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Halloween Treats :: Monster Cookie Pops

Need a last minute Halloween treat? These bright and colorful monster pops made with sandwich cookies and candy melts are the perfect put-together-last-minute solution!

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

No baking or making of icing with these darling monster cookie pops! Just buy some sandwich cookies, candy melts, googly eyes and assorted candies of your choice to decorate the fun faces!

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

The key to making these cookie pops a success is to insert the lollipop stick into the icing inside and then seal with melted candy melts before putting the cookie back together! That way the cookie pops stay nice and secure on the stick.

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

Halloween Treats Monster Cookie Pops

Treat yourself this Halloween and make some monster cookie pops! They’re as easy and fast as the are adorable!

Happy cookie pop making!


Halloween Treats :: Monster Cookie Pops
Cuisine: Treats
Author: Wenderly
Need a last minute Halloween treat? These bright and colorful monster pops made with sandwich cookies and candy melts are the perfect put-together-last-minute solution!
  • sandwich cookies
  • different color candy melts
  • candy googly eyes
  • candy teeth
  • thin black licorice
  • red hot candy
  • lollipop sticks
  1. Slowly open sandwich cookie so that you don’t break the cookie.
  2. Once opened, slide a lollipop stick up into the icing about 1/2 way. Wipe away icing that was pushed out of the way.
  3. Melt a variety of colored candy melts in microwave according to package instructions.
  4. Smooth some melted candy melt with an offset spatula or knife onto the opened cookie and over the lollipop stick.
  5. Put sandwich cookie back together and wait a few minutes for it to dry and seal the cookie closed with the lollipop stick inside.
  6. Cover surface of cookie with melted candy melts and use your imagination to decorate scary and funny faces with candies.
  7. Enjoy!


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Pumpkin Ideas :: Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Tis the season for fun and festive pumpkin ideas, fabulous costumes and evenings spent whispering ghost stories around a fire pit.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Every October my mind begins to swirl with a plethora of festive pumpkin ideas. First of all I adore pumpkins and secondly , since I was a wee little nipper,  I have loved every single moment of the pumpkin carving experience. From sketching out ideas for just the right face, to reaching my hand into the cold stringy goo, to roasting the harvested seeds, I love the tradition of carving pumpkins.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

In fact, I still treasure the experience today with my girls even though their tiny chubby hands that I once held and helped navigate the slippery orange orbs have grown into long beautifully manicured ones that can carve and cutout the most amazing creations.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

The other night as we huddled around the newspaper filled island, brainstorming our pumpkin ideas, I was struck with a glowing idea!! What would happen if I used glow sticks inside the carved pumpkins instead of candles????

Magic would happen, that’s what.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Red and yellow and green glowing marvelously magical pumpkins that won’t catch on fire or blowout (and can even become your very own night light in your bedroom if you wish).

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

And that’s part of what makes Halloween so much fun if you ask me. The marvelous magic that falls over the land for an evening of pure imagination.

More fun & festive Pumpkin Ideas :: 

Wishing you & yours a magical Halloween,


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Halloween Treats :: Candy Witch Fingers

Need a last minute Halloween treat idea? These green apple candy witch fingers are sure to intrigue any guest.

Halloween Treats Candy Witch Fingers

I’m a big fan of the green witch from The Wizard of Oz! When I think of Halloween my mind always goes to her fabulous green face and long boney fingers that seem to wrap endlessly around everything they touch. I had those fingers in mind when I dreamed up these green apple Jolly Rancher® Halloween treats!

The pucker of green apple paired with the glorious green make these the perfect Halloween treat! I just love how translucent they are, almost glowing, as they wait patiently on the plate.

Halloween Treats Candy Witch Fingers

They are so simple to make!! I used this Wilton Fingers Non-Stick Pan to make my witch fingers. Any local craft store should have some kind of finger shaped pan in the seasonal section if you don’t already have one. Just spray the pan with a non-stick spray, unwrap the candy, and place 3 candies in each finger (don’t overfill, they will bubble over).  Pop them in the oven for about 6-8 minutes and that’s it! I gave my witch fingers a candy melt manicure which was also super easy! Just melt some red (or any color you desire) candy melts and paint it on with a clean paint brush.

