10 Halloween Party Foods Kids And Kids-At-Heart Will Enjoy
Halloween is just around the corner, and it's time to start planning for the festivities! Halloween parties are an excellent opportunity for family fun while also getting your kids excited for the spooky spirit. If you're looking for cooking ideas and ideal Halloween party foods for kids, then this guide has got you covered.
1. Pumpkin Hand Pies
These Halloween-themed pumpkin hand pies are a fun way to serve up some veggies for those after a savory yet healthy snack! You can make them easily with this quick recipe below.
- 3 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 3 tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. + 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/2 c. (3 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3 tbsp. white vinegar
- 3 tbsp. ice-cold water
- 1 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
- 1/4 c. packed dark brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
- 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 4 oz. cream cheese, cut into small pieces
- Two large egg yolks
- One beaten egg for brushing
How to Make
Step 1: In a food processor, combine the flour and sugar. Process in butter until it becomes coarse crumbs!
Step 2: In another small bowl, mix flour or cornstarch until thoroughly combined; then add in one teaspoon per cup measurement from there on out until everything comes together into pieces smaller than 1 inch thick at least an hour before ready use- refrigerate if desired.
Step 3: Now that you've cooked the pumpkin, it's time to start mixing up some filling! Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until fragrant. Remove from stove top; mix with cream cheese until fully incorporated, then fold in egg yolks one at a time before transferring them into the fridge for 15 minutes while we prepare our crusts.
Step 4: The best way to cook this dish is in the oven. Heat it to 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes; then, you'll be able to get a crunchy, golden-brown crust with a gooey cheese filling that's inside a perfectly cut pumpkin shape!
Frying sounds like an extra step, but we promise - it's worth taking care of so your pies don't taste salty or greasy from oil pools at its surface.
Step 5: Hand pies are a delicious way to make use of leftovers! Assemble the dough by placing 2 Tbsp pumpkin mixture onto each bottom. Leave 1/2 inch around all edges and lightly brush with an egg before sandwiching in scored pieces cut out from freshly cooked pumpkin =. Bake until golden brown for 23-25 minutes, then serve hot & enjoy as a snack or dessert dish.
2. Frightening Finger Food
Give your food a fun and wacky label to turn it into an unusual dish. For example, call white doughnut holes "spider eggs" or green puffed vegetable monsters in the making! Add some more creativity by labeling red punch as vampire blood instead of just saying bat wings - after all, they are so delicious that you'll want them again soon enough anyway.
3. Creepy Crawler Cupcakes
A fear of spiders, otherwise known as Arachnophobia, is a creepy crawler that people have and are constantly leveraging during Halloween. With a dash of sugar, spice, and everything excellent--like fondant and food coloring, spider cupcakes will be ready for the taking. Here's how to make them.
- 12 chocolate cupcakes
- One c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temp
- One 16-oz box confectioners' sugar
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- Black Royal icing
- Purple candy melts
- 2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. corn syrup
How to Make
Step1: For the perfect cupcake, you need a fluffy frosting with just enough sweetness. We recommend using an electric mixer. Everything integrates well before increasing at medium-high rates until creamy white after 4 minutes of beating time. Use store-bought premade buttercream, which usually has tons more flavor.
Step 2: On a large piece of waxed paper, use black Royal Icing to pipe small spider heads and bodies as well as legs. Let dry at least an hour before handling or removing from the work surface so that it will not stick when removed later on.
Remove the design easily without damaging your fingers by touching any part residue- rub them under one edge while tracing their outline with another hand until all trace has been erased.
Step 3: To create a pirate web, black pipe candy melts onto your cupcakes, set the spider webs in place in different areas for decoration, and enjoy!
Step 4: Pouring three inches of cold water into a large bowl is one way to keep your hands cool while you're making cookies. Place four glasses on either side to form an "L" shape when lined up vertically. Grease the handles (or wrap in aluminum foil) before balancing two long wooden spoons over the top as weights if needed.
Step 5: Place sugar, water, and corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Melt the sugars on medium heat until they boil away to 300°F degrees, then immediately place your whole pot into cold water for 10 minutes. Place it back onto another burner which will slowly bring down its final desired outcome reaching 275° F as well!
Step 6: Working in batches, drag a fork through sugar and wave quickly back and forth over spoon handles to create long strands. Carefully collect these into balls with your hands before placing them on top cupcakes and prepare to serve!
4. Swamp Monster Spaghetti
Get extra creative and serve a dinner staple like spaghetti in the spookiest way you know-how. For an authentic Neapolitan experience, try using black spaghetti noodles. Made of squid ink spaghetti or black bean noodles, swamp monster spaghetti is topped with marinara sauce and pimento-stuffed olives for an added touch of flavor!
5. Crunchy Bone Breadsticks
Breadsticks are a great appetizer or snack to serve if you want something a little easier to eat. A delicious way to get your pizza fixed is by baking it yourself!
Take store-bought dough, shape it into bones, and brush it with egg whites before sprinkling on some Parmesan cheese. Then bake until golden brown- Serve up warm for grabbing straight from the oven or serve alongside marinara dipping sauce if desired.
