HALLOWEEN PARTY DRINKS & Other Goodies... Updated October, 2013
Spider Cider is simply apple cider with 6 drops of red food coloring -chill for 30 minutes. Then get a small cup or ice tray and pour some more apple cider in to them; get some gummy spiders and put 1, 2, or 3 in each cup or ice tray. Add 6 drops of purple food coloring. Freeze it over night. Put iced cider with gummies into red cider. (Be sure not to freeze the red cider over night...a tasty beverage.
HARRY POTTER'S DRAGON SNOT
Mix 8 ounces of Sprite or 7-Up with one scoop of lime sherbet.
Make a few glasses of FRANKENSTEIN FROTH: floats made with sherbet and 7-up
1 13-oz. package lemon-lime Kool-Aid
1 cup sugar
8 cups water
1 can frozen orange juice concentrate
4 cups ginger ale
Worm cubes (See above))
3 scoops orange sherbet
- This sick-colored punch looks disgusting but tastes wonderful.
- Empty the Kool-Aid package into a punch bowl.
- Add the sugar, then the water and stir until dissolved.
- Stir in the orange juice.
- Just before serving, add the ginger ale and worm cubes and float the scoops of sherbet on top.
- Before long, the punch will be green and infested with worms. Serves 14.
- A perfect drink to compliment ‘Worms on a Bun’.
TIP: Be sure to freeze your worm cubes before the party.
Adapted from: Familyfun.com
GREEN GOUL PUNCH
1/2 gallon limeade
1 liter ginger ale
1/2 gallon lime sherbet
• Mix together juice and ginger ale. Scoop sherbet and add to punch. Add marshmallows and maraschino cherries to float in punch.
SLIME PUNCH WITH FROZEN HAND!
Half-gallon (2 liters) of lime sherbet
One quart (one liter) each of ginger ale and lemon-lime soda
One quart (one liter) of sugar-free lemonade (made from powdered mix and dyed with green or red food coloring)
Two surgical gloves, washed first in warm, soapy water, rinsed, and turned inside out
String or rubber band
EYE BALL PUNCH
Canned litchis, drained
Maraschino cherries without stems
Dark red punch or fruit drink, chilled
1. Cut a slit in each litchi. Stuff a maraschino cherry into each fruit so it resembles an eye. Place stuffed litchis on a large baking pan. Freeze until solid.
2. To serve, pour punch into a large bowl. Add the litchis.
- Fill the gloves with the colored, sugar-free (sugar-free freezes better than sugar) lemonade and tie them securely at the wrists with string or a rubber band. Freeze until solid.
- In the bowl, mix the sherbet, ginger ale, and soda.
- With scissors, cut the gloves from the frozen hands. Discard the gloves and float the icy hands in the punch.
'EYES OF NEWT' FOR PUNCH
Fill small muffin tins with apple juice and freeze slightly. Place a red grape in the center of each tin and freeze until solid. Float the "eye" in fruit punch.
1 quart pineapple juice
1 quart Mountain Dew soft drink
5 scoops of lemon or lime sherbet
1 clean (washed/dried) glow-stick
Chill all ingredients. Gently stir together the soda/soft drink and pineapple juice.
Add the glow-stick and sherbet just before serving...
Scoop out the inside of a large pumpkin. Put a mixing bowl inside. Fill the bowl with apple cider, orange punch or any other beverage the kids would like!
POPCORN BALLS...ALWAYS GREAT AT HALLOWEEN!
(October is National Popcorn Month...Click here for a great 'Popcorn Theme' if you'd like some fun ideas!) Other Popcorn Recipes here...
1. Microwave and melt 1/4 c. margarine/butter and 10 1/2 oz. of mini marshmallows for 1-2 min.
2. Stir in a 4 serving size orange Jell-O; after it is combined, pour it over 3 qts of popped popcorn (12 cups)
3. Grease/butter hands and form the popcorn into pumpkin-shaped balls.
4. Complete pumpkin features with a green spearmint candy for the top stem and chocolate chips and M&Ms for the face.
DECORATE YOUR HALLOWEEN POPCORN BALLS!
