Making spooky treats for a socially-distanced Halloween party

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Halloween will look a lot different this year because of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. WFXR News has some fun recipes to help you and your family celebrate the holiday.

The first treat is a Halloween Ghost Ball Rice Krispy Treat. The treat is easy and fun for kids of all ages to help you make. These no-bake treats are perfect for a socially-distanced Halloween bash, or a movie night on the couch.

Here’s a list of ingredients you’ll need to make these. You probably already have these ingredients in your pantry:

  • Salted butter
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Rice Krispie cereal
  • White chocolate
  • Candy googly eyes

Line your 9×9 or 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Make sure you leave a 1-2 inch overhang to make removing the treats easy.

In a large pot, melt butter over medium-low heat. Now, add all the marshmallows, always stirring, until the marshmallows are melted. If you’re using vanilla extract, you can add it into the melted mixture now and mix it well.

Add rice krispies to the pan and quickly, but gently fold the mixture to coat evenly. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan, and spread the mixture evenly to all corners of the pan.

After that, let the mixture sit for 30-60 minutes to harden. Afterwards, you will fold them into little balls, or spooky ghosts, and give them googly eyes and chocolate hair to make your ghosts even scarier.

You can keep your Halloween Rice Krispies treats in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days.

Another fun idea is to make Floating Hand Punch.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two plastic or latex gloves
  • Gummy worms (optional)
  • Between 3 and 3.5 cups of tonic water or tap water
  • Two 52 ounce containers of fruit punch, chilled
  • One 2-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Assorted fruit, such as berries or citrus slices
  • Melted strawberry preserves (optional)
  • Dry ice (optional)

Here’s how you make the ice hands. First, rinse out any powdery residue inside the gloves, then allow them to dry. After they are dried, tuck a gummy worm into the fingers of each glove and fill it with the tonic water or tap water. Add a few more gummy worms to each. Freeze flat on a plate or metal baking pan for at least six hours or until firm.

In a large punch bowl, combine the fruit punch, soda, and fruit. Remove the frozen hands from the gloves and float them on top of the punch mixture. You can also use melted jam around the inside of the rim of the bowl for a bloody effect. Add additional gummy worms, if desired. Add dry ice to punch before serving for a more dramatic effect.

Another fun idea is to make Spooky Mini Pizza

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One package of 6 English muffins
  • Eight ounces pizza sauce
  • Eight ounces shredded mozzarella (or non-dairy cheese)
  • One can large black olives (for bats and spiders)
  • One jar large green olives stuffed with garlic (for eyes)
  • Fresh basil (for monster eyes)
  • Three mini orange bell peppers (for pumpkins)
  • Half a cup microgreens (for monster hair and pumpkin stems)
  • Yellow mustard (for bat eyes)
  • One red bell pepper (for monster mouth)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the English muffins cut side up on a baking sheet. Spread a layer of sauce over the cut sides of muffins. Top with cheese. Bake eight minutes, or until the cheese has melted.

Decorate mini pizzas with vegetables to your liking. To make spiders, cut the black olives in half lengthwise for bodies. Then cut one legs by making thin slices lengthwise. To make pumpkins, cut the mini orange peppers crosswise into rounds and place on the pizzas. Cut strips to fill in the pumpkins. Use micro greens or a small piece of basil for the stem. 

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