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- It's easy to customize a packaged cake mix for Halloween. Just stir 2 Tbsp. Halloween-colored sprinkles or miniature chocolate chips into the batter, and then bake as directed for a fun and unexpected surprise.
- Transporting cupcakes can be as scary as the ghouls and ghosts running around on October 31st. Bakery-style boxes, which can typically be found at craft stores or in grocery store bakeries, are perfect for toting your cupcakes to your party destination. A disposable foil casserole pan with a lid works just as well in a pinch.
- Halloween treats are about more than just candy. Take the extra step and serve delicious treats, such as caramel apples, home-baked cookies and/or decorated cupcakes, at your next Halloween party.
- Dress up your favorite cakes and cookies with simple toppings, such as Halloween-colored frostings, candy corn or Halloween-themed sprinkles.
- Put your cakes on display by borrowing a variety of cake stands from neighbors and friends and using them to serve a variety of bite-sized desserts. Silver, white or black cake stands will fit in well with your Halloween décor.
- To make your favorite crispy treat recipe spookier, top with Halloween-themed sprinkles or drizzle with melted orange, black, or purple candy melts.
- Hosting a pumpkin carving party? Roast the seeds while the guests are busy carving their pumpkins. Then send each guest home with a bag of the roasted seeds as their party favor.
- Curb candy appetites by giving your trick-or-treaters an early meal or nutritious snack before they head outside. It may prevent a Halloween tummy ache later!
- Always accompany young ghosts and goblins when they are out trick-or-treating. Stick to familiar neighborhoods and houses.
- When trick-or-treating at night or on cloudy days, make sure children wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
- Think costume safety. Avoid clumsy shoes or boots. Opt for face paints, available in special kits, rather than vision-restricting masks.
- Inspect all candies before the kids dive into them. Discard any that are unwrapped or have torn wrappers.
- Discard fruit and homemade treats unless you personally know their source. When in doubt, throw it out!
- When lighting a carved jack-o-lantern, always use a candle with a solid base. To prevent a fire hazard, never leave a candlelit pumpkin unattended.