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Easy Halloween Treats Kids Can Make

Your little goblins will love assembling -- and eating -- these spooky Halloween treats and sweets. With such treats as chocolate-dipped owl pretzels, jack-o'-lantern cookies, and peanut butter (eye)balls, we have easy treats (and savory snack ideas!) to make your Halloween kids party a spooky success.

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    • Creepy Caramel Popcorn Balls

      Classic popcorn balls taste even better when you sneak in a few candy treats! Coat your microwave popcorn with homemade brown sugar syrup, then sprinkle with candy-coated chocolate before rolling into balls.

    • Monster Bite Sandwich

      Give your Halloween snack a scary-good twist by making a double-decker sandwich with pimiento-stuffed green olives as eyes. This sandwich layers roast beef and cheddar cheese, but you can easily customize to fit your monster appetite. 

    • Haunted Hooting Owl Pretzels

      Whoo-oo dare eat this menacing owl? Everyone! Though they look especially spooky, these chocolate-dipped pretzels are a hoot to make, especially as a Halloween snack for kids.

    • Candy Corn Push-Up Pops

      Craving a big bag of candy corn? Get your Halloween sweet fix a different way with these creamy cake push-up pops.

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    • Halloween Candy Bark

      Craving something salty and sweet? This irresistible blend of pretzels, chocolate, and candy is frighteningly good and an easy Halloween treat.

    • Adorable Black Cat Cupcakes

      Upgrade your ordinary chocolate cupcakes with a treat idea that's meow-nificent.

    • Freaky Frankenstein Family Treats

      Give your family a fright with these candy-topped Halloween treats. For extra spooky fun, have each person create their own likeness.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Cut a variety of shapes from your favorite rolled sugar cookie or shortbread dough (see our recipe, below), and bake as directed.
      2. Spread a thin layer of green frosting onto the main part of each cookie to form the face.
      3. Use brown icing and various candy pieces to add frightening facial features.
      4. For the final touch, secure peanut butter cups to the sides of each cookie for Frankenstein flair.
    • Halloween Pumpkin Cookies

      For a classic and easy Halloween treat that skews delightful over frightful, bake a batch of festively decorated sugar cookies.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Use a pumpkin-shape cookie cutter to cut pumpkins from rolled sugar cookie dough that's prepared according to your favorite recipe. Bake as directed.
      2. Spread a layer of orange icing on the main portion of the pumpkin.
      3. Add your favorite jack-o'-lantern face shapes to the pumpkin cookies using black icing, and ice the stems with green icing.
    • Marshmallow Pops

      A marshmallow, a straw, and your kid's imagination are all you need to create a collection of frightful friends.

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      Creepy-Cute Meringue Mice

      Say cheese! Adorable rodents offer a squeakingly fun way to celebrate the holiday, and kids will love helping bring this Halloween snack to life.

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      Owl Cupcake

      Try this wise idea for creating cute Halloween cupcakes. This hooting fellow could be the star of your Halloween food tray.

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      Witching Hour Chips and Dip

      Cast a spell on your next Halloween party with this savory snack. Though it might look like you should wear them, these fashionable witch hats are actually taco-flavor cheese balls atop tortilla chips.

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      Candy Corn Marshmallow Pops

      Melt, dip, and dry are the basic steps to enjoy these delightful marshmallow pops.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Place orange-color and yellow-color candy coating discs in separate microwave-safe bowls. Microwave separately on high until melted and smooth, stopping to stir every 30 seconds.
      2. Insert straws into bases of large marshmallows. Dip part or all of each marshmallow in candy coating, spooning it over if necessary and letting excess drip off into bowl.
      3. If desired, sprinkle with orange and black nonpareils.
      4. Lay marshmallows on waxed paper (or insert straws into florist's foam to avoid a flat side) to let harden.
      5. For two-layer candy corn marshmallows, omit the nonpareils. After the first coating layer has firmed up, dip the marshmallow in a second color of candy coating, keeping the first layer of coating visible. Let stand on waxed paper or in florist's foam until coating is firm.
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      Sweet White Chocolate Ghosts

      There is something ghoulishly great about topping your favorite vanilla milk shake with a hauntingly sweet white ghost.

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      Little Monster Sandwich Cookies

      No need to worry -- these monster sandwich cookies won't bite! Soft chocolate-espresso cookies filled with rich orange mascarpone cream make for quite the spooky sweet, especially when topped with big marshmallow eyes.

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      Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs

      You won't be able to take your eyes off of these eerie Halloween peanut butter bites. They are eye-catching and irresistible at any festive event.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. In a mixing bowl stir together 1/2 cup peanut butter and 3 tablespoons softened butter. Gradually add 1 cup sifted powdered sugar, stirring until combined. Shape into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper. Let stand until dry (about 20 minutes).
      2. Chop 8 ounces of vanilla-flavor white candy coating. Place in a heavy saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Cool slightly. Dip balls, one at a time, into coating. Let excess coating drip off peanut butter balls. Place on waxed paper; let stand until coating is firm.
      3. Use a clean small paintbrush and red food coloring to paint veins on the coated peanut butter balls.
      4. Pipe small dots of black icing for pupils.
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      Jack-o'-Lantern Chocolate Cake

      This devilishly delicious chocolate cake is anything but somber. Pick your favorite jack-o'-lantern faces to adorn the chocolate wafer cookies or gingersnaps, and have your little monster put the cookies all over the cake.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Prepare your favorite chocolate layer cake as directed.
      2. Frost the cake with orange icing.
      3. Put more of the icing in a cake decorating bag fitted with a No. 1 or No. 2 tip, and pipe jack-o'-lantern faces on chocolate wafer cookies or gingersnaps.
      4. Stand the decorated cookies around the cake, and embed a half-dozen (or as many as you'd like) in the top.
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      Pumpkin Patch Shortbread Cookies

      Celebrate autumn with a trip to the pumpkin patch! Give kids the sweet job of frosting and deocorating the cookies for an ode to our favorite fall tradition.

