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Last Minute Halloween Treats

Costumes?  Check.

Candy?  Check.

Creepy decorations?  Check.

Creamy Tacos?  Check. (BONUS! Our traditional Halloween dinner – see recipe at the end of this post.)

Dang.  There was one more “C” on my list…  Oh my gosh!  Classroom treats!

Having a moment like that this week?  Here’s a super simple, adorable and HEALTHY treat that can be handed out at the class party this year.

Jack-O-Lantern Mandarin Oranges

JOL Mandarin


These turned out to be the cutest things ever!  Really no instructions needed, except to buy individual cups of mandarin oranges and draw on the faces with a sharpie.  Great project for the kids, too.  Drop ’em in a pumpkin or cauldron and you’re good to go!

JOL Mandarin 2


I giggle every time a look at them grinning back at me.  Stop stressing, cruise the canned fruit aisle and check this one off your list.


BONUS RECIPE – Creamy Tacos

Every Halloween, for as long as I can remember, my mom has made a big pot of Creamy Tacos for us to eat for dinner.  Sometimes before trick-or-treating, sometimes after,  but always Creamy Tacos.  We continued that tradition with my daughter and it will be a family favorite as long as I can bust open a pack of Velveeta. This works well in the crock pot (once the ground meat is browned) and can even be made ahead of time and reheated.
1 lb. hamburger meat

1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 lb. Velveeta cheese
1 lg. can Ranch style beans
1 can Hormel chili, no bean

1 1/2 pt. whipping cream

Brown hamburger and drain. Add other ingredients except whipping cream and mix well. Add cream last and heat.

When you’re ready to eat, pop a handful of chips in a bowl and top it with the creamy tacos and whatever other toppings you like.

  • Fritos or Doritos
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green onions
  • Olives
  • Chopped red onions
  • Jalapenos

Delicious and easy!