Big Bro and I both celebrate birthdays in October. This year was his golden 14th birthday and I celebrated my 35th, so I wanted to do something special. We hadn’t hosted a big party all summer, so I thought birthday and Halloween celebrations were in order! My first order of business was to check out Halloween recipes to make it extra fun and special for all of the kids!
I looked all over the internet for great recipes and came up with Cocoa Krispe M&M’s Spiders. When it came time to make them, I couldn’t find the recipe I found anywhere, so instead I just winged it. 2 hours later, I was finally finished. They turned out adorable though and everyone complemented them, so they were totally worth the extra time!
Our guest list was pretty big (50 people), so I thought I would save some money by baking my own cupcakes. I bought some bat and ghost liners with picks from the dollar store. As my luck would have it, I couldn’t find my star frosting tip anywhere, so I just spread the frosting instead. They still turned out great though and tasted delicious!
I had all of this candy leftover from the huge Mixed Funsize bag of Mars Candy. I thought a yummy and easy snack mix would be a great solution!
I gathered some Crunch ‘n Munch, Mixed Nuts and all of the leftover candy; Snickers, Milky Way and Peanut M&M’s. I cut the candy bars into chunks, 3 per bar and then just mixed all of the ingredients together. The Snack Mix turned out awesome and one guest said it was super addicting and she wanted to take the whole container home with her!
I wanted a tasty and fun drink for the kids to enjoy and thought I’d put a Halloween twist on my favorite punch recipe. I grabbed some gummy eyeballs and body parts along with a super cool, bone and finger ice cube tray and got to work on making Ghoulish Halloween Punch.
It turned out delicious and all of the kids enjoyed it. However, next time I will put the gummy eyeballs and body parts in an ice cube tray full of water and freeze them. They all sunk to the bottom of the punch bowl, so you couldn’t really see them until you stirred the bowl. Trial and error I suppose!
We had decorated the outside of the house for Halloween with all sorts of spooky decorations. The day of the party, I set up the side yard by the fire pit with streamers and spread fake spider webs all over the bushes and trees. I set the tables up with little creepy crawlers all over and it looked awesome! Then it started raining as soon as I set the food out, so we had to scramble to take the food filled tables into the garage – that wasn’t decorated one bit! Luckily I had a spread of fun and spooky treats to make up for the lack of decor! Halloween treat pails made for perfect bowls for chips and the snack mix and it all came together nicely!
Now for the fun part – I’ve shared my recipes so that you can make your own fun and spooky treats for your next Halloween Party!
Ingredients and supplies:
- M&M’s candies (for eyes)
- 6 cups Cocoa Krispes cereal
- I package marshmallows
- 3 tbsp Butter
- Frosting (I used orange)
- Twizzlers Pull n Peel Licorice (cut into thirds)
Melt the butter over low heat in large pan, add marshmallows, stir until all melted. Remove from heat, add Cocoa Kripes cereal, stir. With buttered hands or gloves (to reduce sticking), grab a clump of the cereal mixture and form into ball to form the body of the spider. Place 8 strands of licorice around body and form ball around them so they stay. (This was the most tedious part, so if you find a better way, please share with us in the comments!) With a toothpick, put a dab of frosting on the printed side of and M&M and attach it to the body wherever you want the eyes to be. Repeat for the other eye. Arrange on platter and let them set to cool.
Now you’ll have a delicious treat that the kids will enjoy!
- 1/2 gallon Hawaiian Punch
- 2 liter 7UP
- 1 cup Orange Juice
- Gummy eyeballs and body parts
- Finger and Bone ice cubes
*Make this right before you plan to serve so that the sherbet doesn’t melt beforehand.
Put gummy eyeballs and ice cubes into a punch bowl and pour Hawaiian Punch, orange juice and 7UP into the bowl. Scoop sherbet in last. Voila, that easy! As I mentioned above, I would freeze the eyeballs and body parts into ice cubes because ours all settled to the bottom.
I hope that you enjoyed these tasty treats and feel free to share any spooky fun Halloween recipes that you have in the comments below!