Halloween Treats Candy Witch Fingers

Serve some gorgeous green witch fingers this Halloween! You’re guests will love them!

Wishing you a sugary sweet Halloween!


Halloween Treats :: Candy Witch Fingers
Recipe Type: treat
Author: Wenderly
Serves: 8
Need a last minute Halloween treat idea? These green apple candy witch fingers are sure to intrigue any guest.
  • [i]For the fingers:[/i]
  • 24 green apple Jolly Ranchers
  • 1 non-stick pan with finger shapes
  • Non-stick spray
  • [i]For the nails:[/i]
  • red candy melts for the finger nails
  • clean paint brush
  1. Preheat oven to 275º
  2. [i]To make the fingers :[/i]
  3. Spray non-stick pan with some cooking spray
  4. Unwrap the 24 Jolly Rancher candies and put 3 in each finger
  5. Cook for 6-8 minutes. Watch the oven and take out when candies are melted, if you leave then in too long they’ll burn and turn a brown color.
  6. Let fingers cool and set. The fingers should pop out when you turn pan over but if they don’t then use the tip of a knife under the edge to help come undone.
  7. [i]For the nails :[/i]
  8. Melt the candy melts in microwave according to package instructions .
  9. Using a clean paint brush, paint the red melted candy on like nail polish, let dry.


Drinks Eat

Halloween Drinks For Kids :: Kiddie Cocktail Bar

You wouldn’t believe how easy and fun it is to put together a kiddie cocktail bar for Halloween. Enchant the children with Halloween drinks served in glass science beakers, that actually foam & froth as they create their very own spooky concoction.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

Kiddie Cocktails have always held a sweet spot in my heart. It all started with my beloved grandmother, who would make sleepovers at her house a festive and fabulous occasion. As my sister and I would lounge in a bubble bath with bubbles so high they practically touched the sky, my grandmother would prepare special snacks and kiddie cocktails in fancy-fish etched glasses downstairs. As we sashayed down the stairs all squeaky clean in our pink nightgowns for an evening of Lawrence Welk, she would serve us our semi-adult refreshments and as we sipped happily our evening would begin. Those were the days.

However… these Halloween drinks that are inspired by the cherry-juice-mixed-with-lemon-lime-soda kiddie cocktail, are so much more fun and fabulous! (Sorry grandmother!)

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

It all begins with some packets of Kool-Aid®.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

That are added to some lemon-lime soda.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

Causing instant color not to mention a bubbling and foaming reaction that no doubt would make Dr. Jeckyl grin mischievously from ear to ear. A quick swirl of a straw makes the bubbles even more intense.

These Halloween drinks are positively concoction like!

Talk about a squeal inducing experience! Even my 2 teenage daughters found glee in the Halloween drink making.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

I added some sugar to the Kool-Aid packets when setting up my kiddie cocktail bar to make the flavor a bit less intense. Interestingly enough, the Kool-Aid powder doesn’t have much color until it mixes with the liquid, adding yet another surprising delight to its drinkers.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

I’ve found that the little Halloween drink makers enjoy experimenting with more than one of the flavors and colors. As they should. That’s the whole point right? The color/flavor combination possibilities are endless!

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

A bowl full of gummy worms is a must for this spooky Halloween kiddie cocktail bar.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

Supplies for setting up a kiddie cocktail bar :

  • 0.14 ounce packets of Kool-Aid (variety of flavors)
  • sugar
  • lemon-lime soda
  • black and white striped straws (or any fun Halloween color)
  • gummy worms
  • science beakers

You can find some darling glass beakers here if you don’t already have some.

Halloween Drinks For Kids Kiddie Cocktail Bar

On a side note, you can always make these adult version by adding a jigger of vodka or gin. Or here’s another adult idea, click for the Monster Melon Martini Recipe.

And there you go. Science meets Halloween in a totally delightfully delicious experience, with an experiment-like adventure.

