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Another treat that is easy to make and good for the little ones to help with would be ghosts on broomsticks. The little people can place the eyes and the wooden sticks into the chocolate. They could also add some sugar sprinkles for decorations and to make the ghosts sparkle.

 

Ghosts on Broomsticks

Recipe by: Lucy Munroe
  • 1 lb. white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c tiny red cinnamon candies
  • 12 wooden sticks
Heat 2 inches of water to simmering, not boiling, in the bottom of a double boiler. Place the white chocolate chips in the smaller pot and set it over the pot of simmering water. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate is fully melted. Remove from the heat. Cover 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper. Arrange the wooden sticks on the waxed paper, 6 to a sheet. Spoon ghost-shaped blobs of chocolate onto the paper, partially covering each stick. Press 2 candies into each ghost for eyes. Freeze ghosts for 15 minutes, or until hard.
  • Yields: 12 ghosts
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
 

Witches hats are good for little people because of the simplicity in making them. Place a small amount of frosting or chocolate on the all chocolate side of a fudge striped cookie, then place a Hershey’s chocolate kiss or hug on top of the frosting. Then you can pipe a bow around the base of the kiss.

Rice krispie treats can be molded into pumpkins or ghosts, with cookie cutters. Then pipe some icing along the edges to ad some color and some eyes to the shapes, or even a green stem on pumpkin shapes. Peanut shaped cookies can be used to make another quick and easy treat, by coating peanut shaped cookies with white chocolate and 2 chocolate chips for eyes to make ghosts.

Kids love Jell-O! Another fun treat to make is green slime, or bog Jell-O. Green slime can be made from gelatin and gummy worms or bugs, or even raisins. Coconut can be added for grass; peeled grapes or marshmallows for eyeballs. Bogs can be made by combining, a box of Jell-O with a box of pudding to make it opaque, then you can hide all sorts of goodies in the bog. Kids love anything that is gross and slimy ... well, usually!

One of my all-time favorite Halloween treats is the Kitty Litter Cake, guaranteed to gross out your guests when they see that this cake served in a new litter pan with a new kitty litter scoop. Dirt Cake is another favorite. It’s made from chocolate pudding, crushed Oreo’s, and gummy worms and bugs.

 

Kitty Litter Cake

  • 1 spice or German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1 package white sandwich cookies
  • Green food coloring
  • 1 litter box (a NEW one!)
  • 12 small tootsie rolls
  • 1 plastic scoop (a NEW one!)
Prepare cake mixes and bake according to directions (any size pans). Prepare Pudding mix and chill until ready to assemble. Crumble white sandwich cookies in small batches in blender, they tend to stick, so scrape often. Set aside all but about 1/4 cup. To the 1/4-cup cookie crumbs, add a few drops green food coloring and mix using a fork or shake in a jar.

When cakes are cooled to room temperature, crumble into a large bowl. Toss with half the remaining white cookie crumbs and the chilled pudding. You probably won't need all of the pudding, mix with the cake and "feel" it, you don't want it soggy, just moist; gently combine. Put mixture into clean litter box.

Put three unwrapped Tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat until soft and pliable. Shape ends so they are no longer blunt, curving slightly. Repeat with 3 more Tootsie rolls and bury in mixture. Sprinkle the other half of cookie crumbs over top. Scatter the green cookie crumbs lightly over the top, this is supposed to look like the chlorophyll in kitty litter. Heat remaining Tootsie Rolls, three at a time in the microwave until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Place the box on a newspaper and sprinkle a few of the cookie crumbs around. Serve with a new plastic scoop.

  • Yields: 8-10 servings
  • Preparation Time: 1 hour
 

 

Dirt Cake

  • 1 16-oz package Oreo cookies
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 8-oz block cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 4-serving-size boxes chocolate fudge pudding, instant-type
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 12-oz tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 flower pot (about 8" in diameter or use 2 6" pots)
  • 3 large gummy (or plastic) worms
  • plastic flowers
  • 1 garden trowel (or plastic shovel)
Crush the cookies until they resemble potting soil. Set aside. Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy; set aside. Combine the pudding mix and milk until well blended, then fold in the whipped topping. Gently fold the cream cheese and pudding mixtures together.

To put the cake together, layer flower pot with 1/3 of the cookie crumbs followed by 1/2 the pudding mixture, 1/3 of the crumbs, the rest of the pudding mixture and topping with the remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate 10 to 12 hours. About 1/2 hour before serving, remove from refrigerator and decorate with flowers and gummy worms. Serve by digging out portions with the trowel.

Variation: Dirt Cake would be great by itself, but someone on the net came up with a nifty variation. Unfortunately I don't know who, but I wish I had kept the attribution on this one, cause it's a neat idea. What you do is take your basic dirt cake recipe and modify it in this way: Take another latex glove, fill it up with mashed potatoes and anchor it at the bottom of your flower pot. Fill the dirt cake around it up until just the finger tips are sticking out of the dirt. If you like, you can plunge a knife in the "hand" and add fake blood. I don't know if this one was ever made, so try at your own risk.

  • Yields: 10-12 servings
  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes, plus chilling time
 

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