We all know that Halloween is about the costumes & candy haul, but here are a few spookily easy treats that the kids can help make for that Hocus Pocus binge.

Halloween treats

Ghost Pretzel Bark

This is one of my favorites because it looks like it took a bit of effort when really it comes together in just a few minutes. This is also very customizable — you could easily swap white chocolate for almond bark or add other toppings like popcorn, coconut, and chocolate chips. Sweet & salty combinations are always good, but add some candy eyes and things get spooky real fast.

Ingredients
  • 1/2 bag pretzels or any other sweet or salty treats of choice
  • 1 package white chocolate almond bark
  • 1 package candy eyes
  • sprinkles or other edible decorations
Instructions
  1. Spread pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Melt chocolate and add sprinkles, then pour it over pretzels and carefully spread.
  3. Add eyes to wet chocolate, then chill for 1 hour or until chocolate is firm
  4. Break into pieces and serve.

Halloween treats

Dirt & Worm Pudding Cups

These can easily be made ahead of time and cups with lids make for a transportable treat. My son loves adding super sour gummy worms on the top to contrast the sweetness in the pudding.

Ingredients
  • 1 15-ounce package chocolate sandwich cookies (like Oreos)
  • 1 3.9-ounce package chocolate instant pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces whipped topping (like Cool Whip)
  • 24 gummy worms
Instructions
  1. Place the chocolate sandwich cookies in a large zip-top plastic bag, and use a rolling pin to crush them into small pieces. You can also put the sandwich cookies into a food processor and pulse until broken up until they are in fine crumbs. A few larger pieces are okay, too–after all, dirt comes in different sizes!
  2. Beat pudding mix and milk in a large bowl with whisk 2 min. Let stand 5 min. Stir in COOL WHIP and 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.
  3. Spoon into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs.
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with fruit snacks just before serving.

Halloween treats

It wouldn’t be fall or at least pretending it’s fall (thanks for the heat Florida, NOT) without a mug of apple cider. It’s easy enough to buy a jug from the store, but it’s a double bonus to make at home because it makes your house smell like absolute heaven. The recipe can easily be doubled or adapted for sweetness.

Ingredients
  • 10 large apples, quartered
  • 1/2 orange, halved
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. cloves
  • 1 tsp. whole allspice
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar

Directions

  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add apples, oranges, spices, and brown sugar. Cover with water by at least 2”. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, 2 hours.
  2. Remove orange halves, then use a potato masher or wooden spoon to mash apples. Return to a simmer and let simmer uncovered for 1 hour more.
  3. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on solids with a wooden spoon to squeeze all juices out. Discard solids.
  4. Serve apple cider warm.
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Kerri H
Kerri is a new Floridian, having relocated from Chicago to Saint Augustine less than two short years ago. She just celebrated her sixth wedding anniversary with her Disney obsessed husband, Matthew. They met on the first day of freshman year at DePaul University and have been inseparable ever since. Kerri graduated with her B.A. in English & Dramaturgy and M.A. in Technical Communications. She loves learning a little bit about everything by doing freelance writing/editing projects and giving back via non-profit grant writing. Now a mother of two, she celebrates her September babies, Elliot and June. On any given weekend in Saint Augustine, you’ll likely find her drinking all the coffee while watching her son’s baseball game or looking for shark’s teeth at Mickler’s landing.