Happy concoction making!



Halloween Drinks For Kids :: Kiddie Cocktail Bar
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Wenderly
Why not put together a kiddie cocktail bar this year for Halloween? Enchant the children with Halloween drinks served in science beakers, that actually foam & froth as they create their very own kiddie cocktail creation.
  • 1 – 0.14 ounce Kool-Aid® package
  • 3/4 cup lemon-lime soda (or 6 ounces or 175 ml if using a beaker)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Mix the sugar and Kool-Aid together until incorporated.
  2. Pour the lemon-lime soda into a glass (or beaker).
  3. Slowly add 1/4 teaspoon into the soda, stir slowly to increase the foaming affect.
  4. Add straw, sip and enjoy!
  5. [i]*Note* If serving at a grown-up gathering add a jigger of vodka or gin. [/i]


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Halloween Decorations :: Centerpiece

Halloween Decorations don’t have to be expensive or fussy. White pumpkins and black ribbon bats make a perfect simple yet elegant Halloween table centerpiece.

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

Black and white seems to be a favorite theme of mine as far as Halloween decorations are concerned. A few years back I shared a black and white table with carved polka dotted  pumpkins that glowed eerily over a black web tablecloth. This year I went with more of a whimsical feel with black ribbon bats that happily hover over mini white pumpkins. I love to create a seasonal centerpiece each month for my table so that it can be enjoyed it all month long. Dinners seem easier and it motivates me to usher my family into the living room to sit down for a meal shared around the table rather than squeezing around the island for a quick meal.

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

These black ribbon bats seem to be flying throughout my entire home this Halloween! I fell in love with them as I hung them in my foyer from a branch  to greet all of our guests and now I can’t stop making them.

Guess I’ve gone batty! Ha.

They’re just so simple and sweet that I can’t resist them. The centerpiece bats were made with black ribbon folded in half, cut along the bottom with a few curved cuts and then twisted tightly in the center with a black floral wire (that I found at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store).

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

Then I just pushed the wire into the mini white pumpkin. How easy is that?

Halloween Decorations Centerpiece

The rest of the centerpiece consisted of a gathering of multi-sized mini white pumpkins (from Trader Joe’s) an antique silver tray and cake plate stand with a few silver votive candles tucked about.

Supplies for Halloween Decorations for your centerpiece :

  • different sizes of white mini pumpkins (real or artificial)
  • 3 inch black ribbon
  • black floral wire
  • silver tray
  • silver cake plate stand
  • silver votive candles

Our crisp Autumn days will be ending with warm savory meals shared around a festive centerpiece during the month of October. Yours can too with these easy Halloween decorations!

Wishing you many meals shared around a beautiful centerpiece!


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Setting a Black & White Scene for Halloween

I decided to do something different for Halloween. I made it a black & white affair.

But don’t worry.  No ball gowns or black ties necessary unless of couse it’s part of your costume.

This year I’ve decided to go black and white for an upscale look without all the fuss.

I’ve got a few simple tricks up my sleeve for a beautiful table in no time flat.

My inspiration came from the plethora of pumpkins that I’ve collected throughout the house during the fall season.

I have a pumpkin problem, what can I say? I adore pumpkins.

My table uses white pumpkins with polka dot holes drilled through them as the centerpiece. Years ago I saw Martha Stewart talk about using a drill to carve holes in pumpkins and I have found it to be my very favorite way to “carve” the magical orbs that I seem to collect every year. What I really love about this centerpiece is that they end up giving off a most lovely glow of orange, a subtle accent of the traditional color of the holiday.

Look how easy it is to make this beautiful centerpiece.

Begin with a white pumpkin or pumpkins.

I cut the hole in the bottom of my pumpkin to keep the sweet integrity and character of the pumpkin.

Scoop out the seeds and toast them if you like. My dear friend Amy of She Wears Many Hats has a wonderful recipe for toasting pumpkin seeds click here to get it.

Once you’ve cleaned out all of the seeds, you’ll need an electric drill and a one inch drill bit.

