Halloween: The one day a year when it is socially acceptable to dress up as a Spice Girl and eat an entire bag of candy in one sitting. AKA one of the best holidays of the year! It’s no secret that I love sweets and fabulous parties, so you can imagine how much my kids adore them too. So I thought, why not combine the two?!
But with all of the distractions from apple picking, pumpkin carving and Instagram-worthy fall photoshoots, Halloween has a way of sneaking up on you. Which is why I’ve put together some spooky inspiration for your upcoming Spooktacular Monster Mash!
The Evil Queen’s Caramel Apple Bar
Nothing says Halloween like a delicious candle apple. While these sweet treats are tasty year round, there’s something about fall that makes them extra yummy. So a caramel apple bar is a MUST.
What you’ll need:
- 2 lbs green apples
- wooden craft sticks (to put into the apples)
- paper cupcake tins
- for the caramel dip
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 stick butter
- 1/4 – 1/2 cup milk (the more milk, the creamier)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- candy thermometer
- Toppings of your choice (here are some ideas)
- mini marshmallows
- mini candy bones
- mini M&M’s
- coconut shreds
- almond slivers
- pretzel pieces
- mini chocolate chips
- mini white chocolate chips
- crushed Oreos
- mini candy eyes
- candy corn
- Make caramel dip before the party (since it will need a few hours to cool)
- How to make the caramel:
- Add corn syrup, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, and butter into a small sauce pan over the stove
- With the candy thermometer, monitor the mix until it reaches 240°F
- If it is harder than you would like, add a little more milk
- Allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes before transferring the mix from the sauce pan to a serving dish
- Allow caramel to cool for 2 hours
- Before party, wash and dry apples
- Slice and core apples (I suggest doing this right before to avoid browning!)
- Insert a stick into each apple slice
- Create the toppings bar
- Arrange toppings in mini bowls, mason jars, cupcake tins, etc.
10-Minute Eye of Newt Donuts
Okay this is so easy! You can use this recipe all year long and for any occasion. Well, minus the candy eyes. Donuts are always a crowd favorite!
- Store bought chocolate cake donuts (no frosting)
- Vanilla frosting
- Edible candy eyes
- Spread frosting on the donuts
- Add sprinkles
- Place candy eyes on donuts
1-Step Witches Brew
Every party needs a good signature libation! I found this super easy 1-step Witches Brew and I am obsessed. Not only is it a yummy mocktail for the kids, but add in a little vodka and it’s a fun cocktail for the mommy’s too 😉
- 1 qt. lime sherbert
- 1 – 12 oz. can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
- 1 liter Sprite
- festive straws
- Mix all the ingredients in a punch bowl before serving
Told ya it was easy!
Have fun with this part and make the decorations your own! Personally, I like to go with all orange and black everything. I went to a a home goods store and cleared the place out of their Halloween decorations. Skulls are always a holiday classic, so I went a little crazy and god three: a skull candle holder, skull jar, and skull candy holder! The more decor the better.