• Food coloring for 'colored' popcorn balls
• Edible glitter
• Melted white, milk, or dark chocolate (drizzled)
• Melted peanut butter or butterscotch chips (drizzled)
• Candies, such as candy corns
• Black licorice for "spider legs"
• Gummy "body parts"
• Gummy worms
• Popcorn Ball Add-ins:
Nuts (peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts, etc.)
Chocolate or white chocolate chips
Peanut butter or butterscotch chips
Melted peanut butter (add to caramel/marshmallow mixture)
Cocoa powder or baking chocolate (add to caramel/marshmallow mixture)
Mini or regular M&M's
Graham cracker pieces
Sweetened flaked coconut
Alternative flavoring extracts: coconut, almond, rum, maple, peppermint, etc.
TIPS ON MAKING POPCORN BALLS...
1. If using add-ins, add them after you combine the popcorn and caramel-syrup recipe of your choice. Stir well, then form into balls.
2. It's easiest to form popcorn balls while mixture is hot-- get helpers to make the process move along quickly.
3. Keep a bowl of cold water handy to cool your hands if hot popcorn mixture starts to burn.
4. Taking out the unpopped kernels is key-- unless you want to break a tooth. An easy way to do this is to use your hands to scoop the popped popcorn into another container. All of the unpopped corns will fall to the bottom.
5. For colored popcorn balls, pour a few drops of food coloring into the caramel or marshmallow mixture before adding to popcorn. Make the color brighter than you need, as the pale-colored popcorn will dilute any coloring.
6. Resist the urge to over-pack your popcorn balls. Tightly packed popcorn balls are hard and not very tasty.
EASY POPCORN MARSHMALLOW BALLS
This easy popcorn ball recipe makes chewy, rich popcorn balls that are similar to Rice Krispies treats. Makes about 30 medium sized popcorn balls.
1/2 C. butter
1 lb. bag of mini marshmallows
1/2 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
6 quarts (24 C.) air-popped popcorn (unpopped kernels removed)
1. In a heavy saucepan, melt the butter over low heat.
2. Stir in brown sugar. Cook over low, stirring, until dissolved, about two minutes.
3. Add marshmallows. Melt into butter mixture, stirring constantly. Do not burn.
4. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
5. With greased hands, form your popcorn marshmallow balls.
6. Let balls cool on greased cookie sheets or waxed paper.
CLASSIC MOLASSES POPCORN BALLS...a crisp-chewy caramel popcorn balls that taste similar to Cracker Jacks.
1 C. granulated sugar (or brown sugar for riche flavor)
3/4 C. light corn syrup
1/4 C. molasses
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
8 quarts (1 gallon) popped popcorn, unpopped kernels removed
1. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, molasses, butter, and salt.
2. Bring to a simmer, and cook over medium for about 3 1/2 minutes.
3. Pour mixture over popcorn.
4. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
5. With greased hands, form into popcorn balls.
6. Let cool on greased baking sheets or waxed paper.
If desired--add peanuts to popcorn mixture.
Makes about 40 popcorn balls. Great at Halloween Time!
CHOCOLATE POPCORN BALLS
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 stick butter
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 cups popcorn, popped
1. Prepare popcorn and set aside in a large bowl sprayed with cooking oil.
2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, butter, cocoa, and salt in a saucepan and cook over medium heat until boiling.
3. Pour mixture over popcorn and stir well to coat thoroughly. Form into 3 inch balls and allow to cool.
4. Alternately: Heat mixture in a large pot and add the prepared popcorn to the pot, heating and stirring for a couple of minutes. Sometimes this method makes it easier to coat popcorn thoroughly.
Don't burn fingers; this mixture is hot! Butter hands before forming balls. Allow to cool slightly if necessary.
Wrap finished popcorn balls in cellophane or plastic wrap. They can also be stored in an airtight container.
