There are several holidays that kids love. They love the parades and fireworks on the Fourth of July; they love the decorations and excitement surrounding the end-of-year holidays; they may even love all the good food and getting together with friends and family at Thanksgiving. There is, however, no holiday more kid-centric than Halloween. Oh sure, many non-kids like to get in on the Halloween action, but they are interlopers…intruders.

The second major component of Halloween is the candy and other goodies that kids get for—literally—just showing up at someone’s door. Kids can ring someone’s doorbell, and a person will answer and give them candy.

But, as October plods along to it’s big finish on the 31st, what can be done to help impatient kids get through this month? Parents can start making Halloween snacks for their children, and let the kids help. Youngsters love helping make Halloween treats.

We’ve found some great websites that provide plenty of kid-friendly treats that are fun to make and even more fun to eat.

Chelsea’s Messy Apron shows how to make witch’s hats and broomsticks, monster eyeballs, and bats made from Reese’s and Oreos. The best part is, each recipe has just four ingredients.

Self-Proclaimed Foodie has some great-looking monster cookies that take a bit more time—1 hour and 15 minutes—and only makes nine cookies, but they are so cool looking, you’ll want to make a few batches.

Forks and Beans has a treat for the more health conscious. Using apples, strawberries, sunflower seeds, and sunflower butter, this good-for-you snack will still manage to frighten kids.

Better Homes and Gardens has an easy to make treat that uses only marshmallows, fondant, and decorating gel, but will allow kids stretch their decorating imaginations.

 

Parents online shows that you can even make a main course scary with these franks wrapped in refrigerated breadstick dough. No recipe required.

One Little Project at a Time has a treat that’s easy to make because the hard part has already done by someone else! They’re Monster Donuts, and they just require decorating.

Genius Kitchen has a treat that looks like it would be equally good for Halloween as it would be for fishing, if you could stop yourself from eating the bait before the fish do. Kids will delight in having friends see them drop these realistic-looking gelatin worms into their mouths.

Parent Map has some great ideas for parents that would like to surprise their children by packing an unexpectedly scary box lunch.

Delish has some great ideas for serving a Halloween dinner to the family, from appetizers to desserts, and they’re all frighteningly easy.

What’s your own personal favorite Halloween-themed food? What do your kids enjoy helping to create? Have you ever surprised them with a Halloween-decorated food in their box lunch? Let us know! Share your ideas in the comment section below.

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