Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween Treats - FUN for Kids!

Today's Halloween Eve and I'm just creepin' it real...

If we're being honest, I'll probably be creepin' it real tomorrow, too.  I'm still trying to decide what I want my costume to be....creepy?  or cute??  I think both.  I think I want something a little creepy tonight since we'll be going to a costume party, and something "cute" tomorrow since we'll be together as a family :)  It's supposed to rain all day tomorrow, too. BOO. 

Speaking of costumes, these two had their Book Character Day at school so they went as  Officer Buckle and Nighttime Ninja.  I'm dying laughing because my Officer Buckle bears a striking resemblance to Lieutenant Dangle (Reno 911, anyone?!?!) .  The glasses and 'stache were all his idea.  In his words, "you know what would make this costume epic?!?!?!"
   (insert crying laughing emoji here)

Our sweet pug, Lloyd Barker,  is joining us in the costume fun this year, too.  The force is strong with this one.
#bonepugsandharmony #pugsandkisses #pugsnotdrugs

The boys and I laughed way too hard putting this on him yesterday.  Lloyd, on the other hand, didn't find it quite as amusing.

Now let's talk about treats!!!  I ran up to school this morning to deliver our teachers  these little gift bowls and cookies.  I love shopping at Dillard's after season because they always have the best deals on holiday decor and other little trinkets.  I found these great little Halloween cookie cutters and "spooktulas" last year all for about $1 a piece!!!  I hesitated at first, but mom talked me into getting them and I knew they'd make fun little teacher gifts.  Then I found these great bowls at a trade fair for about $6 a piece and had to scoop 'em up to pair with the cookie cutters and spooktulas.  I also put in a little box of the boys' favorite cookies.

My boys absolutely LOVE these cookies!!!

These are super easy to make and you probably have all the ingredients on hand.  You can grab the eyes in the baking section (Wilton, I got mine at Target) and then just pick up a tube of the icing gel (Wilton, at Target) to adhere the eyes and make the spider legs.  

This year we added a few more things to the list to bake.  You should've seen the boys' faces!!  They were SO excited!!!  

First up, our FrankenKrispies!!!  There are a million different versions on Pinterest.  I would've loved to have added the little bolts on either side of the neck, but this momma was all about saving a little time.  I always wait 'til the last minute to do everything (shocker) and I didn't want to be up 'til midnight since I was making quite a few things :)  So this is how they ended up and the boys LOVED them!!!!  

These couldn't have been easier.  

3 TBSP butter, melted
1 bag mini marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal 
Green food coloring
1 tube of red cookie icing

Melt butter in a large pan.  Add package of marshmallows to butter and stir until marshmallows are smooth and melted.  Remove from heat and add food coloring (I added about 6-8 drops, but you can add until the marshmallows are the desired color).  Mix in the Rice Krispies until evenly coated.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish and press the Rice Krispies in the dish until firm and even.  Set aside for about 30 minutes, or until firm.  Cut into even squares and remove from pan.  Melt the candy melts according to package directions.  Dip one end of each Rice Krispie treat into the melted candy and set to dry on wax paper.  Use the red cookie icing to adhere the eyes to the treats.  Use the cookie icing to draw the mouth as well.  

I saw these darling brownies on the Betty Crocker website and wanted to try.  Let me just tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with baking brownies.  I don't feel like I ever bake them the right way.  They're either underbaked or overbaked.  I haven't tried these yet, but I think we got a little half and half action goin' on.  Some of them looked spot on.  I think some were underbaked and I'm pretty sure there were a few that were overbaked, too.  Oh well.  While these are nowhere near as cute and detailed as the brownies pictured on the Betty Crocker website, they'll do just fine for the kids :)  I think this particular food craft was their most favorite!!!! (even though they look scary as heck.)

1 box of brownie mix (baked according to pkg. directions)
1 bag of Jumbo Marshmallows
1 tub of vanilla or white frosting

Bake brownies according to package directions.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool for at least 1 hour.  Cut brownies evenly into squares and remove from baking dish.  Adhere one jumbo marshmallow to each brownie using a dab of frosting on the bottom of each.  Melt the remainder of the frosting in the microwave.  Pour a tablespoon of the melted frosting over each marshmallow until each is evenly coated.  Let the frosting set and harden for about 30 - 45 minutes.  Use the black icing gel to add the eyes and mouth.

These fun little food crafts were a great way to get us all in the kitchen and baking together.  They were a blast to make, albeit a teensy tedious and time consuming, and they are darling to boot!  The boys were SO excited to take some of their goodies to school today.  We made enough for my husband to take to his student trainers today, too!  Even big kids love Halloween treats :)

Have a  HAPPY (and safe) HALLOWEEN!!!!!!


  1. Everything is ADORABLE!! And I am making a trip to Target 1st thing tomorrow morning. I need that shirt in my life! Thanks for sharing all these cute ideas!!

  2. Your boys are TOO cute!!!!!!!!!