Halloween can be celebrated in many different ways: dressing up as someone or something you like, partying until 2 a.m. with your friends, staying at home and giving candy to the kids, watching scary movies or all of the above.
One thing everyone consistently loves during the Halloween season, however, is candy and spooky snacks.
“Making festive food is always a fun activity, and the fact that it is seasonal makes themed food feel more special since it only suits one time of the year,” said Audrey Ziemer, co-president of Western Washington University’s Cozy Club.
Festive food can often be very comforting because it only comes around once a year and it's something meant to share with family and friends.
“Many families also have holiday recipes and, as college students, making those foods and sharing them with the people around you brings you a cozy taste of home,” Ziemer said.
Ashley Downing, the co-president of the Cozy Club at Western, said part of what she enjoys about baking is the teamwork that’s involved.
“It keeps you in the moment, and facing a challenge as a team can bring people together,” she said.
Laura Chagin owns Vanilho, a business that makes chocolates and pastries. Though these may seem like easy foods to make, Chagin said they are hard if you don't follow the instructions step-by-step.
“I recommend following [the recipe] step-by-step; however, don't worry if the final results do not look like the picture on the internet,” Chagin said.
Chagin recommends starting with simple recipes and then trying harder ones.
“If you start big, you will feel pressured and you will be disappointed if it doesn't work out. It’s okay to start with little snacks,” Chagin said. “And share with your friend. They will be honest and tell you if it's good.”
The following recipes have a prep time of 10 minutes. The sweet snack takes a little longer because you have to place it in the refrigerator, but the extra time will be worth it! The idea is to make fun, easy and quick snacks for Halloween.
“Remember to have fun; baking is therapeutic. Just let all your stress out and enjoy a spooky movie with spooky snacks,” Chagin said.
Sober-friendly ingredients (cotton candy orange):
½ a can of orange soda (Halloween-themed, but it can be any soda)
Juice of ½ a lime
21+ version ingredients (cotton candy shot):
Tonic water (glow in the dark)
Sugar the rim of a cup or shot glass
Add cotton candy to the bottom of the cup
Add half soda and half lime juice
Add cotton candy on top or around the rim
21+ version instructions:
Sugar the rim of a shot glass
Add half vodka and half tonic water to glass
Place cotton candy on top or around the rim
Sweet snack (homemade chocolate bars)
One can sweetened condensed milk
Non-stick cooking spray
Semi-sweet chocolate chips
Line an 8 x 8 pan in foil. Spray with non-stick spray
Melt chocolate chips on the stovetop or in the microwave
Remove from heat and mix in sweetened condensed milk until thoroughly combined
Add crushed Oreos and make sure all cookies are fully covered in chocolate mixture
Spoon mixture into lined pan. Press the batter down evenly with a spoon or spatula
Add candy corn, pumpkins, sprinkles, or any toppings you want
Refrigerated until hardened
Savory Snack (hard-boiled eggs eyes) option one
Peel the hard-boiled eggs; cut them in halves lengthwise
Remove yolks to medium bowl; arrange whites on a serving plate
To bowl with yolks, add avocados and lemon juice; mash until smooth, mixing well
Fill each egg white half with a heaping tablespoon of mixture
Drizzle tops with bottled red hot sauce. Top with sliced black olives
Salty Snack (Spooky avocado toast) option two
Red food coloring
Mash avocado in a bowl and add a pinch of salt (or your desired seasoning)
Add three drops of red food coloring
Spread avocado on toast
Cut cheese into ghost shapes and place it on top
Cut olives into little pieces and place on top for eyes
Paloma Ortiz (she/her) is a second-year journalism student and campus life reporter for The Front. You can reach her at email@example.com