My kids are getting excited for trick-or-treating this Halloween. My son is going as a football player. One New England Patriots NFL jersey, Gronk mask, jeans and sneakers = One happy 11-year-old. Check. Done and done. Then there is my little girl. It seems like just yesterday when she wanted to be a princess for Halloween. I’d hand her a tiara and pink tu tu from the back of the closet and she’d run up and give me a hug. She went as an alien last year with spooky eyes that lit up. (It freaked me out, but I got used to it by the time we put it in the attic where I swear it still glows.) This year, she decided that she wanted to be a scary ghost. Scary being the operative word, given that she did not like my I’m-so-turning-into-my-mother idea of taking a white sheet and poking two holes in it. I actually have faded sheets that deserve to be destroyed, so this would have killed two birds with one stone, thank you very much. But no. That would have been too easy. My independent daughter asked us if she could please buy a ghost costume, and because we could tell she knew what she wanted, off to the party store we went.
“This mask hurts,” was all we could hear in the first aisle. Same for the second and third. We had a little “talk” with her in aisle four, hoping to bring her expectations down a few levels. Surely she would find something ghostly that would satisfy her Halloween costume expectations in the next 10 minutes. Three stores and 13 aisles later, she found a mask that was both spooky and comfortable. Yes, my daughter is wearing the mask from the movie Scream with a black robe. It scares the living daylights out of me every time I see it. Before leaving for our neighborhood Halloween parade a few days ago, she “surprised” me by our front door. Let’s just say I let out a scream that sounded a little too much like Mr. Flanders from the Simpsons.
What are you doing with your leftover Halloween candy? Try this recipe on for size! And don’t forget to send in your post-holiday dessert recipe here. It could be in my next book!
Halloween Ogre Toe Cookies
(Inspired by a recipe from Kraft and 1001 Recipes to Send!)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 pkg. (3 oz.) lime flavored gelatin
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups of flour
20 red gummy candies
Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add flour and dry gelatin mix. Roll dough into 20 toe-shaped pieces; place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheet. Flatten one end of each “toe”. Use knife to make crosswise slits in each toe for the knuckles. Flatten candies with rolling pin. Place candy on flattened end of each green toe.
BAKE 10 to 12 min. or until edges are lightly brown. Cool on baking sheet for five minutes.
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
melissa weintraub (@dentistmel) said:
Love this post Jackie! Three hours to find a costume- that must be a world record,lol!!! I love your idea! Can I do this next year??? Totally will credit you:)
Thanks, Jenny! I know – it’s so sad to see our “babies” grow. And thanks, Kristin for PINNING! So sweet!
Kristin Fenix Wheeler said:
How cool is that??? I will have to PIN this and save the idea for next Halloween!
You are so fun to read!!! My 10 year old wanted to be SUPER scary this year too and I did NOT like seeing my “baby” in a freaky skull mask 😦 I will make those Monster Toes Cookies just for fun with the left over candy! Thanks for the easy recipe.
Julia Potvin said:
Great post, love the cookies…LOL..
Thanks so much!!! I know, I know – what leftover Halloween candy is right! JadeL – they do look gross, but they’re creative and quite tasty. Maybe make them in circles with smiley faces rather than TOE shapes so they’re easier to swallow! 😉 And Courtney -I love putting candy in pancakes too! The last time I put M&Ms in the kids’ pancakes, the pancakes turned GREEN. Haha.
I usually put leftover Halloween candy in pancakes if it makes sense, but love to try something new!
Leftover Halloween candy? There is such a thing??? LOL
JadeLouise Designs (@JadeLDesigns) said:
Oh goodness, those cookies are just freaky! I don’t think I could bring myself to eat them, no matter how good they taste. lol. I’m too visual.
An old man’s face? Aaaaak! Too funny. And, Kathy – no worries – thanks anyway! Thanks for sharing! It makes me feel better knowing that other moms are just as frightened by their own children’s costumes! Have fun tonight!
beck valley books said:
Oh my word I bet thats totally freaky, my son has just been trick or treating with his skeleton costume with an old mans face and it scares the living daylights out of me, the mask is soooo real. Love the recipe !
I have that costume already. I wish I had known, I could have saved you the trouble. FYI, I have just finished wrapping Michaela’s box for her birthday present costume. Thankfully, she finally gave up on the green gummy bear idea after multiple attempts to find material to pull that off.