October is a month of Spooktacular Halloween Snacks for Kids.  It’s time to take those after-school or bedtime snacks up a notch.  This doesn’t mean that a ton of time needs to go into the preparation (well not all of them anway 😉).  What it DOES mean is that you will be creating fun memories for your children!

Believe me when I say, your kids will crown you “Parent of the Spooky Season” when you take a few extra minutes to create these goodies.  You also will be able to sneak in some healthy items that they may not even realize because they just look so fun.  What are you waiting for…….let’s dive in!

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Apple Vampire Bites ~

It really doesn’t get any easier than this fun snack!  Slice apples, layer one side of each slice with peanut butter, add some mini marshmallows for teeth!  This scary snack is healthy and delicious.  Lay each “mouth” on a plate and add some spooky eyeballs to complete the look!

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • apples (sliced)
  • peanut butter
  • mini marshmallows
  • plastic eyeballs

Below is a link to purchase the eyeballs.  You may also have luck finding them in some of your local stores!

Hocus Pocus Spellbook Brownies ~

You will notice several steps in this spooktacular Halloween snack, but don’t run away just yet….this is a simple recipe too since you are using boxed brownie mix.  The detail in the instructions is just on the decorating, which goes quickly once you get the hang of what you are doing!

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • black tube of icing
  • white tube of icing
  • large candy eyes (optional)

If you choose to use candy eyes instead of the icing (either one works perfectly), you can usually find candy eyes in your local store.  I have also included a link to purchase them below.  *You will want the jumbo size ones for the best look….pay attention to sizes as there are many different sizes of candy eyes.

I’m including this link as well because it is handy to have several sizes on hand when preparing different spooktacular Halloween snacks for kids all month long.

Directions ~

  1. Bake brownies per box instructions.
  2. Let cool and then cut into rectangular (book looking) pieces.
  3. Pipe white icing in a large circle for the eye.  (Optional – you can use a large candy eye in place of this step).
  4. Pipe black icing in middle of eye (unless using large candy eyes).
  5. Pipe a ziz zag line down one long side of brownie.  Next, pipe a straight line next to that and then add stitches down the length of the straight line.
  6. Pipe half circle on opposite two corners of the brownies.

Let’s not forget to add those special candy Halloween extras on our serving plate once we are done making the Hocus Pocus Brownies.  It just makes the presentation that much more fun!

Homemade Chocolate Halloween Candies ~

Another super simple recipe that is so fun to make.  You can be as simple or as creative as you wish.  Bonus….the kids can join in on the fun making these!  (Look in the Hocus Pocus Brownie picture above and you will see the various colored candies on the serving platter!)

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • silicone Halloween chocolate molds
  • colored melting chocolates

You can look in your local stores for the chocolate molds or purchase them from the links below.

Directions ~

  1. Place candy melts in a heat proof bowl.  *You can add a tsp. of shortening per each package used to thin the chocolate out a bit.
  2. Put bowl of melts in the microwave and MICROWAVE FOR 30 SECONDS!  (this is in all caps for a reason….follow these directions to ensure your chocolate doesn’t burn!)
  3. Take bowl out and stir thoroughly.
  4. Place back in microwave for another 30 seconds.  (even if it doesn’t look like they are melting, DO NOT go over 30 seconds at a time!  I promise, they are melting!)
  5. Continue doing this until chocolate is melted.

*If you need to thin chocolate out at any point during using, add one teaspoon of shortening.

The link below shows green candy melts (which is indeed a fun Halloween color), however, when you click on the link there are more color options.

If you prefer to use white chocolate melts, or even white almond bark and color it to your own liking, be sure to use oil based food coloring or your chocolate will get VERY thick….believe me….I know this to be a fact because I have ruined my chocolates before!

Halloween Frankenstein Kiwis ~

How cute are these little frankensteins?  A healthy snack that is oh so fun to serve up!

