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Easy Halloween Treats Kids Can Make

Your little goblins will love assembling -- and eating -- these spooky Halloween treats and sweets. From chocolate-dipped owl pretzels and candy corn push-up pops to jack-o'-lantern cookies and peanut butter (eye)balls, we have the best treats (and savory snacks!) to make your Halloween party a spooky success.

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    • 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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease two 8x8x2-inch baking pans and line with parchment paper; set aside.
      2. According to the recipe, prepare, divide, and tint the cake batter. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
      3. Once the cake has cooled completely, transfer to a cutting board.
      4. Prepare the orange filling and cream cheese filling according to the recipe instructions, then spoon both into separate pastry bags fitted with a large round tip.
      5. Use the open end of a push-up container to cut the cake into circles. Pipe cream cheese filling into the bottom of each container, then insert one yellow cake circle, followed by orange filling, one white cake circle, and cream cheese filling.
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    • 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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Dip large pretzels in melted confectioner's coating. Place the pretzels on waxed paper.
      2. As the coating sets, sprinkle with coarse black decorating sugar. Press a black jelly bean onto the twist of each pretzel for the nose, and small pieces of licorice candy onto the base of the pretzels for the talons.
      3. Separate a sandwich cookie and press the halves onto the pretzel for eyes.
      4. Ice white candy pieces and press onto each cookie eye, then add chocolate chips to them for pupils.
      5. Use black licorice twists as eyebrows.
    • Halloween Candy Bark

      Craving somethings salty and sweet? This irresistible blend of pretzels, chocolate, and candy is frighteningly good.

      To make, follow these steps:
      1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with a silicone liner or parchment paper; set aside. Chop or break any larger candies, cookies, or pretzels; set aside.
      2. Melt the vanilla candy bark (or white chocolate) as directed on package. If heating in the microwave, use 50 percent power to prevent overheating the candy/chocolate. Pour about half of the melted chocolate onto the lined baking sheet, then spread about 1/4 inch thick.
      3. Working quickly, add an assortment of pretzels, cookie pieces, and candy corn (or other candies) in a single layer.
      4. Pour the remaining melted chocolate on top of the pretzels and cookies, then add additional toppings, including sprinkles. Set aside and allow the chocolate to cool fully. You may place the entire baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes to speed up the process.
      5. Once the chocolate is fully set and cool, break candy bark into pieces. Store Halloween Candy Bark in an airtight container for up to a week.

    • 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.

      Follow the link to see how to make each one.

    • Halloween Eyeballs

      Prop these peering eyes into Halloween drinks -- kids and adults will spy a winner!

    • Creepy-Cute Meringue Mice

      Say cheese! Adorable rodents offer a squeakingly fun way to celebrate the holiday.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Make meringue (recipe below).
      2. Pipe meringue into teardrop shapes.
      3. Bake and let dry.
      4. Use the tip of a small knife to cut slits for ears; insert an almond slice into each slit.
      5. Use a toothpick to poke a hole for the tail; push in a piece of black licorice.
      6. Add two small dots of decorating gel for eyes and one for the nose.
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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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. According to the recipe instructions, prepare the cheese dip and let chill for up to 24 hours.
      2. Once thoroughly chilled, shape the cheese mixture into 1-inch balls, using about 1 tablespoon for each, then roll into cone shapes.
      3. Roll the cone shapes in crushed blue tortilla chips, pressing lightly to adhere.
      4. Use a vegetable peeler to get thin strips of carrot for the hat brim. Tie the carrot strip in a loose knot, or use the cheese ball mixture to secure the hatband.
      5. Place each cone atop a tortilla chip to create hat brims. Serve immediately.
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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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      Bag of Bones Snack Mix

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

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Flatten large marshmallows. Using a black food writer, draw a skeleton face onto the marshmallows. Set aside to dry.

      2. Place a handful of white chocolate pretzels in a bag. Place a marshmallow skeleton head into the bag and seal.

      3. Using blank white paper, write or print "Bag of Bones". Cut the label to the width of your bag and fold over. Attach using double-stick tape.

