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Scary Halloween Treats & Cool Halloween Monster Cookies

Updated on September 11, 2015

"From ghosties and ghoulies and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night..." The next phrase of this well-known prayer calls upon a higher power for deliverance, and normally, I would be right in line for that, but on this singular occasion all bets are off. On All Hallows Eve , every shape and size of ghost and ghoul and beastie is free to roam the streets, begging for all manner of Halloween treats, chocolates and monster cookies - playing Halloween trick-or treat.

My own little Halloween beastie adored trekking from house to house, up and down the streets, ringing our neighbors' doorbells and shouting "Halloween apples, trick-or-treat" at whoever answered. Fortunately we lived in a small town at the time, and knew all our neighbors well, but most years our child's candy predations were constrained to house parties, or the Halloween Spook Fest - a great night of spooky family fun in the school gym.

One particular Fall, when it was my turn to provide treats for our weekly coffee party, I decided to try my hand at Halloween-themed goodies. I have a super recipe for crust-less pumpkin pie, that I baked in ramekins and then carefully decanted onto oak leaf-shaped desert plates, topped off with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

The black-tinted bat and black cat shaped cookies were rich, dark chocolate, decorated with piped-on orange icing details. The goodies were a hit, and one idea led to another. Ultimately, we decided to offer a kid's activity at the up-coming Halloween party at school - Design Your Own Monster Cookie.

Our booth did a roaring business. We charged fifty cents a cookie and advertised that all the proceeds would go to buy new books for the library. At that time, the town library shared space in the school, and relied on donations of pre-owned books. Its inventory was in dire need of replenishing.

A bunch of teachers got together to build and run a Haunted House. They were terrifically creative, right down to the bowl of peeled grape "eyeballs", and spaghetti "earthworms" swimming in lukewarm, slightly runny tapioca pudding - now there was a disgusting texture.

The high school science teacher volunteered a pickled calf's brain, but the smell of formaldehyde was a bit too strong so we passed on that one.

Shortbread Witches Fingers

My favorite cookie for decorating is a plain sugar cookie recipe.

It can be rolled out nice and thick and tinted a variety of lovely Halloween colors - pumpkin orange, witch black, graveyard brown, and bright, slimy green.

I usually make a double recipe and divide the dough into three or four batches, depending on how many colors I want to use.

Some of the cookie dough may be left plain and covered with a white icing glaze for a ghostly effect.

Wilton has a great line of chocolate and chocolate making accessories. I wish they had been available when I was in Halloween party mode.

I have used them as a product demonstrator, though, and I can vouch for the quality of their cany melts. They melt smoothly and quickly in the microwave, and come in a wonderful variety of Halloween colors.

Usually around Halloween, we would feature a series of "kids' clubs" activities at the front of the store. The kids and the customers got a big kick out of them, and they were great for business.

One of the kids' favorite activities, next to making chocolate lollipops in Halloween shapes and colors, was decorating a monster cookie to eat there or take home. Our Wilton instructor would set up her display, and demonstrate decorating cupcakes with scary Halloween faces.

Halloween Spider & Bug Themed Cupcakes

To save time, we used slice-and-bake refrigerator sugar cookie dough, and brought them fresh from home to the event. We always had several flavors and colors of icing for spreading, as well as supply of Wilton tubes of thin decorator icing.

Even though the children's parents were required to sign waivers and guarantee their children were nut-allergy free, we stayed away from any kind of nuts to decorate the monster cookies.

Instead we laid in a supply of M&Ms, seedless raisins, candy fruit slices (great for mouths and ears), candy corn, and colored sprinkles.

The kids used a dab of Royal Icing to secure the candied fruit-slice ears. Some cut off the "rind" and used that for wiggly eyebrows, preferring M&Ms or Skittles for the mouth.

One creative young soul used a piece of "rind" to make a wavy mouth and arranged an uneven row of Skittles "fangs". She had bitten off one end of each candy, and the broken ends protruding from the gaping mouth added a funny, snaggle-toothed look to her monster.

For a home party, barring allergies, you could also add toasted and tinted coconut, halved peanuts, and slivered almonds. Slivered almonds make great scary teeth.

Haystacks, or unbaked chocolate drop cookies, made with rolled oats, coconut, cocoa, and sugar, can be quickly patted into bat shapes for a great variation on the Halloween theme.

You have to work fast though, as the cookies set up quite quickly once they cool. Older kids can help with this activity, but the dough is quite hot at first so care should be taken with little fingers.

Happy Halloween!

