FOUR days and counting…are you ready for Halloween? If not, I have some last minute recipe ideas that will have you in and out of the kitchen in no time so that you can enjoy all the “harrowing” festivities! I’ll show you how easy it is in the video below.
Watch as my daughter Lauren helps me prepare two of our favorite Halloween recipes, Candy Shop Pizza and Graveyard Cake. In the Graveyard Cake recipe, I mention that Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin can be used in place of the oil that your cake mix calls for. This is absolutely true! In fact, to simplify even further, you can even do what Hungry Girl does – use only pumpkin and cake mix (no water, oil or eggs). The cake texture will be a bit brownie-like, but oh so tasty!
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I recently did an interview in the LA Daily News on how to host a Halloween party for kids ages 5-12 using recipe “crafting” stations. Even if you don’t host a party, your kids are sure to love these simple but festive treats. Before they start, have them decorate their own goodie bags. Provide brown paper bags, stickers and washable markers. This way they can transport all their goodies home safely.
Here’s how the recipe “crafting” stations work: set up several stations where kids can assemble and decorate recipes. Each station should house a different recipe and different decorating items. Be sure to have plastic wrap, twist ties and/or pre-cut ribbon and wet wipes on the tables.
In selecting recipes, think smart! So that you can enjoy the party, pick recipes that can largely be prepared in advanced, just leaving the assembly and decorating to the kids.
Here are some examples of recipes that work well.
Monster Pops: Prebake the cookies from scratch or refrigerated cookie dough (be sure to insert the wooden craft stick before baking – might want to write each child’s name on the sticks too). Have several containers of prepared or homemade frosting on hand as well as a broad assortment of candies for decorating. Once assembled, the pops can be wrapped in plastic wrap or in a decorative cellophane bag and secured with a twist tie or ribbon.
Spook-tacular Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels: Place assorted candies in several different bowls with spoons (kids will sprinkle candies over their dipped pretzels). Line paper plates in advance with wax paper (be sure to label the plates with the child’s name too). Melt the chocolate at the last minute for dipping. Once dipping/coating is complete, allow to dry before wrapping up.
Cookie Witch Hats: Prebake the cookies. Label paper plates with child’s name then place one cookie on each plate. Have a few containers of prepared frosting on the table as well as several bowls of assorted candies plus lots of sugar ice cream cones. Once dry, wrap up!