Halloween Kid Recipes and Ideas

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Do you need great Halloween kid recipes and ideas? Then it must be the season when the leaves are changing colors, pumpkin patches abound and kids are gearing up for Halloween trick or treating. Here are some Halloween cooking with kids' ideas.

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Halloween Kid Recipes: Spiders

Halloween Spiders

This follows the same idea used for spiders in our Assistant chef Kids Cooking Lessons #2 with a little added twist.
  • Oreo or chocolate sandwich cookies
  • White frosting
  • Black licorice laces
  • Small round cinnamon candies
Open cookie up carefully and push in eight small licorice pieces. Place top back on cookie and dab a little frosting on the front top cookie. Push cinnamon candies on frosting and enjoy your Halloween spiders.
spider cookiespider cookie

Spider Ice Cream Cones

  • 8 individual graham cracker tart shells
  • 8 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 16 chocolate cream filled cookies, crumbled
  • 16 red M&M candy pieces
  • 16 pieces of black shoestring licorice
Place the shells on a baking sheet. Add 1 scoop of ice cream to each of the shells.
Crumble the cookies into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle the cookies over the ice cream to cover it well. Place the filled shells in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the ice cream has hardened. Remove the shells and press 2 M&M’s into the front of each scoop of ice cream to resemble eyes.  Cut the licorice strips into fourths. Press 8 strips of licorice into each ice cream scoop to form the spider’s legs. Return to the freezer until ready to serve.
spider ice cream

Ice Cube Spiders

Fill an ice cube tray 2/3 full of water. Add a gummy spider or plastic spider to each section of the ice cube tray. Place in the freezer for 4 hours or until completely frozen. Serve in individual drinks or a punch bowl at a Halloween party. **Make sure no one eats the plastic spiders though!!
spider ice cubes

Spider Cakes

Check out the spider cake and cupcakes.
spider cupcakes

Deviled Eggs with Spiders

Create deviled eggs with olive spiders.
deviled eggs with olive spiders

Create the same idea with olive spiders on mini pizzas.
spider pizzas
Here are more Halloween theme pizza ideas.

Halloween Kid Recipes: Bats

Batty Cupcakes

  • 1 (18.25 oz.) pkg. chocolate cake mix
  • chocolate ready to spread frosting
  • 24 oreos, halved
  • red decorating gel or red round candies for eyes
Prepare your cake mix according to directions and bake into cupcakes. Cool and spread with chocolate frosting. Place 2 halves of the cookies into each cupcake.
Place two small drops of the red decorating gel or candies onto the cupcake to form the eyes.
bat cupcakes

Bat Truffles

Create a truffle recipe and attach bat wings cut from heavy paper, chocolate chip ears and candy eyes.
truffle bats

Halloween Kid Recipes: Ghosts

Ghost Cookies

  • Nutter butter, Milano or other oval or rectangular shaped cookies
  • baking white chocolate or white candy melts
  • small round cinnamon candies
Melt chocolate for 20 second intervals in microwave safe dish until melted. Stir. Dunk each cookie in white chocolate and place two cinnamon candies for eyes.
ghost cookies

Halloween Mini Ghost Pizzas

  • Halloween ghost cookie cutterspizza for halloween
  • pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce or tomato sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • olives and chopped pepperoni
Pizza dough
  • 2 ½ Cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon yeasthalloween pizzas
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil or vegetable
Dissolve yeast in warm water and add a dash of sugar. Meanwhile, in a mixer bowl add flour, salt, oil and Italian seasoning. When yeast is bubbly and ready, pour into the flour mixture and blend. Form into a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Let rise 30-60 minutes. Roll out pizza dough on a floured surface. Using Halloween cookie cutters cut out shapes from pizza dough. Place on pizza pan and spread with sauce, mozzarella cheese and use pepperoni for eyes and a sliced olive for the mouth.

Halloween Kid Recipes: Black Cats

Black Cat Cupcakes

cat cupcake
  • Chocolate cupcakes
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Black licorice, chocolate pretzel sticks or pieces of cookie(whiskers)
  • Jelly beans, M&M's, candy corn or gum drops(nose and eyes)
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies cut in triangles(ears)
Bake chocolate cupcakes according to the package directions. When cool frost cupcakes. Add black licorice for whiskers, jelly beans for eyes and nose, and cookie triangles for ears.

black cat cupcakes

Black Cat Cookies

black cat cookies
  • 1 Cup butter
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup baking cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 1/2 Cups flour
  • Candy corn
  • Red hot cinnamon candy
Blend butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, cocoa, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth. Add in baking powder, baking soda and flour. Blend until combined. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie ball with a glass. With your fingers pinch the top of each cookie to form into ears. Add whiskers by pressing a fork into each side of the cookie “face.” Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Take out of the oven and press in 2 candy corn eyes and a red hot cinnamon candy for a nose.

