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.
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.
- 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
- Spread pretzels on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Melt chocolate and add sprinkles, then pour it over pretzels and carefully spread.
- Add eyes to wet chocolate, then chill for 1 hour or until chocolate is firm
- Break into pieces and serve.
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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
Spoon into 10 (6- to 7-oz.) paper or plastic cups; top with remaining cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate 1 hour. Top with fruit snacks just before serving.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on solids with a wooden spoon to squeeze all juices out. Discard solids.
- Serve apple cider warm.