Here are a few great frugal party ideas and Halloween recipes to keep the spirit of Halloween alive.
Thoughts of Halloween often conjure haunting visions of buckets of candy, trays of caramel apples and oodles of other sugary snacks.
Although it's only once a year, the aftermath of Halloween can linger for weeks as your child's stash of candy whittles away. But why torture yourself? Why not make Halloween a fun holiday with easy to use low-cost yummy ingredients? These creative, money-saving ideas to get everyone in the mood!
Parents, always supervise any cooking activities with your children. Enjoy these recipes but keep age appropriateness in mind when allowing your child to eat and/or to create certain foods. For your information: While everyone should eat healthfully 90 percent of the time, there is a time to let loose very occasionally. While everything listed below is not 100 percent healthy -- everyone needs to splurge 10 percent of the time and this goes for kids too. Have fun and always monitor small children, ESPECIALLY ages 10 months to 3 years, when preparing, cooking and/or eating certain types of food.
2. Stir in noodles. Drop by spoonful onto waxed paper.
3. Add two M & M's for the spider eyes.
2. Place in container with a lid. Freeze four to five hours. Remove from freezer when mixture is slushy.
3. Fill glasses one-half full of slush. Fill remainder of glass with 7-Up. Or, add the 4 cans for a larger serving size for a party treat in a glass punch bowl or pitcher.
4. Throw cherries in for added spooky effect.
2. Cut each piece of candy corn in half lengthwise.
3. In double boiler on low heat, or microwave, melt marshmallows, stirring constantly.
4. Remove from heat. Add popcorn and stir to coat evenly. Slowly add candy corn and stir.
5. Using wax paper, press mixture evenly into pan, let cool about one hour. Cut into 24 squares.
Black Kitty Kats
2. Roll and form cookie dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Flatten balls with bottom of glass dipped in sugar -- a jelly jar will suffice.
4. Pinch out two ears at top of cookie. Add M & M's (eyes) and red hots (nose). Press fork into dough to form whiskers and fill with coconut pieces or cake decorating candy pieces after they come out of the oven.
5. Bake at 375 degrees for eight to 10 minutes. It should make 4 1/2 dozen.
Chocolate Halloween Eyeballs
2. Melt chocolate chips and cool slightly. Poor onto room-temperature grapes and/or dip into chocolate mix.
3. Within one minute, stick a red hot into the middle of a chocolate covered grape. For better eyeball affects, make a circle around the red hot with vanilla frosting.
4. Insert toothpicks into the side of the treat. Eat right afterward or share chilled eyeballs with friends and family.