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Scary-Easy Halloween Recipes

I love the idea of a DIY Halloween party, of Martha Stewart-ing every last detail of my kids’ favorite holiday. But the sad truth is: I’m kinda terrible at it. I can admire a curated Pinterest board of perfectly decorated spider cupcakes and handmade costumes as much as the next mom, but “craftsy” is not a word I’d use to describe myself. Unfortunately for me, my kids are begging for all things Halloween-themed right now…

I decided to try out a couple of seemingly easy DIY Halloween recipes that I thought even a craftily challenged mom like myself could pull off. Well, as you’ll see, my results wouldn’t exactly make anyone’s Pinterest board. The snacks still made my kids’ day though, which is really the most important thing. Shep and I had the best time playing in the kitchen together—and laughing my missteps. I love that these moments with my kids never fail to remind me what the holidays are really about.

If you’d like to give them a go, the “recipes” don’t require a lot of tools. All you need are a couple of cookie cutters, and you’re ready to go. And I even added my own little “Not-So-Pro Tip” to each, so that maybe you’ll have more luck with these tricky treats than I did.

I’d love to hear how you’re celebrating the holiday—DIY or not!—in the comments. Happy Halloween to all!


Mummy’s Favorite Pizza

You’ll need:

English muffins

Your favorite tomato sauce

Shredded mozzarella cheese

Sliced black olives

Lightly toast the English muffins. Spread on a little bit of tomato sauce, then top with shredded cheese in a cross-hatch pattern, leaving a small space for the mummy’s “mouth” to go. Pop the English muffins into a toaster oven or under the broiler quickly, just until the cheese melts. Place two black olives on the pizzas as “eyes,” then serve.

My Not-So-Pro Tip: If you have a little trouble making the space for the mummy’s mouth to go, like I did, just draw it on after with some leftover tomato sauce.

Ghostly Grilled Cheese

You’ll need:

An egg

Sliced bread

Ghost-shaped cookie cutter


Beat the egg lightly and set it aside. Spread both sides of a piece of bread with butter, then cut a ghost-shaped hole in the middle. Heat a pan over medium-low heat (as you would with any grilled cheese). Place the slice of bread in the pan, then fill the ghost-shaped hole with the egg. When the egg is almost cooked through, flip the bread and toast the other side. Once the bread is cool, dot ketchup onto the ghost to create eyes, then serve.

My Not-So-Pro Tip: I made the mistake of trying to make this with a stainless steel pan and it was a total mess—both to flip the toast and to clean up afterwards. Use a nonstick pan so everything slides off easily. I’d also recommend omitting the egg yolk and using only the whites, so you don’t end up with a yellow ghost.


Boo-berry PB&J’s

You’ll need:

White bread

Ghost-shaped cookie cutters

Your favorite peanut butter

Your favorite jelly

Cut the white bread into ghost shapes using the cookie cutters, then spread one “slice” with peanut butter and the other with jelly.

My Not-So-Pro Tip: Okay, these were definitely the easiest of the bunch. The bread would be even easier to cut and spread if you toast it slightly first, but it’s not necessary! Leaving it as-is will do just fine.


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  • Samantha

    I love this! Im like you, i love crafts but can never make them look pintrest perfect! Im so glad you and Sheppy had fun! I am missing Tom though! Hows school been going for him? Soccor? Love that kid! Also Shep’s hair is rockin!


    Hi Gen, I love Halloween! It’s such a fun holiday with dressing up and making spooky treats. I love thinking of fun ideas to share with my nieces and nephews. Cake pop “eyes” are fun to make too. I use both chocolate and vanilla frosting and create eyes with mini m&m’s. Thank you for sharing! Hope to see pics of your costumes 🙂 I have 3 costumes this year for different parties lol – Harley Quinn, a Great Gatsby costume and Laurie Strode (from 1978 Halloween movie). Happy Halloween to you and your family!!

  • Annette W

    This is hilarious! I love it! You’re so great with Tom and Shep. Happy Halloween!!!

  • Barbara

    Where is the cheese in the grilled cheese? I would also say make the pb&j then use the cutters to cut out the shapes. Might get more than one if you can angle it right. And just an fyi…if you ever need decorator icing in more than one color, it’s cheaper to buy a can of buttercream icing instead of the separate little squeeze tubes and just add powdered sugar until it’s the thickness you want. Then separate into different bowls to add gel food coloring. Regular food coloring will make it runny if you use to much.

  • Susanne Bundgaard

    So lovely simple and with more Real food
    My grand daughter and me will get busy today?‍??

  • Devbie

    I know chocolate isnt the best but a cute Halloween treat is melting either chocolate or butterscotch and using pretzel sticks.
    Or you can make cauldron cakes, yummy. Go to Harry Potter cauldron cakes! ?? Enjoy

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