My Halloween “To Do” List

October is around the corner, kids. Right around the corner. Practically peeking out at us. And because fall is my favorite season and because I’m a nut for all things Halloween, I thought I’d share a few things on my ‘to do’ list this year.

A new twist on candied apples from Parents Magazine 2010

How cute are these? Taken from the pages of Parents Magazine in 2010, My Baby shared this with me. I’ve been dying to make them all year. All I need is a basket of apples, a bag of candies and a weekend with the grandkids. That little green apple guy with the marshmallow top hat just knocks my socks off.

Dracula Mice? Oh yeah. I'm in!

We found these little guys at a Christmas Market in Ludwigsburg, Germany last year. The pear mice are adorable, but those vampire mice? They would be perfect for Halloween. They’re made with fresh apples or pears, chocolate coating, royal frosting and M&Ms. I’d skip the sticks and add licorice tails.

These are the most delicious spiders you'll ever eat.

I love these brownie spiders. They are a snap to make and they are oh so delicious. Using your favorite brownie recipe or mix, bake the brownies as directed. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely. Using a round cookie or biscuit cutter, cut out 6-8 spider bodies. Using a spoon, remove a scoop of brownie from the pan and roll it in the palm of your hand to form a small ball for the head. Grab some M&Ms for the eyes and a tube of black Wilton sparkle gel from the cake decorating section of your grocery store. To serve, I like to paint a spider web on each plate with black sparkle gel. Place the round body section just off center in the middle of the plate. Place the head right next to the body. Using sparkle gel, put a small dab on the back of each M&M and stick them to the spider’s face. Finish with a dot of sparkle gel in the center of each eyeball. Top with a scoop of ice cream and your favorite sauce.

What would Halloween be without a few creepy treats?

This is another easy one. Just melt white chocolate candy coating and pour it into a plastic zip bag. Snip one corner of the bag off and pipe onto pretzels. Place an M&M in the center of each and allow them to cool until hardened. Using a small tube of red decorating gel (Wilton has a line found in most grocery stores), pipe onto eyeballs so that some are blood-shot. A small dot of black decorating gel finishes the look. Allow the gel to dry to the touch without your finger sticking to it, then you can bag them and tie them with a ribbon for gifts.

I want my Mummy!

I love these little guys. If you’re a multi-tasker, you can whip out a batch of these while you’re making your blood-shot eyeballs. All you need is a package of the large rod pretzels, a bag or two of white chocolate candy coating, and black decorating gel. Simply melt the candy coating and pour it into a deep container like a quart mason jar or a heavy drinking glass. Dip each pretzel rod into the melted candy coating, allowing the excess to drip off. Place them onto a sheet of waxed paper. Allow them to cool until they are firm to the touch. Melt more of the white chocolate candy coating and pour it into a plastic zip bag. Cut off the tip, and moving from side to side horizontally pipe the “stripes” onto the mummies to give them that ‘bandaged’ look. You don’t need to be perfect here. Having some a little off kilter adds to the fun. Once they’ve started to firm up again, lift each pretzel by the uncoated end and use a butter knife to scrape off any candy coating ‘strings’ from the sides. Eyes and mouths are created with black decorating gel. These little mummies look great when you stand them up in a container. Tip: put a cup of raw rice in the bottom of your container and they’ll stand upright. These make a great centerpiece for a Halloween party.

Who could resist these adorable Halloween treats?

Who says adults can’t play with their food? Not me. Not ever. And October is the perfect time to do it with enthusiasm. Care to join me?

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15 responses to “My Halloween “To Do” List

  1. I’m totally doing those apples!

  2. The ghost pretzels are how I first found your blog about a year ago! I saw them on Alex’s blog, Laundry and Vodka and she linked them back to you. I gave the ghosts as teacher gifts for Halloween last year and they all raved about how cute they were! Can’t wait to make them again this year! You should see my pinterest page… http://pinterest.com/katedreamsbig/
    I’ve found the cutest Halloween, Fall, and Christmas things on there. I’m not a crafty person AT ALL but this site has inspired me like no other. I’ve been learning how to make wreaths and other fun DIY things that I would NEVER have tried before. Love it!

    • Whoa. Katie! You’ve been getting your Pinterest on in a BIG way! What a fabulous collection. I’m going to have to set aside a good hour to browse through it all. I did check out your Halloween page. There is a lot of great stuff in there. Candy corn in the candle holders. Why didn’t I think of that? Ghosts made from Nutter Butters? Fabulous! Love that Halloween wreath, too. I’m very thankful to Alex that she helped you find me. So I guess Halloween is like our first anniversary, then. I guess I owe you a gift of paper?

  3. Kat

    ‘Tis the season for covering pretzels in bark! Let me tell you, by the time we get to January 1st and they go out of season, I’m going to be hitting the withdrawl. HARD. Between those and candy corn, my life is totally complete. Plus they allow me to do something Pretty without having to get all up in my oven.

    • Kat, truer words were never spoken. From October 1st through January 1st is definitely the season of bark-dipped everything. Pretzels? Been there. Candy? Done that. I think this should be the year you take on Halloween bark. White chocolate, candy corn, maybe a few gummy worms thrown in for the fun factor. If you can’t have fun with candy in the next 3 months, then when can you? I say go for it!

  4. I always loved Halloween treats when I was a kid. We always had neon green punch, dirt pudding with worms, and snacks shaped like eyeballs and detached fingers.
    I can’t wait to see how the candied apples turn out!
    I actually volunteered to host a Halloween party this year *gasp*, so I will have to attempt some cute snacks myself.

    • Me too, Mads. I always loved it when we pulled out all the stops for Halloween. Of course, back then Moms were free to bake cupcakes or cookies for all the neighborhood kids and no one lost their ever-lovin’ minds about it. Or caramel apples. Ooooooo… I love a good caramel apple. Now we’re restricted to making fun foods for family and friends, but it’s still a hoot to make them. Can’t wait to see what you make for your party! Please tell me you’re dressing up.

  5. Amy

    October is my very favorite month! I am getting my Halloween decorations out this weekend. Can’t wait!
    These treats are awesome! Getting so many great ideas. I think I finally have my costume for this year figured out, too. I bet you can’t guess what I’m going to be???

    • Well, I was initially thinking Slutty Nurse, because that’s how I found your blog in the first place. But I’m gonna go out on a limb and say “Zombie?” Heh heh. Nobody does it better; makes me feel sad for the rest. Nobody does it quite the way you do. Baby, you’re the best!

  6. I’m not a big fan of scary stuff, so my Halloween decorations and party food have to err on the cute side. Those mummy pretzels fit the bill perfectly! They are adorable!

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