It’s that time of year again when all the little ghosts and goblins come a knockin’, hold out their bags and buckets to be filled with goodies, and sound out a good old “trick-or-treat!” This year give them something a little more creative, a little more festive, and a little more fun than just a handful of candy for “something good to eat” – give them something homemade.
A fun, non-edible alternative
What is red, and yellow, and blue, and well every other color of the rainbow, and is squishy, and can stand on it’s on? Play-doh. Who doesn’t love play-doh? This recipe is so quick and easy that you can make every color of the rainbow and every color in between with five ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, mix 1 cup of flour, ½ cup of salt, two teaspoons of cream of tarter, and one packet of flavored drink mix. Kool-aid works great for its variety of colors. Stir in 1 cup of water and 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and continue to stir until the mix forms a ball, about five minutes. Turn the play-doh on to a plate and let cool for 1-2 minutes, divide into small balls.
Make several different colors and seal tightly in festive treat bags. Make sure to add a tag that says “do not eat” (even though it’s all natural and non-toxic, it’s very salty) and maybe even add the recipe on the back of the tag.
Popcorn balls are what your next door neighbor’s grandmother made
Frightfully green popcorn in a clear plastic glove makes for a much more interesting and festive treat. As opposed to the traditional popcorn ball, Monster Claws are fun, festive, and easy to make.
You will need 12 cups of popcorn; we like to make our own fresh popcorn in our vintage- style trolley cart popcorn popper, but you can also use 2 bags of microwave popcorn. Combine a ½ cup of light corn syrup, ¼ cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter, a ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, and 1 packet of green, unsweetened drink mix, like Kool-aid or Crystal Light, in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring often. Pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir to coat, and then bake for 15 minutes on a lightly greased pan in a 250 degree oven. Pour popcorn back in the bowl and stir for a second coat with the remaining mixture, and then bake again for an additional 15 minutes.
Place one candy corn in each finger slot of a clear plastic, food quality glove, fill with green popcorn and seal the glove with a twist tie for a monstrous good treat.
Start a new tradition this year to give your trick-or-treaters something fun to play with and something good to eat. (And leave out that part about feet!)