• Halloween Tricks And Treats

    A Round-Up Of Sure-To-Spook Party Food (Plus, Candy Tips)

    By Briehn Trumbauer

    The sweetest day of the year is almost here. So whether
    you’re hosting a costume party, attending a friend’s pumpkin carving
    get-together, or just taking the kids out and about the ‘hood—we’ve gathered
    some tricks (for what to do with all that leftover candy!) and treats (for
    entertaining) that the whole family is sure to devour. —

    FESTIVE TREATS

    Hosting a spooky soiree? Babble has put together a list of 35
    Spooktacular Halloween recipes for kids
    . Try the delectable Frankenstein
    Baked Peppers
    for a healthy, endearing twist on its scary counterpart. And
    the Tentacle
    Pot Pie
    —what could be more adorable? Don’t forget to throw in some sugary
    goodness with Creepy,
    Crawly Spider Cupcakes
    or Halloween
    Cake Balls
    . With 35 choices, you’ll have an entire party spread ready in no
    time!

    To get everyone in the spirit, you can also create a full menu from start to finish with
    Food Network’s Kid-Friendly
    Halloween Bash
    , courtesy of the Network’s famous chefs. Begin with Cheese
    Ball Goblins
    and Carrot Fingers with Ranch Dressing for the horrors
    d’oeuvres while kids sip on Spooky
    Punch
    . Next up is the main course: Paula Deen’s Snake
    Bites
    . And what Halloween dinner would be complete without five different
    dessert choices? The Ghastly
    Meringues
    and Whoopie
    Pumpkin Pies
    look scarily scrumptious to us.

    Take the Pumpkin Challenge with Kelsey Banfield, creator of
    the Naptime Chef and one of our Yummy Delicious bloggers. This week, Kelsey
    encourages everyone to cook or bake at least one delicious pumpkin dish. Her
    mouthwatering recommended recipe is Pumpkin
    Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
    —perfect to
    take to a Halloween school bake sale or a neighborhood party. And in keeping
    with the cupcake theme, MarthaStewart.com has compiled 16 ideas for everything
    from a spooky Vampire
    Bat Cupcake
    to a menacing Little
    Devil Cupcake
    (which is actually pretty darn cute).

    For a less sugary snack that probably won’t require a trip
    to the dentist, try Carla Sullivan’s amusing and easy idea. Carla is also a
    Yummy Delicious blogger and the brains behind MiniMunchers.com. “I’m
    not sure where we picked this recipe up, but we use an apple corer and core
    green apples,” Carla says. “Taking two slices of apples the same color, you
    slather creamy peanut butter on one side each. Then in between the peanut
    butter, arrange five to seven candy corn like teeth. It’s a fun vampire jaw for
    a kid’s party.”

    Looking to keep the festive fare on the healthy side? Here’s our own round-up featuring everything from spooky flatbread to simple, salted pumpkin seeds.

    CANDY TRICKS

    Your kids come back with gobs and gobs of candy after a
    night out of trick-or-treating. Now, you’ll let them eat most of it, but let’s
    not induce a sugar coma here. When they get burnt out on Twix bars or
    Peppermint Patties, here are some brilliant dessert
    ideas
    you can make with all of the leftover sweets.

    Ever heard of the Candy
    Corn Debate
    ? Alison, a blogger on Etsy, argues that the best part of
    Halloween is the candy, not the costumes (“Costumes are merely a vehicle to get the candy,” she writes. “Never forget
    that.”). However, Alison doesn’t love all candy, and the thought of candy corn
    is detestable to her. Read her hilarious post, and join in on the conversation!
    What’s your most disliked candy?

    Brett Singer of Babble has assembled what he believes are the
    25
    All-Time Greatest Halloween Treats
    . He calls Raisinets healthy because they
    have “fruit” and Gummy Snakes awesome for the “ewww” factor. Take a look at Brett’s
    list and see if you agree. Some of our favorite candies that weren’t included
    are classic chocolate M&Ms and Snickers — you can never go wrong with
    chocolate, and there’s no such thing as too much!

    So, follow these tips and tricks to make Halloween sweeter
    and spookier than ever. Wee witches and ghosts will be “goblin” up your homemade
    treats in no time.

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