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Homemade Halloween treats for the kids

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Whether it is for a major Halloween party or an afternoon activity, here are some neat recipe ideas for spooky fun treats. Homemade treats can be as fun to make with the kids as they are to eat.

A simple and health after-school snack is Spider Pretzels.The ingredients are round crackers, peanut butter or almond butter, small pretzel sticks and raisins. Each spider takes 2 crackers 8 pretzel sticks and 2 raisins, along with 2 tsp of peanut/almond butter.

Have the children spread a cracker with the peanut/almond butter. Top with the other cracker, insert the pretzels in the sandwich with 4 on each side. Dip the 2 raisins in the peanut/almond butter and press the raisin eyes on top.

Another delicious after-school snack during Halloween is Witches Teeth. The ingredients are an apple, peanut/almond butter, and mini marshmallows. Slice an apple into eighths. Spread the peanut/almond butter on the sliced and push the marshmallows into the "butter" to make teeth.

Nothing smells and tastes like fall more than caramel. Homemade Caramel Popcorn fits the bill. You can use already popped or microwave popcorn, but I prefer to make the popcorn from scratch too.

Caramel Corn

2 sticks butter
2 cups brown sugar
½ cup Karo syrup
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
¾ tsp. baking soda
2 batches of white popcorn

Place the butter, brown sugar, karo syrup, and salt in a heavy sauce pan. Bring to a boil over med heat while stirring the mixture. Boil for 5 minutes continuing to stir the mixture. Take off the stove and add the soda and vanilla.

Spray a large roasting pan with Pam. Add popcorn and coating mix well. Bake at 225 degrees for 1 hour. Stir the mixture extremely well every 15 minutes. Pour out on Wax paper and break apart when it has cooled. Store in plastic bags or container once it has completely cooled. Peanuts can be added if you want the salted nutty flavor as well.

A fun Halloween dessert is Ice Cream Witches.

Ice Cream Witches

Tube of chocolate decorating gel
4 chocolate sugar cones
4 chocolate wafer cookies
1 pint pistachio ice cream
Black and red "shoestring" licorice
M&Ms and Candy corns

To make the witches hats squeeze the decorating gel around the rim of the cones and press on to a wafer cookie. Set aside the hats. Using an ice cream scoop, drop "heads" of ice cream on to a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Arrange the cut licorice into hair and a mouth for the witch.

Use 2 M&Ms for the eyes and a candy corn for the nose. Top each head with a hat (flattening the ice cream slightly so the hat stays in place). Freeze for at least 2 hours or until the hat set in place.

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