I’m not big on Halloween. In fact, I hold my breath till it’s over, especially now that I have a couple of young kids that do not like anything remotely “scary” or surprising. This is the only time of year that we completely avoid the party supply store. A store that is just around the corner and that, during non-Halloween times of year, we frequent regularly.
My 6 year old daughter (Autumn) has decided she wants a little movie night with her friends as a “Halloween” party. Normally I would say, “Sure! Sounds like fun!” but because it’s being billed as a Halloween party I’m kind of reluctant.
So, here is my plan…..
In keeping with the “non scary” theme to this party, I found a stock photo of candy corn (bigstockphoto.com) and typed the information over it. Alternatively, you can easily do this with scrapbooking paper and vellum. I chose not to use envelopes this time because my daughter can easily hand these out to the few friends we are inviting.
The whole reason for the party is to watch a movie, the main event! We’ll set up all the sleeping bags and pillows in front of the couch so that all the kids can see and hear Casper’s Scare School.
It dawns on me as I write this section… should cookie cutters be renamed? We will be using these Wilton brand cutters (available for a little over $3, they are all about 4 ½ inches, the perfect size) for lots of different foods, none of which are cookies.
Using alternating white bread and wheat bread, we will serve an assortment of peanut butter, plain cheese and lunch meat sandwiches in these shapes.
And how about Halloween shaped Rice Krispie Treats?
You will need:
- Cooking spray
- 3 T. butter
- 1 16 oz. bag of large marshmallows
- Orange, green and/or purple food coloring
- 9 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
- Cookie sheet
- Wax Paper
- Halloween shaped cookie cutters
- Lightly coat the cookie sheet with cooking spray and set it aside.
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
- Add the marshmallows to the pot and stir frequently until they are melted.
- Stir in drops of orange (for the pumpkins) or green (for the monster head) or purple (for the ghost) food coloring until the mixture is the shade desired.
- Stir in the Rice Krispies until they are evenly coated with marshmallow.
- Spoon the Rice Krispies mixture onto the cookie sheet and allow to cool for one minute.
- With waxed paper, flatten the Rice Krispies mixture to an even thickness.
- Press the Halloween cookie cutter into the flattened mixture to create the shaped Rice Krispie treat you desire.
To round out this dinner plan, I will be serving fruit salad, slightly steamed carrots, edamame (they actually like these!) and pita with hummus.
Yes, I am going overboard in the sweets department. Maybe by the time I do the actual shopping and cooking for this event, I’ll save the Rice Krispie treats for a different day? Moving right along, I can’t imagine a party without cupcakes! Chocolate with cream cheese frosting is my daughter’s favorite! And to finish them off, I will print out my cute Casper the Friendly Ghost images, glue them on party picks and stick them on top.
Okay, I swear this is the last one – I’m adding here mostly because I can’t stop myself. Have you seen these on Martha’s website? I’m going to modify the original recipe slightly to save, myself.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 2 pints vanilla ice cream
- Whip cream in a can
- Magic Shell Chocolate Sauce (you know, the kind that hardens to make a crunchy shell?)
And there you have it, non-scary non-spooky Halloween fun for my over imaginative daughter. I can almost guaranty there will be NO nightmares after this party. The only thing I can’t guaranty, is no tummy aches. I’ll take photos of the actual bash to post later, so that everyone can see that anyone can pull off this semi-homemade party.