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Last Minute Halloween Treats for the Class + A BONUS Recipe for You! #PumpkinFest

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 one of these little guys grinning back at me!  Stop stressing, cruise the canned fruit aisle and check this one off your list.


BONUS RECIPE – Creamy Tacos – Do Halloween night the easy way!

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.

Creamy Tacos

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. Warm over medium heat for 10 minutes or so, until well heated through.

Turn down the heat and stir in the cream.  If you’ll eat this pretty soon, leave it low heat. It can also be transferred to a crock pot at this point, or cooled and put in the refrigerator or freezer. I’ve doubled the recipe and put half in freezer bags for another time.

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!


Candy Spiders That Will March Right Through Your Halloween Party!

Candy Spiders Marching

When I was a kid, I was in Campfire Girls.  We didn’t have Girl Scouts in South Texas and it didn’t matter. Campfire Girls rocked! We sold candy instead of cookies. I still remember the Blue Bird Wish Song…

Seek beauty, give service and knowledge pursue.

Be trustworthy ever, in all that you do.

Hold fast onto health and your work glorify.

And you will be happy, in the Law of Camp Fire.

It was pretty fun and we did a bunch of cool stuff.  I remember we went camping around Halloween one year and made these awesome spiders for dessert. Man, we had spiders everywhere! We decorated mostly with Red Hots and those candy dots that are stuck to a strip of paper. The best part, though, was squishing them before we ate them. Mounds candy bars make amazing bug guts. It didn’t even matter that most of them got dirt on them. We ate them anyway.

Flash forward 25 years to camping with my own daughter as her Girl Scout leader. I thought it would be fun to resurrect the Candy Spiders up at Camp Timber Ridge in Georgia. So the girls made spiders. Glorious, beautiful girly spiders with pink and lavender candy flower spots, glittery sugar and pearly dragees.  Dozens of them. I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw these prissy spiders meet the same demise as my no-frills spiders back in the 1970’s. Heads bitten off and guts squished out.  Gotta love little girls!

These little darlings make the most adorable table decorations for Halloween parties, not to mention that your kids can make them all for you! It’s a win-win.

Go up in the top of your kitchen cabinet, back of the drawer, top shelf of the pantry, box in the closet…wherever you keep your cookie decorations. Go ahead. Pull them all out. You’re going to need them pretty soon for the holidays anyway.  Pick out a few things that look like they’d make good bug decorations. No, there’s no guidance for this. Select according to the age of your kids, your tolerance level for tiny things all over the table, and your inventory.  (This is an easy to clean up project if you have a dog like mine that thinks it’s a Hoover vacuum, too.) Here’s what I picked…yes, I went the girly route.  Something like these Wilton Sprinkles would be cute. You’ll also need some miniature Mounds bars, miniature pretzels in the traditional shape, and a couple of tablespoons of chocolate chips in a zip top bag.

Candy Spider Materials

Start by unwrapping the candy bars and then get busy breaking the sides off of the pretzels.  These two edges will create your spider legs.

Candy Spiders Pretzels

Break enough pretzels to make six legs for each candy bar.  Chef’s treat – eat the pretzel scraps!

Candy Spiders Pretzels 2

Take the pretzel legs and stick each one into the sides of the Mounds bar – three on each side.
After you get a few of these done, it’s time to start decorating!

Candy Spiders Army


Put the ziploc bag of chocolate chips in the microwave to melt them. Start with 30 seconds, squish them around, then go in 10-15 second increments until the chips have melted.  It doesn’t take long.

Next, snip the tiniest corner off the bag – I mean TINY. Just big enough to get a small drop of melted chocolate out at at time. Even then, it’s good if you still have to squeeze the bag for it to come out. You don’t want it to freely flow out of the corner you snipped. If you overdo it, just switch to the other corner…no big deal.

Now, begin decorating by dabbing on dots of melted chocolate wherever you want to stick your decorations.

Candy Spiders Decorate


Candy Spiders Decorate 1


Go from spider to spider and dress them all up!  It’s as easy as that. Set them out wherever you like to decorate or arrange them on a platter for serving. (Don’t forget to squish them when you eat them!)


Candy Spiders Decorate 2


Candy Spiders Happy Halloween