Running a food website has helped make me feel somewhat more normal. I have always been prone to spending way too much time thinking about recipes, especially the ones I’m going to make during holidays. If you happened to be a fly inside my head eavesdropping on my culinary inner monologues as the holidays approach — specifically Halloween — you’d probably consider me a solid candidate for the loony bin. However thanks to the internet, I somehow found a place to channel my most loopy ideas. Add to that the bonus of having my own captive test audience (known in some circles as my husband and two children) who I can try my crazy ideas out on before sending them out into the world wide interweb, and I have found a strategy to appear normal to most people. Here I’ve collected some of my favorite Halloween treats to make at home! Try them out and tell me, what is your favorite Halloween treat? or trick?!
Popcorn Trail Mix 1 of 8
Whether you're looking for a healthy-ish treat on Halloween or just a fun holiday snack idea for the younger set, this Popcorn Trail Mix fits the bill. And until someone invents healthy candy, you can't do much better!
Halloween Bark 2 of 8
Photo and Recipe by The Pioneer Woman!
Gather your ingredients, get your kids in the kitchen with you, and have fun making a big old delicious mess with this Halloween Bark!
Chocolate Tofu Pudding Pots 3 of 8
The best part about these Chocolate Pudding Pots is that you can get your little ones involved with every step. They can help put all of the ingredients into the blender, fill the pots with the delicious, rich chocolate pudding and then, make them Halloween ready by adding the "dirt", "bugs", "worms" and any other fun, creepy, and edible things you find. Let your kids improvise and make their dessert as spooky and sweet as they want before goblin it all up!
Frozen Boo-Nana Pops 4 of 8
Recipe and Photo by Skinny Taste!
Instead of too sugary candy, try offering up some of these frozen ghost bananas for a special Halloween treat!
Puff Pastry Pumpkins 5 of 8
All you have to do in our house is mention the words whipped cream and both of my kids are hooked. Chloe actually goes into a full body, eye rolling, twirly daze as if she's become possessed -- and that's before she's even had any. Whipped cream can do that to a kid. Just think what Pumpkin Whipped Cream in Puff Pastry would do to your family!
Caramel Apples 6 of 8
Recipe and Photo by Georgia Pellegrini!
Caramel Apples are the epitome of the Fall season and Halloween, right? They're so easy to make at home, just follow these simple instructions and you can have these indulgent treat homemade!
Halloween Meringues 7 of 8
Recipe and Photo by Fiesta Resistance!
How cute is this mug of hot chocolate?! Snuggle up with your littles and serve up some hot chocolate with a ghostly twist!
Pumpkin Toast 8 of 8
With the back of the spoon I quickly fashioned some pumpkin butter into a pumpkin shape on toast, which was enough to get my kids excited. Don't judge me too harshly for then grabbing a bag of chocolate chips at 7:30am to make the Jack O'Lantern face. I couldn't help myself. You can easily substitute raisins for the chocolate, but what's Halloween without some sweets?