SCARY WITCH POPCORN HANDS/FINGERS
- Fill a clear plastic food handler's glove by placing one or two pieces of candy corn or raspberry shaped candy in the tip of each finger.
- Fill the remainder of the glove with popcorn or cereal.
- Tie with yarn or raffia.
HALLOWEEN PRETZEL IDEAS
Ingredients: pretzel sticks, mini-marshmallows, white chocolate, wax paper
First, stick pretzel ends in the round sides marshmallows. Next melt chocolate over a double boiler-- or in microwave for one minute for a half bag of chips. If using a larger amount of chocolate chips-test chocolate at 5-10 second intervals. In my experience, melted chips appear to still have shape--and when stirred become smooth. Do not over cook or it will become thick and or lumpy!
Dip and spoon melted chocolate over the marshmall pretzels. (I also used my fingers) Place 'bones' on wax paper to firm up. Pictured bones took only about 10 minutes to become firm.
TIP: For testing, KA used half a bag of chocolate chips and added a teaspoon of Crisco shortening. Shortening helps the chocolate to remain smooth. Remember this when using recipes that 'dip goodies into chocolate'!
NOTE: KA posted this snack idea in 2011. I've recently seen it on Pinterest via Family Circle. It goes to show that no idea is unique. Someone always will have the same vision (Image by KidActivities.net)
Cheez Whiz, Green Food Coloring, Pretzel Sticks, Wax Paper
Follow directions to melt Cheez Whiz.
Dip a pretzel half way into the cheese.
Wait fifteen to twenty seconds and re-dip pretzels. Place on wax paper to harden.
When the cheese has re-hardened, remove from wax paper and place on a serving dish. (Image by KidActivities.net)
HALLOWEEN PRETZEL RODS
2 cups white chocolate candy melts or white chocolate chips
Orange colored sugar or sprinkles
20 pretzel rods
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. Place candy melts or white chocolate chips in a double boiler. Heat over low heat until melted.
3. Spread orange sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles in even layers on two separate shallow plates.
4. Dip pretzel rods into white chocolate, using a spoon to coat the rods well.
5. Press gently into orange sprinkles. Turn, then press into chocolate sprinkles.
6. Place pretzel rods on prepared baking sheet. Let harden for 20-30 minutes.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
MISCELLANEOUS SNACKS... Pudding, Candy, Suckers & more
PUMPKIN SUCKER BOUQUET/CENTERPIECE
This is a party snack and craft in one...wonderful for a dessert table! I purchased a Styrofom pumpkin and simply inserted the sucker sticks into the pumpkin. Result is an extremely quick and cute sucker holder decoration! (Image by KidActivities.net)
It would also be a good idea to cover the entire pumpkin with suckers--and place it on your porch for 'trick and treaters' to help themselves if you will not be home...
3 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups tiny marshmallows
Unsweetened cocoa powder mixed with an equal amount of powdered sugar
1. Line a 9x9x2-inch or an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil; set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan, heat and stir chocolate pieces, condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and salt over medium heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows just until combined. Spread mixture evenly in the prepared pan. Using a table knife or thin metal spatula, swirl marshmallows through fudge in pan until marshmallows are mostly melted. Cover and chill about 2 hours or until firm.
3. Using a small scoop, scoop fudge and shape into rocks (fudge will be sticky). Roll some in cocoa powder mixture and some in powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Makes about 80 pieces (2 1/4 lbs.).
ICE-CREAM WITCH (Or Goblin)
Place a large scoop of orange sherbet (or favorite ice-cream such as this mint) into a dessert dish. Make the eyes, nose and mouth with pieces of nuts and raisins. Licorice hair is optional...Top the ice-cream with a pointed ice cream sugar cone hat. Freeze until time to serve. (Image by Kidactivities.net)
Tip: Ice cream melts quickly. I needed to put the ice-cream face back I the freezer a bit before I could embellish the face.
This one is nice and easy! If you are going to serve these rather quickly--unwrap small size (not miniature) Reese's Peanut Butter cups and insert a thin pretzel stick in the center. If they are going to sit out before serving, leave wrappers on and insert pretzel sticks through the wrapper.