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • Kiwis
  • candy eyeballs
  • pretzel sticks
  • black tube icing

Directions ~

  1. Wash kiwi and pat dry.  Cut it in half and place flesh side down.
  2. Cut a little bit off of the ends and throw away.  Using a small vegetable peeler,  gently peel the skin upwards, leaving some on the top for his “hair.”
  3. Pat again with paper towel to remove excess moisture.  This ensures the icing will stick.
  4. Put small dots of icing for the “glue” for each eye.  Then place candy eyes on the icing dots and press lightly.
  5. Draw a mouth and “stitching” on side of face with tube of icing.
  6. Gently snap a pretzel stick in half and push into sides for his arms.

Banana Ghosts ~

*See picture above

Ingredients Needed ~

  • bananas
  • tube of black icing

Directions ~

  1. Peel bananas and then cut in half.
  2. Using tube of icing, draw your ghost face of eyes and mouth!

Mummy Juice Boxes ~

How cute are these?????  Another easy spooky treat that the kids will LOVE!

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • Juice boxes
  • Googly eyes
  • Gauze
  • Scotch tape

Directions ~

Wrap gauze around each box.  Gently tuck loose end in the gauze wrapping to secure.

Roll small piece of tape and place on back of googly eyes.  Then place eyes on gauze juice box.  *You can also get googly eyes with adhesive backs to use instead of tape.

Graveyard Pudding Cups ~

Kids love pudding and this ghostly treat will be sure to bring a smile to their faces!

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • chocolate pudding cups
  • ghost marshmallow Peeps
  • graham crackers OR Oreos
  • candy pumpkins

Directions ~

  1. Chop graham crackers or cookies in blender or food processor until finely chopped (it should resemble dirt).
  2. Peel top of pudding cups off.
  3. Layer crumbs on top of chocolate pudding.
  4. Top with a marshmallow ghost Peep and a candy pumpkin.

While not necessary, it so much fun to add the casket backdrop to many of your snack presentations, giving a fun name to each snack!

Baked Halloween Quesadillas ~

Items/Ingredients Needed ~

  • Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • flour tortillas
  • spray cooking oil
  • Halloween shaped cookie cutters

Directions ~

  1. Place 2 tortillas together face down on cutting board.  Press cookie cutter into tortillas, making sure to cut through both.
  2. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Place bottom tortilla on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Top with handful of shredded cheese.
  5. Place top tortilla over top of cheese.
  6. Lightly spray top of tortilla with cooking spray.
  7. Bake at 350° for about 7 minutes or until cheese has melted.

*It helps to have the comfort grip cookie cutters for this snack to make cutting through both tortillas a bit easier!

Another fun Halloween serving idea is the coffin shaped cutting board.  This will come in handy for so many reasons throughout the month of October.

Mummy Dogs ~

This can be a fun little snack or part of your dinner menu.  You can mix it up and use regular size hot dogs or cocktail weenies.

Ingredients Needed ~

  • hot dogs or cocktail weenies
  • crescent rolls
  • mustard, ketchup OR candy eyes

Directions ~

  1. Unroll dough and separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles.
  2. Press perforations to seal.
  3. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut 10 strips lengthwise down the dough.
  4. Wrap strips of dough around the mummy, layering them randomly to resemble mummy wraps.  Use 3 to 4 strips of dough for each mummy.
  5. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
  6. Dot mustard or ketchup on the mummy for eyes OR push candy eyes into the dough.

Wrapping It Up! ~

There you have it my Halloween friends…a list of Spooktacular Halloween Snacks for Kids that will be a hit this season for sure!  I hope that you will create some (or all) of these yummy recipes…and have fun….maybe add your own little touches!  Send pics back in the comments when you do….I would love to see what you have created!

Once you have made all of your snack list ideas, be sure to engage the family in outdoor Halloween fun too!  Try this neighborhood fun…You’ve Been Booed!!! 👻.  Maybe have some Skelly Skeleton fun as explained here….Halloween fun by mail with Skelly Skeleton.

Last, but definitely not least, I would like to thank my dear daughter, Lauren.  I (and I have to say I on this one and not we) raised our kids to love Halloween and all of the fun that goes into the month of October.  She has taken that up a notch and created each of these snacks already this month (and we are not even half way through the month!!!)  She is a dedicated mom that truly enjoys holiday fun with her kiddos!  Our grandkids are indeed lucky!

Happy Halloween my friends ~