Halloween Treats From The Pantry

halloween and harvest festival pumpkinsHolidays don’t necessarily mean that you have to ignore your grocery budget.  In fact, holiday treats can often be pulled together from things that you already have on hand as long as you have a well stocked pantry and plan ahead.

Candy for the trick-or-treaters still has to be budgeted, but fun food for the family is already in the bag.  Lets take a look at some of the great Halloween recipes/ideas that can be pulled together from things you may already have in your well stocked pantry.  I’ve gathered these ideas from around the web.  Click on the photos to be taken to the source site.

When I was a little girl, my parents always struggled to get me to eat something before going out trick or treating.  Remembering this childhood battle of the wills, I try to make the dinner on Halloween night something fun and memorable for my kids, so they are excited and eager to eat.  After all, they need to be fueled and ready for that long walk and hauling home all of that candy.  Toward that end, I recommend the following Halloween night dinner ideas.

For the taco lovers out there, I have two different versions that make a great dinner idea.

First up are the Tarantula Tacos from FabulesslyFrugal.com.

Taratnula Tacos Property of Fabulouslyfrugallcom

If the olive tarantulas aren’t creepy enough, how about Eyeball Tacos.  This one came from LATaco.com.

Eyeball Tacos

If you want to encourage your kids to eat vegetables before acquiring that stockpile of candy, there are some really cute ideas out there involving veggies.

 

There’s the jack-o-lantern crudite platter from TasteOfHome.com.

Pumpkin Veggie Tray RecipeThen, there’s the skeleton crudite from FeedingFourLittleMonkeys.blogspot.com

Let’s not forget dessert.  In our family, the Halloween night tradition is Ghosts in the Graveyard.  I found the recipe on KraftFoods.com years ago.  We make it every year, and the kids usually have it after they come home from trick or treating.  On occasion, we have even made it with sugar free chocolate sandwich cookies and sugar free instant chocolate pudding.  (For some reason, my links to kraft recipes never stay active.  I think they reject me.  If that happens AGAIN, go to kraftrecipes.com and search for “Ghosts in the Graveyard.”) 

We have also been known to use graham cracker quarters for the tomb stones because that was what we had on hand.  Some years, we just make the mud and toss some candy pumpkins or candy corn on top for decoration.  Vampires crave blood, but my lot craves mud, at least the stuff made from instant pudding and crushed chocolate sandwich cookies. 

If you want to try something a little healthier, that doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners, there’s always the old standby of chocolate covered fruit.

First, there are the Mummy Chocolate Covered Strawberries from TheSistersCafe.com.  I know, it’s fall and strawberries aren’t really in season, but they looked so good.  Unfortunately, I can’t keep their photo linked to their site, so head on over to check them out.

Then, there are the Frozen Banana Ghosts over at SkinnyTaste.com

I hope this post helps to inspire you to create some frugal Halloween Treats for your family.  Thanks for stopping by.

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