Not So Spooky Halloween Treats for Kids

front shot of halloween tableThere’s a holiday coming. It’s not merry, it’s not thankful but spoooooky!!!!! Halloween is weeks away and I am so excited to share some of my Halloween pre-game tips for the whole family to enjoy.

Putting most of our energy towards our kids is what we moms do so as babies will wear whatever we put them in – from Winnie the Pooh outfits to Hotdog buns. Teens all want to be scary or match with their bestie. But what about the toddlers? They have too many opinions for their costumes and taking them through a costume shop might take all day. So this year, we went early and let them pick. Twin Pink will be Elsa from Frozen while Twin Purple will be a cheerleader.

As I start to prepare my house with decorations and goodies (I LOVE spooky decor!) I figured I’d share some of my 2015 festive plans. And moms, all of this plus more was purchased for under $75 bucks!

So here’s the plan: Cute table scape with whimsical decor. No scary ghosts or goblins. 
Also make everything mini – mini apples. Mini cake pops. And 
Halloween is the one day I let the kids binge on candy.

Let’s Go! This is what you’re table will look like in the beginning. 

Halloween Ingredients and Party Supplies

Chocolate covered pretzels – recipe:

I prefer Snyder’s pretzel rods. They seem to be very crunchy and most of them are intact when you buy them in the bag. Be aware that cheaper versions may leave you with only a few whole rods.

In a microwavable mug, add the chocolate chips. Microwave high for 1 minute, stir. If it’s not melted. Repeat this step in 30 second intervals.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil. This will prevent the chocolate from seizing up and allow it to be soft still. Dip one pretzel rod into the milk chocolate; butter knife to spread the chocolate about halfway up the rod. Twist the rod to let the excess chocolate drip off. On a plate, sprinkle with your favorite spooky colors. Allow to cool on a non-stick surface. If your kitchen is too hot, consider placing in the fridge for a little while. Repeat these steps with the white chocolate chips. 

chocolate covered pretzel ingredients

Wilton Sprinkles

chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles

white chocolate cover pretzels
Candy apples – recipe

3 to 5 Apples (try mixing the variety) :

Lollipop Sticks or Skewers – I found some at Michael’s that look like tree limbs. 

4 Cups of Sugar

1/2 Cup Light Corn Syrup

4 tsp Red Food Coloring

3/4 Cup of Water

Combine sugar, corn syrup, water and candy in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook the mixture until it reaches 305 degrees or approx 25 minutes. While this is cooking, make your mini apples. Remove the mixture from the heat. Add the food color. Start dipping. This mixture should not get your mini apples as hard as the big candy apples that you probably remember as a child. Remember these are for younger kids so we don’t want to hurt their teeth and it’s not sticking to the skin, it’s sticking to the flesh of the apple which doesn’t set up as “hard”.

candy apple ingredients2

hollow red apple

after shot candy apples

Caramel Apples Recipe

3 to 5 Apples (try mixing the variety) :

Lollipop Sticks or Skewers – I found some at Michael’s that look like tree limbs. 

1 bag of salted caramel chips

1/2 tsp of vegetable oil

In a microwavable mug, add the chips. Microwave high for 1 minute, stir. If it’s not melted. Repeat this step in 30 second intervals.  Add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil. This will prevent the caramel from seizing up and allow it to be soft still. Place the sticks in the apples, dip in the caramel. Allow to cool on a non-stick surface. If your kitchen is too hot, consider placing in the fridge for a little while. 

hollow green apple

caramel covered apples

Cookie Cake Pops Recipe:

1 bag of Betty Crocker Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix – mix according to package instructions 

Add 1 tablespoon of flour

Silicone Cake Pop Baker – purchased at Michael’s

Fill one side of the cake pop baker. Bake according to package. 

Remove from oven, allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. 

Dip your lollipop sticks in icing and insert into the cake pops. 

Allow them to cool completely, then frost with orange frosting. 

 

cookie pop ingredients

oatmeal chocolate chip cookie pops

cookie cake pops with orange icing
Note to self….store bought won’t hurt either. I was able to locate Halloween Oreos at my local grocery store. You’re trying to give the kiddos are a lot of options but you don’t have to make them all yourself. LOL

yummy dishHalloween Oreos

This year Dollar Tree had some great coordinating paper goods as well as boxes and containers. I grabbed the most “non-scary” ones I could find. 


halloween plates and cups on orange paper

I purchased orange flavored sodas from World Market and TJ Maxx/Home Goods along with wickedly orange hot chocolate as well. 

orange hot cocoa

Again – store bought won’t hurt either. Rack up on your childhood favorite candies and put them in mini containers on the table. These little ones were at Michael’s as well. I also popped popcorn and put it in goody bags. This will add height to your table too. 

halloween table 2

Be sure to have some simple activities to keep the kiddos entertained. These were in the discount section at Target. Consider buying small pumpkins that each child can paint or draw on with markers. Remember you don’t need an extra activities table, use your activities to add to the overall decor of the table. 

Target Halloween Crafts for Toddlers
Enjoy & Boo to you!!!!

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19 comments

  1. CourtneyLynne says:

    Loving all these treat options!!! We make my disgusted the pretzels with sprinkles every year. She loves them 🙂

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