TIP: I inserted a metal skewer through the wrapping-before inserting the pretzel. It can be difficult to get the pretzel through the paper without doing so. (image by KidActivities.net) Image shows both wrapped and unwrapped brooms...
DEAD TREES... A craft and snack in one!)
Ingredients: licorice sticks, chocolate frosting, peanut butter cups
With scissors, cut one end of a black or chocolate flavored licorice stick to make the trunk and branches of a tree.
Push the other end through a hole in the bottom of a peanut butter cup. (This is the base)
Use chocolate frosting to cement the tree in place.
CANDY CORN PUDDING
1 small box of butterscotch instant pudding
1 small box of banana bream instant pudding
4 cups milk
Red food coloring
Yellow food coloring
1 container of whipped cream
1. Make butterscotch pudding as directed on the box, using 2 cups of milk.After it's mixed, add 20 drops of red food coloring and 25 drops of yellow food coloring, stir and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Make banana cream pudding as directed, using the last two cups of milk. Add 20 drops of yellow food coloring and refrigerate until ready to use.
Use clear dessert containers OR small clear plastic cups...
1. Put the yellow pudding at the bottom:
2. Then the orange:
3. And last, the coolwhip
SPIDER SUCKERS (A craft & Goodie in one!)
Take a large sucker such as Tootsie Roll Pop.
Under the sucker part, securely twist 4 long black pipe cleaners around the stick. Extend the end of the pipe cleaners to make 8 legs.
Bend each leg to resemble a spider's leg. (Image by KidActivities.net)
GHOST SUCKERS (Another craft & Goodie in one!)
Tootsie Roll Pops (suckers), White Facial Tissue, White, Orange or Black Ribbon or Yarn
Place the top of the sucker in the very center of the tissue, then wrap the tissue around the sucker. Tie the ribbon or yarn under the sucker. Use a felt tip markerand draw features on the ghost faces. (Image by KidActivities.net)
THREE HALLOWEEN SNACK MIX RECIPES
One easy way to provide Halloween party food for kids is to create a huge bowl (or plastic pumpkin) full of Halloween snack mix.
Start with a box or two of Count Chocula or Frankenberry cereal- they aren't always easy to find, and are only out at Halloween. Other cereal brands sometimes come out with a special Halloween blend as well.
- Add candy corn, raisins, small marshmallows, small pretzels, chocolate chips or other treats to the mix.
- Kids will have fun 'grazing' at this yummy snack bowl all night!
HALLOWEEN PARTY MIX #2
1 6-oz bag original flavor Chex Party Mix
2 cups Wheat Chex cereal
1 cup candy corn
1/2 cup whole salted almonds
1/2 cup chopped dried apples
• In a large bowl, mix one 6-oz bag original flavor Chex Party Mix, 2 cups Wheat Chex cereal, 1 cup candy corn, 1/2 cup whole salted almonds and 1/2 cup chopped dried apples.
#3 WITCHS' GORP
3 cups eyes of Newts (peanuts)
2 cups tails of dogs (pretzel sticks)
1 cup squishy, slithery parts of frogs (raisins)
2 cups warts of toads (Cheerios)
1/2 cup lizard lips (walnuts)
1 cup dinosaur toenail chips (banana chips)
1 cup teeth of bats (sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup of dandruff from the biggest rats (coconut)
1 cup chocolate cover iguana hearts (chocolate chips)
Measure and combine all of the ingredients in the order listed above. Mix well with mixing spoon.
This is a good one for your newsletter...really cute!
You may also be interested in the loads of Snack Mix Recipes that KidActivities has!
KIX BALLS ON A STICK...
