This still boggles my mind: Halloween is second only to Christmas as the most decorated holiday. Not so when I was a kid. The house wasn’t decorated, and the 8 girls in our family were either witches or gypsies. My brother, Charlie, the last born and only son, was always a hobo. We used whatever we could find to dress up and we left at dark, by ourselves, and came home with grocery paper bags full of treats. Mom didn’t have to look through them to see if they were safe. Fast forward to Halloween 2015. Even if parental rules are stricter, Halloween is still so much fun! Both big, and little goblins get into the act.
Here are some fun recipes for a ghoulishly good Halloween.
“Glowing” Swamp Punch
Let the kids help. They love the creepy crawler ice ring.
1 cup boiling water
2 packages, 4-serving size each, lime gelatin
3 cups cold water
1-1/2 quarts carbonated lemon-lime soda, chilled
Pour boiling water over gelatin and stir until dissolved. Stir in cold water. Pour into punch bowl. Stir in soda, making mixture fizz.
Creepy Crawler Ice Ring
Black Cat Cookie Pops
1 cup gummy worms or other creepy crawler gummies
1 quart lemon-lime sports drink like Gatorade
Arrange gummy worms in bottom of 5 cup ring mold; fill with Gatorade. Freeze until solid. Unmold ice ring by dipping bottom of mold briefly into hot water. Float in punch. Serve cups garnished with gummy worms.
Again, let the kids help. Don’t worry if their cookies look like something other than cats. It’s about creativity and fun, not perfection.
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup water
1 box chocolate cake mix
Candy corn, red hots