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Halloween Kid Recipes: Skeletons and Graveyards

Skeleton and Brains

Have kids design a vegetable platter shaped like a skeleton and add dip for the brains or on the side.
veggie skeleton

Meatloaf Body

Prepare a meatloaf recipe. Form your meatloaf into the shape of a body. Think head, arms, legs shapes like a gingerbread man. Now use your imagination to decorate. For eyes try sliced olives, slivered almonds for fingernails, or put a hard boiled egg inside your meatloaf head for a brain.

Spooky Graveyards

  • 4 Cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 Cup butter, cubed
  • 6 Cups crispy rice cereal
  • 12 oval shaped chocolate cream filled cookies
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Oreo cookies, crushed
  • food coloring, optional
Place the marshmallows and butter into a large saucepan.
Place the pan over medium low heat and stirring continuously cook the mixture for 5 minutes or until completely melted. Add several drops of food coloring now if using and stir to blend.
Remove the pan from the heat and fold in the cereal until well coated.
Grease a 13 X 9 inch baking pan.
Press the cereal mixture evenly into the pan.
Sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies for dirt. Now decorate a graveyard scene as you'd like with marshmallow ghosts, sprinkles, candy pumpkins, oval shaped cookies for gravestones, etc. Or create a spooky pumpkin patch.
rice krispies graveyard rice krispies pumpkin patch

Haunted Hands

by Susan G. Shorter (Lawton, OK, USA)
  • 20 Clear Plastic Gloves
  • 20 Twist ties
  • 1 Box of Microwave Popcorn (approximately 6 bags)
  • 2 Bags of Chocolate covered Peanuts
  • 1 Bag of small knot Pretzels
  • 1 Big bag of plain M & Ms
Pop the microwave popcorn and place in a large bowl. Pour in bag of Pretzels, M & Ms, and Chocolate covered peanuts into bowl. Mix together.
Open gloves and put mixture into gloves to the edge or until you can close it with a twist tie. These scary treats make cute decorations and are fun to eat.
popcorn hands
Using fun plastic gloves, place a candy corn "fingernail" in each finger. Fill with popcorn and tie ends. Serve as an easy and healthy Halloween snack.

Mummy Dogs

by Holly

My kids like to make "mummy dogs". I cut a slit in the hot dog large enough to stuff with cheese, then wrap either canned breadsticks or croissants around it, leaving a little bit of one end of the hot dog exposed. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes (or the time stated on the can of dough), then use ketchup to put 2 eyes on the exposed end of the hot dog. Easy enough for even my 2 year old to help!
mummy dogs

Creepy Carrot Fingers

by Claire (Plattsburgh, NY, USA)
  • 12 baby carrots
  • 12 slivered almonds
  • Ketchup
Arrange the carrots in a circle, with (if there is one) the little end pointing outwards. Place a dab of ketchup on the carrot, then stick the almond in place for a fingernail. If you would like, you can dab ketchup on the inward-facing ends of the carrots for a slightly creepier look.
carrot fingers

Halloween Kid Recipes: Eye Balls

  6 Ideas for Eye Balls

  1. Make mini cheese balls and put a black olive slice on top.

    photo of cream cheese eyeballs for kids halloween recipes
    Make the cheese ball recipe and form into mini balls. Add an olive slice. Don't roll in nuts and chill in the fridge.

  2. Cook meatballs. Place a dab of sour cream or cheese on top of the meatball. Then add a black olive slice on the sour cream. Need a recipe for meatballs? meatball eyes

  3. Pudding Eyeballs. A great Halloween kid recipe! Prepare vanilla pudding according to directions. Using washed and dried plastic Easter egg halves, place a gummy saver in bottom. Then place a black M&M or blueberry inside the hole of the gummy saver. Pour vanilla pudding over the top. Place in egg cartons and chill. You can also prepare this recipe with Jell-O gelatin instead of pudding. To serve, pop eye out of plastic egg and serve on a fun platter or on top a monster face.
    pudding eye balls

  4. I made two large eyeballs from a cheese ball. I placed two eyeball candies in the center of each and served crackers for a creepy Halloween snack. cheese ball eyeballs

  5. A simple idea is adding candy eyes on all kinds of food.
    eye ball cookies

  6. Ham roll ups with cheese and olives
    ham eye balls

Halloween Kid Recipes: Witches

Halloween Easy Witch Cookies

  • round cookies
  • Hershey kisses, unwrapped
  • orange frosting
Add frosting to middle of a round cookie. Press a Hershey's kiss on top of orange frosting and allow frosting to spread out along edges of chocolate kiss. Add extra candy for decorations, if desired.

