Halloween Recipes

by Della H. Harris

Halloween RecipesHalloween is the time of year to break out the fun, spooky and easy recipes kids can help create and show off.

Your kitchen will be bubbling over with monster brew, pumpkin pops, ants-on-a-log, beetle brunch, stuffed snails, centipede surprise and bat cookies!

Even the best kid chefs still need help in the kitchen! Safety first! Share your favorite recipes in comments below.

Easy Halloween Tricks and Treats

Monster Brew

- 8 cups of cranberry juice
- 6 cups of apple cider
Mix cranberry and apple cider in a punch bowl. Add ice cubes and serve. Makes 14 cups.

Pumpkin Pops

Freeze orange juice in ice cube containers with wooden ice cream sticks. Presto you have pumpkin popsicles!

Ants on a Log

Rinse 1 or 2 celery stalks. Have an adult cut the stalks into halves or thirds. Fill the hollow of each celery piece with peanut butter then sprinkle raisins across the peanut butter. A fun and healthy treat! You can substitute the peanut butter for cream cheese or your family's favorite spread.

Beetle Brunch

Use a pear split in half for the beetle's body. Add orange or peach slices for wings and apple or carrot strips for antennae and legs. Use raisins and apple or carrot strips to add details, like eyes, spots, or stripes. See who can make the most buggy beetle!

Stuffed Snails

We're not talking escargot. These snails are less haughty. Have an adult boil and drain one cup of jumbo pasta shells. Let the pasta shells cool completely. Stuff the shells with small pieces of your favorite cheeses and cold cuts. Get creative making antennae.

Centipede Surprise

Place a pretzel stick into each end of a jumbo marshmallow -- we recommend using the short, thin pretzel sticks. Keep adding marshmallows in either direction to make your centipede as long as you like. Use pretzel stick halves for legs. You can use cookie decorations like sprinkles to make your creature super spooky!

Trick or Treat Cereals

Place these combinations on your hot or cold cereal:

  • Peachy Pumpkins: Place a peach half on your cereal, give it raisin eyes, nose, and stem. Then add an apple slice for a mouth.
  • Goofy Ghost: Use a pear half and place three raisins for the eyes and mouth.
  • Black Cat: Use a big prune for the body and a small prune for the head, raisins for the tail and ears, and bits of apple for the face.
  • Witchy Witch: Use a prune for the body, banana slice head, coconut hair, raisin eyes, nose, mouth, hands, and feet. Top it off with a pineapple broom.

Lil Pumpkin Pizzas

Have a parent get the broiler ready and toast two English muffin halves first. Spread ketchup or pizza sauce on the English muffins and then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese. Slice a hot dog like coins (or use pepperoni) and place a few on each muffin in a pumpkin face. Place the muffins on a broiler pan and have a parent broil them until the cheese melts.

The next batch of recipes are for adults to create, but we're sure parents will enlist their kids' help.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Version 1
You will need pumpkin seeds, a cookie sheet, aluminum foil, cooking oil, salt, a mixing bowl, a teaspoon, and a spatula or tablespoon.

  1. Wash the seeds in lukewarm water.
  2. Fill a bowl with water. Soak the seeds for one hour
  3. Spread the seeds on a piece of foil to dry. Let them dry for one or two days.
  4. Put the seeds in a bowl. Add 1-1/2 teaspoons of cooking oil. Stir the seeds and oil.
  5. Spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet and lightly salt them.
  6. Bake the seeds at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. The seeds should be turned every 5 minutes with the spatula or spoon.
  7. Let the seeds cool completely before you munch 'em.

Version 2
Wash and drain seeds. Pour 1/4 cup vegetable oil on a large cookie sheet. Spread seeds on the sheet, coating them well with oil. Bake in oven at 350 degrees until seeds are lightly brown (8-10 minutes). Remove, drain on a paper towel and sprinkle with salt. Store seeds in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Cookies

• 1-1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
• 1/2 cup shortening
• 2 eggs
• 1 lb. can pumpkin
• 2 3/4 cups flour, sifted
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ginger
• 1 cup raisins
• 1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix sugar, shortening, eggs, and pumpkin thoroughly In a large bowl. Sift dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Blend well, Add raisins and pecans. Drop batter by teaspoonful on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Pumpkin Squares

• 2 dozen graham crackers (crushed)
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 1/2 cup margarine
• 5 eggs
• 1-- 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• 1 envelope plain gelatin
• 1/4 cup cold water
• 2 cups fresh pumpkin

Mix graham cracker crumbs, margarine and 1/3 cup sugar together, and pack in a 9" by 13" pan. Combine 2 eggs, 2/3 cup sugar and cream cheese, and beat until light and fluffy.

Pour mixture over graham crackers and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove and cool.

Separate 3 eggs, combine the yolks, pumpkin, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and cinnamon in the top of a double boiler, and cook over boiling water for 5 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from heat. Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small pan and stir over low heat until dissolved. Add to mixture in double boiler, and let cool. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into mixture, and pour over baked layers. Refrigerate and serve with whipped cream.

Pumpkin Soup

• 2 large onions, chopped
• 1 teaspoon curry powder
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 5 cups chicken broth
• 1/2 cup butter
• 4 cups half-and-half
• 4 cups fresh pumpkin

Saute onion in butter until tender. Sprinkle with curry powder and saute 2 more minutes. Remove and place in a large saucepan. Stir in pumpkin and salt. Add half-and-half, stirring constantly. Stir in broth. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally. Serves 16

Pumpkin Pie

• 3/4 cup brown sugar
• 1 1/2 cups fresh pumpkin
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoons melted margarine
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
• 3 eggs
• 3/4 cup milk

Separate eggs and lay the whites aside. Combine the yolks and all other ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Fold in the egg whites and mix well. Spoon mixture into a 9" unbaked pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out cleanly.

Pumpkin Bread

• 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon soda
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil
• 2 large eggs
• 1/3 cup water
• 1 cup fresh pumpkin
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Combine pumpkin, water, eggs and oil and mix well. Add dry ingredients slowly and beat thoroughly. Stir in nuts and pour batter into greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 75-80 minutes. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

What are some of your favorites?