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Halloween 2017

It’s super late for Halloween desserts, but better late than never!

Life is crazy these days.

Ok, not just these days– it’s crazy always!

I didn’t have much time to do anything, so I had to pretend I was being creative with Halloween stuff.

Throw some eyeballs on pudding cups, and voila!, pudding monsters!

I had planned to make more desserts, but my family decided to go away for the weekend to Six Flags.

This is becoming a habit now…

So after 6pm, all the zombies came out to scare me.

I’m sure they were scaring other people too, but it felt like they were there for me.

I made these brownie bites for my son’s school party.

The first time I ran away screaming, my 8-year-old started crying.

Once I calmed him down, I feel like he thought it was fun to hold my hand so I could drag him along while I ran away.

He didn’t run to my calm husband– he ran to hold my hand.

And we ran, and I screamed, and they laughed.

I was exhausted.

Traditional brownie pizza!  Literally all but these 6 Oreos broke apart when I opened them!

Anyway, because of all that, I had no time to bake anything else.

Maybe next year I can trade the zombies for the desserts (wish me luck)!

My usual creepy egg eyeballs.

The kids insist on hot dog mummies every year!

And before I go, here are my kids’ works of art:

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Halloween 2016

No time for fun Halloween desserts again this year.  

Where does the time go??

I cheated and made spider cupcakes with a kit (the actual cake and frosting are homemade, though):

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My husband actually liked these! Dark chocolate cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

And as I always say, if you run out of time– just make Rice Krispies ghosts.

OK, I don’t always say that, but still.

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And my usual brownie pizza, except we couldn’t find Halloween Oreos anywhere.  So I used pumpkin flavored ones:

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So anyway, I thought I got scared last year at Fright Fest…

That was nothing.

This year we went to Busch Gardens.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if my husband hadn’t suggested that we go into the haunted corn maze.

It started off pretty well until the zombies were jumping out and making me scream nonstop… and I mean some serious screaming.

I had the same human shield as last year– my 9-year-old– except this year I literally hid behind him the entire time.

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How cute is this centipede??  If you like to eat bugs, that is…

The maze seemed to go on forever and I was starting to lose my voice.

After we were done, I realized they hadn’t been jumping out at my husband or kids in front of me.

Why, you ask?

I was being targeted.

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Hot dog mummies have become a Halloween tradition in our house!

I’m serious!

Of course I didn’t know that until later, when my husband informed me that he kept hearing the zombies communicating with each other.

They kept saying “after the kid in the orange shirt.”

Can you guess who was behind the kid in the orange shirt?

Yep, you guessed it.

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Creepy egg eyeballs.

So… if you want to avoid having zombies after you, looking like an insane person, and losing your voice– just stay calm.  And don’t hide behind your kids.

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My kids’ pumpkins this year!

Halloween Food 2015

No cutesie desserts for Halloween this year.  😦

But I still tried to do something– in between house hunting, full time work, and taking care of the kids…

Little Pumpkin Cakes.  Even my husband liked them (which is quite rare when it comes to desserts).  

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Mousse Cups.  I’m guessing my husband liked these too, because when I went to ask him, he handed me an empty cup.

Candy Corn colors!

Oh yeah, and I went to Fright Fest at Six Flags.

The zombies came out at 6pm to scare people.

Luckily, I was walking around with my kids, so I knew they wouldn’t scare us.

Yeah, I was very wrong.  Apparently, they scare you even more when you have little frightened kids with you.

Not kidding.

How did I find this out?   Well at the beginning, I was strolling along with my                  I-know-you-won’t-scare-me-shield (a.k.a., my 8-year-old), when all of a sudden– a psycho clown came out of nowhere and chased us with a chainsaw (which was on).

I took off running and screaming, and dragging my son behind me.  

Quite the sight.

And it got worse from there…

Anyway, enough of my traumatic experiences…  here is my annual Halloween Brownie Pizza:

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Look closely and you’ll see little spiders! No, they’re not real…

And I made some Halloween dinners (not all on the same day).

As seen in previous years (2014, 2013, earlier), I obviously have a need to make yucky spiders out of food. Even though they scare me half to death:

I got this idea from the Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons blog.

I got this idea from the Kitchen Fun With My Three Sons blog.

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Some scary Fettucine Faces:

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And my Hot Dog Mummies again!

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And– the grand finale– my kids’ pumpkins!!

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Halloween Food 2014

This year I didn’t go crazy baking way too many Halloween desserts for some reason.

Maybe it was because my husband was traveling all week and I was running around like crazy after my kids.

I had to stop every few minutes to shout, “Stop [insert appropriate phrase here: (fighting, walking on the table, jumping headfirst off the couch, etc.)]!”