Now it’s time for the fun part. Mwahahahhahahahaha.

Simply drill as many holes as you like all over the surface of your pumpkin. (But don’t drill too many or you’ll be able to see the candle inside.)

It’s easy and slightly messy, the slower you drill the less pumpkin you’ll have flying all over your kitchen.

Or if you were in a mad dash like me, you’ll have pumpkin flying all over your kitchen, in your hair, on your shirt, up your nose…

Next grab a glass votive and a candle,

put it on a small plate (to protect your tablecloth) light the candle and place the pumpkin over the top. Nothing tricky there, right?

Aren’t they just precious?

Next I wanted the table to have a subtle Halloween feel. I found this fabulous black web tablecloth that I found at my grocery store but you could even use a black tulle to give a similar effect.

I placed it over a soft grey tablecloth to accent the webs.

Next I set the table with some festive black & white dishes.

I used chipboard letters painted in black glitter paint as the place cards.

I found some black & white glasses to add into the mix for some blood red kiddie cocktails with black plastic spider ice cubes. Or an adult version.

A black boa wreath with a crow perched in the middle makes for a spooky decoration that can hang on a door in a window

I just hot glued the black boa to a styrofoam wreath and wired the crow in the center.


Doesn’t get an easier than that does it?

In no time at all, my dining room has been transformed into a festive, sophisticated, black & white Halloween treat.


Elegant meets easy.

Dinner anyone?

Wishing you a spooky but splendid Halloween!



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Scary Stories & Cute Cupcakes

You know what’s scary?

Halloween is less than a week away which means that Thanksgiving is four weeks way which means that Christmas is eight weeks away.

I can’t breathe.

You know what else is scary?

My eldest daughter will turn 14 the day after Halloween which means that she will turn 16 in two years which means she’ll be leaving for college two years after that.

STOP the madness. 

Do you see how my mind works?


My morning was scary too. I had my cup of coffee, made breakfast, packed lunches, fed the animals, made sure that everyone had their vitamins and got ready to workout. Seems rather normal right? Well then as I waited for My Yanni to finish up a business call before heading to the gym, my mind started whirling through my to do list. Before I knew it I had grabbed the white pumpkins to be used as a centerpiece for an upcoming post and had just started to carve them when I thought, “I should have different clothes on”.

This is where things began to unravel.

I had dashed to the closet to grab a sweatshirt. Somehow that turned into trying on clothes and more clothes then shoes and boots and then I noticed a dust bunny & cob webs on my hardwood floors which made me think of Halloween and…the pumpkins waiting in the kitchen.


Halloween is less than a week away.

Tomorrow is Sweet Cheeks Halloween party at school. Her very last Halloween party of elementary school which means it’s MY last Halloween party of elementary school.


So I made cupcakes. Just because.

Makes perfect sense doesn’t it?

Stress+ multi-tasking-like-a-deer-on-roller-skates = easy-cute-cupcakes.

Makes perfect sense to me.

To save time I used a boxed cake mix and pre-made icing and decided to embellish the little cuties with some fun ribbon flags.

I happened to have some ribbon with “Happy Halloween” written on it, but you can use any kind of Halloween ribbon that you’ve got.

Just cut the ribbon into 2 inch length pieces, dab some hot glue to the back edge and wrap them around the tip of a toothpick.

Make some cupcakes and frost them…

And stick the flags in.

So festive and darling.

Now you’ll even have time to dust up all of those cobwebs hanging around your house.

Or if you’re like me, decide that they make the perfect Halloween decoration.

Speaking of Halloween decorations, I didn’t even get to tell you how I haven’t had the time to put up all of my beloved Halloween decorations. Or how I accidentally took my dog’s allergy pill last week.


Now THAT’S scary.

Which reminds me.

Oh never-mind.




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Scarily Easy Tips for a Halloween Party!

It’s scary how much I love Halloween!

