Halloween Snacks and Treats for Kids!

Our three-week tribute to Halloween continues with some festive recipes for a holiday party, school lunches, or a pre-trick-or-treating treat!


The first recipe we’d like to share is from one of our past Bloggers of the Week, Songberries. Her Chocolate Spider Web Cookies are chocolate sugar cookies with both chocolate and vanilla frosting!

Chocolate Spider Cookies

Chocolate Spider Web Cookies

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup corn syrup
6 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
2 cups flour
extra sugar


1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a bowl whisk the dry ingredients.
3. Beat the shortening and sugar in a mixer for 3 minutes. Beat in the dry ingredients. Drop by cookie scoop onto cookies sheets, flatten with a glass dipped in water, then sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
4. Frost with chocolate frostin (recipe follows). Pipe white frosting in a spiral. Drag a toothpick through to create the spider web.


Chocolate and Vanilla Frosting

4 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3-1/2 cups milk


Beat everything together except the cocoa powder gradually adding the milk until spreading consistency. Remove 1 cup and put in a baggie, snipping the corner to use to pipe the spirals. Add the cocoa to remaining frosting.


A perfect snack to enjoy before Trick-or-Treating, with healthy dried fruit in Halloween colors! Adapt to your favorites or what you have on hand. You can view some more Ghoulishy Healthy Halloween Snacks from WebMD.

Trick or Treat Trail Mix

Makes 9 (1/2 cup) bags


1 cup of pretzel sticks or mini pretzel twists
1 cup of reduced-fat cheese crackers (such as Reduced Fat Cheese Nips)
1 cup lightly salted roasted or party peanuts (or similar nut)
1 cup orange or black dried fruit (raisins or dried apricots or dried peaches)
1/2 cup Halloween M&Ms (optional)


1. Combine all the ingredients in a big bowl and toss to mix well.
2. Use a 1/2 cup measure to scoop out 1/2 cup of the mixture into a zip-top or plastic bag. Tie the ends closed with orange and black curling ribbon or decorative wire.


Now, how about a festive concoction? Though its orange hue is just right for Halloween, this spicy beverage would be a fitting winter drink as well. Check out a plethora of Halloween recipes from MyRecipes.

Apricot Apple Treat

Apricot-Apple Cider Sipper

Makes 21 cups


1 gallon apple cider
1 (11.5-ounce) can apricot nectar
2 cups sugar
2 cups orange juice
3/4 cup lemon juice
4 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg


1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a Dutch oven; reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks. Serve hot.
2. For Apple Cider Sipper: Omit nectar. Makes 19 cups.


For a fun and creepy (but not too creepy) treat, take a look at these easy, Slimy Jell-O Snacks from Parenting.com’s Halloween Party Snacks.

Slimy Jello

Slimy Jell-O Snacks

Makes 1 jar or bowl


2 Jell-O flavors (contrasting colors like Lime and Apple)
3 gummy worms


1. Prepare a package of lime or apple Jell-O as directed and divide among 8-ounce mason jars or clear bowls, filling only halfway; refrigerate them until firm.


2. Prepare another Jell-O flavor, such as cherry, berry-blue, or grape. While Jell-O is cooking, place three gummy worms on top of set gelatin and let another hang over the lip. Pour second flavor over the worms, filling to the top; refrigerate.


Do you have any favorite Halloween recipes? Please share in the comments!

2 Responses to Halloween Snacks and Treats for Kids!

  1. Kristin October 7, 2010 at 9:03 am #

    Here is another great example! Halloween Skeleton Cupcakes from Frosted Fingers.
    http://frostedfingers.com/2010/10/halloween-skeleton-cupcakes/

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