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Bones and Spiders and Pumpkins…Oh My!

October 22, 2013

I love this time of year and I love coming up with Halloween treats and I have three different fun Halloween treats to share with you!

Every year for Halloween, we attend the annual Trunk-Or-Treat at my daughter’s preschool. It’s a great event where the kids can have fun, the adults can catch up and everyone can enjoy Halloween and a great sense of community. Living in a big city, the good old fashioned door to door trick or treating often feels very impersonal to me, which is why I absolutely love taking my girls to Trunk-Or-Treat.

We always meet up with our friends, set up a shade cover, decorate, bring dinner and desserts and spend some time eating and hanging out prior to the costumes and candy. While pizza is usually on the menu for dinner, I like to come up with fun desserts for the kids (and adults). This year I’ve come up with three fun and super easy Halloween treats.

The first treat I have to share are these super easy Marshmallow Pumpkin Pops. These are incredibly easy to make. I used JET-PUFFED JUMBO PUMPKINMALLOWS, popped them onto some pretty party straws and then dipped them into orange candy coating.

I finished them with a dusting of sanding sugar. Truly a no bake, quick to make pop. You can decorate yours with a variety of sprinkles or other fun items, but I thought these were so pretty with just the simple sugar coating.

Simply adding little sugar skulls can quickly change the look and feel of these pumpkin pops…

Next up I made some JELL-O JIGGLERS. I boiled my water in the microwave, added my JELL-O and poured them into my molds (complete instructions on JELL-O packages).

After that they are popped into the fridge for a few hours, and voila – fun little Halloween JELL-O shapes. I put mine on a bed of sprinkles, because sprinkles make everything more festive.

I think this little spider was my favorite. So fun, so easy! The final treat I made were Cookie Bones.

These fun cookie bones have an added twist – pretzel rods inside of them! These are super easy to make, it’s just sugar cookie dough placed into this cool Wilton pan. I decided to add pretzel rods to mine to give them more of a crunch. First I pressed in my sugar cookie dough, then I pressed in my pretzel rods, and into the oven they went.

I was originally going to frost them, but they look great unfrosted, so I just left them as is.

You can even package them up for treat giving if you like. I put mine into a food safe cellophane bag with a bit of red tissue paper, then tied the bag closed with ribbon and a little spider ring.

Have fun and happy haunting!

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Bones and Spiders and Pumpkins…Oh My!
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