Whether you choose to bake Halloween treats or buy them, our creative ideas are perfect for your haunted house bash or the neighbourhood trick-or-treat. If you’re in a rush (or you forgot that you signed up to bring snacks for your kid’s classroom tomorrow), we’ve provided super-quick Halloween recipes you can put together in a flash.
Bake Halloween cupcakes with a store-bought mix (pumpkin spice flavour, anyone?), and spread a thin layer of white cream cheese frosting on top of each. Fill a pastry bag with collared gel icing, and use a decorating tip to pipe faces onto each cupcake. Skeletons and ghosts are especially simple.
Make it quick: Add candy corn, sprinkles, chocolate pieces or other sweet treats to iced store-bought cupcakes.
If you’re worried about the amount of sugar the kids will be eating, provide some fun Halloween-inspired fruit options. With a permanent black marker, draw pumpkin faces onto clementine oranges.
Friendly Fruit Cups
Do the same with store-bought fruit cups. All you need is a permanent black marker. Give the kids a new spooky face in their lunchboxes each day the last week of October, to get them in the Halloween spirit.
Candy Corn Puppy Chow
The classic combo of chocolate and peanut butter is a hit at Halloween parties. Enlist your kids to help assemble this sweet, crunchy snack.
150 g chocolate chips
120 g peanut butter
60 g butter
840 g rice or wheat squares cereal
380 g candy corn
75 g confectioners’ sugar
190 g peanuts
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter. Microwave for one minute and stir. Then microwave in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until mixture is smooth
2. Add cereal and candy corn; stir to combine
3. Spread mix on a wax paper–covered cookie sheet. Let cool. Add sugar shake to coat
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Chocolate Cereal Bars with Candy Corn
These crispy, crunchy treats can be customized to your own tastes. Sprinkle with orange and black sprinkles while the bars are cooling, or swap the candy corn for white chocolate pieces for spooky black-and-white bars.
60 g butter
50 g unsweetened cocoa
75 g semisweet chocolate chips
1 package (283 g) marshmallows
5 mL vanilla
840 g chocolate rice cereal
360 g candy corn
1. Coat a 33 × 23 × 5-cm baking pan with cooking spray
2. In a large pot over low heat, melt butter, cocoa and chocolate chips, stirring often until smooth. Add marshmallows and stir until completely combined. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla
3. Stir in cereal and candy corn. Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper, press into prepared pan. Cool 30 minutes
Monster Mash Cake Pops
1 box cake mix
1 container frosting
1 bag chocolate chips
1. Bake cake according to directions
2. Remove cake from oven, break into chunks and place in large bowl
3. Crumble cake into crumbs. Add container of frosting and mix until combined
4. Roll mixture into balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 hour
5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave
6. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into melted chocolate and gently push stick into a cake ball
7. Coat ball in melted chocolate. Decorate right after dipping
Make it quick: Skip the custom monster decorations and dip the top of each cake ball in sprinkles or sanding sugar immediately after you’ve dipped each ball in chocolate.