Using Apples for Halloween Recipes and Decorating

Apples are a great versatile fruit which can be used to make fantastic tasting recipes at any time of year. Halloween though is where apples tend to be used the most and can be used for games, decorating and of course making things. There are some great traditional games that are played every Halloween and you can help your kids to enjoy Halloween by teaching them what to do with apples. Whether it is by cooking them, decorating with them or playing fantastic games you and your family are bound to have an amazing Halloween.

Bobbing for apples has been a traditional Halloween game for centuries and is so simple to do but causes so much fun. Although it doesn’t take very long to set this game up it can keep your children amused for hours. Simply fill a big tub with water and then place the apples in the water, whilst your children have their arms behind their backs they need to attempt to grab an apple with their teeth.

Sounds far easier than it actually is and your children will love the challenge of trying to grab their apples. You can also hang apples from a tree on pieces of string and ask the children to pick them with their mouths. This is a fun game that they will enjoy as it can be quite frustrating for all of them as no hands are allowed. You can always think of other new games and ideas with apples and once the imagination begins you can create some great ideas.

Decorations are very important when planning your Halloween party as you will want the house and surrounding area to look as spooky as possible. Pumpkins and apples are a great cheap way to make the area look great. You can hang the apples from strings from varying heights and then cover with spooky cobwebs and spiders. You can also carve the centers out and make miniature jack o lanterns to place around your home. These will look great alongside the larger pumpkins and will make your whole house look spooky and ready for Halloween.

Apple recipes and treats are ideal for Halloween as the apples are cheaper and easy to find, you and your children can prepare the food in advance and then have more time to have fun. Caramel apples are very popular around Halloween and are very simple to make. Place the apple on a stick and melt some caramel in a saucepan and then dip the apple in. You can then roll the apple in some sweets or chocolate pieces to give your guests a sugary treat. Baked apples are also great and if you are having a barbeque then they can be cooked on there.

Halloween is a great time to bring all of your friends and family together it is a fantastic time to have fun and celebrate this popular holiday. With a very small budget and lots of imagination you can create a fantastic looking party that everyone will enjoy. You will be surprised how easy planning a Halloween party is and you will want to do it next year too.

Easy Popcorn Candy Balls Recipe

Popcorn balls are a fun and easy treat to make for your Halloween party or to give out to your favorite trick or treaters. Here’s a simple recipe that only requires 4 ingredients and is a snap to make:

You’ll need:

1/2 cup butter
16 oz. package of marshmallows
2 cups popcorn (already popped)
1 cup M&M’s (plain)

In a heavy saucepan, over low heat, combine the butter and marshmallows to melt. Keep stirring until popcorn and marshmallows are melted together. Take off the heat and add the popcorn, then add the candies. Mix everything together until well coated. Allow mixture to cool enough to be able to touch it without burning yourself, then butter your hands and form the mixture into balls about the size of baseballs. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Candy Apples

Makes 12 red cinnamon candy covered apples. Super easy and perfect for a spicier twist on candy apples for Halloween.

1 2/3 Cups “Red Hots” or Cinnamon flavored candies (the little red ones)
2 TBSP water
Dozen apples

Prepare a cookie sheet by lining it with wax paper. Insert a craft stick into each apple. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

In a heavy saucepan, melt the candies with water over medium high heat. Heat candy to 300 to 310 degrees F, checking temperature with a candy thermometer. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, heat until a tiny amount of the syrup forms brittle, hard threads when dropped into cold water. Once the candy reaches this stage, immediately remove from heat to allow to cool a bit. Then dip each apple into the syrup and allow to coat well. Place the apples onto the wax papered cookie sheets to firm up.

Halloween Candy Apples Recipe

Makes a shiny, bright red, succulent candy apple that is perfect for Halloween parties, as party favors, gifts or snacks. Top with a fancy ribbon and wrap, and this is a wonderful Fall holiday treat.

8 Wood craft sticks
8 Apples (your favorite variety, fresh and hard)
3 Cups granulated sugar
1/2 Cup Light corn syrup
1/2 Cup water
Red hots (cinnamon) candies
1 tsp. food coloring (red)

Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter and set aside. Start by inserting a wood craft stick into the bottoms of the apples. Combine together the light corn syrup, sugar and water in heavy saucepan over a medium heat. Let heat to to 270 degrees to 290 degrees F without stirring. When ready, a dab of syrup dropped into cool water will form firm threads that are still pliable. When ready, remove the mixture from the heat, then stir in cinnamon candies and the red food coloring until mixed. Don’t over stir.

Hold each apple by the stick and twirl in the syrup, making sure all sides are covered well. When you take the apple out of the syrup, turn it several times so that any drips will stick to the apple. Place the candy apples on the prepared cookie sheet and allow to cool completely before wrapping.

More options: When you take out the apples from the syrup, quickly roll in chopped nuts or your favorite candies. Once cooled, you can dip them in chocolate or drizzle with chocolate. The options are endless and you can make them as simple or as fancy as you wish! The apples pictured above were rolled in nuts.

Easy Homemade Marshmallows

2 envelopes gelatin
1 1/4 Cups water
2 Cups white sugar

In a bowl, stir the gelatin and 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of the water together and set aside for use later. In a medium saucepan, combine the white sugar and the remaining water, simmering the mixture over a low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to allow to cool.

Combine the sugar water and gelatin together in one bowl, then beat with an electric mixer on high. Beat until foamy. Spread into a lightly greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Allow to set before cutting into squares.

Scary Smores Spiders

These Scary Smores SpidersĀ  are fun, easy and simple to make with just a few ingredients. Your kids will enjoy making these for your summer or Halloween party.

Makes 24 spiders

Ingredients:

1 cup chocolate chips (semisweet)
1 tsp. butter
24 large marshmallows
6 oz. package chow mein noodles
12 oz. package mini candy coated chocolate pieces

Recipe Directions:

In a medium microwave safe bowl, combine the semisweet chocolate chips and the butter. Microwave until melted, about 30 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes (depending on your microwave, make sure to watch it carefully). Stir until chocolate is smooth. Pour the mixture into a resealable plastic bag, then set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or a silicone baking mat. Stick 4 of the chow mein noodles into each side of marshmallow to be the legs. Arrange the spiders on the cookie sheet. Then using a pair of scissors, cut a corner off the bag of the melted chocolate and butter mixture and drizzle it over the marshmallows. Attach 2 of the candies to each marshmallow to be the eyes. Chill for a few minutes until the chocolate sets. Enjoy!