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1. Halloween Treats

Halloween can be your time to shine. With a few of these Halloween
hints, you'll be the hit of the neighborhood this October. Kids will be
talking about your ghastly gruesome goodies for years to come.

Halloween Basics
Armed with a few bottles of food coloring (the gel or paste varieties
work best), a good cut-out cookie recipe, some cookie cutters, and a few
basic frosting recipes (try Royal Icing, Sugar Cookie Frosting or Really
Good Frosting) you too will be able to turn your kitchen into a baking
cave of horrors.

Cookie shapes
Try bats, cats, witches, ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkins, leaves,
acorns, full moons, broomsticks, cauldrons, martians, spiders, eyeballs,
tombstones and any other spooky shape that you can come up with!

Cookie colors
Add gel or paste food coloring to any basic rolled sugar cookie recipe.
Orange works great and pumpkin shapes are really easy to do. Add black
gel food coloring to your dough for bats and black cats.

Colored Frostings
By mixing different food colorings you can create creepy colors like
putrid green, horrible orange, blood red, midnight black, and glow
yellow. Top your cookies with some of these colors and watch the screams
pour in.

Here are a few ghoulish ideas for spooky Halloween treats.

Black Widow Spider Cookies
Make a batch of Sugar Cookies. Add enough black food coloring gel or
paste to the dough to get a nice black color (this will take quite a
bit). Roll out the dough to 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and cut into circles,
using two different cookie cutters, one smaller and one bigger. Place
the cookies on a cookie sheet, attaching the smaller cookie (spider's
head) to the larger cookie (spider's body). In the larger circle make a
small hourglass-shaped hole and fill it with crushed red hard candy. In
the smaller circle make two small holes (for eyes) and fill with yellow
or green crushed hard candy. Attach strips of cookie dough to the body
for legs.

Mounds of Brains Cookies
Using  your favorite refrigerator cookie recipe, add some black food
color gel or paste until you get a gray color, then push the dough
through a colander to make worm-like shapes. Take small handfuls of the
wormy dough and gently shape it into a brain-like shape, then bake. For
an added touch, drizzle a little green colored icing over the tops of
the baked brains.

Grabbing Fingers
Use a good cookie press recipe. Place the dough in a pastry bag or large
plastic bag with one corner snipped off. Pipe the dough into
finger-sized amounts onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Then use
the dull side of a butter knife to make lines suggesting knuckles, and
add an almond or candy for the fingernail. Before baking the finger
cookies shape them into a slightly bent shape so that they look like
grabbing fingers! Chill cookies before baking. Once baked you can add a
bit of red icing if you want a bloody finger. A tasty bowl of these
makes for a grisly Halloween treat.

Eat-'em-up Ghosts

An all-time kids' favorite, these adorable chain rattlers have a cereal and marshmallow base and are coated with vanilla-flavored candy.

From the book, Halloween Fun: 101 Ideas to Get in the Spirit

These Halloween treats
mysteriously vanish.

Have fun making different shapes of ghosts and experiment with different candy bits to create a variety of ghastly, ghostly expressions.

What You Need:

1 10-ounce bag of marshmallows
1/4 cup margarine or butter
6 cups crisp rice cereal
12 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating, melted
Black licorice candy
Chocolate sprinkles
Miniature semisweet chocolate pieces  

1. In a large pot, combine marshmallows and margarine. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until mixture is melted. Gradually stir in cereal until well combined.

2. Use 1/2 to 1 cup of the cereal mixture per ghost to form into ghost shapes. Set aside to cool completely.

3. Dip each ghost shape into melted candy coating. Use pieces of licorice, chocolate sprinkles, and/or chocolate pieces for the eyes, nose, eyebrows, and mouth. Makes 9 to 12 ghosts.

Gumdrop Pumpkins

Cut, press, cut, press, and you'll have these darling little pumpkins to help you celebrate at trick-or-treating time.

From the book, Halloween Fun: 101 Fun Ideas to Get in the Spirit

Easy-to-make little pumpkins
are perfect party snacks.

Use these gumdrops as party favors by placing several in a small crate, papier-mache box, or basket lined with crimped shredded paper. Tuck in a plastic spider ring as the frightful finishing touch.

What You Need:

Orange slice-shaped jelly candies
Small green gumdrops  

1. To make pumpkins, trim the edges of two orange jelly candies to create straight sides. Push the two sticky sides together, forming a pumpkin shape.

2. Cut a small piece from the bottom of a small green gumdrop. Press into the top of candy pumpkin.


Spooky Cheesecake

This mouthwatering cheesecake is topped with Halloween sprinkles and edged in orange-colored candy coating.

From the book, Halloween Fun: 101 Ideas to Get in the Spirit

Your guests will dip into this mouthwatering cheesecake.


3 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating
Orange food coloring paste
Purchased frozen cheesecake, thawed (1 pound, 14 ounces)
1 8-ounce container frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
Small, multicolored decorative Halloween candies  

1. In a small saucepan, melt candy coating. Add orange food coloring to desired shade. Transfer to a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Spread to an 11x8-inch rectangle. Chill in refrigerator until firm (about 30 minutes). Break into small shards. Set aside.

2. Reserve 1/2 cup of dessert topping; set aside. Pipe or spread remaining topping over surface of cheesecake. Sprinkle with Halloween candies. Attach shards of candy coating to the edge of cheesecake with reserved dessert topping. Makes 12 servings.


Black Halloween Punch

Submitted By: Kathleen

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 1 Hour
Servings: 32

"Grape and orange soft drink mix are combined with sugar, water and ginger ale for a scary looking punch -- and don't forget the frozen hand!"

1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
2 cups white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale

1. To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
2. Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved. Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving. Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.

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