halloween

Ghoulish grub and bone rattling crafts for Halloween

Get into the spirit of Halloween whether it’s at home, at work, at school, or for a party. Making a craft or baking a spooky treat is simple and easy to do, and doesn’t require much more work than a regular recipe or activity would require. The best part is you don’t have to break the bank to participate in Halloween fun! Below, we’ve found some great recipes and craft ideas that anyone can take part in during the Halloween weekend that won’t take much time or effort on your part.

Trick or treating and wearing a costume are only one part of Halloween – make your own spooktacular decorations for your home or cook-up some wickedly good desserts for a party! [INSERT TWEET THIS LINK].

For a super-simple Halloween themed snack idea or party treat, try these Witch Brooms from Couponing to Disney. They’re really quick and easy to make, and you can add your own little designs and decorations to them! The amount of supplies you will need will depend on how many you want to make.

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel sticks
  • Peanut butter cup treats
  • Assorted decorations (optional)

Note: these ingredients can be purchased as gluten-free options.

Instructions:

  • Unwrap the peanut butter cups and place them upside down, so the narrower end is facing up
  • Insert the pretzel sticks into the peanut butter cups so the will resemble a witch’s broom standing up
  • If you want to add some flair to the broom sticks, you can alternatively use icing, sprinkles, and other baking decorations to the peanut butter cups.

 

Another great dessert idea that can also be made with gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and nut-free options, are these Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats from Big Bear’s Wife.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 ounces marshmallows
  • 6 cups rice krispie cereal
  • 10 drops yellow food coloring
  • 10 drops blue food coloring
  • Melted Chocolate/Candy Coating
  •  Candy Eyes

Instructions:

  • Melt the butter in a large pot and add the marshmallows. Stir until they are all melted!
  •  Add in the food coloring and stir until it turns green.
  • Add rice krispie cereal a little bit at a time and stir to combine.
  •  Press rice krispie cereal into a buttered 9 x 13 pan. Press flat and let cool.
  •  Let rice krispie treats sit for about 30 minutes.
  •  Remove from pan and cut into squares.
  • Melt chocolate according the package directions. Dip the tops of the Rice Krispie Treats into the melted chocolate.
  • Lay on a sheet of wax paper (or a plate).
  • Use some of the melted chocolate and “glue” on the candy eyes.
  •  Fill a ziplock bag with some of the melted chocolate, snip an end off and pipe a stitch mouth onto Frankenstein.
  • Let the Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats sit for about 20 minutes undisturbed or until the chocolate had hardened.

 

If you’re feeling crafty, these Witchy Pinecone Owls from All Free Kids Crafts requires minimal materials – and they look really cute!

Materials:

  •  1 pinecone
  • Black craft felt
  • Colored craft foam
  •  Scissors
  • Glue
  •  Ribbon

Instructions:

  • Gather a pinecone from your yard.
  •   Cut out a triangular piece of black craft foam. Round the edges.
  •  Cut slits in the piece on the rounded side.
  •   Cut out two doughnut-shaped circles of black craft felt.
  •  Fold triangle into a cone. Slide cone into one doughnut piece. Flip up slits to the underside of the hat.
  • Glue slits to the underside of the hat. Glue second doughnut piece to cover up slits.
  • Glue colored ribbon around hat.
  • Cut out small diamond shape from craft foam in whatever color you like and glue onto pinecone.
  •  Cut out two small black circles and two larger colored circles from craft foam.
  • Glue smaller circles inside larger ones and glue onto pinecone.

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However, if you’re looking for a little more complex craft – this one is sure to light up Halloween night! A Little Claireification has a great DIY Mummy Mason Jar Luminaries that is not only fun to make but will look great around your home afterwards.

Materials:

  • Mason Jars
  • 1″ Gauze Bandage
  •  Googly Eyes
  • Flameless Votive Candles

Instructions:

  • Take a mason jar and wrap it with some gauze bandage tape.
  • Hot glue on a couple of googly eyes
  • Add in a little flameless votive candle (or a regular votive if these will be attended at all times) and boom! 

 

Happy Halloween!