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Halloween Treats

Happy Halloween to all the ghosts, ghouls, witches, warlocks and wizards out there! In celebration of the best holiday of the year, I want to talk about some creative Halloween treats that you can make. The pairing of Halloween and food go way back to medieval times, when people would leave food outside their homes as a peace-offering to any wandering souls or spirits on All Hallow’s Eve, the day before All Saints Day. Today, the practice of trick-or-treating mimics this tradition with giving out candy to youngsters dressed up as evil spirits in the hopes you won’t be tricked.

Whether you’re prepping for a spook-inducing get-together with friends, eager trick-or-treaters knocking at your door, or a quiet Halloween night at home this week, these adorable, delicious, and perhaps a bit creepy treats are not to be missed.

Candy Corn Marshmallow People

This cute treat idea incorporates two quintessential kinds of Halloween candy—candy corn and marshmallows. Okay, so the candy corn is actually white chocolate in this recipe, but who doesn’t love chocolate-covered marshmallows?  And this recipe is pretty simple and fun. Everybody loves dipping anything into colorful melted chocolate. You can make this recipe for your little neighbors, or make a spook-themed fondue night out of it with friends. View the full recipe here.

Source: Jenny Cookies

Source: Jenny Cookies

Rice Krispies Treat Pumpkins

I’d say my favorite thing to eat and make as a child were Rice Krispies treats. There was nothing quite as satisfying as melting the marshmallows and getting incredibly sticky while shaping that messy, yummy mix to the pan. With this recipe, you can get even more creative and interactive by molding the treats into pumpkin shapes and topping it off with a licorice stem. It’s super easy, and adorable. See all the directions here.

Source: Queen Latifah

Source: Queen Latifah

Mummy Oreo Halloween Treats

These chocolate-covered oreo cookies are all the rage on Pinterest right now. Keep them as they are, put them on a stick to make a fun cookie pop, or add them into a bag as part of a hallowen favor. But really, how could you resist these little mummies?  They might take a little more effort to make since you have to use a piping bag to draw on their bandages, but anyone given these spooky little ones won’t be able to get over them. See the full recipe here.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Bloodshot Peanut Butter Eyeballs

Now, for the creepiest addition to the list. While the other treats may be cute, these peanut butter balls are not for the faint of heart. But what would Halloween be without a little gore? If you’re a peanut butter fanatic like me, you’ll definitely want to have these puppies on hand this Thursday to freak out your friends and satisfy your sweet tooth. Harness your trickier side and make anyone’s heart skip with this fun recipe for eyeballs.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Tangled-Web Shakes

This next recipe is perfect for anyone wanting a chill night in with a fun, Halloween-inspired drink. The gooey, stringy caramel is perfectly reminiscent of a sticky spider’s web, and the chocolate is delicious. You can get creative with this recipe, by adding in anything extra or just keeping it as is. Plus, the salted caramel web garnish on the top?  Mmm. Get tangled up in the chocolate-y caramel bliss here.

Source: Erica's Sweet Tooth

Source: Erica’s Sweet Tooth

Vampire Caramel Apples

Halloween coincides with another important, wonderful time of year in Boston—fall. It would only make sense then to incorporate caramel apples into the mix, because what would a New England autumn be without those? You can get as fancy or as simple as you want with this recipe, making your own caramel or picking some up from the store. Plus, any extra toppings added on top of the caramel apples will only make them more delicious. Get dipping here.

So there you have it, folks. I encourage you to try these recipes if you have some free time this week, or even be adventurous enough to create your own fancy Halloween treat, hopefully inspired by some of these ideas. Happy Halloween!

-Susie Church

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