By now, everyone who has ever laid eyes on this blog knows that I live for a themed event – so much so that I have theme nights some weekends. Before you ask, yes the kids like them, no they are not being held hostage, and there is nothing wrong with me. Well, not much. Well, not that I am going to write in a blog post. Hahaha.
Sometimes it is fun to sneak a seasonal treat into your meal just to have a little fun and pep up a meal, but not necessarily create an entire themed meal. I have included a few recipes below that are some of my favorites to accomplish a cute, quirky touch to a lightly themed meal.
Zombie Pigs in Blankets
Trust me, these are going to get a reaction. Your kids are either going to love them or completely be creeped out by them. Mine love them (not as much as me), but still love them. These are made in much the same way pigs in blankets are. Start with a cocktail wiener and wrap small bits of croissant around the tiny piggy. Double wrap the first band of dough so that you have room to pinch it a bit and stretch it out so that they have those gaping mouths. Another 2 ½ to 3 inch band can be folded in a 45 degree angle to make the arms. Make tiny slits in the ends to simulate fingers reaching. Place the band your baking sheet then the zombie on top to look like he is crawling. Dip the sharp end of a toothpick into green food color and poke eyes into the top of the zombie. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until golden brown. The little dough arms tends to get a bit over brown, so don’t let that bother you.
My kids will ask for mummy dogs any time of the year. These are basically the same concept as the zombie pigs in blankets from above, just larger and a little less creepy. No reaching arms or gaping mouths on these guys. I do like to put some little eyes into the mummy dog but those can be done with ketchup or mustard after baking. Leave your crescent roll dough rolled up and out of the can. Slice ½ inch slices of dough from the end – sort of like you are cutting cookies from a roll of pre made cookie dough. Unroll your mummy wrap and begin to spiral it around a hot dog or brat. Leave some space so that the wrap can be spiraled back down, around the eyes, then down the body and criss-cross but not double layer too much. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees until the crescent rolls are done. You can add eyes, smiles, or just serve with fries and apple slices if you like. They are so cute!
Chocolate Covered Bats
These couldn’t be more simple to make. I just freehand the bat wings, but you can easily use a printable layered under a sheet of wax paper if you wanted to use a guide. Free hand or trace your bat wings with melted chocolate. I use a piping bag so that I can smoothly transfer the chocolate to my foil or wax paper, but you can also pipe them directly on a baking sheet or mat. Pop your wings in the fridge to harden. While wings are hardening, begin dipping Oreos in melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper or foil with plenty of room between them to add the wings. Once you have dipped all Oreos, add candy eyes and tiny fangs (white chocolate drops that you run a toothpick through from top to bottom to create a fang) and wings. Pop in the fridge to set. Aren’t they the most adorable little fellas?
White Chocolate Ghosts
These are some of my favorite Halloween treats. I love a Nutter Butter. I seriously love a Nutter Butter cookie. When you couple that with white chocolate, the yum factor sky rockets. These sweet little ghosts are so easy to make, and adorable too. Simply dip Nutter Butter cookies in melted white chocolate and place on a wax paper or foil lined baking sheet. Add eyes and a round moth by piping melted milk or dark chocolate on the cookie to create a face. These are so easy and the perfect treat for a spooky weekend at home!
You guys are going to think I do nothing but melt chocolate and play with it at home. You may not be wrong… This Halloween bark is frightfully (see what I did there?) easy and absolutely adorable when done. Melt milk or dark chocolate chips in 30 second increments until smooth. Remove from microwave and set aside (only for a sec). Begin melting white chocolate chips in 30 second increments. Between increments for white chocolate, spread your milk chocolate on a small cookie sheet or baking sheet that is lined with wax paper or foil. If you have any add ins like nuts, toffee bits, etc, this is the time. If you are adding sprinkles, dust the top with them, but don’t stir in. Now place ½ teaspoon sized drops of white chocolate in random patterns around your bark. Using a butter knife, draw the blunt side of the blade from the center of the drop to the end to elongate a tail for your ghostie. You can use the same technique in smaller strokes for arms. Pop in the fridge to set and you are all done! Break apart and use as small teacher gifts by placing in a celo bag with ribbon or cute tin.