Put smiles on the faces of trick-or-treaters and party guests with fun and yummy Halloween treats. Fill a plastic cauldron or jack-o-lantern with assorted candy to offer trick-or-treaters. If you prefer to offer healthier treats, chocolate chip granola bars and fruit roll-ups are well-liked by many children. Also, consider non-edible treats, such as pencils, erasers, stickers and press-on tattoos.
Homemade treats are great for parties, but generally aren’t acceptable for trick-or-treaters. However, if you live in a close-knit neighborhood, homemade treats, such as trail mix, cookies, rice krispie bars, popcorn balls and caramel apples may be welcome. Be sure to carefully wrap homemade treats and include a label with a Halloween greeting, your name, and address.
For Halloween parties serve kid-friendly foods with a spooky twist. Label items with gross names and use plastic witches cauldrons and jack-o-lantern buckets as serving containers. Some ideas:
- mini pizzas decorated as jack-o-lanterns or with scary faces (using olives, vegetable strips, and pepperoni slices)
- macaroni and cheese – (slimey grubs)
- spaghetti in tomato sauce (blood and guts)
- baby carrots (gremlin toes) with ranch dressing served in a hollowed out mini pumpkin
- cheese sticks (goblin fingers)
- cream cheese stuffed olives (monster eyeballs)
- grapes (ogre eyes)
- potato or corn chips (troll ears)
- caramel apples
- cupcakes decorated with gummy candy spiders or worms
- spider web brownies (draw spiral on pan of brownies or individual brownies with white icing and pull tooth pick through design to create web effect, garnish with gummy candy spider)
- rice krispie treats decorated with orange and white sprinkles
- fizzy fruit punch (berry juice with sparkling apple juice or gingerale)