Halloween Spooktacular

Happy Halloween!  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday; it’s right up there with Christmas.  Some of my family came over and I was so glad to spend the evening with the people I love most.  My cousin Stephanie, her hubby Mike and their little baby Milo were a princess, knight and dragon, Steph isn’t wearing her costume though.  And me and my sister were Sid and Woody from Toy Story, my costume cost a whopping $1.78!  All I purchased was the felt sticker and I cut it into the skull shape.

In my previous post I had this vision of lace spider webs, but alas that idea was never brought to light.  I hate it when there is not enough time in the day…or money in the bank.  I got the two black, plastic tablecloths and bag of spider webs from the Dollar Tree, about ten sheets of Halloween scrapbooking paper and I already had the frames and hollow “spell” book.  Using the Chic and Scary Cricut cartrigde I made the banner and all the spider and bat cutouts; I also used it for the frame silhouette cutouts.  The decorations were super cheap and I think the dessert and drink table and backdrop turned out cute.

And now on to the best part, what we ate and drank!  I made an orange punch, that my Nana would make every Halloween, hot cocoa, candy corn sugar cookies, broom graham crackers, smore dip, “cookie dough” dip and caramel apple cupcakes.  The smore dip and “cookie dough” dip are really easy to make and really yummy!

Orange Punch:

Ginger Ale

Orange Fanta or Sunkist

7 Up or Sprite

Frozen orange juice concentrate

Orange Sherbert

-Add equal parts of all sodas and mix in the frozen orange juice concentrate.  Plop in scoops of sherbert on top, no need to mix in.

This is a staple drink on Halloween.

Hot Cocoa:

2/3 cup cocoa powder

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup boiling water

7 cups of milk

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1 cup half and half

-In the 1 cup of boiling water add the cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla and mix until combined.  In a pan heat the milk and half and half, and when hot but not boiling add the cocoa sugar mixture.

*I did the boiling water, cocoa sugar and vanilla part, but then I just heated all the milk in the microwave and added everything to a slow cooker that was set on low.  After about an hour, I turned the slower cooker down to warm and it kept the cocoa nice and hot.

Serve with peeps or ghosts shaped marshmallows.

Smore Dip:

14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

1/2 cup of marshmallow fluff

-Microwave condenses milk and chocolate chips for about 1-2 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir.  Once all of the chips are melted, sporadically drop in marshmallow fluff and microwave about 30 seconds and the swirl together, to give it  a marble like appearance.

Serve with graham crackers!  That’s it, it is really easy and addictingly good.

“Cookie Dough” Dip:  I put the cookie dough part in quotation marks because it tastes nothing like a cookie cookie dough, unless it is a peanut butter cookie, but nonetheless, it is still really tasty.

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup peanut butter

1 cup oats

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons of brown sugar

Some chocolate chips

Some M&M’s (I used peanut butter M & M’s)

-Mix it all together, minus the chocolate chips and M & M’s, once it is well blended mix in the chocolate chips and M & M’s.

You can serve with graham crackers or fruit.

In my next post I will list the recipes for the broom graham crackers, candy corn sugar cookies and carmel apple cupcakes.

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!

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