And in all that chaos, I somehow managed to make SOMEthing.

I had to throw this little cake together really quickly:

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I made the ghosts out of white chocolate.

I also made my usual sugar cookies, but decorated a bit differently this year.

For the first time, I used colored sugar on some, and used a different color glaze for others.  I’m a rebel!

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Our traditional brownie pizza (well, we started the tradition just last year):

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And I did make some cute Halloween food.  There were mummy hot dogs:

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And deviled eggs with black olive spiders on them. 

Yes, because I like to gross myself out every year for some reason.

They were a hit with my kids.

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Seriously, I couldn’t even look at these. Interesting that I feel the need to make such creepy food…

 My 5-year-old even put another egg on top and called it a “spider sandwich.”

Yeah, I’m still having nightmares about that one…

And finally, my kids’ pumpkins.  I promised I would show them off.  🙂

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Halloween Desserts 2013

Let me start by saying that I hate spiders.

Really really hate.

Yet for Halloween, I find myself making edible spiders, of all things.  (It’s not the first time…)

Spider cupcake

These might look big, but they are mini cupcakes. You know, small enough so that the spider looks real. Yuck.

I can’t even imagine eating one, even if it’s made out of fondant.

But no one else had a problem eating them…

I also made some Frankenstein heads, per my 6-year-old’s request.

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Is he cute, or what?

Then there were these:

Boo cupcakes

Apparently, they were a hit.  The kids were fighting over what letters to eat!

I also made a brownie pizza the week before Halloween, and my family loved it so much that they asked me to make another to bring to a party on Halloween:

Brownie pizza

Cream cheese frosting, Oreos, white chocolate M&Ms, and sprinkles
(and the big black sprinkles are spiders. Yes, apparently I have a spider issue).

I thought the Halloween Oreos would be “pepperoni” on the pizza.

I was so clever, wasn’t I?

But when no one mentioned it, I had to tell them it was pepperoni.

That’s when my 6-year-old said, “Oooh, I love pepperoni!”

He then proceeded to eat one, and exclaim in surprise, “Oh, it’s not pepperoni, it’s a cookie!”

I looked at him in disbelief.

He gave me a blank stare, and then kept eating.

Yeah, I have no idea what that was about…

And finally, I made my usual sugar cookies.

Halloween sugar cookies

Anyway, that’s it for now.  Sorry I’m a day late, but it’s been crazy.

I always make desserts for Halloween, and this year, I was talked into making several– and double for 2 different parties.

I thought it was ok, until I was up until 1:30am the night before finishing them up.

And up at 4:30am taking frosting out of the fridge and mixing it.

And then up at 6am decorating cupcakes for the first party.

And… well, you get the point.   🙂

Halloween cupcakes

Halloween cupcake

See here and here for past Halloween desserts.

Halloween Goodies

So this year I stayed away from spider desserts.

I made mini cupcakes. Nothing creepy or crawly.

They’re chocolate, and I put them on a black plate– so it kinda looks like the frosting is floating!

I also made chocolate-covered mummy pretzels. 

My 3-year-old asked why I had made “Wrapped up ghosts.”

I told him it was a mummy. 

He asked, a Mommy?

I said no, a mummy.

He said Mommy?

I said no, it’s a wrapped up ghost. 

He was happy.

The cookies were bats and ghosts. (I’m sure you could’ve figured that out on your own, but I had to say SOMEthing about them!)

And finally the  chocolate cake balls. 

Yes, the dessert that causes me the most stress.

And that’s it.

I wanted to make more elaborate stuff, but I was interrupted by a bunch of soccer games, a potential broken finger (my son), an allergic reaction (my other son),
a party, a hurricane, and much more.

Maybe next year…  🙂

Last Year’s Halloween Desserts

Just thought I’d share my Halloween desserts from last year.

My favorite were the mini-cupcake spiders.

I made the legs out of chocolate.

Interestingly, I’m deathly afraid of spiders.

Ever since the day someone threw a spider on my head at summer camp
when I was 12.

Yes, strange things happen to me.

But let’s not get into that.

Back to the spiders– they were creepy.

And why not add spiderwebs since I’m already grossed out?

I made the spiderwebs out of white chocolate.

Not sure why I had a spider theme going.

Anyway, moving on to the cream cheese swirl brownies.

I made the cream cheese orange for Halloween.

And finally, here are some cupcakes with black frosting.

They look kind of scary, but they were tasty.

And now that I think about it, I made 3 types of cupcakes.

Hmm, not sure what that was about.

Anyway, hopefully I’ll come up with something different this year!

See ya!!