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How to Make Halloween Jell-o Jigglers

Updated on November 4, 2012

Spider, Jack-o-lantern and Ghost Jell-o Jigglers

I had no idea what an ordeal making black Jell-o would be. I ran across several recipes for getting black Jell-o and thought I'd try them out to make some Jell-o Bats, Jell-o Spiders and Jell-o Scared-y Cats for Halloween. Here are my results (with pictures) so you can judge for yourself.

You'll also find some ideas for white Jell-o ghosts and skulls, and Jack-o-lantern Jigglers!

Black Jell-o Jigglers

Black Jell-o Jigglers
Black Jell-o Jigglers

Extra Firm Jell-o Recipe

- Mix one package of Jell-o (or 2 or 3 Jell-o packages to achieve extra dark black color) with 1 cup of boiling water.

- Mix one package of Knox Gelatin with 1/3 cup of cold water.

- Mix together and stir well, to prevent Gelatin clumps.

- Let sit in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (8 preferable).

Black Jell-o Recipes

for bats, cats, witches, spiders and more

Best Black Jell-o Recipe - Vote For Best Flavor or Best Shade of Black

We tried two black Jell-o recipes I found online. Grape-limeade (two packages purple Jell-o and one package of green Jell-o) and the second was Black Cherry (two packages of black cherry Jell-o with blue food coloring).

Sometimes it Takes a First Grader

My first grader saw what we were going to do and told me neither would work (and she was right - just goes to show you that everything you read on the internet isn't always right). The Grape-limeade ended up looking really dark green and the Black Cherry was a really dark maroon / purple.

My daughter said we should try one package of blue Jell-o, one package of red Jell-o and one package of yellow Jell-o to get black. I think her first grade color theory might be better than both the recipes I tried (and am going to try it soon). Will post pictures to compare when I do.

What do you think the best black Jell-o recipie is?

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Black Food Coloring - Transform Dark Jell-o Packages into Black

For some reason i've never purchased black food coloring. You can purchase black food coloring alone (not in a set of food colors) but from Amazon the prices for just black (with shipping) end up being about half the price of a set, so I'm just linking to a set that includes black in it.

Ateco Food Coloring Kit, 6 colors
Ateco Food Coloring Kit, 6 colors

This set of food colors comes with black so that you can turn any Jell-o package into black!

 

Spider Jell-o Jigglers - I love these friendly Halloween spiders

Click to purchase spider and spiderweb silicone molds from Amazon.com.
Click to purchase spider and spiderweb silicone molds from Amazon.com.

These are perfect for making black Jell-o spiders! You could also make black (or white) spider webs. White Jell-o recipes below. Next batch, I'm going to experiment with setting just a little black Jell-o in the bottom of the spiderweb silicone molds and then pouring white on top. We'll see how well they turn out. I'll post pictures.

White Jell-o Recipes

for ghosts, skeletons, and bones

This Jell-o recipe doesn't have a package. We'll be using Knox Gelatin and normal baking ingredients to make our ghostly white Jell-o.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 15

Total Time: 15

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Packages Knox Gelatin (1/2 oz)
  • 1/2 cup Cold Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Sour Cream

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Stir well to avoid Gelatin clumps.
  3. Spray pan or mold with no stick spray.
  4. Pour mixture into pan or mold.
  5. Let sit in refrigerator for at least 4 hours (preferably 8 hours to ensure extra firmness).
Cast your vote for White Jell-o Recipe

Skulls and Crossbone Jell-o Jigglers

This is not a silicone mold, so getting the Jell-o out intact is a bit trickier (but can still be done). You can spray the mold, and also place the bottom of the mold in warm water before popping them out. More tips for getting Jell-o Jigglers out intact.

Halloween Orange Jell-o

jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins oh my!

Black and Orange Halloween Jell-o Jigglers - With Diced Peaches

I made these by setting one layer of black Jell-o and then the orange Jell-o (with cubed peaches) 10 minutes later.

Jack-o'-Lantern Jigglers - Silicone Jack-o'lantern Molds Ship from Amazon

I love these happy Jack-o-lanterns. They are perfect for a Halloween Jell-o treat. The molds are deep enough that you can add some orange fruit to the recipe too (like mandarin oranges, or peaches or apricots). I made some translucent (nothing added) and some with one cup of Apricot Yogurt (so they wouldn't be see through).

Just make sure to stick to the Extra Firm Jell-o Recipe to make sure the Jack-o-lantern Jigglers comes out ready to be tossed around by small hands played with before being eaten.

Yum (and fun) Halloween Jell-o - And a Half-Eaten Sad-Looking Jell-o Jack-o'-lantern

Yum (and fun)! Halloween Jell-o
Yum (and fun)! Halloween Jell-o

No stick spray leaves Jigglers looking bumpy so smooth out with fingers before adding Jell-o mix.

Tips for Getting Jell-o Jigglers out of Pan Intact

- Spray pan or mold with no stick spray or olive oil.

