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Scary-Easy Treats for Halloween at Home

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Margaret, Clemens Mill | October 1, 2019

Halloween baking is just around the corner, but don’t be scared.  You can be the most popular trickster chef on the block and conjure up some fun and tasty sweets, and/or savory bites, to satisfy the ghoulish creatures that are sure to appear.  Half the fun will be making them together with your family.  And the very best part will be giving them to surprise (and horrify) your friends! (Plus eating them yourself!)

To get you started, here’s a great link with some great-tasting and fun ideas.  One of my favourites are the Oreo-based, super cute Bat Bites.

Also, see below for some books in our collection that include no-bake, quick bake, and easy stove-top ideas:

Halloween Sweets and Treats by Ruth Owen. In this book there is some baking, but the simple step-by-step directions are easy to follow. The recipes can also be modified. For example, for Eyeball Cupcakes, use store-bought cupcakes and decorate them with icing tubes as you transform them into scary, bloodshot “eyeballs”. Yuck…and yum!

The Gross Cookbook by Susanna Tee. This book has some no-bake and really gross items you can whip up to shock your loved ones. They look as disgusting and taste as good as the book promises.  See Frog Eggs, Cat Poop in a Litter Box! Euwww! (Tip: Substitute Oh Henry! bars as the “cat poo” in the store-bought, crumbled cake/cookie “litter”, and you will have a no-bake, YUCKY-looking–but delicious–treat!)  This is definitely a book to give you some great Halloween-y, munchy ideas.

Want even simpler treats? Try The Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Woolmer. It has a section of Easy-Peasy snacks that just need some food colouring to make them ooze with Halloween spirit.

No matter the recipe, be sure to get messy as you taste-test your yummy, spooky, and/or deceptively disgusting creations. And remember to let your kids help measure ingredients and read the recipe along with you.  Incorporating literacy and numeracy can be as yummy as it is good for you. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Sweets and Treats by Ruth OwenThe Gross Cookbook by Susanna TeeThe Tickle Fingers Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Woolmer