Kids consider their stash of hard-earned Halloween candy sacred, so the concept of leftover candy is a fantasy in a lot of households. Before making spooky desserts like this candy-loaded cake, stock up on extra goods in advance, or hit the post-trick-or-treat sales. Store-bought cake, frosting and brownies can be used as timesavers, or you can make your own. Do frost the cake and brownies yourself, though, because the frosting needs to be wet for the toppings to adhere properly.
Kids love rock candy sticks. Place them by the door and they won't be able to resist taking one for the road as they leave the party. To add a little embellishment, cut strips from our printable black-and-white striped paper, attach with double-sided tape and cut into a flag shape. Display on a white platter so the colors pop.
Add a touch of playfulness and color to your kid-friendly soiree with candy accents added to your vessel. To do this, you’ll need two vessels with slightly different widths and the same shape. Place one vessel inside of the other, designating the innermost vessel for housing your floral or greenery. Next, fill the gap between the two vessels with small, colorful candy or candy ice cream toppings.
The holidays call for peppermint, so decorate your next Creme de Menthe martini with peppermint ribbon candy, found at specialty candy shops or online. The classic combo of red and green is a no-brainer!
Looking for a simple, instant Halloween classic? Use yellow food coloring to match vanilla frosting to the color of candy-corn bottoms, then arrange candy-corn pieces sticking up in a circular pattern until all of the spaces are filled for a super-sweet cupcake treat.
Candy is always a welcome addition to a dessert table. Rock candy is available in almost every color and adds a fun element to the table. Display it on a plate or upright in a bowl or vase for an unexpected centerpiece.
For a truly seasonal candy dish, hollow out a pumpkin and slice it with two-thirds at the bottom and one-third for a lid. Line the bottom with seasonal fabric and fill it with candy for trick or treaters.
This versatile pie can morph to fit many moods. Freeze it for an icy delight, or just refrigerate instead if you're looking for something a little softer (or you run out of time). Chopped chocolate-covered candy is folded into the pudding filling and strewn over the top. Get the recipe.
Got anything left in the candy bucket once the trick-or-treaters have come and gone? Chop up the leftovers (anything with chocolate works!), fold into Jeff Mauro's easy cookie dough and bake up a batch of post-Halloween treats.
Perfect for a kids' table, this simple, shatterproof centerpiece is made from foam candy cane spheres, tree trimmings, red feathers and glittery plastic ornaments, all tucked inside a Chinese takeout-style box.
Small glass or plastic jars can be found inexpensively at many craft and dollar stores. Simply fill with candy corn, gummy worms or individually wrapped chocolates and attach a punched Halloween tag with twine for a finished look.
Candy garland is a more practical alternative to candy necklaces or bracelets. The key to creating these effectively is ensuring kids use safety scissors to cut strands no less than 48 inches in length. Once placed around the tree, these strands can create a cohesive, seamless look without the hassle of having to start directly at the bottom, then winding up and around the tree with one extra-long single strand.