Halloween Party Recipes for Kids

Attention, all classroom moms, 4-H dads, Scouting parents, and Halloween planners! Are you in desperate need of some tasty, ghoulish snack ideas for your child’s Halloween party?  Then check out the recipes below. To keep those little monsters busy, have them make Dracula’s Blood and Doggie Poop! Yes, it sounds YUCKY, but they are crowd pleasers!   (Each of these recipes has been kid-tested and parent-approved.) You may even want to use these ideas at your own Halloween bash!
Black Caldron and Carrots
Black food coloring
Ranch salad dressing
Mini carrots
Mix black food coloring into ranch salad dressing until desired color is achieved. Pour into serving bowl. Serve with mini carrots.
Note: Substitute green food coloring for a slimy-colored dip. Serve with a variety of raw vegetables.
Sticks, Stones, Brains, and Bones
4 cups of popped popcorn
2 cups toasted oat cereal
2 cups pretzel nuggets or sticks
1 cup peanuts
2 tbsp margarine, melted
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 tbsp dry Italian salad dressing mix
In a large roasting pan, combine popcorn, cereal, pretzels and peanuts. Mix together. Heat for 5 minutes in a 300-degree oven. Remove. Drizzle with margarine. Sprinkle on cheese and salad dressing mix. Stir to coat all pieces. Makes 9 cups.
Magic Potion
Creepy Crawly Ice Ring (recipe follows)
1 cup boiling water
2 three-ounce packages lime-flavored gelatin
3 cups cold water
1-1/2 quarts carbonated lemon-lime beverage, chilled
Prepare Creepy Crawly ice ring and freeze until solid. Pour boiling water over gelatin in heatproof punch bowl. Stir until gelatin dissolves. Stir in cold water. Add lemon-lime beverage. Stir well. Remove ice ring from its mold and float in punch.  Makes 10 one-cup servings
Creepy Crawly Ice Ring
1 cup gummy worms
1 quart lemonade
Arrange gummy worms in bottom of a 5-cup ring mold. Fill with lemonade. Freeze until solid. Remove ice ring from its mold and float in a punch bowl.
Edible Play Dough (Doggie Poop)
1/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir with a spoon until smooth and stiff. If not stiff enough, add 2 teaspoons of the powdered milk. Let children roll into various shapes (doggie poop) and sizes. Can also be rolled thin and cut with Halloween cookie cutters.   After done playing, it can be eaten as a snack. Makes enough play dough for 2-3 children.
Shake Pudding (Dracula’s Blood)
1/2 cup cold low fat milk
3 tablespoons instant vanilla pudding
1 drop of red food coloring
Place all ingredients inside a plastic zip-lock sandwich bag. Zip bag shut. Let child shake bag to mix. Cut corner of plastic bag and let child suck out the pudding mixture. Makes 1 serving

Note: One small box of pudding will make 4 servings.