6. Monster Wrap Bites
These wraps are not for the faint-hearted! Add some extra spice with Cheddar cheese, olives, and pickles to make them come alive. On your next round of trick or treating with the kids, try one of these Monstrous Sandwiches.
Slice up a cold cut into fun shapes (like an octopus or boat), then mix it in together before sealing off each end like you're wrapping something precious - but be careful because this bite packs quite a wallop.
- Large spinach wraps
- Favorite sandwich filling
- Sliced Cheddar cheese or nori wraps, and Ham (for hair and mouth)
- Sliced egg and olives for eyes
- Whole olives, for bolts
- You can add Cornichon pickles, whole for bolts, halved for eyebrows and nose
How to Make
Step 1: Make your own delicious, customizable sandwich by filling it with whatever you like. First, cut the bread into long strips for the mouth and scissors- sandwiches are not easy to make without some guidance!
Step 2: Add cheese slices or nori triangles depending on your preference before rolling each wrap like a burrito style. So there is no overlap when placed on either side - be sure they're centered nicely; otherwise, all those tasty ingredients might leak out during transport (no one wants messes).
Step 3: Cut olives in half lengthwise, then cut thin slivers off at angle behind ears; place these "eyes" subsequently use cornichons as eyebrows while also adding olive slices.
Step 4: Place toothpicks in each corner to keep your wrap together and secure it with two olives or cornichons.
7. Severed Toes in Bandages
You don't have to worry about the best way to get your vegetables - we've got it covered. They might not look like much, but trust us-they're delightful and only take 30 minutes from the start (not including cook time).
- One box of refrigerated pie crusts
- One package beef cocktail franks
- 36 almond slices
- One large egg
- Ketchup, for serving
How to Make
Step 1: All you need for this recipe is a pie crust, some salt, and pepper to season it up the right way. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil before unrolling your dough into 3⁄8-inch strips so that they will not stick while cooking; then use those same cut pieces as toppings on pies at home or in restaurants alike!
Step 2: Working with one frank at a time, wrap one-half to two-thirds of the cocktail frank in dough strips (like bandages), cutting them to fit. Repeat for remaining franks and arrange on a prepared baking sheet.
Step 3: To make these adorable cupcakes, start by cutting a horizontal slit on the unwrapped end of each frank. Put an almond slice into it to resemble their toenail shape! Brush your dough bandages with egg wash before sticking them in place for maximum effect.
Step 4: With 20 minutes of preparation time, this recipe will have you enjoying a delicious treat in no time. Bake until golden brown and serve with an extra helping of ketchup for that perfect combo!
8. Marshmallow Head Poppers
The kids will get a kick out of these, and although they look complicated to make- all you need are just some essential ingredients to put together a fun little snack.
- 28 marshmallows
- 28 Lollipop sticks
- One bag of white chocolate chips
- Green or orange gel or paste food color
- Canola oil
- Vanilla or white frosting
- Green and red gel or paste food color
- Chocolate frosting
- Four pastry bags fitted with couplers
How to Make
Step 1: Place a marshmallow onto each lollipop stick with the flat sides facing out. One exception: If making Frankenstein's monster, place them on barbecue sticks, so they are not symmetrical and upside-down!
Step 2: It's never too late to get creative! Add white chocolate sauces or candies for extra spice in desserts. The best part is that you can do this right at home without spending tons of money on store-bought treats.
Step 3: Make your own Dracula or mummy by dipping one marshmallow at a time into the melted chocolate, tapping gently on the edge of the bowl to shake off excess. Place sticks upright in the florist's foam, and let's sit for 30 minutes before eating them.
Step 4: Tinting chocolate is the perfect way to make your Halloween creations come alive. Add 3-5 tsp of oil for every 1/2 cup melted chocolate, and you'll have a gooey, spooky treat.
Step 5: To create your very own Frankenstein or Jack-o'-Lanterns, you will need to tint the chocolate with green and orange food colors. Mix 3 tsp oil for every 1/2 cup of melted dark chocolates to keep it from stiffening up while dipping as directed above!
9. Gingerbread Mummy And Skeleton Pets
Skip the traditional Halloween colors and instead decorate cutout cookie figures with bands of white fondant to look like bandages; add black icing for eyes. Transform animal cookies — dogs, cats, ducks or dinosaurs, or anything to your liking into spooky companions by piping on a skeleton's bones!
10. Wormy Iced Bath Treats
Something a little different with the same Halloween kick is these Halloween-themed soda cube treats. Fill the bottom of an ice cube tray with soda and add gummy worms for a creepy-crawly effect. Plus, it's a mouthwatering treat you didn't see coming!
Snacks and treats are a must during Halloween; whether you're trick or treating or throwing a Halloween party, our list of Halloween party foods can help you prepare some incredible treats. Whether you're into sweets like cookies, cupcakes, or cold treats like soda pop gummy worms, there's a bunch of unique Halloween party foods for kids to enjoy with just a little effort.