This holiday season you will find a variety of different Halloween goodies and treats that are easy to make and would make great snacks and parties.  If you are looking for something new and exciting, these recipes will help.  
    One treat is Halloween Candy Bark.  To make this you will need:  1 lbs. of white chocolate, pretzels, oreos, candy corn, assorted sprinkles, and any additional candies of your choice. Now just follow these six simple steps.

1st step-Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper; set aside.  Break or chop any large cookies, pretzels, candies; set aside.

2nd step-Melt white chocolate.  If melting in microwave, heat in small increments to prevent overheating of chocolate.  

3rd step-Pour about half of the melted chocolate onto a baking sheet, then spread ¼” thick.  

4th step-Quickly spread on an assortment of cookies, candies, pretzels, etc.  Pour remaining melted chocolate on top of the pretzels, oreos ͎and extra toppings; set aside.  

5th step-Leave out to cool; to speed up the process, put the baking sheet in the freezer for 10 minutes.  When the chocolate is cool, cut the candy bark into pieces.  
    This recipe is quick and easy.  It is so effortless because the steps are very simple to complete.  This treat is excellent to have at Halloween parties or get-togethers.  The snack is similar to what some of you may know as peppermint bark, which is usually served around Christmastime.  Halloween candy bark is delicious and is really festive for the fall season.  If you want to add food coloring to the white chocolate while it is melting in the microwave, that would add a little more color to the candy bark.

   Another treat is Pumpkin Bread.  The ingredients you will need are: 1½ c. flour, ½ t. salt, 1 c. sugar, 1 t. baking soda, 1 c. pumpkin puree, ½ c. vegetable oil, 2 eggs (beaten), ¼ c. water, ¼ t. nutmeg, ¼ t. cinnamon, ¼ t. allspice.  1st-Preheat the oven to 350℉.

2nd-Sift together the flour, salt, sugar and baking soda.  

3rd-Mix the pumpkin, oil, eggs, water and spices together, then combine the dry ingredients, do not mix too thoroughly.  

4th-Pour into a well-buttered loaf pan.  

5th-Bake 50-60 minutes until a straw comes out clean.  

6th-Turn the loaf out of the pan and cool on a rack.
    This goodie recipe is to be served in slices.  The Pumpkin Bread is nicely sweet and lightly spiced.  You can also add an additional ½ cpu of chopped nuts to the recipe if you prefer it with nuts more.  Instead of a straw you can use a knife or a toothpick to check if the Pumpkin Bread is all cooked on the inside.  This Pumpkin Bread recipe is so tasty it basically melts in your mouth when you eat it. When making this pumpkin bread recipe, you can bake it into a bread shape, muffin tins or maybe a cake.


    One more goodie is Black Cat Cupcakes.  You will need: chocolate frosting, chocolate sprinkles, pre-made chocolate cupcakes, yellow gumdrops, black shoestring licorice, and chocolate candy coating discs.  

1st-Frost the pre-made chocolate cupcakes with any chocolate frosting.

2nd-Dip the frosted cupcakes in chocolate sprinkles until it is fully coated.  

3rd-Use the knife to cut the yellow gumdrops in half.

4th-Cut short pieces of licorice to use for the eyes.

5th-Place the short strips of licorice vertical on the gumdrops like a cat’s eye.

6th-Press the completed eyes into the cupcakes.  

7th-Cut the candy coating discs into triangles to make the ears.

8th Insert the ears into the top part of the cupcake of the side.

9th-Cut pieces of licorice for the whiskers.  

10th-Put frosting in the middle of the whiskers for the nose.  
    This Black Cat Cupcake recipe is such a great activity for kids during the month of October. Last Halloween my family made these Black Cat Cupcakes and they turned out really great.  If you cannot find yellow gumdrops, you can use any bright colored gumdrops instead.  You want to use bright colored gumdrops over dark colored ones because the licorice will stand out more with a bright color behind it. Instead of using chocolate candy coating discs you can use any kind of hard chocolate that you can cut into triangles for the ears of the can

    These recipes can be a treat for children of all ages. They are simple to make and fun to eat. Assembling your own Black Cat Cupcake could make a fun party activity. Your party guests will be guaranteed to have fun.