Woo-hoo! It’s the busy few days before Halloween, and as I’ve said before, I’m more a fan of tricky and treaty than I am of scary and creepy.
This week, I planned my first-ever elementary school Halloween party for Maddy’s class (with the help of the coolest co-Room Parent ever). We put our heads together and came up with (we think!) some really fun ways of rockin’ Halloween, first-grade-party style.
We played a bunch of Halloweeny games but our super-easy–and super-spooky–Halloween treats are what I think were crazy cool.
I put all of the recipes our family used this year at home and at school (except Dinner in a Pumpkin) on one sheet so that next year it’s all together.
Here’s the skinny:
Eyeballs on a Plate: Not to worry! They’re not really eyeballs! They’re just powdered donuts, gummy Life-Savers, a chocolate chip, and gel icing.
My super-awesome co-RP made these, and they look so fabulous! I am not sure I would have had the patience to make them look so realistic, but I’ve learned that my pal has crazy eyeball-making skills!
- Fingers in a Bowl: So easy–and for some reason, so funny to me–these ‘fingers’ turned out completely hysterical. Peeled carrots, a little cream cheese ‘glue’ and a slivered almond for the nail are all they are, and they only took a few minutes to make.
I tried to pick out the long and skinny, twisted carrots, cut them in half, and that’s it. The fun part for me? Putting the hands together in the bowl of dip.
- Boogies on a Stick: I’ll be honest, these did make me gag as I made them. Cheese-Whiz meets green food coloring and together they meet a pretzel rod.
That’s it. I read that to make ‘goopier’ boogies you could let the ‘boogies’ cool, then dip them again, but I couldn’t do it.
I could barely handle the bubbling mixture as I blended the Whiz and food coloring.
Maddy admitted later that the Boogies on a Stick might have been ‘the absolute grossest thing she ever saw in her life’ and they tasted ‘disgusting’. Nice.
- Frozen Ghosts: One that I’ve wanted to try for some time, Frozen Ghosts are really just bananas dipped in white chocolate and frozen. Yum.
I did try to make mine lighter and more ice-creamy by adding a tub of Cool Whip into the melted chocolate, but these were not as easy as I thought they’d be.
Soon we hit a stride, though, with me doing the chocolate dipping, and Owen adding eyes (and a mouth when he could).
I also had a bunch of extra tiny banana pieces left over, so I dipped them in the chocolate, broke a popsicle stick in half, and gave them eyes–just for fun. Some are really ugly.
I put both trays of ghosts in the freezer and will take them out for an afternoon pre-Trick-or-Treat snack tomorrow!
And that’s it. I like these recipes because they’re easy. They’re funny, and they’re quick. And the huge plus is that they’re all pretty inexpensive.