Looking for something creative to serve at your Halloween party? There are so many cute and scary treats you can make. Try these five creepy concoctions at your next party.
Here’s a Halloween twist on that old favorite – dirt pudding. Whether it’s a party for kids or adults, both are sure to love this spooky treat!
- One container of chocolate pudding, (or make your own)
- Half a package of Oreo cookies
- 1 package of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies (or a similarly-shaped cookie)
- Gummy worms
- Candy pumpkins
- Cool Whip topping
- Chocolate chips
- Crush Oreos by placing in a plastic Ziploc bag and rolling with a rolling pin until crumbled.
- Combine pudding and crushed Oreos.
- Pour the pudding and cookie mixture into a flat pan and smooth out. This is your graveyard.
- About an hour before your party starts, fill it with spooky stuff.
- Break each Milano cookie in half and prop up in an arrangement of head stones.
- Place some candy pumpkins around.
- Slither in some gummy worms.
- Just before serving, dollop in some Cool Whip ghosts with chocolate chip eyes.
This recipe leaves lots of room for creativity and play. You can write “RIP”, or make crosses, on the Milano cookies headstones with icing. You can make your graveyards in individual bowls or cups, add ghosts made of marshmallows, have gummy worms crawling out of the graves’ dirt, and more.
Homemade Caramel Apples
Homemade, decorated caramel apples make a great party activity for kids. You can set up all the candies in advance in little bowls. Don’t forget the skewers (or popsicle sticks)!
- Apples – granny smith are nice and tart and crisp, but any kind will do
- Melting caramel, usually available in the produce section, near the apples
- An assortment of favorite candies and toppings – may include chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, Reese’s Pieces, colored and chocolate sprinkles, peanuts, coconut. You can also crumble up some Butterfingers, Oreos or another favorite candy.
- Popsicle sticks or skewers
- Cookie sheets
- Waxed paper
- Bowls to hold candy
- Spoons for sprinkling
- Paper plates
NOTE: Expect a mess if you’re going to be hosting this activity! Fun, but full of crumbs and stickiness.
- Prepare cookie sheets by lining them with waxed paper.
- Pour candies and toppings into bowls.
- Wash and dry the apples.
- Insert a popsicle stick into each apple.
- Melt caramel on the stove on low, stirring constantly.
- Have each guest dip their apple into the caramel and place on a paper plate.
- Each person gets to use a spoon to scoop up and sprinkle on toppings, or roll their apple in their favorite toppings.
- Set apples on waxed paper sheets to harden.
- When cool, eat. Delicious and healthy!
These skewers are great, inexpensive, and have 1 day delivery!
Caramel Apple Slices
Here’s a twist on the caramel apple recipe. I find that the younger kids won’t finish a whole caramel apple, and they end up going to waste. But they will finish an apple slice.
For this version, you’ll need the same ingredients and supplies as for the caramel apples above, just in smaller quantities. You’ll also need an apple slicer.
- Have the caramel melted and ready for dipping
- Just before the decorating begins, slice the apples using the apple slicer. Don’t slice them ahead of time, or they will start to brown
- Dip each slice in the caramel
- Insert the sticks
- Let the decorating begin!
Apple slices are much easier for toddlers and preschoolers to handle, and you won’t have as much waste. But you may have even more mess!
Caution: Be sure to watch the littles carefully with the skewers.
Apple slices are much easier to make using an apple slicer like this one . Your slices will all be just the right size, and it’s much quicker than cutting them by hand.
What kid doesn’t love a cupcake? They all do! These can be decorated in so many frightful ways. Here are two easy-to-decorate examples that are sure to be a hit.
- Make or buy cupcakes
- Swirl icing on top (black and orange are good Halloween colors)
- Add sprinkles and candy eyes
These candy eyes may look gigantic, but they’re not! You get 50 in a package – enough for four eyes each on 12 cupcakes, plus 2 extras!
Spider Web Cupcakes
These cupcakes will take a little more time to decorate.
- Start by covering the cupcakes with chocolate icing.
- Add small dollops of white icing for the spider webs.
- Using a toothpick, drag lines out of the small dollops to create the webs.