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Halloween Treats for Boys & Ghouls 
Oct. 14, 2012 11:22 am 
Updated: Oct. 27, 2012 12:58 pm
I think of the start of Fall as the beginning of baking and the season that revs up for more serious cooking. Kind of like a when a race car driver starts his engine, my internal cooking clock's timer "dings" to let me know it's time to switch it into high gear. Not only are you getting ready for Halloween, but you may have a few birthdays thrown in (we do), Thanksgiving is around the corner, and Christmas follows shortly after. I was excited to learn that some of my activities this month with Allrecipes.com would include challenging me to do things I've never attempted before. Our brand sponsors included Pillsbury Crescents and Karo Syrup. In this post, I'll share the treats and tips I used to craft a fun and economical Halloween party for some of the kids in the neighborhood.
First, probably my favorite decorations were these spiders--made with a $1 pack of black pipe cleaners and a $1 pack of black pom poms. Bend 4 pipe cleaners together to create legs and hot glue 2 pom poms on top for the body.

They look great on my dollar store spider webs!

Next, for the table I used more dollar store black plates, orange napkins, and black plastic flatware. Notice how the napkin was made to look like a ghost over the flatware. This is a simple way to add a little extra pizzazz to each place setting. The tablecloth is a piece of fabric I had in my sewing room, and I always like to print the menu to let my guests know what they'll be eating. It just adds to the tablescape, and keeps folks from guessing what they're eating. For my Halloween theme, each food was renamed something spooky (like Graveyard Cocoa). You'll see more about the menu below.

A closer look at the floral arrangement shows that a spider has taken over the marigolds from our garden. My oldest daughter made this from a $1 craft kit I found at the store. It was her idea to place it on the flowers and I think it looks fantastic!

If you can't find a sign like this, print one yourself! Target's dollar bin had this fun one for $2.50. It would also be cute on a post outside the house.
Next come the recipes. Remember how I mentioned that this was a month that challenged me? I made caramel, marshmallows, pecan pie, and yeast rolls for the very first time. For the party, here were the recipes I made that were extremely neat and pushed me out of my normal comfort zone--but it was worth it because they all turned out well (thankfully!).  I'll post the step-by-step photos below:

Spooky Homemade Marshmallows--these were very tasty, and so much better than storebought!

This caramel corn is DELICIOUS, and we mixed in pretzel wheels, salted peanuts, candy, and some dried cranberries.

I made Mini Mummy Dogs using this recipe and they are adorable.

These individual pumpkin pies were enjoyed by me and the kiddos.  Use the cheapest vanilla wafers you can find, they seems to maintain the crunch a little better than namebrand.
Lastly, my husband took a few pictures of me as I was working, and I promised him I'd use one. Most were fairly dark, but I was able to edit this one enough to be presentable.
He liked my Halloween hat.
Next up, the party! I hope there are some ideas here you can use for your own celebration, be it for 2 or 20. There's always a way to make life a little more special, even if you're on a strict budget.

*Originally posted on my personal blog:  http://houseoffrolicandmirth.blogspot.com/<

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my (jrbaker's) blog. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own.
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Deb C 
Oct. 14, 2012 12:34 pm
Great blog - and such great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 14, 2012 12:54 pm
I love how you did the collages. That caramel popcorn is evil! It makes your hand keep going back to it again and again! I love your decorative tablescape! Thanks for all the ideas!
Oct. 14, 2012 1:10 pm
Creative in so many ways! Great job! Love your ideas!
Oct. 14, 2012 1:21 pm
Thank you, ladies! Marianne, I finished off the caramel corn we had left this afternoon--thank goodness most of it left with our guests! It is soooo good........
Oct. 14, 2012 1:59 pm
Looks like the kiddos are as creative as Mom, the table decor looks wonderful. I never realized you could make your own marshmallows. Since my DH bought a huge pack of hot-dogs, when all I wanted was a five pack, I'll be making some of those crescent mummies this year for sure. Great blog jrbaker.
Oct. 14, 2012 3:10 pm
Awww, husbands try so hard don't they? He may like the mummies so much that he does it again ; )
Oct. 14, 2012 6:01 pm
Looks like fun was had by all. Great photos and blog.
Oct. 15, 2012 5:42 am
Hey there neighbor! I just saw where you live. I live in Pittsboro, NC. I love your blog. I especially love the center piece! I do love this time of the year and just like you it gets me started cooking for the winter months. I make 5 kinds of soups and freeze them. Of course I'll have to taste them. I also make breads in my KA. I do not have a bread machine, yet. I do love carmel corn! Haven't made it in a long time. Thanks for reminding me. I'll make some for Halloween. My children are teens but love carmel corn. We do not celebrate Halloween. Yep, we're the one who get toilet papered and what not!
Oct. 15, 2012 9:54 am
What a creative party and blog. Love all your ideas kid!
Oct. 15, 2012 11:04 am
Hey luv2cook! Your kids will LOVE the caramel corn. This is the first year I've made it and I think it is a new Fall tradition in our house. Thanks for the comments everyone, we had lots of fun! My next blog post will show what we did at the party so stay tuned!
Oct. 16, 2012 3:25 am
The party looks awesome; it almost makes me wish we had kiddos to do cool holiday stuff with. Pics are great, as usual; thanks for sharing!
Oct. 16, 2012 7:20 am
LTH, thanks so much! I think it would be fun to host a party for adults also--why should the kids have all the fun?
Oct. 27, 2012 12:58 pm
Looks like the hostess with the mostest is at work again. Nice job!
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I LOVE ALLRECIPES! Cooking is one of my passions, and the way I express appreciation and love for my family & friends. They all know me as "the cook" in our circle--if anyone needs a recipe, I'm the one they ask. I've traveled all over the country and love sampling regional foods. I tend to stay away from chain restaurants in favor of local ones, and enjoy the delicious variety each part of the country offers. Food photography is another favorite hobby of mine. I have 2 beautiful girls who like being in the kitchen with their Mama. Please find more of me and what I'm about on my blog: http://houseoffrolicandmirth.blogspot.com/
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My absolute favorite recipes are clones from restaurants--it's so much fun to have people ask "did you really make this?" I also enjoy pastas, vegetable dishes, and creating lower fat, healthier recipes from those that aren't so healthy. Packing my two girls' lunchboxes every day is also a fun challenge--we like healthy and fun meals that focus on nutrition.
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Every year for my daughters' birthdays, they get their favorite cake or cupcakes (it changes every year). We almost always have their parties at home. At Christmas, I love baking biscotti for gifts and myself; ).
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Each Christmas I host dinner for my family, and it's the one time during the year that I get to cook everything for them! I plan the menu for weeks-having a successful meal is the highlight of my year. Also, almost every New Year's Eve, I host a dinner for friends, and they get so excited about being invited--it's great to know that I can cook something they enjoy so much. Lastly, I have coworkers and a boss who LOVE to sample my latest creations! (They'll eat anything......)
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I can't make a good gravy. And I'm Southern! Also, I once froze bagged salad that was buy one get one free. I was only 20, and not very savvy about lettuce storage! I learned very quickly that you can't freeze lettuce.......
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