With Halloween less than a week away, I thought I would post some pictures of past Halloween's at our house. This is a picture of my son on his very first Halloween. We were living on Hill Air Force Base in Utah. I made this dinosaur costume for him so that he could help me pass out candy to all of the trick or treaters.
I had a couple of cake orders to fill last week and I also needed to make a batch of cupcakes. I made 3 smore cakes and a batch of smore cupcakes. I didn't really have a good plan for decorating my cupcakes before I started which is usually a recipe for disaster.
I tinted the marshmallow meringue frosting orange and then frosted the cupcakes. My original idea was to turn them into pumpkins.
They cupcakes still looked like they were lacking a little something and I couldn't really come up with a good way to make them look more like pumpkins so I decided to decorate them with spiders. I used Hershey's drops for the bodies and I found some candy eyeballs in my pantry - yea.
I melted some chocolate chips, put them in a ziploc baggie and snipped of a corner of the bag. I piped little legs on each spider and then used drops of chocolate to secure the eyes to the body.
They didn't turn out exactly like I had pictured them in my mind but they were pretty cute anyway.
If you're looking for something a little less sweet to balance out the sugary snacks, try a batch of these peanut butter spiders. I had my daughter help me make these - it's a great project for kids.
The directions are really simple:
Spread peanut butter on a round butter cracker.
Break 3 pretzel sticks in half and place on peanut butter for legs.
Top with another cracker.
Add eyes with a drop of melted chocolate.
I used mini reese's pieces because that is what I had on hand. You could also use raisins or mini chocolate chips.
These spiders make a great after school snack - even for teenagers.