- Stir Jell-o mix in a bowl separate from the pan or mold they will firm up in.

- Place the bottom of the pan or mold in warm water for several seconds before using cutters or popping jigglers out.

- Cut spare Jell-o away from cut-outs first.

Remove Extra Jell-o Around Jiggler First - This Helps Get the Shape Out Intact and Makes a Great Snack to Keep You Going!!

You can store all your scrap edges in an airtight container (or ZipLock bag) and eat them too. Why let them go to waste?

I had to stop my little helpers (ages 6 and 2) from over eating, though. I think they could have eaten an entire pan if I let them.

Jell-o Sheet, Halloween Cutters and Jiggler Molds

Jell-o Sheet Pans

I purchased this set of two baking pans for making our Halloween Jello sheets. The pans are 1 inch thick, and come with lids for easy transport. This is great because I plan on taking them with me for several children's Halloween Jell-o activities this month.

Nordic Ware 4 Piece Bakers Half and Quarter Sheet Combo Pack with Lids
Nordic Ware 4 Piece Bakers Half and Quarter Sheet Combo Pack with Lids

Perfect for making sheets of Jello blocks because they are 1 inch thick, plus they have traveling lids (for school parties, and friends houses).

 

Awesome Halloween Cookie Cutter Shapes - Great Shapes for Halloween Black Jell-o

If you're interested in making sheets of Jell-o and cutting out shapes, here are some excellent cutters for black Halloween shapes.

1 X Spider Cookie Cutter
1 X Spider Cookie Cutter

Who wouldn't want to eat a giant Jell-o black spider?

 
Fox Run Black Cat Cookie Cutter - 3"
Fox Run Black Cat Cookie Cutter - 3"

This is the best Halloween scaredy cat shape I found. The rest weren't as obviously cats.

 
R&M Flying Bat 4.5" Cookie Cutter in Durable, Economical, Tinplated Steel
R&M Flying Bat 4.5" Cookie Cutter in Durable, Economical, Tinplated Steel

Great looking bat for cutting out black Jell-o shapes.

 
Fred NINJABREAD MEN Cookie Cutters, Set of 3
Fred NINJABREAD MEN Cookie Cutters, Set of 3

Ninja's really aren't Halloween specific - but they would make AWESOME Black Jell-o Shapes!

 

Kraft's Cheap Halloween Jell-o Mold Ships for under $4.50 - Awesome and Inexpensive Halloween Jell-o Jiggler Mold

Click to purchase for $1.50 plus shipping from Kraft.
Click to purchase for $1.50 plus shipping from Kraft.

This Jell-o mold costs $1.50 plus shipping is only $2.95/item, so all in all it's a great deal. However, it takes 2 - 8 weeks to get your mold, so depending on when you see this - you might be purchasing your mold for next year.

What do you think about black Jell-o for Halloween?

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      Happy Halloween!

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      spids1 4 years ago

      great ideas for hallween :)

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      olmpal 4 years ago

      Great tips for making Halloween Jell-o Jigglers! These Black and orange ones with diced peaches are so cute!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing How to Make Halloween Jell-o Jigglers.

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Great lens with good advice. Happy Halloween!

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      queenofduvetcover 4 years ago

      So cute!! Your kids seem to love them as well. =)

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      ShineRita 4 years ago

      Cute! YUMMMM.....I'm going to have to try this.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      Yummy! Boo-lessed ... Happy Halloween!

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      makemoneyonline5 4 years ago

      Different but cool!

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      pinoyrecipe 4 years ago

      it's cool!!! i might try this next week for halloween

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      barberrela 4 years ago

      Great instructions. Thankyou

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      KidsToyTeaSets LM 4 years ago

      I have to say, I do LOVE those cute pumpkin jigglers - perfect for a harvest season tea party for children, and so adorable on one of their cute toy tea sets. Thank you for the lovely idea.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      creative. cutes!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      These Halloween Jell-o Jigglers are really cute

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I hadn't really thought of it, so this lends is GREAT! I'm no jiggler expert, but I think I might have to try some of these recipes - the back & white jigglers would be really cool for our halloween party this year :D

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      lewisgirl 5 years ago

      I used to make Jell-O Jigglers for my kids, now they have kids. I will be passing the info on. Nice lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Sounds cool to me - I used to love Jell-O Jigglers when I was a kid! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Alessandro Zamboni 5 years ago from Italy

      Spectacular jelly recipes! The unique sad thing is I live in Italy and I can't find all that ingredients, but when I will come to USA I will stock up on these!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      These are cool... they remind me of creepy crawlers, which were my favorite toy when I was a kid! :) Blessed!

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      Riesling 5 years ago

      A very sweet lens :-)

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Just love this. Thanks for the instructions.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      This is really cute. Somehow something that jiggles, just seems so right for Halloween.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      This looks like so much fun. Thaks for sharing.