Halloween is a great time to get creative and do something special for your family that they’ll remember for years to come. But who’s got the time or money to do involved recipes and projects with pricey ingredients? Never fear! There’s no reason to spend a lot of time or money to make a Halloween spread that looks like it was put together by a pro. Wow your guests and delight the kids with these impressive-looking (but impressively easy) Halloween treats!

Mummy Pops

10 Double Stuf Oreo Cookies
1 bag white chocolate melts
10 sets of googly eyes
Wilton's ribbon tip pastry tip, optional
10 lollipop sticks

1. Place a piece of parchment paper or a Silpat on a cookie sheet. Set aside.

2. Place the bag of white chocolate melts in a microwave-safe measuring cup with at least a 4-cup capacity. You can also do this in smaller batches if you have a smaller container. Microwave the chocolate in 30-second intervals until completely melted. Make sure to stir in between to avoid burning the chocolate.

3. Take 10 Oreo-type cookies and open them up. Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melted chocolate and gently press into the crème side of the cookie. Take the other side of the cookie and gently press the two sides back together. Repeat this step on remaining cookies and allow to cool for a few minutes.

4. Once the cookies have cooled, brush off the excess crumbs with a pastry brush. Believe me, this is an important step that many people will forget to tell you about until it's too late. As an expert in making Oreo pops, I have found that if you don't brush off the crumbs before you dip the cookie into the melted chocolate, your pure white chocolate will now become white chocolate with black specks, thus destroying the perfect cookie you're trying to achieve.

5. Take your cookie pop and dip into the melted chocolate. If you find your chocolate has hardened a little, just pop it back into the microwave for a bit to melt again. Tap off the excess chocolate on the side of the measuring cup, but be sure not to tap off too much or you'll start to see the cookie underneath. Place the covered cookie on the cookie sheet.

6. Immediately place a pair of googly eyes on the covered cookie.

7. Repeat steps until all of the cookies have been covered. Allow to dry completely.

8. Rewarm the melted chocolate in the measuring cup and pour into a Ziploc or piping bag (optional). To achieve the same look in the picture, I used a piping bag and Wilton's ribbon tip, but you can easily use a Ziploc bag by just cutting off the tip of one corner.
Tip: Use a glass to stand your Ziploc bag in to help stabilize it when pouring the melted chocolate in.

9. Pipe or drizzle the melted chocolate all over the face of the cookie to achieve the look of strips of gauze and allow to completely dry.

10. Once dry, take some floral foam and/or crumpled up newspaper and place inside a Halloween tin bucket (these can be found at dollar or discount stores). Cover the newspaper with shredded tissue paper and arrange your pops however you like.

Franken-Pops

Marshmallows, regular size
1 cup Confectioners' Sugar
2 Tbls Milk
2 tsp light corn syrup
Green food coloring
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ tsp shortening

1. In a small bowl, stir together confectioners sugar and milk until smooth.

2. Stir in light corn syrup.

3. Add green food coloring a drop at a time until you achieve the desired shade of green you're looking for. Set aside.

4. Gather the following supplies: black edible marker, 10 pairs googly eyes, 10 lollipop sticks, a block of floral foam and toothpicks.

Assembly

1. Take 10 marshmallows and insert a lollipop stick in the center of each marshmallow.

2. Dip each marshmallow into the sugar glaze. Gently tap off excess sugar glaze on the side of the bowl and place coated marshmallow into your block of floral foam to dry.
Note: this can get messy, as the glaze may continue to drip as it dries. If this happens, use a toothpick to scrape off the excess as it dries.

3. Allow the glaze to dry for a little bit before sticking on the googly eyes.

4. Once the eyes are in place, allow the pops to dry completely.

5. Once they’re dry, melt the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-second intervals; be sure to mix in between so as not to burn the chocolate. Do this until you achieve a smooth consistency.

6. Dip the top of the marshmallow pops into the chocolate, allowing a bit to hang over the top of the marshmallow. Using your toothpick, begin to pull down a bit of the chocolate to form Frankenstein’s hairline (see photo). Allow to dry.

7. With a black edible marker, draw a scary mouth of your choice and don't forget Frankenstein’s stitches!

8. Once dry, take some floral foam and/or crumpled up newspaper and place inside a Halloween tin bucket (that can be found at dollar or discount stores). Cover the newspaper with shredded tissue paper. Arrange you pops however you like.

Spider Cakes

Ding Dong-type snack cakes
1 bag black licorice
10 sets of googly eyes
Chocolate, melted
Skewer or lollipop stick
Cake stands or platter of your choice

1. Unwrap 10 of the Ding Dong-type cakes and set aside.

2. Cut black licorice pieces in half. Depending on the type of licorice you find, you may be able to cut them in halves or even fourths to make smaller legs. Set aside.

3. Melt one piece chocolate (or use some of the remainder from the Mummy Pops) and attach a set of googly eyes to each of your ding dong type cakes. Set aside.

4. Taking your skewer or lollipop stick, poke 4 holes in each side of the Ding Dong cake and insert a piece of licorice.

5. Place finished spiders on cake stands or a platter. So easy, yet so cute!

Witches’ Brew

Bottles

10 empty, washed Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles*
1 (10 yard) spool 1/8" purple ribbon
10 Witches’ Brew Labels

*Substitute other single-serving beverage jars, clear drinking glasses or lime paper cups.

1. Using scissors, take the label off of the bottle and discard. How do you get the sticky gunk off? I've tried many ways to do it, but here's a trick I use that works every time. Place the bottle under hot water and with a steel sponge start going to town on the sticky stuff. You'll find it comes right up, and as an added bonus it even takes off the sell by date on the bottle. You should be left with a pristine, clear glass when it's all dried! They look like glass milk bottles and for a fraction of the cost. Just think of all the ways you could re-use them for future parties!

2. There are tons of free printable tags out there in the blogging world. I was able to find a couple that went really well with our theme and color scheme. When you download the free printable, it will pull up three different Halloween tags. All I did was print out 10 pages on my color printer (this would still look fine if you only have a black and white printer, as it's still within the color scheme) and cut out the Witches’ Brew frame of the label. I discarded the rest of the tag and saved the other two labels for future projects. It's a bit tedious, but I loved the end result!

3. When done, take a purple ribbon piece about 5–6 inches in length and loop it. Attach the ends of the loop to the back of the tag with a piece of tape. Set aside.

Witches’ Brew

1 packet lemon-lime Kool-Aid
2 cups sugar
10 black straws
Dry ice

1. Make the lemon-lime Kool-Aid as directed on the package.

2. Fill each "milk" bottle until about ¾ full. The batch of Kool-Aid should fill all 10 glasses perfectly with no leftovers. So, if you want leftovers, be sure to pick up a couple more packets.

Assembly

1. When you're done filling the "milk" bottles, wipe them off before putting on the Witches’ Brew labels. Putting the labels on last avoids them getting wet.

2. Finish off the bottles with a black straw. If you want that WOW! factor that you see in the photos, get yourself some dry ice from your local market. For those of you who have not worked with dry ice before, you must be extremely careful as it will burn you if it comes in contact with your skin! The easiest way to handle it when you get home is to keep the block in the bag, drop it on a hard surface (preferably your kitchen or garage floor), pick up the broken pieces from the bag with tongs, and place in your finished Witches Brew. Note: the dry ice dissipates pretty quickly so I suggest doing it right before your guests arrive. The kids will LOVE it!