Get into the spirit of things this Halloween by letting the kids cause some creative chaos in the kitchen with flour, fondant icing and a colourful assortment of sweets. These fun, festive and easy-to-make recipes will give them plenty of frighteningly fabulous treats to nibble on. It’s sure to be a scream...
Our top 10 Halloween recipes to make with kids
1. Spider pizzas
These super spider pizzas will go down a storm and making them is a great activity to keep little fingers busy. There are various ways of making the spider designs, so get creative! We’ve used olives and salami to form the bodies, but you can make red and green versions by stamping circles out of peppers and cutting thin slices to form spidery legs. Alternatively, you can make two large pizzas with lots of spiders on each.
Try our healthy Halloween pizzas for a lighter alternative.
2. Ghoulish cupcakes
Let your little ones unleash their artistic creativity by decorating these seriously spooky ghoulish Halloween cupcakes. The vanilla sponge is simple to make and the smallest of hands can get involved with the decoration, using coloured pack fondant icing and pens to make pumpkin faces, skulls and green monsters.
Alternatively, kick off the trick-or-treat festivities by laying out some small bowls of sweets to top these scarily cute black cat & monster cupcakes.
We've got plenty more cute and creepy cakes to decorate...
3. Bloodcurdling biscuits
These ghost-shaped piñata biscuits have a surprise centre filled with candy. Although the middle is slightly fiddly to make, your little ghouls will be delighted when cracking them open, and they can help out with some gorgeously thick and ghostly icing. Finish off your spooky masterpieces with sugar paste and icing pens, then leave to set. The resulting biscuits are soft and very moreish, so be warned, their edible art may not last too long…
Give your Halloween bakes some eight-legged scare factor by rustling up a batch of our peanut-butter flavoured spider biscuits. Kids will love decorating these cookies with spidery designs, using chocolates such as Maltesers or Rolos for the body and melted chocolate for the legs.
4. Pastry snakes
Celebrate Halloween with some spooktacular savoury snacks- these petrifying pastries won't disappoint. They are super simple to make, using a pack of ready-rolled puff pastry with a delicious coating of parmesan. Kids can help create the twisting snake shapes before you pop them in the oven, and they can also decorate with a sprinkling of seeds to finish.
5. Black cat cake
This feline-themed showstopper is sure to create a stir and makes a purr-fect pudding to feed youngsters. The chocolate sponge can be frozen for up to two months in advance, before covering in a fluffy frosting. Create some spooky cat expressions using black fondant icing and sweets, with Matchmakers or liquorice sticks for the whiskers.
6. Chocolate-covered pretzels
Transform this popular salted snack into a tantalizingly sweet and salty nibble by slathering pretzels in melted chocolate. Kids can decide what type of chocolate to use or even mix them together to create a marbled effect. Add extra spook factor by attaching edible eyes to the pretzels. These will keep in an airtight container for up to a week, so they're the perfect make-head treat.
7. Pumpkin spice scones
Celebrate the season's favourite vegetable by baking our mouthwatering pumpkin spice scones. Little witches and wizards can help concoct the magic spice mix and stamp out the dough shapes using cookie cutters. Serve them warm with a generous slathering of butter or cream cheese.
8. Frozen banana ghosts
You could be tricked into thinking these ghostly bananas taste just like ice cream when frozen in ethereal robes of white chocolate and coated in coconut sprinkles. Complete the spooky look by using chocolate drops to give your ghouls suitably haunting facial expressions. With only four ingredients, they're quick and easy to make – we dare your little ones not to be impressed.
9. Eyeball snot-tail
Our eyeball snot-tail recipe makes for a glorious, hands-on experience for kids, from whisking up small chunks of green jelly to skewering lychees with cocktail sticks to make gruesome eyeballs. Once you're done, raise a glass to your cocktail snot-tail creations, sit back and enjoy.
Try making another wickedly wobbly scary Halloween jelly.
10. Maggoty apples
These easy, no-cook 'maggoty' apples will have kids grinning with glee. You’ll want to keep small chefs away from the pan of simmering water, but there is still plenty of fun to be had stuffing the apples with white chocolate and puffed rice for gross-out effect. To make this frighteningly fruity recipe even more gruesome, add a few wriggly jelly worms too.
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