Whoever said happiness is a choice was right in a lot of ways. Feel free to take advantage of each opportunity to enjoy life, even the spookiest celebration in the world! Have fun by making Halloween snacks with your kids, and feel free to decide if you want to share them with others!
For many people, Halloween means taking kids trick-or-treating around the neighborhood while wearing a mummy, ghost, vampire, or anything-scary costumes. I like these things too – I think we should use any occasion to have fun and laugh – but, since I haven’t tricked too many people during my childhood, I prefer making treats for Halloween.
For instance, I like carving pumpkins into different Jack O'Lanterns. I also use this day as an excuse for eating decadent treats. Over the past few years, Halloween has been even better, since my daughter grew up a little and we can now do and make many funny and interesting things together.
When it comes to Jack O'Lanterns, she usually draws the patterns, and I carve the pumpkins. But when it comes to making Halloween snacks at home, we’re equals. How can that be? When you choose to make simple things, you can include your kids in many activities. It’s funny for them, easier for you, and all of you will enjoy some quality time together. That’s why we thought it’s a good idea to share with you some of our ideas of homemade Halloween snacks. You decide if you prepare these treats only for you or if you share some of them with the children knocking on your door and asking you the cutest question ever: ‘Trick or treat?’.
Halloween snacks to make with your kids
1. Zombie sticks
Making zombie sticks is one of the easiest things in the world. All you have to do is melt some white chocolate. Your kiddo will be pleased to do the rest. Dipping the sticks in melted chocolate, letting them cool and harden, then using food coloring, a toothpick, and their own imagination to draw zombies. Sounds fun, right? You won’t resist and you’ll draw some zombies too, believe me!
2. Egg ghosts
Sometimes we make Halloween snacks only for us, just like that, to have fun in the kitchen and enjoy our food. So, even if you won’t make these egg ghosts for your little guests passing by, make them for the entire family. Make hard-boiled eggs and ask your children's help to peel them. Then, you can use plastic straws to carve ghost faces in them. We recommend you use different size straws because their mouth should be bigger than the eyes. Also, press a little the straws you use for the mouth, so you get the O-shape, which makes the face scarier.
Having these eggs on your plate the morning after Halloween is very nice, especially since they are pretty friendly ghosts, don’t you think?
3. Chocolate Bark
Making chocolate bark is incredibly easy. It’s a perfect treat to serve not only for Halloween but also at a party. Chocolate bark is actually a sheet of chocolate that is usually covered with nuts, dried fruits, candies, biscuits or pretzels.
Melt the chocolate – you decide if you use white or regular chocolate- and spread it evenly on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Let your children throw mini pretzel twists, sprinkles, Oreo pieces, M&M’s, nuts, gummy skulls, or any additional candies of your choice all over it. Tell the kids they should work quickly, so the chocolate does not harden before they finish. Let it cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator and, once the chocolate is fully set and cool, break the candy bark into pieces.
4. Ghost popcorn balls
When I was a child, my grandmother bought me sweet popcorn balls from any country fair she went to. Now, I make them smaller and transform them into ghosts.
You need popped popcorn, marshmallows, butter, white candy melts (or white chocolate), and candy eyeballs – I’m sure you’ll find the latter almost anywhere these days.
Melt the marshmallows and butter and use this mixture to coat the popcorn, then butter your hands and shape mini balls. Let them set for about one hour. You can ask your kid's help for this step because kids adore shaping things and dipping their hands in anything! You can use our recipe to make popcorn balls, you will just decorate differently.
Melt the white candy melts (or chocolate) and use them to coat the tops of the popcorn balls by dipping them into melted chocolate. Let them set for 1-2 minutes before adding candy eyeballs to each ball, then allow the chocolate to set before serving.
5. Halloween monster mouths
These Halloween snacks are extremely easy to make and very versatile. You probably already have apples, lemon, and peanut butter in your kitchen. Remove the apple’s cores and slice the apples. You know apples oxidize quickly, so here comes the lemon use. Sink the apple lips in lemon water for about 10-15 minutes so they don't brown.
Spread peanut butter on one side of each apple slice, then just look at the picture and assemble the apple slices to look like lips. For the ‘teeth’ you can use many different things including, peeled almonds, mini marshmallows, jelly beans, or yogurt covered raisins or peanuts.
6. Scarry mini pizzas
There’s not much to say about these mini pizzas. Even if you use store-bought or homemade pizza crust, shape the dough into small disks. You can add anything you like on the pizza. The only rule is to make them scary. You can use some mummy or skull patterns, but I’m sure your kids have more imagination than you do and they’ll find many other terrific or amusing things to draw with ketchup and mozzarella strips.
7. Gummy worms in a glass
This is the simplest trick (or treat) you can make for Halloween. Just sink some gummy worms in your kid’s glass of juice. With this one, don’t ask for their help, surprise them when they least expect it.