Kids in the Kitchen: Ghoulish Goodies

Halloween Fun with Ghoulish Goodies

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My boys look forward to Halloween every year. From planning creative costumes, choosing the perfect pumpkin to carve, and joining in the neighborhood festivities, everyone enjoys walking in the crisp fall evening to share the fun (and goodies). Usually around late August, my boys start talking about their costume ideas. When the first pumpkins appear on store shelves, the countdown begins.

A Frightful Cookbook

When the boys come in from making their trick-or-treating rounds, Ghoulish Goodies inspires my junior chef and me to create some surprising and fun munchies to fill them up. Sharon Bowers’ collection of frightful recipes includes sweet and savory goodies including appetizers, drinks, snacks, desserts, and even meal ideas. Many of the recipes are accompanied by photographs, and both the ingredients and the instructions are simple.

For our costume party this year, my junior chef and I are making several treats from Ghoulish Goodies: Creature Feature Cupcakes, Monster Eyeballs, Bat Wings, Funny Bones, Witches’ Knuckles, and Much More!. The recipes are creative and themed to fit the spirit of the season, but the directions are simple and clear enough for my son to make them with a little help from me.

Kids in the Kitchen: Ghoulish Goodies

We saved our pumpkin seeds when we carved jack-‘o-lanterns so that we could make the Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds. These unique twists on roasted pumpkin seeds includes a batch of savory seeds that are flavored with cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce, and a batch of pumpkin pie spiced sugary sweetness.

Kids in the Kitchen: Ghoulish Goodies

Some of our favorite choices include:

  • Pumpkin Seeds, Spicy and Sweet
  • Candy Corn Pizza
  • Orange Rice with Bacon (Pumpkin Risotto)
  • Spidery Cupcakes
  • Choco-Bats
  • Worm Pie


For the squeamish, there are plenty of fun, not-so-scary options in Ghoulish Goodies, and in addition to being fun and festive, everything we’ve made has also been delicious. There are even a couple of recipes for using up leftover Halloween candy. Some of the treats are easily adaptable to other holidays, and we made the Chocolate Mice and Pumpkin in the Field for our family Christmas dinner party, using red and green candies for the mice features, and switching out the pumpkin candy garnish with a Christmas Mellowcreme tree.

Ghoulish Goodies: cooking with kids for Halloween -- recipes for party fun!

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