Gather your favorite little goblins and have some fun in the kitchen! Here are some Halloween snacks to make that pair nicely with picture books in our collection.
Frankenstein Rice Krispies (via People.com)
- 3 tbsp. salted butter
- 4 ¼ cups mini marshmallows
- ½ tsp. peppermint extract
- Green food coloring
- 6 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1 package dark-chocolate chips, melted
- Oil a 13×9-inch baking pan. Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Add 4 cups of mini marshmallows to melted butter; stir constantly until marshmallows are completely melted, around six minutes. Remove from heat.
- Add peppermint extract and desired amount of green food coloring. Stir until well blended.
- Add cereal; stir until evenly coated. Press mixture firmly onto bottom of baking pan. Let cool completely, about 25 minutes.
- Remove from pan. Cut into 12 rectangles.
- Cut ¼ cup of mini marshmallows in half.
- Dip one end of each bar into melted chocolate, and place on waxed paper. Let stand until completely dry, about 2 hours.
- Attach mini marshmallow halves to bars for “eyes” and “neck bolts” with a dot of melted chocolate.
These are delightful with Frankenstein: A Monster Parody. This delightful parody of Madeline is a silly monster story that is perfect for Halloween.
Cheese and Pretzel Broomsticks (via One Little Project)
- Mozzarella cheese sticks
- Cut cheese sticks into thirds.
- Spread apart cheese into thin strands.
- Poke pretzel into each cheese stick’s non-segmented side.
- Tie chive around the base of cheese stick.
Eat while reading A Very Brave Witch. This cute Halloween story imagines what it would be like if witches were afraid of humans. It’s a cute story about overcoming fears and a lesson about being open-minded about differences.
Mummy Hot Dogs (via Sugar Apron)
- 1 tube of crescent rolls
- 8 hot dogs
- Mustard, mayo or ketchup
- Mozzarella cheese
- Black olives
- 1 large straw
- 1 regular straw
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Unroll crescent roll dough and separate into four rectangles.
- Cut the dough with a sharp knife into strips ½-inch in width. Join stripes together to form one long “bandage.”
- Wrap “bandage” dough around the hot dogs, leaving space for the mummy’s face.
- Repeat this with all hot dogs and arrange on baking sheet.
- Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
- While mummies are baking, use large straw to cut circles out of the mozzarella cheese slice. Cut out centers of the cheese circles using smaller straw.
- Use small straw to cut pieces out of olive slices.
- Remove mummies from oven, brush “face” with condiment (mustard, mayo or ketchup) and add in olive eyeballs.
These go really nicely with Where’s My Mummy? This adorable Halloween tale is rhythmic and catchy in a way that toddlers will adore.
Spooky Bat Crisps (via Simply Recipes)
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
- 4 tbsp. butter, melted
- 2 flour tortillas
- Cut each tortilla into bat shapes using a cookie cutter.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil.
- Dip tortilla pieces in melted butter, then dip in cinnamon sugar.
- Place coated tortilla pieces, cinnamon sugar side up, on baking tray.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 2 minutes.
Snack on these while reading Bat Jamboree. This fun counting story is a silly read that is perfect for Halloween.
Tangerine Pumpkin (via Bren Did)
- Celery stalks
- Peel tangerines.
- Wash, dry and slice celery.
- Cut 1- to 2-inch narrow pieces from the tops of the celery and insert into the peeled tangerines.
Even though your pumpkin snacks will be adorable, The Ugly Pumpkin is a fun read to enjoy with them. This book about an unattractive pumpkin is a sweet story and has an Ugly Duckling-like twist to the ending.