Halloween has always been a favorite time of year for me. Not only is it my birthday, but the air is clean and crisp, the leaves have turned colors and it's just a very pretty time of year.
I'd like to share some fun Halloween ideas and recipes with you:
Halloween cookie cutters are a must. You can use these cookie cutters on bread to make Halloween sandwiches. Kids love jack-o-shaped shaped sandwiches. You can spread their favorite sandwich topping on the bread once it's cut.
Purchase M & M's from store that sells specific colors. Buy orange and green M & M's and then use them in your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe substituting the M & M's for the chocolate chips.
You can also put those same M & M's in your favorite rice krispy treat recipe. It's amazing how these two colors transform recipes into Halloween recipes.
Look for mini cookie cutters. They can often be found in kitchen specialty shops. If you find pumpkin mini cookie cutters, these work great on cheese. Buy sliced cheese. Cut the cheese with the mini cookie cutters and then put the slice of round cheese on a Ritz cracker.
Prepare your favorite brownie recipe and then top with candy corn pieces.
Make hamburgers and use your cookie cutters on full size slices of cheese. Serve open faced so that the pumpkin or ghost shaped cheese is on top.
Many stores sell spinach pasta. Green pasta with red sauce is very Halloween looking to kids.
Make english muffin pizzas. Add sauce and cheese and then cover with pepperoni slices. Use pineapple chunks to make eyes, nose and mouth.
What would Halloween be without pumpkin flavored items? Here are a few pumpkin recipes for you:
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 large 30-ounce can of pumpkin
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger
Mix everything together and serve. Kids love to dip both fruit and cookies into this dip.
And what about pumpkin muffins? I love pumpkin muffins warmed with butter on them:
3 1/3 cups flour
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup oil
2/3 cup water
2 cups pumpkin
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Pour into muffin tins. Batter will rise, so only fill the muffin tins 2/3 of the way full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Decorating your table can be fun also. Use a combination of blacks and oranges. Use cat or witch shaped bowls. I have a friend who owns plates, creamers and tea pots in the shape of cats. You can also sprinkle your M & M's and candy corn on the table. The kids can eat the decorations.
Enjoy Halloween with your kids and their friends at home with all of the above trips and ideas.