Your kids may already be getting into the Halloween spirit by picking out their costumes or helping you decorate the house for the holiday. But, did you know you can instantly brighten their day by bringing the spooky celebrations into the kitchen? Try these fun recipes over the next couple of weeks to put a smile on your kids’ faces; they may even get a kick out of giving you a hand with these treats.
1. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Ghosts
This simple but adorable treat requires only a few ingredients — strawberries, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and cream. You can also replace the semi-sweet chocolate with small candy eyes to even further simplify the process.
Start by placing your white chocolate chips or chunks into a microwave-safe bowl; then, pour enough warm cream to cover 3/4 of the chocolate. Microwave this in 20-second bursts until the chocolate is melted and silky. Cover your strawberries by dipping them into the chocolate, then leave a trail of white chocolate following it on the plate to look like a ghost tail. Place on the candy eyes before it dries, or repeat the melting process with semi-sweet chocolate and pipe on eyes and an O-shaped mouth.
2. Mummy Hotdogs
Hotdogs are an easy-to-make, kid-friendly meal that are great to prepare in batches. So, why not give the fan-favourite a seasonal twist?
Using pre-packaged crescent roll dough, unwrap the pastry and cut it into strips. Then, wrap the strips around each hotdog, right out of the package, and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; space out the pastry dough a bit because it will puff up, and you don’t want it to clump together. Bake these mummies for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, then place two candy eyes between strips near its head.
3. Spiders on a Log
“Ants on a Log” has long been a classic, go-to snack. With a couple easy substitutes, you can transform this treat to suit the spooky season.
Start this snack the way you would ants on a log by placing peanut butter into the curve of clean celery sticks. Rather than put a plain raisin onto the “logs,” place a chocolate-yogurt-covered raisin onto the log, then place on some spidery-looking legs using small chocolate shavings.
Whether you’re preparing an after-school snack or cooking up several treats for a group of kiddos, these recipes are ideal. These meals are quick and easy to whip up any time this October. Best of all, your children will be thrilled.