Halloween Tricks and Treats

It’s finally October, one of my favorite months. Everything is pumpkin spice scented or flavored and it’s time for Halloween!!! I love Halloween! I love all the decorations, the scary movies, and haunted houses, and the best part, all the cute Halloween treats!

This week some of the girls at work and I threw a baby shower for one of our friends, and since it’s in October, of course, we chose a Halloween theme! We made lots of Halloween goodies and Shelby, the baby mama, got a lot of cute things for the new baby!

Mrs. Faith, Jennifer, Shelby (the baby mama), Allie, Me, and Sage

Mrs. Faith, Jennifer, Shelby (the baby mama), Allie, Me, and Sage

Our Halloween tablescape

Our Halloween tablescape

The diaper cake sage made. I just love it!

The diaper cake sage made. I just love it!

For snacks and desserts, I made Fall Butterscotch Bark, Spaghetti and Eyeballs, and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.

The recipes were really simple and quick to make.

The first thing I made was the Butterscotch Fall Bark. Really delicious and sweet!

All it takes is  2 1lb bags of white chocolate chips 2 1lb bags of butterscotch chips  1 cup of chopped pretzels 1 cup of milk chocolate m&ms  1 cup peanuts Melt both types of chips separately in double boiler stirring constantly. Pour melted chips onto wax paper in two layer, then swirling them together.  Sprinkle toppings and pat down lightly to ensure they stick. After chocolate has cooled a little place in freezer to harden. Break up once hard.

All it takes is:
2 1lb bags of white chocolate chips
2 1lb bags of butterscotch chips
1 cup of chopped pretzels
1 cup of milk chocolate m&ms
1 cup peanuts
Melt both types of chips separately in a double boiler, stirring constantly.
Pour melted chips onto wax paper in two layers, then swirl them together.
Sprinkle toppings and pat down lightly to ensure they stick. After chocolate has cooled a little, place in freezer to harden. Break up once hard.

My next snack was The Eyeball Meatballs.

I got the recipe from this blog http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-recipe-turkey-pesto-eyeballs.html?m=1 These were extra yummy and went well with our theme. All you need is 1 pound lean ground turkey 1/4 cup pesto 1/4 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 3 cups marinara sauce  1 small jar of olives Mix everything but marinara sauce and olives together in a bowl mix together and form about 1 oz balls. Spray a 13x9 baking dish with cooking oil and pour sauce in. Press olives in meatballs and place olive side up in sauce. Bake 40-50 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

I got the recipe from this blog http://lickthebowlgood.blogspot.com/2010/10/halloween-recipe-turkey-pesto-eyeballs.html?m=1
These were extra yummy and went well with our theme.
All you need is: 1 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 cup pesto
1/4 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups marinara sauce
1 small can of  olive rings
Mix everything but marinara sauce and olives together in a bowl mix together and form about 1 oz balls. Spray a 13×9 baking dish with cooking oil and pour sauce in. Press olives in meatballs and place olive side up in sauce. Bake 40-50 minutes in a 400 degree oven. ( Not what the recipe says, but that’s how long it took me.)

And the last treat I made was Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with marshmallow cream icing.

I kind of cheated on this recipe, but you definitely can't tell.  I used I box of double fudge cake mix, and the ingredients it calls for, and 3/4 cups chocolate chips. Bake according to box. For the icing you need: 1 lb butter 2 jars marshmallow cream  1 lb confectioner's sugar 2 tsp vanilla Cream butter with mixer on high, incorporate marshmallow cream. Mix in sugar and vanilla on med speed until fluffy. The icing is really sweet, but is great with the fudgy chocolate!

I kind of cheated on this recipe, but you definitely can’t tell.
I used I box of double fudge cake mix, and the ingredients it calls for and 3/4 cup chocolate chips. Bake according to box.
For the icing you need:
1 lb butter
2 jars marshmallow cream
1 lb confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp vanilla
Cream butter with mixer on high, incorporate marshmallow cream. Mix in sugar and vanilla on med speed until fluffy.
The icing is really sweet, but is great with the fudgy chocolate!

And because I was feeling extra crafty, I also made this banner with the baby’s name on it, Easton Grey.

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The shower was a big success and I think Shelby really liked it and was surprised!

Here are a few more photos!

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