Halloween is a great time to spend some quality time as a family in the kitchen. You will enjoy cooking up these great quick and easy Halloween recipes with your kids to enjoy together or serve to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. Enjoy candy or caramel apples, roasted and salted pumpkin seeds, Halloween party mix, Halloween cupcakes, and caramel popcorn when you use these five quick and easy Halloween recipes to create a memorable celebration for young and old celebrants alike.
Candy or Caramel Apples
Candy apples and caramel apples have long been a favorite for the holiday season and a staple of Halloween night fare. You can make this great treat so easily. All you will need is a selection of smaller apples, Popsicle sticks, and sheets of caramel or red candy from the grocery store. You can just fold the caramel or red candy around each apple and then insert a Popsicle stick into the bottom of each. Line a cookie tray with waxed paper to make sure the apples will come away easily as you hand them out.
Roasted and Salted Pumpkin Seeds
No Halloween night would be complete without fresh roasted and salted pumpkin seeds straight from the belly of the jack-o-lantern itself. This great quick and easy treat takes just a few moments to make. You will need a cookie tray, two teaspoons melted butter or vegetable oil, salt or seasoning salt, and one to two cups of pumpkin seeds. First, wash the pumpkin seeds to remove any pumpkin matter and lightly pat them dry. Next, mix in the salt and seasonings of your choice with the melted butter or oil, then add in the pumpkin seeds and stir them so that the seeds are thoroughly coated with the butter/oil and seasonings/salt mixture. Bake them in the oven on 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 30-45 minutes, turning the seeds over with a spatula midway through until both sides are toasted to a golden brown.
Halloween Party Mix
If you plan to have guests over, or you want an alternative to the traditional Halloween sugary candy, then you can prepare this great, easy and quick Halloween party mix. You can use any ingredients you have on hand, but one suggestion for a colorful and tasty party mix is to use a colorful candy such as M&Ms or candy corn, and your favorite nuts or dried fruits, such as cranberries, Craisins, raisins, or dried apples and pears. You can also use Chex mix, Cheerios, miniature honey graham crackers, and other healthy treats. Just toss the ingredients in together in a big bowl, then spoon into smaller serving bowls or put them into small baggies and tie them with colorful ribbons to give out as Halloween trick-or-treat gifts.
Halloween cupcake treats are another great fast and easy way to make Halloween special for kids and adults alike. You can find great cupcake topper decorations at nearly any party or craft store right around Halloween time, including black cats, witches, goblins and ghosts, and pumpkins. You can also make decorations from candy corn, candy pumpkins, and red hots. If you are really pressed for time, you can simply pick up a selection of plain cupcakes at your local grocery store along with a few frosting tubes in Halloween colors, squeeze out the frosting, top each with your Halloween cupcake toppers, and then you are ready to go.
Popcorn is a great Halloween treat and makes a perfect alternative to sugary-sweet candies. You can prepare this quick and easy recipe in less than 15 minutes and be all ready for Halloween night. To make caramel popcorn you will need 15 cups of popped popcorn (use plain if you use microwave popcorn, or you can air pop or kettle pop your own corn), 1 cup of butter or margarine, 1/2 cup of light or dark Karo syrup, 2 cups of light or dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon each of salt and baking soda, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and a large pot. You should combine all of the ingredients except for the popcorn, baking soda, and vanilla together over medium heat in the pot on the stove. Once the ingredients have blended, bring the heat up until the mixture boils. Allow it to boil for five minutes and then take the pot off the heat and allow it to cool. Add in the baking soda and vanilla to the cooled mixture. Finally, add in the popcorn, stir very well, and spread it out on a greased or waxed paper cookie sheet until you are ready to serve it.