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3 frightfully good Halloween treats

Easy recipes for Deviled Egg Spiders, Pizza Mummies and more.

Here are three great Halloween treats to get you in the mood for October. Republished with permission from Weelicious.

Deviled Egg Spiders

These Deviled Egg Spiders are creepy and so delicious. The perfect, healthy Halloween snack for the whole family to enjoy!

They’re a spooky choice for a party or a simple recipe for school lunch. If you’ve got leftover hard-boiled eggs or want a high-protein snack, make these Deviled Egg Spiders. They’re simple to whip up and the olive “spiders” give the deviled eggs an unexpected briny kick that will have your little goblins asking for more!

Make Deviled Egg Spiders

(Makes 12)
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients

6 hard-boiled eggs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
15-20 whole pitted olives (black, green or kalamata)

Preparation

1. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and place in a mixing bowl. Add the mustard, mayonnaise, and salt to the yolks and mash together with a fork.

2. Using a piping bag or sandwich bag with the bottom tip cut off, pipe the egg yolk mixture back into the center of the egg white. (You can also just spoon the egg yolk mixture back into the egg white.)

3. Slice 12 olives in half lengthwise. Place one half, cut side down, on top of each deviled egg.

4. Slice the remaining olives in half again lengthwise and then into 4 slices to make the legs.

5. Place 3 to 4 legs on each side of the olive halves on top of the deviled eggs.

Halloween treats

Pizza Mummies

With all the craziness and excitement of Halloween, how do we get everything done and feed the kids too? Just make a big batch of these Pizza Mummies in the morning and all you have to do before everyone shows up for the big fashion show is toss them in the oven for a few minutes.

This year both of my kids have requested I make Pizza Mummies. They’re so darned cute and I like that my kids’ bellies get filled up with something other than the pounds of sugar awaiting them on their trick-or-treat extravaganza.

Chances are your kids may be even more amused by your Pizza Mummies than they are about everyone’s costumes! Weelicious Disclaimer: Pizza Mummies probably won’t prevent your kids from eating candy, but they hopefully will get their night started off in a fun and filling way. Your little ones can even help you make them!

Make Pizza Mummies

(Serves 2)

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Egg-free, nut-free

Ingredients

2 English muffins, cut in half
8 teaspoons pizza sauce
2 mozzarella cheese sticks
3 green olives with pimentos

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 400℉.

2. Place the English muffin halves on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.

3. Remove muffins from oven and spread 2 teaspoons of the pizza sauce onto each English muffin half.

4. Peel the mozzarella sticks into strings and decoratively arrange them on top of each English muffin. Slice the green olives into 1/4 inch thick rings and place them on top of the cheese to create eyes.*

5. Bake mummies for 3 more minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

* If making mummies in the morning to eat later in the day, after this step place muffins on a plate, cover loosely with tin foil and refrigerate. When ready to serve, continue with step 5.

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pie dough just makes me happy. It’s such fun to work with whether you make it homemade or buy your favorite prepackaged brand. You can use cookie cutters to turn it into fun shapes for Halloween treats and fill it with an unlimited variety of fillings from savory to sweet.

Even better than the final product, though, is making them with your kids. These Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are simple to make, don’t use a ton of ingredients and bake up to a golden perfection for Halloween — or really any time.

Make Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

(Makes 10 pop tarts)
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free

Ingredients

1/2 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 recipe pie dough: How make to pie dough video

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.

2. In a small bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, brown sugar and pumpkin pie spice.

3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pie dough to 1/4-inch thick. Use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter to cut out about 20 pumpkin shapes. Use a paring knife to cut out pumpkin faces in half of the pumpkin shapes.

4. Place one pumpkin (without any cut-outs) on a floured surface and place a heaping teaspoon of filling in the center. Use a spoon to spread the filling almost to the edges. Lightly dip your finger into water and rub the edge of the pumpkin dough shape with the water. Top with a cut-out pumpkin and lightly press the edges together to seal. Repeat with the remaining shapes and filling.

5. Place the tarts on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden-brown.

Catherine McCord is the founder of the cooking website Weelicious and the co-founder of the organic meal-box service One Potato.

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