However, Halloween always seems like such a hectic time of year. We’ve finally adjusted to the back-to-school routine and then *BAM* it’s time to make costumes, carve pumpkins and get ready for trick-or-treat! The next thing you know I’m watching the Macy’s day parade while baking a turkey and then turn around to find that Christmas carols are playing and my kids are married and have kids of their own! O.k. perhaps it’s not that hectic but it seems like it is especially when my oldest is actually turning 13 years old this weekend.



How can this be?

It was only yesterday that I was looking into the sweet, pink, wrinkled little face of my first born child wasn’t it?

<gulp, sniff, sob>

See my point?

Time flies in the blink of an eye.

And this is precisely why I am so happy to have these quick and easy little ditties to turn to while I’m trying to forget, I mean, celebrate my first born turning into a teenager.

Wait until you see how easy it is to pull together a last minute Halloween soiree in about 30 minutes flat.

First I’m going to show you how to make cute little spider cookies with oreo cookies!

I made these for her Birthday Halloween themed party about 6 years ago, when I was allowed to do cute little things for her party. I believe that I got the idea from Martha herself, but I can’t be certain.

These are the ingredients: double stuff Oreo® cookies, mini M&M®‘s, rope black licorice and white icing.

First thing you’ll want to do is make the icing. Just mix 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar with 2 tablespoons of water. Easy peasy.

Pour the icing into a sandwich baggie.

By the way my tween soon to be TEEN helped me with this fun little treat.

I have to milk every opportunity to share time with her and I’m not above enticing her to assist me in photos.

Squeeze excess air out of the baggie and twist to keep icing in the tip of the baggie.

This will be your glue for the spider eyes.

Now it’s time for the spider legs. Just snip off pairs of 2 inch pieces and badda boom badda bing…spider legs!

Gently insert licorice into the sides of the double stuff oreo. This is why I like to use double stuff oreos, you’ll have plenty of room to fit the licorice!

Cut the tip off of the plastic baggie filled with icing and gently squeeze out 2 cute little dollops of icing where the eyes should be…

and place 2 mini m&m’s on top of the icing.

Aren’t they just the cutest little spiders that you ever did see?

Now it’s time for some fun decorations…all you need are a few paper napkins!

Now if you’re like me you have a drawer (o.k. a few drawers) of festive paper napkins. And if you don’t, well, do yourself a favor and go buy some. Now be sure to buy 2 sets like I do so that you’ll always have some on hand and I won’t be the only crazy person with drawers full of paper napkins! This summer I was reading one of my 432 magazines, I think that it was Country Living, anyway I saw some darling tablecloths made out of paper napkins and thought “great scott! now I can use up some of my napkin stash!” I decided to take it a step further and came up with the idea to make banners with the paper napkins as well! I mean everyone needs celebratory banners hanging about don’t they?

Here’s all that you’ll need to make some darling banners to hang around the house.

Napkins and ribbon.

Fold the napkin in 1/2 leaving fold of the napkin at the top then cut on a diagonal upward leaving the fold in tact at the widest part.

This is the easy way to cut out a perfect triangle.

Next lay out your napkins in the pattern that you want them to hang. I personally like to use 4 different napkins with one being a smaller size and alternate that smaller one between the larger ones.

Oh, and you’ll want glue too. Forgot to mention that earlier. Sorry. I’m overworked and underpaid.

Open up the triangles and lay the ribbon in the crease of the napkin and then dab a dot of glue at the crease and tip.

Gently smooth out any wrinkles and repeat until you’ve used desired amount of napkin triangles. I like to use this banner idea for any occasion – birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day – truly you could go on and on…see why I need drawers of paper napkins?

I like to hang my banners along my fireplaces.

It’s festive dontcha think?

Now for the tablecloth, actually I decided to make a table runner at the last moment to save time.

Here’s what you’ll need: paper napkins and scotch tape.

Lay the napkins out in a pattern that makes you swoon…

turn them over and tape the seems together. That’s it.

And then my friend, you’ve got a party!

Decorating and entertaining really don’t have to be expensive and difficult!

Just let you’re imagination run wild.

Wishing you a spooktacular stress-free Halloween!