The pandemic has ruined a lot of plans this year, but hear this: It is NOT taking Halloween for us.
In a way, October 31st will be a day like any other day in 2020. We already wear masks all the time and consol ourselves with junk food. About this junk food …
Perhaps tweaking your trick-or-treat routine to allow for less human (and goblin) contact. Or you don’t throw a party and let your guests search for apples (which was pretty gross before the coronavirus, to be honest).
But you still need snacks. Funny, creepy, sugary.
Here are five inexpensive Halloween treats that you can make in less time than it takes to figure out exactly how to make the Monster Mash. (Though that might be a bad example – does anyone really know how to do the Monster Mash ?!)
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5 Halloween Treats You Can Make for About $ 6
Here are five fun Halloween-themed treats you can make for just a few dollars – in less than an hour! Some of them have common ingredients, and all of them use staples that you likely already have in your pantry.
1. Pretzel spider webs
These are so easy to make and so cute (and spider web like). Seriously, you only need two ingredients. (I’m assuming you already have sandwich bags and an oil – crisco, canola, veggies, coconut – anything with a mild taste will work here.)
½ cup of white chocolate chips
96 pretzel sticks
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. For each net, break four pretzel sticks in half. Arrange the eight pieces in a circle on the parchment paper so that the pretzel tips touch in the middle and point outwards.
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted, stirring in between. If the chocolate sticks or becomes lumpy, add the oil a quarter teaspoon at a time and stir and heat the chocolate between additions until it becomes smooth.
Spoon the melted chocolate into the sandwich bag and use scissors to cut a small hole in one corner.
Start in the middle of each bunch of pretzels, concentric tube circles, or a spiral shape as you move outward.
Let cool and harden. Put them in the refrigerator or freezer to speed up the process.
Makes 24 spider webs.
2. String Cheese Witches’ Brooms
These are probably my favorite snacks on this list. These brooms are a hearty treat, so they’re a nice change from the onslaught of Halloween candy – and they’re absolutely adorable.
12 sticks of cheese spread
24 pretzel sticks
Cut the cheese sticks in half widthwise so you have 24 smaller pieces. Then take each half and make several slices on one end, starting about 3/4 of the way from one end to create the bristles.
Stick a pretzel into the uncut end. Wrap and tie a chive around each broom where the “bristles” meet the “handle”.
That’s the whole thing. I am not joking. Put them up, put them down – however you serve them, they’re so damn cute.
Makes 24 witch brooms.
3. Nutter Butter Ghosts
These delightful frosted cookies are so good they are follow Your dreams for the coming weeks. (Lame joke, I know. Feel free to … Boo me. Ugh, OK, I’m really done this time.)
24 Nutter shortbread biscuits
1 cup of white chocolate chips
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments until completely melted, stirring in between. If the chocolate sticks or becomes lumpy, add about a quarter teaspoon of oil and stir and heat the chocolate between additions until it becomes smooth.
Dip the Nutter Butter biscuits about 3/4 of the way into the white chocolate and place them on the waxed paper to harden. You may need to reheat the chocolate once or twice during the dipping process.
Repeat the melting process with the dark chocolate chips. Spoon the melted chocolate into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in a corner, and whistle eyes and a tiny gaping mouth on each ghost. (Alternatively, you can press three miniature chocolate chips in each ghost’s face while the white chocolate is still warm.)
Makes 24 ghosts.
4. Spider Deviled Eggs
These are almost terrifyingly easy to make and are another nice break from the Halloween deluge of candy, candy, and more candy.
A dozen eggs
½ cup of mayonnaise
2 teaspoons of white vinegar
2 teaspoons of yellow mustard
24 black olives
If you don’t have your own classic devil egg recipe, you can use it this to create the basis of this snack. But hold the peppers – we’ll top them with something else!
Once you’ve made your fiendish eggs, creating the spiders couldn’t be easier.
Halve each olive lengthways. Place a full half on top of each devilish egg. Take the other half of the olive and cut it into eight thin strips. Arrange these around the olive halves that are already on the eggs to form the spider legs.
Makes 24 creepy-crawly devil eggs.
5. Witch’s Brew Punch
Children love witchcraft for its haunting color. During the night they will discover the witch’s secret ingredient (hint: they are worms!).
1 liter of cranberry juice
An 11 ounce bag of gum worms
1 two-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda
½ teaspoon of green food coloring
½ teaspoon of yellow food coloring
You should start your prep work a few days earlier here as you will need time to freeze ice cubes. First, pour cranberry juice into ice cube molds. Drop a rubber worm into each cube and freeze it overnight.
Add yellow and green food coloring to the lemon and lime lemonade for a scary green punch.
During the party, have guests add the ice cubes to their drinks – as they melt, the blood red juice seeps into the bright green punch and the worms will be a terrible surprise.
Makes about 10 servings.
Have fun with the spook!
Grace Schweizer is the author of email content at The Penny Hoarder.
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