More tasty Halloween treats

Meatball Spiders with shredded cheese "hair" and dried Chinese noodle legs
Meatball Spiders with shredded cheese "hair" and dried Chinese noodle legs
Thinly sliced ready-made refrigerator dough wraps up these cute hot-dog "mummies"
Thinly sliced ready-made refrigerator dough wraps up these cute hot-dog "mummies"
Chocolate cookie dough balls and hat shapes are baked and combined with mint icing to create cute witches hat cookies
Chocolate cookie dough balls and hat shapes are baked and combined with mint icing to create cute witches hat cookies
Adorable paper goody bags, Make the brooms by first wrapping up the goodies, then carefully, with very sharp scissors, "shredding" the tiny paper bags so that they resemble brooms
Adorable paper goody bags, Make the brooms by first wrapping up the goodies, then carefully, with very sharp scissors, "shredding" the tiny paper bags so that they resemble brooms

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      RedElf 2 years ago from Canada

      Hi Nell! Thanks for stopping by. Lucky you. I am staying home to hand out sugar to the wee ghosties and goblins that show up at my door - OK, not sugar - CANDIES - might as well just hand them the sugar bowl though, LOL. Gee maybe there will be some left over for me?

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi, I love Halloween, I go nuts if I can't get out and about, so luckily we are off to a party tomorrow! yeah! lol!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Hi, Lori! Glad you enjoyed the hub - kids really like crunching the "finger" cookies, but I would probably pass on them, too.

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      By Lori 5 years ago from USA

      Oh those finger cookies gave me the creeps ! I don't think I 'd want one but the cupcakes with the little witch hats were cute-nice hub.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, kikalina! Glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      kikalina 6 years ago from Europe

      What delicious looking sweets!!! Voted up :)

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Jeff+McRitchie. I had a lot of fun researching and testing the goodies :D

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      Jeff_McRitchie 6 years ago

      There are some great ideas in this Hub! I especially like the pumpkin candy bags. Very cute.

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      How kind of you to comment, Cresentmoon2007 :D:D

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      Cresentmoon2007 6 years ago from Caledonia, MI

      how cute!

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      RedElf 6 years ago from Canada

      I love pumpkin carving, too, though I must admit, I am better at making pumpkin pie than scary faces, Albert Street!

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      Albert Street 6 years ago from Northern USA

      I Love all of your creative ideas. Halloween happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Every year a friend of mine always has a pumpkin carving party and we have a blast!

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      MyTMidge 6 years ago

      It looks so good.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      thebellrecord, bug candy sounds like fun. I need to find some prepackaged small pkg of gummy worms and gummy spiders ;)

      James, thanks so much. I love to see the little kids come around. They can be so cute ;)

      Cole, thank goodness I was too old for trick-or-treat before that became too popular - how dreadful to do all that begging and come home with "healthy" candy.

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      ColeCooper90 7 years ago from Portland Oregon

      Sugar free candy was always the terrifying one...

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      jamesmspacey 7 years ago from Hobart, Australia

      Great stuff. I'm sorry to say our Halloween treats weren't quite so impressive this year, but neither was the turn out of trick or treaters. I've moved to a place on the beach and don't have as many neighbors as before. Kinda sad.

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      thebellrecordsche 7 years ago

      The witch's fingers are disgusting and funny at the same time! What about bug candy? they are bug lollipop, people pass them out on Halloween. Great hub!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      wordscribe43 - greetings! Thanks for the rate up and "other stuff" ;) Feel better soon!

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      Elsie Nelson 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      What a great hub. I must tell you I've spent a lot of time making Halloween cookies with my kids, and I feel like I may barf. BUT, I did enjoy this hub tremendously, I like the mummy dogs, very cute. Anyway, when I am less ill, I will come back for some more ideas. Rated UP and all the other good stuff.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Hey, thanks for visiting, snakebaby! There are quite a few 100 score hubs out there, and the scores do go up and down, so I am happy this one is so high right now.

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      Sabrina Yuquan Chen (陈玉泉) 7 years ago from Boston, MA, USA

      Found this while searching for Halloween ideas. That is an interesting hub, no wonder it scores 100! I've never seen a hub at this perfect score. Lots of fun pics and ideas for my kids. Thanks!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Nice to meet you, talfonso! Hope you have great fun if you do go to a Halloween party ;)

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      talfonso 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Sounds dandy - will consider those recipes if I'm going to a Halloween party!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Bijon, thanks for your comment. I have included it below without your link:

      Bijon 46 minutes ago

      Just want to say 'awesome!' . Thanks for sharing it.

