Creep up your Halloween party in style with spooky treats.
Studio 5 Party and Holiday Contributor Alisa Bangerter shares fun food ideas for Halloween.
Black Candied Apples
Dip apples on a stick in a hard candy (lollipop) coating that is colored using black, red, orange or purple food coloring. Let set up on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Concord Foods has a hard candy apple kit available or you can make your favorite lollipop recipe.
Candy Corn Cupcakes
Make a white cake mix and divide batter into thirds. Color 1/3 with bright yellow and 2/3 with bright orange. Fill white cupcake liners approx. 1/4 the way full with yellow batter and fill 2/3 way with orange. Bake and cool. Top with a swirl of white icing and top with a candy corn.
Moon Pie Owls
Purchase or make moon pies (or cupcakes). Open two Oreo cookies and place sides with filling face up side by side on moon pie and secure with icing or melted chocolate. Place a dark round candy on the Oreo filling to create eyes. Place a whole cashew between the eyes to create a beak.
Small Spooky Bones
Place a miniature marshmallow (through side of marshmallow) on each end of a small pretzel rod. Dip in melted white candy coating and let set on parchment paper. Use different sizes of pretzels for different sized bones. To make bones looked ages, brush with cocoa powder.
Place jumbo marshmallow on lollipop stick or skewer. Dip in melted green candy melts and let cool. Dip top in melted chocolate and sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Attach large candy eyes (Wilton product) with a tiny amount of melted chocolate. Attach green round candies to side of marshmallow to create neck bolts. Use an edible black food color marker to make scars and stitches.
Faux Caramel Apples
Make or purchase popcorn balls. Place a stick or skewer in the top of each. Dip popcorn ball in caramel and let set. Dip in melted chocolate to coat entire ball. Cover bottom part in chopped nuts, granola or candy sprinkles. Drizzle on melted colored candy melts if desired. (These will look like caramel apples but are actually popcorn balls.) Package as you would a caramel apple.
Mini Witch Hat Snacks
Dip a round cracker into melted chocolate or melted black candy melts and let set – or spread melted candy on wax paper to create approx. 2″ round circles. Let set. Dip Bugles Corn Snacks into melted chocolate or melted black candy melts. Let set. Dip the bottom part of the Bugle into the melted chocolate or candy melts and add candy sprinkles or colored sugar to create a band around the bottom. Place onto the dipped cracker or candy disk to create the hat. Serve as is or use to embellish pies, cupcakes, etc.
Trance Eye Gum
Purchase this black and white striped packaged Stride brand gum and place a googly eye in the center of the swirl. Add a sentiment and it makes a great treat – especially for schools where the treats must be purchased or for Trick or Treaters.
Spider Web Cupcakes
Bake cupcakes and let cool. Frost using desired icing. Place a mound of cotton candy on top of cupcake and insert plastic spider pick. Make sure to assemble these right before serving so cotton candy does not fall and become sticky.
Creepy Candy Skewers
Thread wrapped and unwrapped candy on thin skewers. Actually place the skewer right through the candy wrapper and candy. If needed. Place skewers in foam out of a creepy pot to display. Great to serve at a party and makes a great centerpiece.
Dip Nutter Butter cookies into green or purple melted candy melts. Place pieces of slivered almond in one end to resemble claws or nails and let set.
Eerie Eyeball Pops
Make cake balls on a stick (or use donut holes) and dip in melted white candy melts. Let set and place a dark candy or candy eye on the ball. Use red icing to create veins if desired. These look cute placed in the top of a round cake with a mouth on the side. It looks like a monster with lots of eyes.