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      Sparkling Blackbird Sugar Cookies

      Beady-eye blackbirds aren't so menacing when they're Halloween treats. Use bird-shape cookie cutters or sub in other black Halloween figures, such as a cat or a witch. A brushing of corn syrup after baking is the trick to getting the black sugar coating to stick.

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      Goblin Cookie Truffles

      Boo! These adorable little goblins are made from everyone's favorite Halloween snack: chocolate sandwich cookies. They're frightfully good!

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      Mummy Dogs

      Hot dogs are a party favorite and will become the star of a Halloween buffet when given this mummy-wrap treatment using refrigerated breadsticks.

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      Halloween S'mores

      You won't need a bonfire for these fright-night snacks: The coveted marshmallow sandwiches heat in the microwave. Dip the edges of each treat in sprinkles or orange and yellow sugar for extra Halloween flair.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Break graham crackers into squares.
      2. Spread four squares with chocolate-hazelnut spread.
      3. Spread remaining four squares with marshmallow creme.
      4. Place graham crackers, marshmallow sides down, on top of chocolate-hazelnut spread; place on a microwave-safe plate.
      5. Microwave each s'more, uncovered, on high for 30 seconds.

      Editor's Tip: For a tasty spin on a classic, use chocolate graham cracker squares and substitute peanut butter for the chocolate-hazelnut spread.

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      Mad Scientist Wraps

      Create your own mini laboratory with these Halloween wraps. Gather as many add-ons as possible -- olives, carrots, sweet pickles, and parsley work great -- then let imaginations run wild.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Make a wrap with your choice of fillings. Roll up and secure with a wooden pick.
      2. Stuff one end of rolled tortilla with red sweet pepper strips, shredded lettuce, parsley sprigs, and julienne carrots.
      3. Attach olives and pepper pieces for the eyes, nose, and mouth with mayonnaise or honey mustard.
      4. Cut an apron shape from the cheese and lay atop tortilla.
      5. Add pickles or peppers for shoes and use cheese as a blanket.
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      Graveyard Mousse Cups

      Kids will love decorating these chocolate mousse cups with edible bones, gummy worms, and headstone cookies!

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      Tangled-Web Shakes

      Spin a sugary spiderweb to entice your Halloween party guests to a thick caramel-chocolate shake. Drizzled caramel and dark chocolate ice cream toppings create an oozing effect on the glass. Editor's Tip: Because the webs set up quickly, we recommend that a second person add the salt as each web is drizzled.

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      Fondant-Marshmallow Ghouls

      For a quick and spooky Halloween treat, use marshmallows and fondant to form tasty ghouls. Tint the fondant and use candies and pretzels to decorate each ghoul to ghastly perfection.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. For a tall white ghoul, use clean scissors to snip one end each from two large marshmallows. Press the cut ends together.
      2. Roll fondant to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out a 4-1/2-inch-diameter fondant circle. Shape the fondant over the marshmallow stack.
      3. Add eyes and a mouth with decorating gel.
      4. To color ghouls, tint fondant with a small amount of food coloring. For the striped version, roll small ropes of different colors of the fondant. Press ropes together and roll out with a rolling pin. Finish as directed above.
      5. If desired, use small candies for features, attaching them with decorator frosting.

      Editor's Tip: For hair-raising fun, push the fondant through a garlic press.

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      Bag of Bones Snack Mix

      This spooky snack mix comes together in a snap! Perfect for trick-or-treaters, these individual Halloween snack bags are scary good.

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      Truffle Tarantulas

      Spiders usually aren't on the guest list. But these tarantulas are made from sweet candies, so the scurrying spiders will have Halloween partygoers squealing with delight -- not fright.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Melt candy coating or candy disks and place in a resealable plastic bag; snip off a small corner.
      2. Pipe spider legs onto a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with nonpareils (if desired). Chill legs in the refrigerator until firm.
      3. Squeeze small circles of melted coating onto another waxed-paper-lined baking sheet, and insert eight chilled legs into each circle.
      4. Add a 1-inch candy truffle on top of each circle for the spider's body.
      5. Add small candies or frosting for eyes; chill in refrigerator until firm.
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      Monster Cupcakes

      With swirly eyes and spooky teeth, these monster cupcakes are goulishly good!

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Pipe frosting high onto prepared cupcakes. Carefully slice chocolate swirl snack cakes in 1/4-inch pieces for the swirly zombie eyes. The chocolate coating on the cakes will crack off easily, so be careful during this step. Or just remove the outer chocolate altogether.

      2. Press the eyes onto the frosting faces atop the cupcakes. Cut round gummy candies in half and press them into the sides of the frosting like ears.

      3. Cut black licorice into small pieces and attach as the zombies' noses. Finally, press gum or mints into the frosting to create teeth.

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      Ghost Sandwich

      A simple but spooky ghost sandwich turns a lunchtime staple into a fun Halloween treat. For multiple hungry goblins, use a variety of Halloween-theme cookie cutters like pumpkins, witch hats, and cats to make a festive and tasty sandwich platter.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
      2. Use a ghost-shape cookie cutter to cut the sandwich into a ghost shape.
      3. Press two raisins into bread -- use peanut butter if necessary to make them stick -- for the ghost's eyes.
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      Bite into these creative sweet and savory Halloween appetizer ideas, from mummy-wrapped finger food to monstrous cheese balls, for your next frightful bash.
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