What Halloween Recipes Can You Make With Your Kids?

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What Holiday Recipes Can You Make With Your Kids?

From Christa Ciccia:

My kids love to help me cook. I usually give them the potato scrubbing or mixing duties. But, during Halloween we enjoy making Jell-O Jigglers together.

The recipe is quick and easy. You can find it on the side of the Jell-O box. We actually have special Halloween Jell-O molds that we purchased years ago.

The Halloween recipe calls for grape and orange flavored Jell-O, but my kids only eat red Jell-O, so that's what I use. It's neat to watch the Jell-O form in just a few hours. It's also fun to watch it jiggle when it's done.

From Danica LC:

Ghosty Meatballs

Growing up we had "Ghosty Meatballs" for dinner every Halloween. I will continue this tradition with my family, and I am so excited to have my daughter help this year.  


  • Pre-cooked meatballs (homemade or large frozen)
  • Olives
  • Toothpicks
  • Biscuit dough (Pillsbury buttermilk in a can or similar)
  • Using a toothpick, secure one olive on top of one large (pre-cooked) meatball. Roll out individual dinner roll dough into a thin circle that can fit over the olive/meatball. Place dough over the olive/meatball, and pinch around the "neck" of your ghost. Using another tooth pick, make holes in the face for eyes and mouth. Line up your ghosts on a cookie sheet, bake in the oven (at the temperature the dough calls for) till your dough is cooked through and starts to brown. Serve the meatballs with marinara or chili sauce for dipping. For a twist to this, you can use breakfast sausage for the meatballs, and dip them in maple syrup.

From Melisa Thorne:

I cook and bake often with my kids. I don't have a recipe that is Halloween specific. To do something special we will make our favorite sugar cookies or cupcakes and then make a big deal over decorating the finished goodies.

My kids are a great help with finding the ingredients in my pantry and fridge, measuring ingredients and putting them in the mixing bowl. When the treats are baked, my kids create their masterpieces. I'm impressed how imaginative they are with frosting, licorice, sprinkles and a bag of gummy worms.

My kids have a ball playing with food more so than actually eating the treat. The irony is my kids don't really like sweets all that much. After a bite or two, they want an apple. Go figure.


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