      Thanks for commenting, Jenny, and thanks for the tip with the candy corn.

      Kristen - you'll have to check out my next hub for those instructions ;)

      Thanks stephanieculkins! Our Wilton instructor made the absolutely cutest ones.

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      Jenny Calender 7 years ago

      Wow, what fingers! Hey, mix salty peanuts with candy corn -- YUMMMY!!!

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      Kristen Harrold 7 years ago

      Can you give a detailed descripition on how to make those brooms?

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      stephanieculkins 7 years ago from El Cajon CA

      The witch cupcakes are adorable

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome, lender! I love all manner of decorations, too.

      sudeep13582, thanks for the comment - I rarely leave links in my comments, but I thank you for providing a link to this lovely lady's hub - I will be sure to check out other hubs by Manasidas as well!

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      sudeep13582 7 years ago from Howrah

      nice, fantastic and horror ideas.... lolz.

      here is another hubs about autumn festivals

      https://hubpages.com/holidays/Autumn-Festival

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      lender3212000 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

      I'm such a sucker for all of the cute Halloween stuff! I just can't get enough of it. Thanks for the fun and creative new ideas!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Pinkchic - love your avatar!

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      Sarah Carlsley 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Cute and yummy ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, BNISSON. Nice to meet you!

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      BNISSON 7 years ago from Columbus, GA

      almost Halloween. definitely informative. full of fun date ideas too! :D

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      agent007, how nice to meet you ;) Glad you found some good ideas here.

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      agent007 7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for these tips and ideas. I am always looking for new ideas for my kids for halloween.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      So glad you enjoyed the hub, cwarden. Nice to meet you!

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      cwarden 7 years ago from USA

      This is just what I was looking for...very nice hub - Thanks!

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Jaynie2000. I enjoy making the holiday hubs!

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      Jaynie2000 7 years ago

      Awesome hub. I've done a few of these myself. Great pictures and super fun ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the link, 2uesday ;)

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      2uesday 7 years ago

      I will link to this from my Halloween hub as you have some great ideas here. Thank you.

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Camelot, I have included your link below without the link - thanks so much for commenting.

      Camelot_UK 15 hours ago

      Cool Halloween gift idea !

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      gr82bme, thanks so much for sharing this on FaceBook. Glad you liked the recipes.

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      I am going to send this to my friends on Facebook

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      gr82bme 7 years ago from USA

      Great hub. I am happy to have found you. I am going to bookmark so I can save the recipes.I hope you will stop over to my hub for Hallowen too

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      RedElf 7 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, What's News - nice to meet you. They are fun, no? Glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      What's News 7 years ago

      Meetball Spiders will definitely be on the menu for our annual Halloween Party. Thanks for sharing Great hub.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, eyeofh! They are great fun to make - I hope she enjoys them!

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      eyeofh 8 years ago from New Jersey

      Very nice hub! My daughter (5) loves to cook and she is going to love this...especially the shortbread witches fingers!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, ianbrad55! I like them too!

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      ianbrad55 8 years ago

      hot dog mummies are so cute!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Craftsmith. They are pretty great. The kids really love to crunch them up - especially those 8 or 9 years old.

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      Craftsmith 8 years ago from India

      Witches fingers almost look real and really scary. Great hub !!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Lisa. Glad you enjoyed everything (except the witches fingers).

      Greetings, Lee - thanks so much. Always nice to meet someone new - and thanks so much. I often put people to sleep, or so I'm told, LOL.

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      Lee Thacker 8 years ago

      I like the way your brain thinks, makes me feel alive listening to what your thinking, very cool...Keep it up ...PS Now I Know Why I bookmarked your page ;-) ...Hope you are doing well,

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      Lisa HW 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great Hub and great ideas. These are all adorable (except, of course, for the unpleasant witch fingers - but to each own own).

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much Deborah-Lynn! So glad you enjoyed this. Hub treats to you, too.

      Greetings, Manatoba! So glad you liked the cookies.

      Welcome, usauthor. I love them too! Thanks so much.

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      usauthor 8 years ago from USA

      yummy mummies.... looks delicious!

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      Manatoba 8 years ago

      I like the cookies!

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      Deborah-Lynn 8 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Hub-Treats to you Redelf, love the witches finger cookies, and the paperbag brooms, a great addition to our family neighborhood gathering! I made sure to rate this one UP!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Ladymermaid. The mummies are my fav, too!

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      Ladymermaid 8 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully done...I love the little mummies!

