The Best Disney Halloween Treats
‘Tis the time of year when your kid’s sweet tooth gets plenty of action. While you might have to manage their inevitable sugar highs and crashes, you can make the celebrations more fun to enjoy with creative desserts that are not only easy, but fun to create. And sure, you could go with the tried-and-true recipes that feature pumpkins, witches, goblins and ghosts, or you could surprise your mini trick-or-treaters with something a little more magical – by adding a touch of Disney flare. Since your children will want to dress up as their favorite characters, you can make their whole Halloween week by whipping up some of these recipes that feature Mickey Mouse, Ursula, Snow White and other cartoon super stars.
(And psst: if you want to really go double-duty on October 31, talk to a specialized Disney travel agent to book your tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party today!)
Up on the shore you may work all day, but luckily these under-the-sea cupcakes won’t make you slave away in your kitchen to make them spooky and delicious. Devote your time for just an hour or so and come away with a few dozen of these octopus sweet treats that will remind your Little Mermaid-loving child of the funny villain of the ocean – Ursula. To make these into your culinary masterpiece, start with your go-to chocolate cupcake recipe – either from your grandmother’s recipe or from a box (no one will know, promise). Then, you can either use homemade or canned buttermilk frosting to top the cupcakes after they cool, choosing to dye the sugary-mix blue like the ocean or leave white if you’re running short on time. Lastly, it’s time to make your sea creature: the top of a round lollipop for the body and gummy worms for the tentacles. Kiss the girl? Or the cupcake? We say the latter.
Remember when you used to wake up before school and watch Disney classic cartoons? You might have a special place in your heart for good ‘ole Goofy, always keeping the crew on their toes and causing constant spontaneously laughter. Give Goofy a Halloween makeover with these Frankenstein goodies. Though the final product is quite impressive, be warned they will demand a bit of your afternoon to assemble Goofy’s spooky face. Start with your son or daughter’s standby cupcake flavor, and then have them help you craft Franken Goofy. With some encouragement and not-too-scary tunes in the background, it can become a tradition to come up with new styles every Halloween!
As one of the original Disney films, there’s no age limit to the splendor of watching Snow White. While animation has evolved over the years, the catchy sing-along songs and the sweet storyline will captivate modern audiences. Get inspired by one of the darker scenes in the film, where Snow White comes face-to-face with evil eyes in the enchanted forest. Easy to make, with chocolate-flavored cupcakes and icing, yellow fruit chews and chocolate chips, these will complete your Halloween spread for the neighborhood shindig. Just change your tiny ghost into their costume after they’ve sunk their teeth into these sweet treats you can guarantee will smear and stain everywhere.
Having over cousins and friends for a Halloween celebration? The star of The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington can be a the center stage of your spread, with big eyes and plenty of cuteness factor. While you only need some fondant, flour, icing and toppings, you will need to put a bit of elbow work into these pops to get them right. We suggest pulling up an image of Jack on your phone as you begin the decorating process if you’re looking for a mirror image, or for a more laid-back approach, let your kids create their own versions so they can show them off to their pals. No matter how perfect they look though, the experience getting there is worth the mess – and the giggles.
If getting super crafty by the oven isn’t your style, don’t worry. You can still jump on the baking bandwagon with these cupcakes that require little time or talent to put together. With a cake box mix that just requires some milk and eggs, sugar sprinkles and some Oreos, you’re nearly finished with these Mickey Mouse inspired goodies. To make a whole evening out of it, get your children in on the action with matching Disney aprons and their favorite tunes filling up the kitchen.