by Della H. Harris
Halloween 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.
- 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.
Freeze orange juice in ice cube containers with wooden ice cream sticks. Presto you have pumpkin popsicles!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Place these combinations on your hot or cold cereal:
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.
You will need pumpkin seeds, a cookie sheet, aluminum foil, cooking oil, salt, a mixing bowl, a teaspoon, and a spatula or tablespoon.
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.