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Shrunken Apple Heads

Large red or golden delicious apple
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp. salt
Whole cloves
Bottle cap

Peel apple and coat with mixture of lemon juice and salt. With a potato peeler, knife, or pumpkin carver carve out eye sockets, nose, mouth and ears. Stick whole cloves where eyes should be and rice where teeth should be. Sit apple on top of bottle cap. Place on a drying rack in a warm, dry place for about 2 weeks. Shape the face as it shrinks and hardens. Once dry, insert a strong wire to form body and add clothes if desired or other accessories.


Ghost Cookie

Using peanut shaped cookies, spread with white frosting or marshmallow fluff, add chocolate chips for eyes and nose.


Witches Brew

Mix up a batch of lemonade from concentrate. Add green food coloring to the lemonade to give it a spooky look. Get a plastic witch's cauldron and place a piece of dry ice in it. Pour the brew over the dry ice and watch your kid's delight. Do NOT drink after putting dry ice in, it is just fun to see the effect :)


Ghost Cookies

Dip Nutter Butter cookies in white chocolate and let completely dry. Then let the kids decorate the face with cake mate frosting or chocolate chips.


Potato Ghosts

Hand sculpt mashed potatoes to look like a ghost. Place them on an oiled cookie sheet, brushed with melted butter, and put in the oven to heat and brown a little. You can serve it with bat shaped meat loaf (using a bat cookie cutter).


Pumpkin Faces


English muffins Orange spreadable cheese Raisins


Let the children spread the cheese on the English muffin. Let them arrange the raisins to make the eyes, nose, and mouth.


Spooky Sandwich Puzzles

Let the children make their own peanut butter sandwiches with two pieces of bread. Give each child a Halloween cookie cutter and let them press the shape out of the center of their sandwich. They will now have a "spooky sandwich puzzle."


"Hand" Snacks


Clear food server gloves (one for each child) Popcorn Candy corn Yarn


Take one of the food server gloves and place a candy corn in each of the fingers. Fill the rest of the glove with popcorn. Fasten the top of the glove with yarn. Make a glove for each child in your class.


Monster Cookies


Oatmeal cookies Candy corn Chocolate chip pieces Raisins


Each child creates a monster cookie by making a face on an oatmeal cookie (can be precooked or store bought cookies) by using candy corn, chocolate chips, marshmallows, raisins, etc. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and place in a hot oven just long enough for the faces to melt. This creates truly monster faces.


Ghost Toast


Loaf of bread Margarine Shredded coconut Raisins Chocolate chips


Each child makes ghost toast by spreading margarine to make faces on toast then sprinkling coconut on it. Put raisins or chocolate chips for eyes and mouth. Toast.


Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars (T. is tablespoon; t. is teaspoon)


1 c. flour 1/3 c. brown sugar

To this mixture, cut in 5 T. butter, softened.

Stir in: 1/2 c. chopped nuts (I use walnuts, but pecans would be good, too!)

Set aside 3/4 c. of the above mixture for top. Press remaining amount in a buttered 8x8" pan. Bake at 350 for 15 mins. Cool slightly.

Combine until smooth:

8 oz. cream cheese 1 1/2 cinnamon 3/4 c. sugar 1 t. allspice 1/2 c. pumpkin 1 t. vanilla 2 eggs

Pour cream cheese mixture over baked crust. Sprinkle with reserved topping. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350. Cool before cutting.

Note: I do not have an 8x8" pan, so I always make them in a 9x13" pan. (My neighbors just usually get some!) I double everything, except for the pumpkin. I put in the entire can! (The small 14 or 15 oz. ones...has about 2 cups in it.) I also use, instead of the allspice, about 1/4 t. of cloves and 1/2 t. of ginger.

I cut them into about 1 1/2" squares, but I was just thinking, they could be cut into bigger pieces and have whipped cream put on them!! Mmmmm.....


Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 - 8 oz pkgs of cream cheese 3/4 cup sugar 1 - 16 oz can pumpkin 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg dash of salt 2 eggs

Mix together cream cheese and sugar. Blend pumpkin, spices and salt into cream cheese and sugar mixture. Add eggs one at a time. Pour mixture into pastry-lined 9" deep dish pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees, 50 minutes.



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