      Best wishes to you

      Ladymermaid

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome, jbryant22!

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      jbryant22 8 years ago

      great ideas... Thanks for hub

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Greetings, samanthagardner. You are most welcome - glad you enjoyed the Hub.

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      samanthagardner 8 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

      Thank you for all the great ideas! My son will love some of these.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Hey, Enelle! Why blindfolded - they can't be that scary, lol!

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Don't think I could manage the cookies - at least not blindfolded LOL...

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much - I'm really pleased you like the gift bags.

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      majehe09 8 years ago

      Love the treats and gift bag ideas. Must use them for my grandkids!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks - I really appreciate your commenting, PSO.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      jbryant22, glad you found something useful! Thanks for visiting.

      Greetings, Margaret! I've met very few kids that didn't say "eeewww" and gobble them down!

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      Margaret Morris 8 years ago

      Nice hub and good ideas. Very creative. I noticed the picture of the finger cookies, which I've made a couple of times. They're satisfyingly gross.

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      jbryant22 8 years ago

      Going to make some of this for sure. great hub.. thanks !

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much ZsuZsy Bee - I am sure they will be much enjoyed! Cheers!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Another great hub. Love the pictures especially the witches fingers. Will make these for sure this Halloween.

      regards Zsuzsy

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, HEATHERH91, glad I could help out. I'm sure your party will be great!

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      HEATHERH91 8 years ago from Oklahoma

      These are great. I have our annual Halloween party next week and was looking for a new creative idea. You gave me plenty to choose from. Thanks for the hub.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Jozjoz. So nice to meet you - glad you like Halloween too.

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      Jozjoz 8 years ago

      These treats are so adorable, and creepy at the same time!ALL IN THE SPIRIT OF HALLOWEEN! :)

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Mindfulness. I agree - the Wilton treats are fantastic!

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      Mindfulness 8 years ago

      I was going to say that I love the Shortbread Witches Fingers but then I saw the next image and wow these are works of art! Great, great, great post. Wow!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, Lloyd Christmas - love your avatar, by the way. The hot dog mummies are a snap with refrigreator roll dough. Enjoy!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Yes indeed, and according to tradition, the evening before All Saints Day, known as All Hallows Eve, is the night when the sacred dead are remembered.

      In some traditions, it is the one night of the year that spirits are allowed to roam free.

      This tradition was adopted and gradually grew into our current traditions, wherein our own live goblins and ghosties roam free, begging treats in return for no tricks being played.

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      mjt122649 8 years ago

      The eve of all Saints Day,falling on October 31 and celebrated by children who go in costume from door to door begging treats or playing pranks.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Oh, how lovely! My birthday is on Christmas Day, according to the Orthodox calendar. We grew up knowing it as Twelfth Night, traditionally the night when the Magi arrived. I didn't realize until I moved here that some people celebrated Christmas on that day. But your child is so lucky to have such a GREAT day for a birthday! What fun to be able to dress up every year for your birthday!

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      Stephanie Hicks 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love Halloween - my oldest child's birthday is Oct. 31. We'll enjoy making these treats.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your comments, Naomi. I'm glad you like the kid goodies - they are great fun to make, too.

      Greetings, Bobalooba. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Naomi R. Cox 8 years ago from Elberton, Georgia

      Excellent goodies for the little goblins.The Witches Fingers and Witches Brooms caught my attention. My granddaughters will love them. Thanks for sharing this post.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Hey, KevCC! Glad you stopped by! They are fun, but I think I like the yummy "mummies" best ;)

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      KevCC 8 years ago

      Excellent stuff, I love the witches fingers.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      You are most welcome, mith_moral. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

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      mith_moral 8 years ago

      These treats are too cute! They look so yummy. I'm going to have to try these this Halloween!

      Thank you for this.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much, KyonSOS23. They're great fun!

      Thanks so much PA. So nice of you to stop by.

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      ThePartyAnimal 8 years ago

      Love it - my favorite are the Witches Fingers - Those are just too much fun - what a great read.

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      KyonSOS23 8 years ago from Nabon

      I like Shortbread Witches Fingers ,it very horror.

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks, Princessa. Kids love to wrap up their own "mummies", too! You are so welcome.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 8 years ago from France

      LOL I love those hot-dog "mummies" they are so cute and so easy to do. I also like that Halloween Spider & Bug Themed Cupcakes do. These are fantastic ideas, thank you so much for them!

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      RedElf 8 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much. The goody bags are cute, aren't they. Nicew to meet you, febriedethan!