Halloween is a wonderful night of spooky magic for both kids and their parents. When the hungry hoards get back from their trick or treat bonanza of fun, bring the evening to a stupendous close by serving up a range of lovable Halloween desserts for your little ones and their friends.
Gingerbread Skeleton Cookies
Buy a basic gingerbread cookie dough mix, some white frosting and various different cutting shapes. They can be animals, the classic gingerbread or even strange, inexplicable shapes which work well for creating ghosts.
Mix the cookie dough following all instructions on the packet and cut out Halloween shapes using your cutters. After baking, allow the cookies to cool, then use the white frosting to draw on the skeletons of your various Halloween characters.
Chocolate Eyeballs on a Stick
For this spooky treat, you will need some white chocolate, wooden kebab sticks, doughnut holes, milk chocolate chips and a tube of red frosting. Melt the white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Stab one of the doughnut holes with a kebab stick and dip it into the hot white chocolate (be sure to keep the chocolate warm while you work so that it doesn't reset in a solid form).
Add a milk chocolate chip to your eyeball to mark the pupil clearly, then prop it up in a tall glass until the chocolate sets while you make the other eyeballs. Once all your eyeballs have set solid, have fun drawing on bloodshot eye lines with red frosting. Serve your Halloween eyeballs directly on the sticks for a gruesome dessert.
Buy a box of cupcake mixture (or some plain, ready made cupcakes), chocolate and vanilla frosting, tubes of decorating icing in as many creepy colors as you wish, a packet of butter cookies, roughly crushed unsalted peanuts, cornflakes and dark chocolate chips.
Cover one half of the cupcakes with vanilla frosting. Open up the packet of butter cookies and break each cookie into the irregular shape of a Halloween ghost. Stick one ghostly cookie into each vanilla cupcake, then cover it in vanilla frosting. Once the frosting has set, draw ghost-like faces on the cookies with the decorating icing of your choice.
Cover the other half of the cupcakes with chocolate frosting. Melt the dark chocolate chips in a bowl and add the crushed peanuts and cornflakes to the mix. Top the chocolate frosted cupcakes with the mix, and get creative by fashioning different kinds of creepy crawlies, bugs and spiders.
Strawberry Blood Sauce and Apple Fingers
To make an easy Halloween dessert, buy some strawberry sauce and a few apples. Cut the apples into human finger shapes and dip them into lemon juice to stop them from turning brown.
Paint on some nails with melted chocolate, squeeze the blood red strawberry sauce into a serving bowl and arrange the fingers so that they are sticking up out of the sauce. Yummy!
Iced Banana Ghosts
Peel a banana and remove any stringy fibers. Cut it in half and insert a Popsicle stick or kebab stick into one end of the banana. Cover the banana with plastic wrap and freeze it until it is firm, probably about 3 hours.
Melt some white chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and dip the banana into the mixture. Use a pallet knife to spread the chocolate, if necessary. Prop up the banana in a tall glass and use chocolate chips, jellies or currants to indicate the ghost's eyes and mouth. Serve once the chocolate has set.