3 Easy Kid-Friendly Halloween Recipes

Halloween is right around the corner and although we don’t partake in all the scary decorations and such we do like to celebrate it when it comes to food! Go figure right? I found myself buying the cutest little monster cake pan the other day at Target and so I had the idea of not only doing monster cakes with the kids but tossing in a few other fun treats that they to could help me with. So in light of the upcoming holiday- let’s get in the kitchen with our kids and cook up something fun!

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Almost every kid I know just adores snickerdoodles. They are packed with flavor and so chewy. Imagine the flavor of a snickerdoodle tossed around a bowlful of chex mix, popcorn and m&m’s. It’s like every child’s dream come true! The homemade caramel COULD NOT BE ANY EASIER TO MAKE and the cinnamon adds a nice punch- especially to the popcorn because it gets in those nooks and crannies and the popcorn just soaks it up!


Monster Cakes are just that- Spice Cakes baked in the form of monster faces and then decorated. Let the kids have fun decorating the faces. Make sure to grab different icings, candy eyeballs, candy corn and any other edible goodie you might see fit to adorn your monster:)


Doggy Bones! The name alone is too cute but add in the idea of chipotle marinara dipping sauce and now everyone wants a bone:) Now with these doggy bones you can go the easy route or the hard route. Yes, I know why even give you a choice right? The easy route of course is EASY but the hard route does have it benefits. You are able to form the ends of the “bones” with a bit more ease when you are dealing with homemade dough and they bake up more consistently without getting to puffy. However, store-bought breadsticks can and will do the trick and by all means just have fun wit h it. The point is to be in the kitchen with your kids!



Snickerdoodle Crunch


2 cups chocolate Chex mix
2 cups cinnamon Chex mix
3 cups popped kettle corn popcorn
2 TBSP dark Karo syrup
2 TBSP sweetened condensed milk
3 TBSP unsalted butter
pinch of salt


Stir together the popcorn and chex mix. In a microwave-safe bowl melt the syrup, milk, butter and salt for 1 minute at 30 second intervals. Stir until all combined and pour over the chex mix. Toss to coat and then spread out onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Allow 1 hour to set. Store in a ziploc bag or container.

Monster Spice Cakes


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn starch
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
3 teaspoons pumpkin spice


Stir together the flour, sugar, corn starch, baking powder and salt. Add in the pumpkin spice, nutmeg and ginger. Cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the egg and vanilla. Add in the flour mixture and milk by alternating between the two until none remain and their are no lumps in the batter. Pour the batter into your monster cake pans or prepared baking pan and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your pan. 15 minutes for smaller muffin like molds and 20-30 minutes for larger molds, bundt pans, etc.

Doggy Bones with Chipotle Marinara Sauce


1 can of breadstick dough or 1 batch of homemade dough (from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe)
1 can of tomato sauce
2 TBSP adobe sauce
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp onion powder
pinch of salt
For the sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium to low heat, stir together the tomato sauce and adobe sauce. Season with the paprika, garlic, sugar, salt and onion powder. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature. For the doggy bones, roll each piece of breadstick dough into a thin rope then shape ends into knobs to create a bone look. Bake in a preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.




  1. Erica

    LOVE all of these ideas! I totally want to make the bones. Too cute

  2. Sues

    Target has way too many cute Halloween things right now! Those little monsters are SO cute!!

  3. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen

    Love all of these ideas. Looks like you’ve got everything covered for Halloween. Trick or Treat….

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    Love these 3 simple yet brilliant party recipes!

  5. nancy at good food matters

    So cute. So fun. My little grandson would absolutely love those monster cakes. Thanks for the inspiration! I won’t see him until after Halloween–but that won’t matter to a 2 year old!

  6. lena

    these are terrific recipes for a party and the bones are so cute, like real!! i was having problem accessing ontyour blog for the past 2 days, dont know why but glad i can get thru it now!

  7. K / Pure & Complex

    Someone will definitely have to come over and pick my bottom lip off the floor lol. These look amazing

  8. val

    You’re awesome!! My kids would love all of these treats. Snickerdoodle Crunch – YUM

  9. Liz

    It must be a lot of fun around your house at Halloween! I think I’d have to make a double batch of that snickerdoodle crunch!

  10. Jessica @ Sweet Menu

    These are super cute recipes! I especially like the sounds of that Snickerdoodle Crunch – Mmmmm!!

  11. Balvinder

    Love all three recipes!

  12. Joanne

    HOW CUTE ARE THESE. I am so going to make them even though I don’t have kids!

  13. Balvinder

    I wonder why my name is not showing on the comment, I was trying to use my iphone for commenting. But anyways I want to let you know I like all three recipes. Kids will be so happy!

  14. Asmita

    You are super creative! Love all the ideas!!!

  15. Fran @ G'day Souffle'

    Those Doggy Bones look good enough to serve to adults, but instead of calling them ‘Doggy Bones’, tell them they are ‘Bread sticks with Marinated Chipotle Sauce.’

  16. kitchen flavours

    All your Halloween snacks are darn cute! Would definitely bring a smile to anyone!
    Thanks for sharing, hope you have a wonderful Halloween Day with your family!

  17. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Love your creative ideas, Jessica! I just printed out the Snickerdoodle Crunch recipe. My daughter’s favorite is Snickerdoodle cookies, and I love the crispy chex mix and caramel popcorns… I think both of us will kill this snack by ourselves!! Thanks for sharing the great Halloween treats!

  18. Daphne

    Super cute! You are so creative! Love the little bones one the best- best idea ever with the dip!

  19. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    So cute!! I love the boney treats 🙂

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