These days, Halloween is the most popular holiday next to Christmas. At its heart are family and friends having fun together-which is what Halloween Treats by Donata Maggipinto is all about. This compilation of creative Halloween ideas, simple crafts, tasty treats, and ghoulish good times has lots of ideas to try. From delicious “one cauldron” dinners such as creamy pumpkin soup to luscious devil’s food cake and black cat cookies, there are recipes ideal for entertaining adults and children alike, both in the kitchen and at the table.
Ms. Maggipinto gives five pages of detailed instructions for carving an array of jack-o-lanterns, using squash as well as pumpkin. Kid-friendly projects such as trick-or-treat bags, spooky lanterns, and tissue ghosts, and easy ideas for beautiful centerpieces, place mats, and name cards keep everyone from the tots on up busy and happy. The book is filled with clever projects and delicious snacks, and illustrated throughout with colorful photographs.
Some of the ideas, like taking a rolling pin to marshmallows so that they can be cut in the shape of ghosts to float atop excellent homemade hot chocolate, or applying licorice string legs and cinnamon candy eyes to turn chocolate sandwich cookies into spiders, are winningly simple. Among the recipes, you will also find one for candy apples that are made with lady apples, which are so much easier for both children and adults alike to eat than big ones. In Halloween Treats,they are skewered on natural licorice sticks, which look like twigs. Many of these recipes and crafts projects, like the curried pumpkin soup or the hanging “stained glass” candy decorations, can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving and even Christmas.
Halloween Treats by Donata Maggapinto will keep the whole family (and friends of all ages) entertained. Happy Halloween!
This book is available online.