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Spooky Seasonal Snacks

Halloween is right around the corner and those who like to celebrate the holiday like 10 year olds are sure to be costume shopping, hanging up spooky decorations and making festive recipes. One of the great things about Halloween is that it is a holiday that can be fun without having to spend tons of money.

Even students on a budget can partake in activities associated with Halloween. This is definitely the holiday for those who love DIY projects. Aside from saving money on homemade costumes, yummy, festive treats can be made as well for those hosting Halloween parties or attending as guests. If you are looking for something to spark your creative fire, Pinterest is an awesome site to check out for those who haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet. Anything related to fall and Halloween recipes can be found on the site and the app, including detailed recipes and mouth-watering pictures.

Search Halloween recipes on Pinterest and dozens of pages will pop up with countless spooky treats. One of the many recipes found on Pinterest is a simple snack perfect for any party, ghost pretzels. Using pretzel sticks, melted baking white chocolate, a tube of black icing for the faces and clear plastic bags, you have a yummy treat in a matter of minutes.

If you are a fan of candy corn, prepare yourself for this one: no bake salted caramel, candy corn bark. If the title didn’t hook you, wait until you hear how to make it. Place waffle style pretzels on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Then, melt caramel bits until the caramel is a luscious, smooth consistency and evenly coat the pretzels. Place melted white chocolate over the caramel and top with M&M white chocolate candy corns.

Jennifer Shamrock, lecturer of communication, looks forward to celebrating this festive holiday every year. “A creative recipe I have made in the past is witch hands. I take shortbreak cookies and use a fork to make an imprint for the wrinkles of the hand, and then use almond halves for the fingers,” she tells.

Sophomore business administration major Brittany Lamb tells of her favorite Halloween recipes. “My favorite recipe is cookie witch hats. I take any flat cookie I could find in the supermarket, and then glue a Hershey kiss to the cookie with melted chocolate. I then take icing to make a little bow on the hat,” she said. 

An easy recipe from spoonful.com that is guaranteed to be a hit is the beloved pigs in a blanket. Only this time, instead of pigs, there are mummies in a blanket. Junior communication major Alyssa Gray said, “Hotdog mummies are a staple in my house, where my mom makes them every Halloween using crescent rolls.”

Using ingredients such as refrigerator rolls, a package of hot dogs and yellow mustard, you’ll be lucky if you can make it into the door without everyone grabbing one.

Keeping with the mummy theme, pizza mummies is another recipe to try. Use English muffins, pizza sauce, cheese, and any toppings you like. With some creativity you can have spooky, mummified pizzas in a matter of minutes .

If you’ve waited until the last minute to making an impressive snack for the big day, don’t worry. A last minute Halloween treat that everyone will sure love is popcorn hands.

Made with any kind of popcorn, plastic gloves and ribbon, it is an easy way to please the crowd. Simply stuff the plastic gloves with the popcorn, twist and tie orange or black ribbon to hold in place. Pick up a jug of apple cider and it will look like you’ve been prepared for weeks.

Halloween is getting closer, so make sure you’re ready for any party you may be attending. Use these recipes or do a search on Pinterest for spooky treats everyone will enjoy.

PHOTO TAKEN from Pinterest.com

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