butter knife or spatula to tap off the excess chocolate.
Place on a piece of parchment paper to dry.
Before the chocolate is dried you want to pop the eyes on. The easiest thing is to use Wilton Candy eyeballs, mini M&Ms or mini chocolate chips. If you don’t have any of those things you can always melt a tiny bit of chocolate and place it in a Ziploc bag. Cut just the very tip of the Ziploc and squeeze the chocolate to make tiny eyeballs for your ghosts.
If you want to have some Halloween fun with your kids this year, try a few of these Halloween treats. They’re perfect for a big Halloween party or as a school party snack.
And don’t forget to stock up on baking supplies and bakeware on Bestbuy.ca before you and the kids get busy in the kitchen.
Pick up some Wilton Halloween Cookie Cutters and cut out cute shapes for cookies, snacks, and more
You’ll have mixing bowls to spare for all of your kid’s favourite treats with the Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Prep set
You can create a frightening cake with the Wilton 3D Mini Skull Cake Pan