Simply Spooky Halloween Treats 254

With Halloween around the corner you may have already had your fill of spooky hayrides, corn mazes.  If you don’t feel like getting into costume for a night out or if weather decides not to cooperate you can have plenty of fun making these Halloween-themed treats at home.

Severed Finger Cookies

Severed Finger Sugar Cookies

 

 

Ingredients
1 pouch (17.5 oz) Betty Crocker™ sugar cookie mix
1 egg
1/4 cup raw slivered almonds
1/4 cup seedless strawberry jam
7 drops red food color

Directions
1.  Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
2.  In medium bowl, mix cookie mix and egg, using fork or spatula, until well mixed and texture of sand or bread crumbs. Squeeze handful of dough  crumbs together tightly to form small log or “finger.” Score top of log with butter knife to shape the knuckle, then press 1 slivered almond at one end to make the fingernail. Repeat to use up dough. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
3.  Bake 15 minutes. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
4.  Meanwhile, in small bowl, mix jam and food color with whisk. Trim base of “finger” with fork to give it a severed look. Dip base of finger into jam.

The longer and thinner you shape the fingers, the more lifelike they will be.
Since the dough does spread out a little, shaping longer fingers will work out better.

Super Easy Witches Brooms 

How easy is this!  Simply insert a pretzel stick into a Reese’s cup and that’s it!   If you want to jazz them up a little more, you can pipe some black icing around the bottom of the sticks where they go into the chocolate.  Make them your own and everyone will love them!

No Bake Witches Hat

Ingredients
1 14.3 ounce pkg Chocolate Creme Oreo Cookies
36 Hershey Kisses
1 package Wilton Candy Melts (yellow)
1 tube Orange Icing

Directions
1.  Take one Oreo cookie and one Hershey Kiss
2.  Squirt some orange icing on the bottom of the Hershey Kiss and press it down onto the Oreo
3.  Cut the candy melts into little squares and place in the icing that is mushing out from under the Hershey Kiss.

Silly Oreo Spiders
Just a warning, you might have a hard time eating these sweet chocolate cookie spiders, they’re just too cute!

Ingredients:
• 1 package of Oreo cookies (or another similar chocolate sandwich cookie)
• 1 package of black lace licorice
• 1 package of candy eyeballs
• 1 cup white candy coating

Directions: Begin by preparing the package of candy coating you purchased according to the specific directions on the box then set aside. Next, start cutting your licorice lace into 4 inch pieces. Then gently twist your Oreo cookie until the two halves come apart. Place the 4 inch licorice lace onto the side of the cookie with the most filling, and press them down into the filling. There should be licorice hanging out of the cookie, these are the legs!

Next use about a teaspoon or so of the white candy coating you prepared, place it on top of the licorice lace and filling to act as an extra adhesive. Then use a little bit of that candy coating to stick the eyes on top of your cookie. Repeat this process until you have as many cute spider cookies as you need!

Magic Pretzel Wands
The perfect treat for your little witch or wizard!

Ingredients:
• 1 package of pretzel rods
• 1 container of vanilla frosting (prepared)
• Multicolored variety pack of sprinkles

Directions: Dip each pretzel rod into the frosting container, covering a little less than half of your rod with frosting. Then roll your coated section of pretzel rod into the colored sprinkles of your choice! You can make wands of all different colors with all different types of sprinkles!

Popcorn Pumpkins
You’ll have your very own sweet & salty pumpkin patch of tasty treats by the time you’re done with this recipe!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup candy corn
• 5 cups popcorn (popped)
• 3 cups miniature marshmallows
• 1 cup chopped peanuts (salted)
• 4 drops of red food coloring
• 3 drops of yellow food coloring
• ½ cup butter
• 4 sticks of black licorice

Directions: Start off by greasing a muffin pan, and set aside. Next combine popcorn, peanuts and candy corn into a large bowl, then set aside. Melt your butter into a large saucepan on medium heat. Stir in your marshmallows and food coloring, you may need to adjust to make the color more orange.

Once the marshmallows are totally melted pour the sticky concoction over the popcorn, peanuts and candy corn that you set aside earlier. Mix well so that all of the ingredients are distributed as evenly as possible. Using a greased spoon, fill the muffin cups with your concoction. Lastly add in your licorice to act as a stem and mold your pumpkin around the stem. Let sit until firm then pull out your pumpkin by the stem and enjoy!

Apple Teeth Treats
These funny looking fruity treats are a great healthy alternative, and a nice break from all that candy and chocolate!

Ingredients:
Red apples
Peanut butter
Mini marshmallows

Directions:
Cut apple slices into flat wedges.
Dip in lemon juice if making ahead of time.
Spread the butter of your choice on the bottom wedge.
Stand mini marshmallows upright on bottom wedge.
Spread the butter of your choice on the bottom side of top wedge.
Place top wedge on top of the marshmallows.

Source: Allrecipes.com

Updated10.2019

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These DIY Grinch Ornaments “Don’t Come from a Store” Give a gift that “Means a Bit More” 756

Still looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague?  In honor of the new Grinch movie that came out this holiday season, here is our take on a fun DIY ornament that is so cute and adorable, you’ll want to steal em right off the tree!  These ornaments are fun & easy to make, look great, and are a gift that will be treasured annually by the receiver.  If you already have something for everyone on your list, why not start a new family tradition and make a new ornament together every year?  It is a great way to look back over time and bring back memories of Christmas past when you decorate the tree each year.

These easy to locate supplies can be found at your local Michaels or AC Moore, and with a prep time of 45 min, you can still find plenty of time to make them before Christmas!