Prep Time:30 min
Start to Finish: 30 min
Makes: About 20 snacks
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups Kix® cereal
20 raisins, miniature milk chocolate candy drops, small gumdrops, chocolate- or yogurt-covered raisins or miniature marshmallows 1 to 2 tablespoons multicolored candy sprinkles, 20 thin pretzel sticks (2 1/4 inch)
1. In 3-quart saucepan, heat sugar and corn syrup to boiling over medium heat, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter until blended. Stir in cereal. Cool slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Lightly butter hands. Shape 1 to 2 tablespoons cereal mixture into a ball around each candy. Immediately roll in candy sprinkles. Place pretzel stick into each cereal ball.
No-Cook' NOT SO SPOOKY' SPIDERS
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
3/4 cup Rice Krispies
1/2 cup thin chow mein noodles
1. Line baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. In microwave, place chocolate in 2 cup microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium (50%) for 2 minutes. Stir. If chocolate is not completely smooth, microwave an additional 20 to 30 seconds; stir.
3. Stir in Rice Krispies.
4. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, forming spider-body shapes. Stick 4 noodles into each side of "body" for spider legs. Add eyes on top of spider.
5. Refrigerate about 15 minutes to set, or let them set at room temperature about 1 hour. Store in covered container.
Makes 12 spiders.
#1 RICE KRISY HALLOWEEN TREATS
The regular, run of the mill rice cereal treat can be turned into a sweet and unique Halloween treat by adding a few drops of orange food coloring (or a combination of red and yellow) into the marshmallow/butter mixture as it melts.
When you cut the treats into squares, add one candy corn to the top of each square.
Variation: Add in candy pumpkins, candy corn, chocolate chips for extra fun.
#2 RICE KRISPY TREATS
Ingredients: 3 TBSP butter, orange food coloring (or mix red and yellow food coloring), 10 oz. marshmallows, 6 c. rice krispies
- Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat; add food coloring to desired color; then add marshmallows. You may want to add more food coloring once the marshmallows are melted.
- Place the rice krispies in a large bowl. Pour the melted marshmallows over the rice krispies and toss to combine.
- Line a sheet pan with foil and spray foil with cooking spray. Dump rice krispies mixture onto foil.
- Take a sheet of wax paper and spray it with cooking spray; then cooking spray side down press rice krispies mixture so that the entire pan has a thin layer of mixture, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Let set for a few hours.
- With Halloween cookie cutters, cut out your shapes and decorate.
#3 RICE-KRISPY CREEPY SPIDERS
6oz. pkg. (1 cup) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1'4 cup peanutbutter'3 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Black pipe cleaners
1. Melt chocolate chips and peanut butter together in the micro-wave or in large saucepan over a very low heat. Remove from heat and stir in cereal and marshmallows.
2. Shape the cereal mixture into a spider body shape--roundish that is about 3 to 4 inches wide.
3. When spider bodies are firm, insert 6 black pipe cleaners--each 3 to 4 inches long. Add candy or frosting eyes.
HALLOWEEN 'MARSHMALLOW HAYSTACKS'
This is a great variation to the rice cereal treat recipe.
Replace the rice cereal with corn flake cereal. Follow the instructions combining the cereal, melted marshmallow and butter mixture. Mold the cereal mixture into the shape of haystacks. Add an orange candy corn pumpkin to the top of each haystack.
NO BAKE MAGIC BROOMS
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup smooth peanut butter
5 cups shredded wheat cereal, crushed
1 cup M&M's (plain)
32 (8-inch) pretzel rods
Grease 2 large baking sheets; set aside.
- In a small saucepan combine sugar and syrup.
- Bring to a boil; boil 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter.
- Place cereal and M&M's in a large buttered roasting pan.
- Pour peanut butter mixture overall, tossing to coat well.
- Drop mixture by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Form each mound into a broom shape.
- Place a pretzel rod into top of each "broom" to form a handle.
- Refrigerate 35 minutes or until set.
Store in single layers in covered containers.
RICE KRISPIE GHOSTS
Prepare Rice Krispie Marshmallow treats according to the cereal box directions. Shape the warm mixture into ghosts---- use a ghost cookie cutter if necessary. Add some white icing and mini chocolate chip eyes and the kids will enjoy eating the fun Halloween ghost treats!
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