Sometimes, using a cookbook (or any “how-to” book for that matter) is all about inspiration.
This week’s cookbook is “Halloween” by Better Homes and Garden…chock full of halloween food, craft and gift ideas!
I picked it up a few years ago because it had some pretty cute pumpkin carving ideas…
…like this…simple but effective!
I had a few sugar pumpkins lying around so I just cut a hole, added a couple of gummy worms and placed a black bird next to them…perfect addition to a large pumpkin display.
How cute are these stacking pumpkins that they featured in their book!
So, I took some inspiration from the book and dropped into the bulk store. Well, the creative juices started flowing and this is what I came up with…
I bought some gummy worms, teeth and frogs as well as some cotton candy…
If you fill plastic beakers (that I had from a party supply store) with cotton candy and then wrap a worm with more cotton candy and place it on top…this is what it looks like.
As a table setting for kids, you place one of these worm/cotton candy filled beakers on each plate and, beside it, place a beaker filled with soda water.
When you pour the soda water onto the other beaker (which magically melts away all the cotton candy), not only do you have a small sip of a sweetened fizzy drink, but you get the extra surprise of the worm at the bottom…such fun, right?!?!?
And I made these Oreo pops with melted coloured chocolate and candy pieces to turn out some pretty awesome pumpkin heads and mummies!
Then I turned to some healthy alternatives by making broom sticks out of pretzel rods, cheese strings and chive ties…
This was what I gave to my niece and nephews last year – I made a 3 headed monster by filling Ziploc bags with mini chocolate bars and placing them on as bristol board (they were the body); then I used cello wrapped gumballs as arms; candy-filled surgical gloves became the hands and store bought doughnuts were the heads with ring pop teeth and M&M eyes. Big, big, big hit!!
I made these for Thanksgiving last year (large ice cream cones drizzled with orange coloured chocolate and filled with Reece’s Pieces) …but if you just sealed it with a large cookie at the bottom, it would look like a witch’s hat!!
How about these cute falafel bats made with falafel, gluten free bean chips and sliced olives!
And a healthier lunch alternative for your halloween goblins…ratatouille in a carved out red pepper and juicy oranges quickly transformed with a permanent marker!
Now, let’s take a look at the web for some other creative ideas:
These are the cutest jalapeno poppers from the Hopeless Housewife …what a fantastic idea for a halloween buffet!
This Graveyard Taco Dip is a super treat for before or after trick or treating!! Check out the recipe at The Chickabug Blog
How incredible are these? For instructions and more healthy ideas, head over at Danya Banya
For more craft and Halloween ideas, pop over to Better Homes and Gardens and get creating!!
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