Frightfully Fun Treats to Make with Kids

Witches and warlocks of all ages will have fun conjuring up these creepy treats! From boo-tiful breakfasts to spider-studded snacks, these recipes are great for cooking (and eating!) with kids.

October 20, 2021
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Halloween Cocoa Ghost Pancakes

Halloween is a great time to get kids involved in the kitchen because there are so many fun ways to do so. Take these pancakes, for instance. An assortment of ghost cookie cutters and sprinkles lets kids get creative with their designs. Little kids can keep it simple with mini chocolate chips and blueberries, while big kids can experiment with piping tasty fudge sauce.

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Pretzel Spider Webs

Ree’s eerie snack is delightfully easy! Simply lay pretzel sticks in a web pattern, then trace around the edges and center of each web to hold them together. Decorate with Halloween sprinkles and enjoy!

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Halloween Dirt Cups

A tried-and-true classic, dirt cups are always welcome at a Halloween party. Plus, there are plenty of opportunities to get the kids involved! Older kids can help make the homemade pudding, while younger ones will enjoy crushing up cookies and layering in the gummy candies.

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Cake Eyeballs

Ree’s cake eyeballs are the perfect bite-size treat for a Halloween party. Make sure the cake balls are completely firm before coating them with melted chocolate — if not, you’ll be up to your eyeballs in crumbs!

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Halloween Crispy Rice Treats

These colorful treats will be a hit at your Halloween party and they're so easy to put together. The spider web decoration is made with melted marshmallows. Using gloves and working on foil to stretch the web makes cleanup easy.

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Witch Crash Cupcakes

From molding witch "feet" to putting together the candy-cookie hats, these cupcakes offer Halloween fun for monsters of all ages.

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Matcha Monster Meringues

These friendly little ghosts get a dose of "slime" with the help of some bright green matcha. Matcha comes in various forms and grades, the main two being ceremonial (a higher grade of tea with a softer, more subtle matcha flavor) and culinary (made from slightly lower quality tea with a bolder matcha punch). You'll use ceremonial grade for this recipe since it pairs nicely with the homemade meringue.

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Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are monster sized and monster themed, making them perfect treats for your Halloween party. They bake up crispy on the edges and chewy inside. Feel free to vary the sprinkles and add some non pareils to the mix. Candy eyeballs come in various sizes so play around to see which combo you like best we happen to think one medium and one large makes the monster look delightfully deranged.

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

These creepy, crawly spider cookies are entertaining for little ones and adults to make together. From pushing chocolate candies into warm cookies, to drawing spider legs with chocolate and making silly eyes, there's plenty of fun for everyone.

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Halloween Cake Pops

It's scary how adorable these festive Halloween cake pops are! Kids of all ages will enjoy rolling up the cake balls and topping each one with sprinkles, candy or artful designs.

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Blueberry-Vanilla Monster Cereal Treats

You won't need food coloring to make these cute and tasty monster treats! Crushed freeze-dried blueberries have a ton of fruity flavor and tint the marshmallow goo a festive purple color that's perfect for Halloween.

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Cobweb Hot Cocoa

Black cocoa has little natural acidity, an impossibly black as midnight color and a rich chocolate flavor that tastes just like your favorite cream sandwich cookies (because it’s in that cookie too!) These three elements are ideal for making a very chocolaty but not bitter drink that’s eerie enough for Halloween but tasty enough for any day.

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Peanut Butter Cookie Ghosts

Ree’s ghostly cookies come together in just three easy steps: melt white chocolate, dip in store-bought peanut butter cookies and top with mini chocolate chips to make eyeballs. If the chocolate is too hot for little fingers, have them place the chocolate chips while a grown-up dips each cookie.

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Concession Stand Crackers

Kids who love chocolate will adore these simple treats. Dip saltine crackers into a mixture of melted chocolate and hazelnut, then have the kids top the chocolate with their favorite candy and Halloween sprinkles. Bonus? These make a great lunchbox surprise!

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Dirt Cake

Crushed chocolate cookies are the "dirt" in this no-bake dessert, while gummy worms on top add even more squeal-appeal. For the pudding layers, we folded in whipped sweetened cream cheese for flavor and loft. Be sure to assemble it in a glass dish so you can see the layers.

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Apple Spice Cake Mummies

These fall-flavored treats are the perfect addition to any monster mash. Spoon vanilla frosting into a plastic bag and let your little ones go crazy piping it in a zigzag pattern to make the deathly delicious mummy wrappings.

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Tie-Dye Halloween Sugar Cookies

These anything-goes cookies are perfect for baking with the kiddos. You'll only need to whip up one basic dough (it's tinted 4 different colors) and can let the little ones go crazy tearing up and scattering bits of dough onto a piece of parchment to create the tie-dye design.

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Banana Mummies

Use gooey marshmallow "threads" and candy eyeballs to turn frozen banana treats into mummies for Halloween.

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Ghostly Cupcakes

With this easy recipe and decorating technique, you and your little ones will be able to bake a batch of cupcakes so cute and delicious, it's scary!

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Candy Bucket Cookies

Who says you have to put all the candy into trick-or-treaters buckets? Chopped up candy bars also make the perfect mix-in for these easy-to-make drop cookies.

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