October 31, 2012

Last Minute Halloween Treets (Part 2)

Here are a few more tricky treats to add to your Halloween party to really get the kids going! Many of them can be done by the kids with little to no help from the adults.

Fruity Ghoul’s Brew: This is a ghoulish drink that’ll surely excite the little ones; put 1 maraschino cherry in each section of an ice-cube tray, and then fill it up the rest of the way with cran-raspberry juice. Add a couple of drops red food coloring to each section, and freeze. Mix orange juice and ginger ale in a pitcher (2:1). To create “blood,” add red food coloring to some corn syrup. Once it’s time to serve, dip the rim of each glass into the red corn syrup, and let it drip down the sides. Fill with OJ and ginger ale mixture and add of the red ice cubes. You can do the same thing replacing the OJ with apple juice, and adding green food coloring to the juice mixture, ice cubes, and corn syrup to give a slime look.

Apple Bites: This one’s way too easy, and way too fun looking; quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter to make it look like an open mouth, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth. If you’re going for something a little sweeter, replace the almonds with mini marshmallows and adhere them with a little dab of peanut butter. If you’re not serving them right away baste them with orange juice or sprinkle some table salt on the flesh of the apples to prevent browning. The salt may not be well received by some of the little ones, so watch it.

Melon Brain: This one’s probably one of the most involved, but it’s definitely the coolest; use a vegetable peeler to remove the entire outer green rind, exposing the inner white rind. Slice off the bottom of the melon just a bit to create a flat base that will keep it from rolling off the plate. With a toothpick, outline squiggly grooves that resemble the surface of a brain. Finally, carve narrow channels along the tracings with a sharp paring knife to expose the pink fruit beneath the rind.

Halloween Snack Mix: Basically, you just put your version of trail mix using all kinds of creative ghoulish names for the ingredients (pretzel sticks are bones, dried cranberries are drops of blood, marshmallows are eyes of witches etc.) inside of a plastic Solo cup wrapped in gauze and personified with a googly eye. Quick, creative, and definitely easy.

Spider Snacks: This is another one that can be done again and again using different ingredients. For savory, a Mini BabyBel cheese round will make for a sufficient body, and pretzels will work for the legs. Add raisins on top, using a pretzel to carve out the eye sockets. For sweet, replace the cheese with an Oreo and replace the traditional pretzel sticks with chocolate covered ones. Substitute mini marshmallows fastened with a dab of peanut butter for the eyes. The possibilities are endless for this one; make all kinds of bugs with all kinds of different ingredients.

Bloodcurdling Cupcakes and Cookies: This is another one where you’re only limited by your imagination. Add fresh or dehydrated fruits, marshmallows, nuts, sprinkles, icing, candy, Oreos, or really anything to the tops of cookies or cupcakes to give them some personality. White icing with jelly beans can make a skull or a ghost, green and black icing with marshmallows can make a Frankenstein, crushed Oreos and gummy worms can make a gravesite. Small meringue cookies can be personified with nuts or candies for eyes, and don’t forget about the time tested favorite, chocolate chip cookies. Use the chips to decorate the tops and bring them to life.

These are just a few ideas I came across, came up with, or found and added to; you’re sure to find others with a quick search, but this is a good start.

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