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5 fun and easy halloween treats to make with your little monster

Between the spooky specials of their favorite cartoons, the creativity of their costumes, and the candy, it’s no surprise Halloween is such a boo-tiful holiday for the little ones. Although many kids feel “tricked” out of Halloween this year due to many states canceling the holiday, you can still treat your little ones to a festive night full of frightful delights!

halloween treats
Photo credit: Michael Wurm Jr for Shari’s Berries

start the night off right

Begin by setting the mood — light your favorite fall-scented candle and put on your little ones’ favorite family-friendly Halloween movie. Since they won’t need a costume this year, get them nice and cozy in an adorable onesie or matching pajama sets in blue and pink.

Unlike a Halloween costume, these super soft pajamas will last them year-round. It’ll also keep them super snuggly and warm throughout the upcoming winter months. Plus, every time they wear them, they’ll be reminded of what a lovely Halloween they had making treats with you!

1) creepy crawly caterpillar cookies

What You’ll Need to Make Creepy Crawly Caterpillar Cookies:

  • A batch of cookies (as many as you would like)
  • Icing
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Gumdrops, chocolate chips, or candy-coated chocolates

 

How to Make Creepy Crawly Caterpillar Cookies:

  1. Ice each cookie and place them together like you’re making a cookie sandwich with a lot of layers
  2. Lay the cookies on their side on a decorative plate
  3. Place two pretzel sticks between each layer of cookies, one on the bottom of either side pointing downward. Continue until you get to the “head” of the caterpillar
  4. Place two pretzel sticks between the first two layers of cookies, one on the top of either side pointing upward. These are your antennae
  5. Ice the bottom/back of two gumdrops, chocolate chips, OR candy-coated chocolates. Position them on the head of the caterpillar to look like eyes

 

2) worms and dirt

What You’ll Need to Make Mud and Worms

  • Jars, mugs, or plastic cups
  • Chocolate cookies with vanilla cream filling
  • One package of chocolate pudding mix
  • Milk
  • Gummy worms

 

How to Make Worms and Dirt

  1. Place your cream-filled cookies in a bag and crush them from the outside. You may use a mallet, a fork, a big mixing spoon, or your hands for this step
  2. Whisk together your pudding mix and milk as instructed on the package
  3. Line the bottom of your jars, mugs, or plastic cups with a few pinches of the crushed cookies and cream
  4. Place a few spoonfuls of chocolate pudding on top of the crushed cookies in your containers
  5. Sprinkle more of the crushed cookies on top of your pudding
  6. Poke gummy worms halfway through the pudding
  7. Refrigerate until serving

Tip: Using a glass jar will allow you and your kids to show off each layer of the chocolate dirt.

gummy worms in pudding

3) ghosts on broomsticks

What You’ll Need to Make Ghosts on Broomsticks

  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Chocolate chips
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Chewy fruit roll-ups

 

How to Make Ghosts on Broomsticks

  1. Cut 3/4 of the way up the fruit roll-ups with scissors to create your “broom fringe”
  2. Wrap the fruit roll-ups around the end of your pretzels
  3. Thoroughly melt the white chocolate candy melts in the microwave or on the stove
  4. Use a spoon to drizzle the white chocolate over the broomsticks and shape it into a ghost
  5. Press three chocolate chips into the white chocolate — two chips for the eyes and one for the mouth
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or freeze for five minutes to firm your ghosts into place

 

4) peanut butter bugs and ghosts

What You’ll Need to Make Peanut Butter Bugs and Ghosts

  • Peanut shaped peanut butter filled cookies
  • Milk chocolate candy melts
  • White chocolate candy melts
  • Small hard pretzels
  • Chocolate chips
  • Small, candy-coated chocolates

 

How to Make Peanut Butter Bugs and Ghosts

  1. Thoroughly melt your milk and white chocolate candy melts in the microwave or on the stove
  2. Dunk half of the cookies into your milk chocolate melts and the other half into the white chocolate. The milk chocolate cookies will be your bugs and the white chocolate will be your ghost
  3. Press three chocolate chips into the top of your white chocolate-coated peanut butter cookies — two chips for the eyes and one chip for the mouth
  4. Break the hard pretzels into smaller pieces by hand. Place the curved pieces around the milk chocolate bug for your “legs” and two straight pieces on the front for your antennae
  5. Place two small candy-coated chocolates on the top of your milk chocolate coated cookies for your eyes
  6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or place in the freezer for five minutes to harden the chocolate coating and lock your decorations into place

 

5) pumpkin patch brownies

What You’ll Need to Make Pumpkin Patch Brownies:

  • Brownies (store-bought or homemade)
  • Green icing
  • Chocolate cookies with vanilla cream filling
  • Pumpkin-shaped candy corn

 

How to Make Pumpkin Patch Brownies

  1. Ice your brownies with green icing to create a field
  2. Crush your cream-filled cookies in a bag. You may use a mallet, a fork, a large mixing spoon, or your hands for this process
  3. Sprinkle the crushed cookies on your iced brownies in straight, vertical rows
  4. Place the pumpkin-shaped candy corn evenly on the vertical rows to create your pumpkin patch
  5. (Optional) Fill a piping bag with green icing and pipe vines that stem from the top  of the pumpkins down to the green icing on the brownie

pumpkin patch brownies

 

serve and enjoy

Once your ghoulish goodies are done, serve them on your favorite Halloween plates with a few glasses of milk and enjoy the rest of your Halloween movie. Don’t forget to take photos of your little monsters gobbling down their treats in their adorable pajamas, as well!

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