Halloween and spooky sweet treats go hand in hand. This October, get the kiddos involved in creating some boo-tiful Halloween party favorites. From popcorn balls to creepy cobweb dip, we’ve got your whole crew covered. Furthermore, these treats will wow your party guests and mean one more Pinterest-perfect party in the books.
Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
The best part of these adorable pumpkin-shaped party treats is they’re appropriate all season long! Pumpkins are probably the most versatile of seasonal gourds and seem to fit just about any theme, from spooky to cute and crafty. With only a handful of simple ingredients, these popcorn balls are easy to make, fun to eat and definitely a better alternative to your little ones diving head-first into a bucket of candy. Find the recipe here.
Nothing steals the show quite like a smoking, smoldering punch bowl. This Witch’s Punch is a party must-have, but it takes a few special ingredients to pull off so make sure you get everything you need before the witching hour. The concoction makes use of dry ice (directions found here) for its ghoulish effect so ensure the bowl is properly supervised to prevent curious little hands from getting hurt.
Spooky S’mores Cobweb Dip
This dip is creepy and stringy and looks almost too real to eat…almost. As soon as the aroma of melty, gooey marshmallows hits, you may have trouble keeping the bowl full. The best part about this dip is that it’s easier than pie, so even if you have to create a few refills, you can still enjoy your Halloween festivities. To make it, put marshmallows in a bowl and melt them slightly. Use a fork to create stripes and streaks; you can also use a bit of food coloring at this point to make it extra spooky. Add chocolate chips for “spiders” and provide plenty of graham crackers for dipping.
Candy apples are the perfect Halloween party treat — a little sweet, a lot of crunch and not as much guilt as a fistful of candy bars. You can customize the color beyond basic caramel for a hyper-glossy centerpiece for your Halloween soiree. Our favorite combo is a bright green Granny Smith covered in a deep, spooky black coating. How? Start by inserting craft sticks into whole, stemmed apples. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water over medium-high heat. Heat to approximately 310 degrees Fahrenheit or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms brittle threads. Remove from heat and stir in food coloring. Beware! These are gorgeous and delicious.