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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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Following the recipe, make the cookie batter and chill for 30 to 60 minutes, then bake at 350 degrees F according to the directions and let cool completely.
      2. Prepare the orange filling, and spread about 2 tablespoons on half of the cookies, bottom (flat) side up.
      3. Press the flat sides of the remaining cookies against the filling, tilting the top cookie to resemble a mouth opening.
      4. Cut marshmallows in half, and attach a candy-coated peanut butter piece to the sticky side of each marshmallow half.
      5. Cut a small wedge from the bottom of each marshmallow eye to create a sticky base; immediately attach two eyes to each cookie so the eyes stand upright on the sandwich cookie.
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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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper; set aside.
      2. Coarsely chop desired amount of white chocolate (about 2 ounces). Place in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high about 1 minute or just until melted and smooth, stirring every 20 seconds.
      3. Place melted chocolate in a small resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Use kitchen scissors to snip a very small piece off one corner of the bag.
      4. Pipe small ghost shapes on prepared baking sheet. Add two miniature semisweet chocolate pieces to each ghost for eyes. Allow to stand until white chocolate sets. Peel off waxed paper.
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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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Spread tops of purchased cupcakes with white frosting.
      2. For eyes, arrange two round raspberry-and-vanilla-creme sandwich cookie halves side-by-side on top of the cupcake, top sides up. Use frosting to attach green mini candy-coated milk chocolate pieces to centers for eyes.
      3. For a beak, insert a cashew between the eyes. Cover cupcake top with overlapping rows of sliced almonds.
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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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      Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs

      You won't be able to take your eyes off of these eerie Halloween peanut butter bites. Not only are they eye-catching, but they're also 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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      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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Prepare your favorite sugar cookie recipe or purchased sugar cookie dough. Bake as directed. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
      2. Brush the tops of a few cookies lightly with corn syrup.
      3. While still wet, coat with coarse black decorating sugar.
      4. Add small yellow candies or sprinkles for beaks and small green candies for eyes.
      5. Repeat with remaining cookies.
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      How-To: Make Ghostly Good Cookies

      Pull together these cute ghost cookies as a supereasy, last-minute Halloween treat.

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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 give an oozing effect to the glass.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Drizzle caramel and chocolate ice cream toppings in a zigzag design inside each glass. Freeze the glasses until needed.
      2. Create the caramel and sea salt spiderwebs, following the recipe directions below.
      3. Blend vanilla ice cream, milk, and chocolate and caramel ice cream toppings for each shake.
      4. Top each shake with a salted-caramel web.

      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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      Goblin Cookie Truffles

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

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      Open-Face Bird Sandwiches

      Heading off for trick-or-treating? Fuel up with these hearty sandwiches costumed as featherbrained birds.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Spoon two hot marinara-sauced meatballs on top of half of a split, toasted roll.
      2. Roll two small pieces of cream cheese into balls. Gently press a cream cheese ball onto the front of each meatball, making eyes.
      3. Cut pitted ripe black olives into small pieces; press into the front of each cream cheese ball as a pupil.
      4. Cut orange and/or yellow sweet peppers into pieces; arrange on meatballs as beaks and eyebrows.
      5. Arrange julienne carrots and/or chives on sandwiches to resemble feathers.
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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.

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Stretch uncooked breadsticks to 12 inches.
      2. Wrap dough around hot dogs; be sure to let the meat show slightly through the wraps.
      3. Press in capers for eyes.
      4. Bake until bread is golden brown (about 12 minutes). Serve with ketchup and mustard.
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      Breadstick Skeleton

      Transform ready-to-bake breadsticks into bones for this appetizing skeleton. They're so simple it's scary!

      To make, follow these steps:

      1. Cut the ends of purchased, ready-to-bake breadsticks before baking as directed.
      2. Arrange the baked breadstick bites around a small dish filled with marinara sauce, which will be the head of the skeleton.
      3. Create the skeleton face before serving using shredded mozzarella cheese and sliced black olives.
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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

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

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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, such as 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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      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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      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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