Gala for Young Goblins

For school-age kids, be-witching snacks can be part of the fun at a Halloween party. Let your goblin guests make individual servings, or whip up a bunch for the trick-or-treaters at your door.

For every four goblin guests, set out a cutting board, apple slicer, measuring cup, measuring spoon, table knife, and these ingredients:

  • 1 apple
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter or marshmallow creme
  • 1/3 cup candy corn, broken pretzels, raisins,corn nuts, peanuts, and/or miniature semisweet chocolatepieces

1. Use the apple slicer to cut the apple into slices.

2. Spread peanut butter or marshmallow creme on one cutside of 4 apple slices. Arrange the candy corn, pretzels,raisins, corn nuts, peanuts, and/or chocolate pieces onthe peanut butter to look like teeth. Top each withanother apple slice. Makes 4 snacks.

Nutrition facts per snack: 98 calories, 4 g total fat(1 g sat. fat), 0 mg. chol., 58 mg sodium, 15 g carbo., 1g. fiber, 2 g. pro.

Plan on a cutting board, table knife, microwave-safe plate, waxed paper, hot pads, and ingredients for every four goblin guests.

  • 4 jumbo turkey hot dogs
  • Toppings such as chopped onion, chopped sweet green pepper, mustard, catsup, pickle relish, and finely shredded cheese

1. Cut each hot dog crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Place the slices on a microwave-safe plate. Sprinkle toppings over the slices.

2. Cover the plate with waxed paper. Microwave on 100% (high) about 30 seconds or until warm. Remove the plate from the microwave. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition facts per serving: 104 calories, 6 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 30 mg chol., 576 mg sodium, 6 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 6 g pro.

The amount of unpopped corn you'll need varies according to the type of corn. Check the package label for hints on yield. For trick-or-treaters who knock at your door, wrap these treats in orange or clear plastic wrap.

  • 10 cups plain popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 tsp. vinegar
  • 1/2 cup raisins and /or dried cranberries
  • 12 wooden sticks

1. In a large roasting pan keep popcorn warm in a 300 degree oven. Finely chop dried apricots; set aside.

2. In a small saucepan combine brown sugar, water, corn syrup, and vinegar. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until the entire surface of the mixture boils. Continue cooking to 250 degrees (hard-ball stage), stirring frequently for 15 to 20 minutes after mixture comes to boiling.

3. Pour sugar mixture over popcorn. Immediately stir in apricots and raisins or dried cranberries until all ingredients are coated.

4. Using buttered hands, shape mixture into 4-inch-long sticks resembling ears of corn. If mixture is too firm to shape, return it to the warm oven for 1 to 2 minutes to soften. Insert a wooden stick into the end of each "ear." Serve the same day. Makes 12.

  • How many goblin guests should you invite? Plan on one guest for each year of your child's age. For a 7-year-old, invite no more than 7 guests.
  • Set up a "cooking" station for every 4 guests; have an adult on hand to help at each station.
  • Instruct guests to wear their Halloween costumes to the party and to be ready to do a trick -- tell a joke, sing a song, or stump everyone with a riddle.
  • As kids arrive, keep them busy by having them make their own treat bags. They can color small paper bags, then staple on orange or black strips of construction paper for easy-carrying handles.
  • Use Indian Corn for prizes.
  • Create a spooky sight by filling jack-o'-lanterns with dry ice and a little water -- vapor will float out of the jack-o'-lantern. Be sure that the room where you are using the dry ice is well ventilated, and protect your hands by wearing heavy gloves.


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