We’ve hosted a kids Halloween party for some years now. I tend to go a little overboard because Halloween is fun and I like to make my guests feel like I’ve gone the extra mile for their enjoyment.
Halloween treats can make a big impact. But where to start? I usually choose a theme or color palette that will set the tone for food and decor. Last year, we threw a monster bash.
Candy Coated Monster Marshmallow Pops
Cake pops are cute but they are a lot of work. My friend Megan blogged about these marshmallow pops which are way easier to make with the same visual impact. I dipped regular sized marshmallows into green Wilton candy melts and stuck a few candy eyes to make Monster Marshmallow Pops. You can make these a few days ahead storing them candy side down on wax paper. On party day, I insert lollipop sticks and display in cups or lay on a tray.
How about a Boo Bucket? Watch here how to make one!
What’s a Monster Bash without mummies? A couple years ago I made these mummy pizzas that were cute but too hard to assemble and keep warm for a big party of hungry kids. I used Little Debbie Fancy Cakes, Wilton Black Sparkle Gel and more candy eyes to create these mummy cakes. Tip: if you’re a crazy perfectionist – like myself – turn your cakes so the icing runs horizontal like mummy wrap. Can you spot the one mummy cake that doesn’t fit?
Ok, so they don’t technically look like Frankenstein but those worried brows remind me of the big lug. To make these, I recommend Little Debbie Swiss Rolls instead of Hostess Ho Hos. The chocolate on the Ho Hos were often cracked and crumbly and their tube shape was inconsistent. I used the same Wilton Gel and candy eyes for these too. Tip: Refrigerate the cakes before and after putting the faces on them. The chocolate gets sort of sweaty and soft pretty quickly.
Pretzel Witch Brooms
These are always a big hit, I think, because of the sweet and salty combination. This is the one treat that takes the most time to put together and they are gone in a flash when kids grab them by the handful. To make, I use pretzel sticks, Fruit by the Foot and a pair of kitchen scissors. Wrap the Fruit by the Foot around the tip of a pretzel stick and press together to adhere. Snip the fruit roll-up three or four times lengthwise to create the bristles. You’ll get 4 or 5 sticks per foot of fruit roll up.
I’d be a horrible host if I only served snack cakes and sugar to my guests. A tray of these Pumpkin Fake-Outs made by peeling clementines and adding Sour Punch Apple Straws for the stem are surprisingly popular. Tip: I peel these the night before the party and drape a slightly wet paper towel on top so they don’t dry out. I recommend waiting to add the Sour Punch Apple Straws until close to party time so they don’t get too gummy. Tip: You’ll only need one package of Sour Punch straws because a little goes a long way.
What do you think? These are pretty easy, right? You’re mostly turning store bought items into one of a kind Halloween treats!
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I wish I could claim all the creativity for these Halloween treats but I can’t. I saw the The mummy cakes and Frankenstein cakes first at Tatertots and Jello. Some links above contain Amazon affiliate links.