You will Need the Following Supplies:

  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Ornament Glitter Adhesive
  • Fine Green Glitter
  • Green Feather Boa
  • Paint Markers: Black, Yellow, Red
  • Small Funnel
  • Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cup or mug to use as stand
  • Ornament hook

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of glitter adhesive inside.  Just need enough for a this coat, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
  2. Rotate the ornament all the way around so the glitter adhesive covers the entire inside of the ornament.
  3. Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container.  If necessary, gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out.
  4. Next add the glitter into the ornament.  Again rotate the ornament around and shake as necessary so the glitter covers the whole inside.
  5. Put the lid back onto the ornament
  6. Next its time to draw your Grinch face
  7. Measure and cut a length of feather boa so it fits around the top of the ornament
  8. Finally add hot glue to the lid area and glue the piece of boa around the top

“It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” – The Grinch.

 

Shop These Local Long Island Toy Stores 2019 431

Had enough of Cyber Week and shopping online? Small toy shops are the go-to destinations for those who prefer to shop brick and mortar stores for their gifts.  Shopping these smaller local stores gives a more personal shopping experience and patrons can find unique and fun gift ideas.  These shops often provide demonstrations and offer one-on-one assistance to ensure you select the perfect gifts.

At these local Long Island shops you will find everything from the hottest new toy trends to the classics, educational toys, party favors and much more:

 

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey Toys and Books Is A Trendy, Funky, Cool Store That Will Keep You One Step Ahead! You should definitely plan to stop here if you’re looking for what’s new and hot, as they often get a hold of popular and trendy products before other stores. Watch for in-store and seasonally-themed events as well.

More information: 360 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale; 516-484-0966; Click here for more info

 

 

Fun Stuff Toys

Specializing in kids’ toys. Shop for creative, educational, developmental games, puzzles, and specialty toys.  Fun Stuff Toys has a friendly staff who hold playful demos on the latest and greatest toys. There are many seasonal and trendy toys, action figures, models, educational toys, riding scooters and mainstream items for children of all ages.

More Information: 3639 Merrick Rd., Seaford) 516-409-8697; Click here for more info

 

 

Stevenson’s Toys and Games

With two locations in the Hamptons, Stevenson offers a variety of main stream and rare toys.  They pride themselves on offering toys from around the world that are both fun and stimulating.  Some toys will rekindle memories from your own childhood; others are new and exciting.   Free gift wrapping on all purchases.

More Information: Southampton (631-283-2111) and East Hampton (631-527-7222); Click here for more info

 

 

M.J. Beanz Toys

At M.J. Beanz Toys you’ll find toys of the trendy and educational variety, as well as the traditional activity and coloring books, dolls, stuffed animals, puzzles and arts and crafts kits. There are also party favors and educational products.

More Information:  345 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview; 516-827-7700; Click here for more info

 

 

G. Willikers

At G. Willikers seasonal gifts and trendy board games are the norm.  Here you can find educational toys, dolls, action toys, cuddly stuffed animals and items for babies and toddlers. Art tools and kits, outdoor riding toys and books are also mainstays.

More Information: 22 Forest Ave., Locust Valley; 516-671-3335, Click here for more info

 

 

Einstein’s Attic

At this store in the heart of Northport village, you’ll find more than just toys from major manufacturers, but also handmade and specialty items for dolls and collectibles. Educational and science toys are available too, as are seasonal offerings.

More Information: 79 Main St., Northport; 631-261-7564, Click here for more info

 

 

Funni Business

Toys are the main option of this playful shop notable for the large “Gumby” statue that stands in front of its window, but stock also includes seasonal and lawn games, as well as party favors, collectibles, retro toys, baby playthings, books and candy.

More Information: 30 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay; 516-922-3900, Click here for more info

 

 

Boardwalk Games

Boardwalk Games has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a child or a seasoned gamer, the store specializes in strategy games, jigsaw puzzles and chess sets. Boardwalk Games sells collectible versions of classic games. The store has a wide array of chess sets and variation chess games as well as a large selection of Monopoly sets.

More Information: 35 Creek Rd., Port Jefferson; 631-928-4263; Click here for more info

 

Matty’s Toy Stop

A family-owned operation, this local chain of stores has 4 locations serving the Long Island area.  Each locations has a variety of mainstream toys as well as educational items and playthings for babies. Rows of shelves filled with games, toys, books and puzzles, this store is a fun house for young kids.

More Information: Locations: 19 Covert Ave., Floral Park, 516-358-4010; 1350 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, 516-295-2555; 2138 Merrick Mall, Merrick, 516-771-4209; 284 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-634-0030; Click here for more info

 

Goldsmith’s Toys and Electronics

Recently reopened in a new space slightly down the block, Goldsmith’s is still well known for its large collection of rubber ducks; it also carries plush toys, beach and bath toys, books, art supplies, kites, puzzles and more. They carry a full line of Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego, Melissa and Doug, and Lionel Trains. Oh and Goldsmith’s also has electronics, just in case you need batteries, cables or a new phone charger.

More Information: 128 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-0466; Click here for more info

 

Learning Tower

LearningTower Toys features hard to find, innovative, high quality games and toys. Their mission is to provide children with quality products that foster personal expression and self esteem. Learning Tower features mainstream toys, but also focuses on interesting board games, collectibles, figurines and building toys. Be sure and explore its puppet section, which includes a wide selection of well-crafted options that range from finger fun to hand dolls that work best with practiced manipulation.

More Information: 4747 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station; 631-928-2040, Click here for more info

 

 

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning may not be a traditional toy store but it carries hands-on learning materials. Customers can open any product to take a closer look before making a purchase, and the store hosts free events for kids every Saturday. Some things you’ll find there: building sets, educational toys, science kits, math/reading games and art supplies.

More information: 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park; 516-616-9360; Click here for more info

 

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