Recipe: Halloween Safety and Adult Goodies

|August 13, 2011|read comments (0)
Author: Mama's Kitchen

Safety Tips for Trick-or-Treating:

Times have changed since back in my day. Back then you had to have your mom check your apples for razor blades and you were warned not to accept pennies in your hand incase they boiled them to burn your hands. Yeah – I guess people have been rotten since the beginning of time – but it has gotten worse as time has gone by.

Some cities/towns will allow you to bring your candy in to be x-rayed to look for foreign objects. You need to check everything thoroughly – pinpoints are so hard to detect.

I feel that trick and treating should only be done by visiting just a few close neighbors (that you know very well), friends and family.

In my honest opinion – Halloween should be celebrated at home with friends and family. Not only is it much safer – but the memories will remain with the little ones for many years to come.

If going out trick and treating be careful when it comes to costumes. A cape can hang to the ground which can be dangerous for walking or running. Also – they can catch on fire if walking buy lit candles or pumpkins that are lighting walkways.

Be sure to have fresh batteries in a GOOD flashlight! The little toy flashlights are good for playing with in the house – but a good flashlight is much safer to carry. Any adult taking little ones should also carry one. Not only do you see where you are going – but others can see you as well. Make it fancy – place a colored plastic tumbler over the flashlight and draw a face using magic markers for a festive look. Children prefer something more “halloweeny” than the regular “boring” flashlights. And different color cups will make them stand out.

When it comes to candy – for the life of me I don’t understand the “greed” to load up your home with candy from others. The day after Halloween all the store put their Halloween candy on sale – but it then if you must to have candy in the house. It’s much safer than having your children accept candy from strangers. If you MUST go to a complete stranger house – give you children a different bag to use for “stranger candy” – better safe than sorry. Don’t allow anyone to eat any of that candy and when you get home – toss it in the garbage. Buy candy for your children – it’s a much better substitute.

When it comes to wearing facial masks – some of them make it quite difficult to see out of and prevent a child from seeing peripherally. Either leave the mask home or cut the eye holes larger using a pair of scissors. Make it easy to see.

You can make your own Halloween Make-Up:

1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
5 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon white flour
Few drops glycerine
Food coloring

Spread on face. Then dust with talcum powder to set.

Children get all excited when it comes to trick and treating. Although they are anxious to go – put on the brakes and review safety lessons with them. Remind them to stay together, not run between cars, stay on the sidewalk, not to enter a strangers’ home, etc.

And don’t forget the household safety tips:

Never leave burning candles unattended or burning if you are not home or sleeping.

Although you may be going to the door every 2 minutes – remember to lock it each time for safety reasons.

The way things are today – you just never know.

How about a good Apple Dip?

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla**
6 oz. bag toffee bits

Combine all ingredients; store covered in refrigerator. Wonderful with Granny Smith apple slices.

A definite adult (although kids love them too!) treat:

Cream Puff Ghosts

6 tablespoons butter (no substitutes)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup water
4 eggs


2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold orange juice
1 cup milk
2/3 cup packed brown sugar, firmly packed
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
Confectioners' sugar

Miniature black jelly beans or chocolate chips

In a saucepan, bring the water, butter, sugar and salt to a boil. Add flour all at once and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Continue beating until mixture is smooth and shiny. Drop by 1/3 cupfuls 3 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets; spread into 4-in. x 3-in. ovals. Using a knife coated with nonstick cooking spray, make a wavy edge at the bottom of the ghost as shown in photo below left. Bake at 400* F. for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over orange juice; let stand for 1 minute. Stir in the milk and brown sugar; cook and stir over low heat until gelatin and sugar are completely dissolved. Stir in pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice. Cover and refrigerate for 45-60 minutes or until thickened. Fold in whipped cream.

Split cream puffs in half; remove dough from inside. Set aside 1 to 2 tablespoons of filling for eyes. Spoon remaining filling into cream puffs; replace tops. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Place two small dots of reserved filling on each ghost; top with jelly beans. Serve immediately.

Yield: 9 cream puffs

When the day (and night) has come to an end and the party is over – how about a nice relaxing treat for yourself?

And it doesn’t have to be Halloween to enjoy this! Keep the syrup in the refrigerator to enjoy whenever you want.

Make spice syrup:
2 cinnamon sticks
5 whole cloves
3 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

In a small saucepan bring syrup ingredients to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and simmer, covered, 5 minutes. Cool syrup. Syrup may be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated.

Brew your favorite tea and add a few drops – to taste.

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