Bake up delicious Halloween treats

One of the most well-known holidays of the year, Halloween engages those who celebrate it with costumes and copious quantities of teeth-rotting candy. In addition, Halloween baked treats both taste great and are fun to make. You'll be surprised by how simple it is to make these spooky treats and how much fun you have along the way.

Frankenstein Crispy Treats (Frankentreats)

  • Box of Rice Krispies cereal
  • Bag of large marshmallows
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Chocolate frosting
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Green food coloring

This is probably the easiest and most adorable of the treats. Melt the stick of butter and the entire bag of marshmallows in a large pot, and put in as much or as little green food coloring as you want. Once the mixture has melted, mix in about 6 cups of cereal. Then lay out the mixture on a flat tray or pan, and put it in the fridge to cool for an hour or two.

When cool, take the tray out and cut the large block into squares. Cut off one small corner from the clear plastic bag and spoon the chocolate frosting into the bag. By squeezing frosting through this makeshift pastry bag, you can now decorate each square into a Frankenstein face. Draw in some hair, eyes, and some stitches over a cut. Simple and adorable.

Spider Cupcakes

  • Cupcake batter
  • Chocolate frosting
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Assorted candy
  • Cupcake holders

Bake the cupcakes like you normally would and frost them with chocolate frosting. Use your assorted candy — which can include candy corn, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, or chocolate chips — to create a face by using them to represent nose and eyes for your spider. Then, using the pretzel sticks, stick them into the sides of the cupcake to act as the spider's legs.

“Coughed-Up Blood” Brownies

  • Brownie mix
  • M&M’s
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Peanut butter chips (or chocolate chips)
  • Red food coloring

This creation is simple, as are the other two. Prepare the brownie batter as per usual. Once you are ready to put it into the oven, throw in some M&M’s or Reese’s Pieces. Once the brownies have cooled down and have been cut into pieces, melt the peanut butter chips in a small pan. After they have melted, mix in red food coloring until you get the desired color. Drizzle the “blood” over the brownies in a very sloppy way. Now they should look like they were coughed on by a slasher flick victim. Mission accomplished.

Old-Fashioned Halloween Sugar Cookies

  • Sugar cookie dough
  • Frosting
  • Plastic bag

You can easily bake some sugar cookies and make them into spooky characters by piping frosting through a tiny hole cut out from the corner of a plastic bag. Making a pumpkin is simple, as is making a spooky ghost. Just find a simple picture of some basic spooky characters online if you are unsure about your artistic abilities.