October 24, 2012

T is for Tasty Halloween Treats!

Dracula will be helping me greet guests as they enter the front door Friday night.  Isn't he handsome?
When our Halloween parties had fewer numbers and were strictly adults only, I would go ALL out on food. Now, that our parties have 100+ guests and are family-friendly, I tend to do less fussy food and stick with things like cupcakes, chocolate covered pretzels, candy, veggies, fruits, cookies, soda pop..etc. 
Honestly, the popcorn machine that we borrow from Chris's elementary school is the most popular food item.  
Who doesn't like the taste of movie popcorn!!
This year, I made a few "Halloween" labels using picmonkey to dress up our pop and pretzels. 
In case you're looking for a few tasty Halloween treats, here are a few of my "all time favorites" from years past. I can't believe how young Emma and Josie look in some of these pictures. 
Sparkling Worm Punch

Crushed ice, One 2 liter bottle of 7up and 1 gallon of apple juice, toss a few gummy worms on top.

Harry Potter Punch

1 carton of Orange sherbet, 1 liter of ginger ale and 1 liter of sprite.

Orange Pop and Decorative Straws

These straw accents are just done with punching two holes in circle tags. Easy peasy! Templates can be found here.

Caramel Apples
6 apples
Craft sticks
1 (14 ounce) package individually wrapped caramels, unwrapped
2 tablespoons milk

Remove the stem from each apple and press a craft stick into the top. Butter a baking sheet. Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring once. Allow to cool briefly. Roll each apple quickly in caramel sauce until well coated. Place on prepared sheet to set. They can be rolled in chopped nuts(and chocolate chips) for an added touch of flavor!

Payday Mix

Mix 1 bag of peanuts with 1 bag of candy corn!
Tastes just like a payday candy bar.

Monster Cupcakes
I saw these cupcakes on the Hostess with the Mostess Blog and thought the girls and I needed to attempt these. Aren't they darling? I modified the directions for ease. Mine are listed below.

I varied the recipe and bought store-bought cupcakes.

-12 cupcakes
- 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
- 24 mini lollipops (Dum Dums), unwrapped
- 24 gummy rings (O’s)
- 24 brown mini chocolate chips
- 24 gummy worms

1. Make cupcakes and cover with icing.
2. Insert a lollipop stick through a gummy ring, pushing it through the candy from the center to outer edge. Bring the gummy ring up around the lollipop, like a bonnet, to make the eyes. Continue with the remaining gummy rings and lollipops.
3. Insert 2 like-colored lollipop eyes into the top of each cupcake assembly. Pipe a dot of vanilla frosting in the center of each lollipop and add a mini chocolate chip for the pupil. Add gummy worms for arms.

Spider Cupcakes

Iced cupcakes, black licorice, gummy drops, and mini chocolate chips.

Ice Cream Cone Wizard or Witch Hats

Sugar cones
Chocolate chips for melting or Chocolate Icing

Dip sugar cones into melted chocolate or spread chocolate icing with a knife over the cone. Place on top of an iced cupcake. We used this recipe for my nephew's Harry Potter party a few years ago.

Cauldron Cupcakes

Mega-Crafty has step-by-step instructions for these cauldron cupcakes. Yummy!

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Scoop seeds from a pumpkin
Rinse seeds well and pat dry with paper towel
Toss seeds with oil to coat, then spread on a single layer on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with salt. I like to use a combination of garlic salt and cajun spice, but use whatever you like. The options are endless. Bake 20- 30 minutes until crisp at 300 degrees.

Candy Rice Crispy Treats

Scrumdilly-do has this recipe for candy corn rice crispy treats.  

As you can imagine, Chris and I have a list of things to finish up before Friday night.  
However, I don't think anyone is going to have any difficulty finding our house. 

This is a view of our house from the street.  


Anonymous said...

Kim you are so cleaver with the food goodies. Looks like you are getting things ready. Love seeing all you have done. Love Aunt Marian

chris mckinley said...

Everything looks so yummy!!! Love looking at the pictures


E said...

Everything looks great ! I know its a lot of work, but trust me 20 years from now you will only remember all the good things about it :) E

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Looks like so much fun-enjoy:@)

vivian said...

All of your guests are going to always remember coming to your halloween bashes! I know its definitely worth the work. Yeah, with over 100 people you would have to for go the fussy foods. but I bet no one even notices! The labels for were a great idea.
the clock is ticking! will you be able to focus on work today at work? I wouldnt be able to, Id be thinking of all the little things that still need to be done and making a grocery list... etc!
have a great day Kimmie!!

Lynne said...

Really great and creative ideas for treats . . . I am sure family, friends and neighbors will have a spooky good time!

Jboo said...

Wow -- great treats!! Your party is going to be so spooky and good!

My Vintage Mending said...

Kim...I need a replacement wand...love it. Each one of these ideas are so perfect. You need to write party books you know in all your spare time! How many pumpkins did Chris carve? I love to see those. Smiles..Renee

Nellie said...

It looks very tasty, Kim. Your house is definitely the brightest spot on the block! xo Nellie

Cheryl G. said...

The fun, the "horror", and the cleverness!
100+ people!
You are the funnest (and bravest)!

craftyles said...

It all looks great. Wonderful ideas for goodies. I love the cute labels you made for the soda. You've thought of every detail. The outside looks so festive.

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

This makes me want to grab one of those heavy duty paper plates and pile on one of everything! I'll wash it all down with a huge glass of Harry Potter Punch!
Erica :)

Jodee said...

I think I gained 10 pounds just from reading this post! Yummy and so creative too!

vintage grey said...

Wow, look at all these sweet treats!! Such a fun party it will be!!! xo Heather

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