Halloween is just around the corner and I wanted to share some of our tricks and treats that we’ve been working on this week!
Tasty Treats for Classmates & Trick-or-Treaters
We tend not to hand out candy for Halloween. (BUT, I am thankful for those of you that do because then I get to raid my kids’ candy stash and steal my favorites!) Typically, we hand out snack-size Halloween-themed microwave popcorn bags but the store I buy them at didn’t stock them this year. So, we decided to get crafty. Now I realize these little cheese and cracker combos aren’t the healthiest thing in the world, but they were the perfect size for this craft. And, the kids get something a little different in their trick-or-treat bags. (You could also use individually-wrapped granola bars…which was our original plan, but I just couldn’t pass up the orange crackers for Halloween!) These are also great ideas for classmates when you have to provide a store-bought item! Check out our Ghost Suckers from last year for another great idea for classmates or trick-or-treaters!
Our local big box store had orange Kool-Aid on clearance for 5 cents and there were tons of them. Light Bulb! Why not wrap Kool-Aid with crepe paper too and use that as the treat item for their classmates?! We made over 50 Halloween Kool-Aid packets for less than $3.00! SCORE! My kids (with supervision around the hot glue gun!) made these all by themselves. My daughter even got really creative and wrote a joke on the back of each packet.
- Crepe paper
- Hot glue gun or tape
- Black marker
- Crackers, granola bars, or Kool-Aid packets, etc.
Here’s a few photos showing how we put both of these items together. We used a hot glue gun because that’s pretty much our go-to for every craft project but you can definitely use tape (and tape is a much safer idea for the younger kiddos). Start out by placing / gluing / taping the crepe paper to the bottom, back side of the crackers, granola bar, Kool-Aid, whatever it is your wrapping. Wrap crepe paper around object and overlap the layers so that you get good coverage. Crepe paper is pretty thin and can be fairly see-through.
Once you’ve reached the top of the object, cut and glue or tape the crepe paper to the back side. Flip over and draw your face with a black marker. It’s that easy!
Yummy Treats for the Family
We worked up an appetite making treats for everyone else so we decided we earned a treat of our own! We just used a boxed cake mix that we had in the pantry for these ghostly cupcakes! Any vanilla buttercream frosting recipe will do. Just pipe it out of a plastic decorator bag with a large round tip in a circular motion to make the ghost shape. Pop a few chocolate chips in for the eyes and mouth and you’re done! (Note: I think mini chocolate chips would look better on these cupcakes but I didn’t have any on hand.)
A Little Fun Self Promotion!
We also carved our pumpkins the other night because the weather was “relatively” warm and a cold front was moving in! It’s absolutely no fun carving pumpkins when it’s cold out. Your hands just ache trying to clean the guts out of an ice cold pumpkin! Mother nature has forced us to bring pumpkin carving inside on occasion. No matter how much paper and plastic I put down, I still find pumpkin seeds EVERYWHERE! It’s kind of like the pine needles on your artificial Christmas tree…you know what I’m talking about…you still find them a full year AFTER you’ve taken the tree down! So, here’s our Project Real Mom pumpkin! Happy Halloween!