Yummy little witch hats!
Halloween witch hats

Witch Hat Desserts

witch hats
  • Chocolate waffle ice cream cones or Chocolate Ice Cream Drumsticks *
  • Chocolate doughnut
  • Chocolate frosting
Place a chocolate doughnut on serving platters. Dab frosting on top edge of ice cream cone and place on top of doughnut. *If you are using store bought ice cream treats, cut off top of ice cream cone to make flat and place on top of doughnut.  You can also add sprinkles or Halloween candy sprinkles, if desired.

Halloween Kid Recipes: Scarecrows

Scarecrow Cookies

  • pkg. refrigerated sugar cookie dough or homemade sugar cookie dough
  • 1 Cup flaked coconut
  • 18 gum drop fruit slices
  • white frosting
  • Mini chocolate chips
Roll out the cookie dough on a flat surface. Use gingerbread men cutters and cut out 18 shapes or as many as your dough makes. Place the cutouts onto a baking sheet and bake according to the directions on the package. Remove the cookies and cool to room temperature on a wire rack.

Place the coconut into a bowl. Add enough yellow food coloring to color the coconut to resemble the color of straw. To make the scarecrow hats, place the gum drops on a lightly sugared surface and roll them out flat. Cut hat shapes out of each gum drop.

When the cookies have cooled, frost the scarecrow, and add yellow coconut on his body. Place the hat onto the scarecrow's head. Add 2 to 3 of mini chocolate chips down the front of the scarecrow's shirt for buttons.
scarecrow cookies

Halloween Kid Recipes: Pumpkins

Marshmallow Pumpkins

Take large marshmallows & poke a small thin pretzel stick half way into top. (or use popsicle sticks)
Dip marshmallow into melted candy discs (orange colored).
While chocolate is still warm decorate w/ holiday sprinkles.
Cool & enjoy.
dipped marshmallows

Visit our Pumpkin recipes for some Halloween Fun with Pumpkins.

10 Halloween Meal Ideas

10 Halloween Meal ideas

Scary Eyeballs

Make deviled eggs and add a little more mustard into the egg centers or a thin dollop under where you will lay a black olive into the creamy center.
deviled egg eyes

Ghost Sandwiches

Cut your bread into ghosts, add the filling of your choice and your children will have a ghostly treat for their school or after school sandwich.
ghost cheese sandwich

Wormy Hot Dogs

Thinly slice your hot dogs and then microwave. This will make them curl to look like worms. Put them on a hamburger bun and dress with mustard, catsup and pickles to make a slimy swamp underneath.

Jack O lantern Tortilla Sandwich

Cut tortilla out with a pumpkin cookie cutter. Then cut out a jack o lantern face on one. Spread apricot jam or other fillings.
jack o lantern sandwich

Orange Jack O Lantern

With a toothpick, gently carve a face into the orange. Careful not to injure the meat/pulp of the orange, your child will have a small version of the Jack O Lantern that is healthy and edible.
orange jack o langern

Salty Bones

Making breadsticks for your spaghetti tonight? Here’s a Halloween twist. Unroll a tube of refrigerated breadstick roll and separate the triangle pieces. Stretch each individual piece to make a long bone like figure. Cut about a 1 and a half inch slit in each end with your kitchen scissors. Roll the remaining 4 flaps into what would make the end of a dog bone. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake as directed.
bread bones

Graveyard Snack

Try this Halloween Snack mix recipe. Go ahead and substitute what you like or have available.
halloween snack mix

Goblin Tongues

Using mini bagels or sandwich bread, spread cream cheese or mayonnaise, your preference, onto sides. Cut a slice of cucumber or cut slices out of circular piece of bologna lunch meat to look like tongues and put into the middle of your sandwich, leaving it to hang out like a tongue.
sandwich design

Pudding with Eyeballs

Create a batch of your favorite pudding from a box or homemade and add candy eyeballs. If you don't have candy eyeballs available, use mini marshmallows and add a dot of chocolate icing or melted chocolate in the middle.

Jack O Lantern Sandwiches

A fun creative idea for a Halloween lunch is to create cheese sandwiches into Jack O Lanterns. Children will enjoy cutting out faces with mini cookie cutters or cut with a small table knife.
jack o lantern sandwich

More Halloween Resources

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Halloween Theme Coloring Pages
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