a special feature by Nina from Grandmaideas.com

It’s almost Halloween. My decorations are up – especially the authentic cobwebs – and I’m planning a party with my grandkiddos. How about you?

If you’re like me, you’re probably trying to decide what to serve at your party. I’m always on the lookout for something that fits the holiday theme in addition to being easy to make and easy to serve.

Here are a couple of ideas that I have used in the past that have been a hit with my grandchildren. (Part of your party activities could include making these treats. Your grand-ghoulies would love making them.)

monster eyesMonster Eyeballs

Buy a package of small donuts that are covered with white powdered sugar. Get some gummy circles (that come in green, red, orange, red, and yellow), and some sticks of black licorice.


Put one gummy ring on top of a donut so that the holes are aligned. Cut up a piece of black licorice and stick it through the hole in the gummy circle and the donut. It will be the eye’s iris — and it will hold the gummy ring on the donut.

That’s it! Easy peasy, huh? The hardest part of making these eyeballs is to refrain from eating all of the black licorice!

In addition to serving eyeballs, have some fingers to nibble on – Witchy Fingers, that is.

fingers-1Witchy Fingers

Make a batch of your favorite sugar cookie dough.

Roll out a small amount of dough until it’s thin like a pencil. Cut lines for the knuckles and press an almond slice on one end to make the fingernail.

Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees. After you take the cookies out of the oven, dust around the almond and the knuckles with cocoa powder. This brings out the details and makes the cookies look realistic.

You could also make ‘finger’ cookies. Spread frosting on the back of a finger cookie and then press the back of another cookie into the finger. Yum!

If you want something a little more substantial than cookies and donuts for your Halloween party, make Mummy Pizzas.

mummy pizzaMummy Pizzas

English muffins

Pizza sauce

Sliced olives

Sliced mozzarella cheese

Spread pizza sauce on half of an English muffin. Add two slices of olives for the eyes. Add strips of cheese across the muffin to create the ‘mummy.’

Heat in the microwave until the cheese is slightly melted and then serve.

To round out your spooky Halloween treats, serve Chocolate Spider Legs.

Chocolate Spider Legs

1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup REESE’S Peanut Butter Chips
1 tablespoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, or oil)
1-1/2 cups (3-oz. can) chow mein noodles, coarsely broken
Red Hot candies

Place milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and shortening in medium-sized microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.

Dump in chow mein noodles. Stir to coat. Drop by teaspoons on waxed paper. Press two Red Hot candies in for the eyes. Let cool.

Yields about 2-dozen clumps of chocolatey spider legs.