Ask any kid: Without a doubt, the absolute best part of Halloween comes after the trick-or-treating frenzy is over, after the costume’s been ripped off and thrown into a crumpled, forgotten wad in the corner. The pinnacle of Halloween awesomeness is that shining moment when they get to dump that huge bag of candy all over the living room floor and assess the night’s haul.
Along with actually rolling around in the candy — which is also pretty darn fun — taking inventory is the best, as well as essential. After all, kids have to quantify exactly which types of sugary goodness they’ll be getting all hyped up on over the next few days, right?
But alongside the piles of highly desirable candies — like the mini chocolate bars and that rarest of all Halloween beasts, the full-size candy bar – there’s always that one pile that’s populated with, shall we say, less-than-desirable offerings. You know the ones – the flavorless wafers that turn instantly to chalk-like dust when bitten, the rock-hard pieces of bubble gum that threaten to break a few teeth, and the most dreaded “treat” of all, the one that’s surely the cause of many a toilet-papering and/or egging incident: The pile of random hard candies that are obviously left over from last Halloween.
So, while the reject pile is an unfortunate but inevitable side effect, there is a way to ameliorate the certain let-down and possible lasting depression that comes along with a larger-than-normal intake of lame candy: Amazing treats waiting for the kids when they get home from trick-or-treating! These four Halloween recipes for kids will keep your little ghouls and goblins happy, regardless of how big their reject pile may be.
Spooky Sandwich Snackers
These cute and creepy finger foods provide the perfect snack for hungry trick-or-treaters. The kids can even make a few themselves!
- 8 white bread slices (optional)8 slices bologna
- 4 single slices cheese
- 1 Tbsp. yellow mustard
- 2 Tbsp. ketchup
- Layer bread, bologna and cheese slices as desired on cutting board.
- Cut into decorative shapes using Halloween-shaped cookie cutters or sharp knife.
- Decorate with mustard and ketchup.
“I’m Watching You…” Eyeball Tacos
Get them fed and ready for candy collecting with these super-scary — and super-yummy — tacos! Your kids will love the glaring eyes peeking out from each shell.
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 pkg. (1-1/4 oz.) taco seasoning mix
- 12 taco shells
- 3/4 cup salsa
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 can (2-1/4 oz.) sliced black olives, drained
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Mix meat and seasoning mix; shape into 36 (1-inch) balls. Place in 15x10x1-inch pan.
- Bake 15 to 20 min. or until done (160ºF).
- Fill each taco shell with 1 meatball; drizzle with salsa. Top with 2 meatballs dipped in sour cream. Garnish with olives to resemble eyeballs.
Chocolate Halloween Cookies
These luscious chocolate cookies are perfect for school parties and Halloween celebrations. Have a decorating party with the whole family for even more fun!
- 3 cups flour
- 1-1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
- 2 tubes (0.68 oz. each) decorating gel, any color
- Heat oven to 350°F.
- Mix flour, baking powder and salt until well blended. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Add chocolate; mix well. Divide dough in half; wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 2 hours.
- Place half the dough on lightly floured surface; roll into 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into bat and cat shapes with 3-inch cookie cutters, rerolling scraps as necessary. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
- Bake 10 to 12 min. or until firm around the edges. Cool on baking sheets 2 min.; transfer to wire racks. Cool completely. Decorate with gel.
Ghostly Good Milkshakes
Trick-or-treating is hard work, and the kids are sure to work up a thirst! Thrill them with these fun, easy-to-make shakes.
- 1 square semi-sweet chocolate
- 3 cups cold milk
- 1 pkg. (4-serving size) vanilla instant pudding
- 1/2 cup thawed whipped topping
- Melt chocolate in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 1 min., stirring after 30 sec. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Use clean small paintbrush to paint a ghost face on inside of each of four clear 8-oz. plastic cups with the melted chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to use.
- Place milk and dry pudding mix in 1-qt. pitcher with tight-fitting lid; cover. Shake vigorously 1 min. or until well blended.
- Pour into prepared glasses; top with the whipped topping. Serve immediately. (Mixture thickens as it stands.)
No matter how big that pile of icky candy gets, these Halloween recipes are sure to keep the kids happy! Pick your favorites and have a spooktacular evening.