Scary-Simple Tricks and Treats for Last-Minute Halloween Parties

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Monster Cupcakes

With Halloween just hours away, you’re likely feeling prepared for this spooky-sweet holiday by now. Candy and costumes? Check, check. Trick-or-treat plans? Made them. Extra candy? Of course. But then your child comes home from school and announces that he’s volunteered to bring in treats for his classroom Halloween party tomorrow. What do you do? Instead of relying on your secret stash of candy bars to save the day, try preparing easy, kid-friendly sweet treats that will wow your child and surely be the talk of the elementary school.

To start, follow Sandra Lee’s lead and embrace the magic that is Semi-Homemade Cooking. Her Monster Cupcakes come together in just 20 quick minutes, thanks to pre-made unfrosted cupcakes. The secret to working with store-bought goodies is putting your own signature spin on them. These cupcakes, for example, become extra special and look downright homemade once you — or your kids — decorate them. Sandra opts for green-tinted frosting and colorful candies to create simple, silly monsters.

Ghastly Meringues

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For something equally easy to prepare, try Food Network Magazine’s Ghastly Meringues. You need just four everyday ingredients to bake these melt-in-your-mouth beauties, plus, they, too, can be personalized by your kids with a bit of melted chocolate. Don't worry if your ghosts don't pipe out as neatly as these —when it comes to Halloween baking, the scarier the better. While the recipe notes that it takes one hour and 35 minutes to finish the meringues, you’ll only be busy for about 20 minutes, since these light, airy cookies need to bake for up to one hour and 15 minutes.

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