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Yummy Halloween Treats

Other than dressing up in costumes, Halloween is all about yummy treats. Of course you are not limited to just candy when it comes to Halloween food. Here are some great snack and meal ideas. These are perfect for a Halloween party, or as a way to enjoy the excitement as you count down to the big day.


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Ghostly Sandwiches

Fix your favorite sandwich on white bread. One of our favorites for these ghostly sandwiches is a turkey and cheese sandwich with just a touch of mayonnaise (all white ingredients for a spooky white ghost). Fix the sandwich as usual, then use a ghost cookie cutter to cut it into ghost shapes. If you don’t have a ghost cookie cutter, you can cut the ghost freehand or make a simple pattern out of cardboard or wax paper to use as a guide.

Bat Cookies

Make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough, or use a pack of refrigerated dough from your grocery store. Roll out the dough and cut out bat shapes. Use a bat-shaped cookie cutter, or cut them freehand.

Melt some dark chocolate and brush it on the bat cookie. Of course you could also dip one side of the cookie in the melted chocolate and set the cookies on some wax paper until the chocolate has a chance to harden. After that they are ready to eat or store in an airtight container.

Jack-O-Lantern Tortilla Wraps

Start with a plain flour tortilla. Spread some pimento cheese on it, or layer some sliced ham and shredded cheddar cheese on there. Anything orange works well. Wrap the tortilla tightly, then cut it in ½ inch slices. Lay each of the slices on its side and use some nuts, raisins or small pieces of veggies (like yellow or red peppers) to make the eyes and mouth of your little Jack-O-Lantern tortilla Wrap.

Pumpkin Pizza

Start with your favorite pizza dough or a ready-made crust. Top it with pizza sauce and your favorite toppings. Add a layer of cheddar cheese on top. Then use slices of green pepper to make the ridges of the pumpkin – you’ll arrange them in ( ) shapes around the pizza pan. Use pepperoni slices or red and yellow pepper slices to form the jack-o-lantern’s face. Bake as usual.

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Halloween Party Cupcakes

1 can Vanilla or chocolate frosting supreme
Orange slice gumdrop candies – (for pumpkins)
Small green gumdrops – (for pumpkins)
Large black gumdrops – (for cats)
Large marshmallows – (for ghosts)

Heat oven to 350 F. Line 24-30 muffin cups with paper baking cups. Prepare and bake cupcakes according to package directions. remove from pans, cool completely. Spread top of cooled cupcakes with frosting.

TO MAKE EACH PUMPKIN: cut thin slice off of straight edge of 2 orange slices, press cut sides together to make pumpkin. Cut small green gumdrop into quarters, place a piece on top of pumpkin to make stem. Place on frosted cupcake.

TO MAKE EACH BLACK CAT: cut large black gumdrop crosswise into three equal slices. Place bottom and top slices, sugared side up, on top of cupcake to make head and body of cat. Cut thin strip from edge of center slice to make a curved tail; place on cat. Cut 2 small triangles and place on head for ears.

TO MAKE EACH GHOST: cut marshmallow in half with scissors; flatten into ghost shape *Place on frosted cupcake. cut two pieces of gumdrop and place on ghost to make eyes.
24-30 cupcakes

TIP: * To soften marshmallows, place on microwave-safe waxed paper and microwave on HIGH for 5-8 seconds.

Use a bit of imagination, the easy directions, and the assistance of a youngest to quickly create Halloween treats for a classroom of monsters.

Top the cupcakes with pumpkins, black cats and/or ghosts. The ghost look best on chocolate frosted cupcakes and the black cats look best on vanilla frosted cupcakes.

Halloween Tricks to Make it a Treat

Kandi Traxel
The Country Marketplace General Store

 

If you are like me, you don’t want little ghosties and goblins, door to door visits turn into a visit by the tooth fairy! Or worse, a visit to the emergency room of your local hospital!

Here are some healthier alternatives to giving out candy, and some tips for being safe on Halloween night. Use your imaginations and I am sure that you can come up with tons more!

Halloween Pencils
Spider Rings
Character Erasers
Bookmarkers
Apples & Oranges
Stickers
Fruit Snack Packets
Raisin Packs
Children’s Flavored Lip Balms
Store Brand Juice Drinks (Less Expensive that Name Brand)
Plastic Cups (Character cups from Wal-Mart with Jack-o-lantern Faces, Bat Faces, etc. are 5/$1)
Small Fun Pads (With coloring pages & puzzles)
Character-Themed Notepads
Temporary tattoos

Scour the local dollar stores and the clearance bins at Wal-Mart and K-Mart and you can find some very good deals. One year I gave away small storybooks that I had gotten from a Wal-Mart sale bin for 10 cents each. They were The Ugly Duckling, The 3 Bears, and some other titles. (Give these to the younger kids and save the pencils and temporary tattoos for older kids.)

Whatever you do decide to give out, make sure that it is pre-packaged, tightly wrapped and safety sealed, (with the exception of fruit of course!) Gone are the days when you could find a couple of popcorn balls in your bag when you dumped out your loot on the living room floor!

Stay in neighborhoods that you are familiar with! Visit the home of relatives, church members and friends! Many stores and malls give out candy as well, so those are also a safe bet!

Many Churches have alternative parties on Halloween Night. Most will advertise ahead of time, so be on the look out for those. They are a safer alternative to more “traditional” activities.

Carry a flashlight at all times!

Use face paint rather than masks. (Masks can be difficult to see thru)

If your child has a dark-colored costume, using some glow-in-the-dark paint, spray stripes on the back and front of the costume. It will be invisible in the light, but glow brightly outside in the dark! You may also use white or glow-in-the-dark tape.

Drive slowly down city streets! Small children DO NOT look both ways!

Discourage older kids playing pranks, “egging” houses and cars, and DO NOT buy them silly string! It is flammable and almost impossible to remove once it has been sprayed! Entire towns have outlawed it due to the damage it can cause!

After the fun, dump the candy and inspect each piece for signs of tampering. Throw away any loose candy, badly wrapped candy or anything that looks suspicious. Check fruit carefully for any suspicious marks. Cut it up and check for any type of discoloration or unusual odors. Wash and peel it when you can.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Kandi Traxel is a stay at home mom and the owner of The Country Marketplace Web Mall and General Store