3 Halloween Treats for Kids (You'll Die Over These!)

Things You'll Need

  • Hard boiled eggs

  • Mayonnaise

  • Extra large black olives

  • String cheese

  • Pretzel sticks

  • Fresh chives

  • Clementine oranges

  • Chocolate pudding

  • A black marker

Spider eggs, pudding-o-lanterns and witches' brooms

What's the trick to making fun Halloween treats for kids? Just a little imagination mixed with the right ingredients. These three not-so-spooky recipes aim to please. And best of all, they're so simple, even the littlest cooks can help to create their own.

Witches' Brooms

Step 1

One sharp paring knife is the only tool you need.

Start by cutting a piece of string cheese in half, horizontally. This will be the "straw" for your broom.

Note: One piece of string cheese makes two brooms.

Step 2

Set the flat side of the cheese on your cutting surface to help steady it.

Using a paring knife, score the cheese twice, about halfway through the cheese lengthwise. Rotate and repeat. You should have six pieces of "straw" when you're finished cutting. (If you have any especially thick sections you can slice again as needed.) Then fluff the "straw" outward.

Step 3

Thin chives work best.

Tie a piece of fresh chives around the cheese and insert a pretzel stick. Don't press the pretzel in too far, just enough to make it stick.

Step 4

A great snack for kids to bring to school or parties.

Serve immediately or store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Spider Eggs

Step 1

One egg makes two spiders, and you'll need two olives for each.

First boil your eggs: put eggs in a pan covered with cold water by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil then turn off heat, cover and let sit for 12 minutes. Rinse with cold water and peel.

Hint: Eggs about a week old peel more easily than fresh eggs.

Step 2

Deviled eggs are the base.

Now you're basically making deviled eggs to use as the base of your spider eggs. Cut eggs horizontally, scoop out yolks and mix with your favorite combination of mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and so on. Fill the eggs back up with the yolk mixture and refrigerate for 10 minutes if your eggs are getting too soft or runny.

Step 3

Black olives become the body and legs of the spiders.

Slice one black olive in half, lengthwise and place in center. Then slice slivers to make "legs".

Step 4

Feeding a crowd? Leave a few plain eggs for those who aren't fans of olives.

Assemble the spider by placing the tips of the "legs" under the "body." For more realistic results, try to make the legs come together at an angle under the body instead of going straight out to the sides.

Step 5

To transport, use a deviled egg carrier or on a tray with rolled up paper towels in between rows of eggs.

Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 48 hours. The olives may slip or discolor the egg mixture after that.

Pudding-o'-Lanterns

Step 1

Each clementine will become a jack-o-lantern.

Start with your favorite chocolate pudding recipe and a few fresh clementines.

Step 2

Cut only the very top, but enough so you can place it back on top when finished.

Use a sharp knife to cut off the top of your clementine and set aside.

Step 3

This is a juicy step! Do it over a sink.

A small spoon is all you need to gently but firmly release the orange inside from its peel. You'll squish some of the orange initially but soon the fruit will start to separate from the peel, then you can work your spoon all the way around. Save the insides as a snack for the cook.

Step 4

Dry off the empty orange peel before drawing on it.

Using a permanent black marker, draw any kind of jack-o-lantern face you like.

Step 5

Not chocolate fans? Any flavor of pudding will do.

Fill with pudding and replace the lid but do it just off to the side so kids can see what's in store.

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