Monday, October 19, 2009

Fun Halloween Ideas I Found

It so amazing and fun the ideas you can find on the internet and especially blogs.  Here is a small collection of fun things I found that I want to TRY and get to making with the kids in the next couple of weeks.  Probably won't happen so I figured I would share so hopefully others can have a chance making one of these.  Please leave a comment with link if you do. 

Skeleton Hands

Trace the kids’ hands on black paper. Use scooby doo snacks and dip them in paint. Then, print the bone shape onto their hands to fill up the skeleton of their hands.

Sun Catchers

Supplies you’ll need:
Construction Paper (we chose black)
Pumpkin “Template”- you can freehand or trace it
Tissue Paper (in what ever color you desire)
Contact Paper
Pencil, Scissors, Tape
Get step by step instructions over at Her Cup Overfloweth

Glowing Jack O Lanterns

You will need:

5 glass jars of varying sizes (I think the varying sizes make it more interesting)
Some orange tissue paper  (only $1 at Walmart)
Mod podge
Black paper
Green paint

Click on link above for step by step instructions and pictures

Rice Krispie Candy Corn Treats
Shape rice krispies into triangle-ish shapes. Then,  color white chocolate yellow and orange. Then drizzle the chocolate across the sections.

Mummy Suckers

Here's what you need: Sugar daddy suckers, gauze, white first-aid tape, mini google eyes.

Here's what you do:
Wrap the gauze around the sucker and secure in the back with first-aid tape. Glue (or stick - I got the sticky-back google eyes) the eyes on.

Ghostly Pancakes


Your favorite pancake batter (or simple recipe below)

Chocolate Chips


Spread pancake batter in blobs on griddle heated on medium-high heat. Don't worry too much about the shapes, just make sure they aren't circles.



8 c. Corn Chex Cereal

1 package Lemon-Lime drink mix (unsweetened, we used Kool-Aid)

1 c. Granulated Sugar

1/2 c. Light corn syrup

1/3 c. Butter or Margarine

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

1 oz. vanilla candy coating (we used Candi-Quick, available in the baking aisle)

1 oz. chocolate candy coating (we used Candi-Quick, available in the baking aisle)

 1/4 c. Cheerios


Wax Paper

Non-Stick cooking spray

Mix-ins (you can change them as desired):
3 C. Kix Cereal
2 C. Trix Cereal
3 C. mini-pretzels
1 bag Goldfish Crackers
1 C. M & M's Candies

Heat oven to 225 degrees and spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat the sugar, syrup and margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Boil for 3 minutes (do not stir).
Remove from heat and stir in soda and Koolaid.
Pour over 6 cups Chex Cereal and stir gently. Spread onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 225 F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and while still warm, set 20-30 pieces on another greased cookie sheet to use as your "Frankensteins". Cool completely, stirring occasionally if desired.

 To assemble "Frankensteins", melt chocolate candy coating in a small microwave-safe bowl for 45 seconds. Stir well. Dip one end of a Chex square into the chocolate. This is your "hair". Set on wax paper to dry. Using a toothpick, dip end into chocolate and draw two eyes and a mouth on your creature. Repeat with all 20-30 squares.

When set (about 5 minutes), melt vanilla candy coating as above. Dip two Cheerios in coating and attach to sides of Frankenstein (these are his "bolts"). Let dry completely.

Mix remaining Chex and other Mix-ins in a large bowl. Top with your "Frankensteins" and serve it up to the waiting Goblins and Ghouls!

For more pics check out Gourmet Mom on the Go.
Eye of Newt Cookies

1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 egg
1/2 c. butter or margarine, softened
1/2 c. Trix Cereal, crushed
1 c. Trix Cereal (do not crush!:))
2 T. mini chocolate chips
2 oz. vanilla candy coating or almond bark (such as Candi-Quik)

Wax paper
Green food coloring, optional
Green colored sugar, optional
1 T. Pillsbury Vanilla icing (optional)

To make eyeballs, melt vanilla candy coating in a small bowl for 30-40 seconds in the microwave. Stir until smooth.

Lay out a sheet of wax paper. Using the 1 c. of Trix Cereal, let the kids dip the cereal pieces into the candy coating, covering one side. Lay on wax paper to dry.

When set, let the kids pick up the "eyeballs" and push the flat part of a mini-chocolate chip onto the white coating. You're Newt Eyes are ready!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium mixing bowl, combine Sugar Cookie Mix, butter, egg, and crushed Trix Cereal. Add a few drops of green food coloring (optional) and mix well.

Roll into 1" balls and roll in green colored sugar (optional). Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8-10 minutes or until edges are barely brown. Remove from oven.

While cookies are still warm, press 3-6 eyeballs into each cookie. Let cool completely.

 For more pics check out Gourmet Mom on the Go.

Pumpkin Pie Bites

2 refrigerated ready-to roll pie crusts
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter

1/2 cup chocolate morsels
vegetable oil
re-sealable plastic bags

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Use cookie cutter to cut 12 pumpkin shapes from each pie crust. You will need to roll the dough thinner than it comes out of the box.

Press dough shapes into a 24 cup mini muffin tray. (Make 12 at a time, alternating cups to make sure pie crusts don’t overlap each other.)

Apply egg whites from one egg to the top edges of each pie.

Mix cream cheese, sugar, canned pumpkin, remaining 2 eggs, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice together until thoroughly combined.

Spoon mixture into each pumpkin-shaped pie crust.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Remove pies to cool and repeat with second pie crust. Place the muffin tray in the freezer to cool it quickly for re-use.

Makes 24 pies. Keep refrigerated.

To decorate, melt chocolate in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave on medium. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Add a little vegetable oil to make the chocolate more fluid. Transfer to a re-sealable plastic bag and cut the corner off. Drizzle or draw faces on pies.

Note: The cutter I used was 3 3/4 inches wide, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry. Just use a round cutter around that size or slightly smaller to cut circle shapes out of the dough. Then make stems with the scraps. Press each stem over the edge and down the side of the dough before filling.

Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice.

For all the pics check out Bakerella.

Dirt Cups

Here's what you'll need: chocolate pudding, oreo cookies (crushed), gummy worms

Here's what you do:

Prepare the pudding and separate it into individual cups to set up. Once the pudding is ready, crush the oreos and spread on top of the pudding. Place the worms in the oreos (dirt).

Scary Pudding Cups

What You Need
1 square BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
2 cups cold milk
6 drops green food coloring
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
8 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, crushed

Make It

MELT chocolate in microwave as directed on package. Use a clean small paint brush to paint a monster face on the inside of each of four clear 5-oz. plastic cups with the melted chocolate. Refrigerate until ready to use.

ADD milk and food coloring to dry pudding mix in medium bowl. Beat with wire whisk 2 min. or until well blended. Immediately pour into prepared cups.

TOP with the cookie crumbs. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving. Store any leftover desserts in refrigerator.

Variation - Jack-O'-Lantern CupsPrepare as directed, except paint jack-o'-lantern faces inside the cups and substitute 2 drops red food coloring and 4 drops yellow food coloring for the green food coloring. Insert a pretzel log into top of each filled pudding cup for the pumpkin stem.

Monster Hands
Here's what you need:
skin (food service gloves), fingernails (candy corn), crushed bones (popcorn), and string to tie it up!

Here's what you do:

Put a candy corn in each finger of the glove, add popcorn and shake until it fills all of the fingers and hand, then tie it off with a string, yarn or festive ribbon!

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