Delectable Halloween Treats for Your Dorm

Fun, simple, and delicious! 

Show off your culinary skills by whipping out these fantastic, easy to make Halloween snacks for your dorm. Don’t fret, these recipes are easy enough to make without breaking the budget or having to use a restaurant grade kitchen.

Short & simple

Short on time? Check out these recipes for quick making and furious snacking.

  • Halloween Trail Mix: Combine cereal, peanuts, candy corn and chocolate candies in a bowl for a great snack to munch on while watching scary movies. You can get creative with what you want to add depending on what’s available to you. Other tasty ingredients include yogurt-covered raisins, banana chips, corn chips and pretzels.
  • Caramel Apple Dip: Skip the messy process of making caramel apples on a stick. Instead, slice up some green and red apples and melt some caramels to make a delicious dip. You can even buy caramel dip at the store if you don’t have a microwave available for melting. For added flavor, sprinkle some nuts or mini chocolate candies on dipped slices.
  • Spooky Sandwiches: Make a sampling of small sandwiches with your fillings of choice (chicken salad, turkey and cheese, PB&J, etc.). Then, use cookie cutters to cut each sandwich into a Halloween-themed shape, like pumpkins, ghosts or witch hats. These are perfect if you need a little break from all the sweet treats available on this holiday.

Halloween drinks

No, these drinks don’t require any blood but they are extremely delicious and go well with your Halloween snacks.

Bloody Floats: Combine 4 cups of grape juice, 750 ml of sparkling apple cider and ½ cup of lime juice in a large pitcher and mix. Scoop raspberry sorbet into individual glasses and top with the juice mixture for a delicious, dark red treat. (From Martha Stewart

Ogre Eyes Hot Chocolate: Use ready-made cocoa mix and your microwave to prepare mugs of steaming hot chocolate for you and your guests. While the cocoa is warming up, cut slits into the top of large marshmallows and insert a mint chocolate chip into each one. Top each filled mug with two of these googly eyes for a tasty twist on a classic fall drink. (From Taste of Home)

Candy Corn Crispy Treats

This recipe might take a bit more time but it’s oh so delicious. Your tastebuds will thank you.

Ingredients:
• Cooking spray• 9 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided
• 12 cups mini marshmallows, divided
• 3/4 tsp. fine salt, divided
• 9 cups crisp puffed rice cereal, divided
• 1 tbsp. grated orange zest
• Yellow and red food coloring
• 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest

Steps:
1. Lightly coat a 5×9-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. Use a microwave to melt 3 tbsp. butter. Stir in 4 cups of mini marshmallows and ¼ tsp. salt. Once mixed, stir in 3 cups of puffed rice cereal and immediately add them to the pan. Use a spatula coated with a bit of cooking spray to press the mixture into an even layer.
3. Repeat step 2 twice. In your second batch, add orange zest and a yellow and red food coloring to tint your marshmallow mixture orange before you add the cereal, then press it into the pan. For the third batch, add the lemon zest and yellow food coloring to tint the marshmallow mixture yellow, then press into the pan.
4. Let the pan set for 2 hours (or overnight). Run a small knife around the edges before inverting the loaf onto a cutting board. Use a serrated knife to cut the loaf into 10 slices. Cut each slice in half crosswise.
5. Use your hands to gently mold each piece into a candy corn shape.

Wormy Dirt Cake

More prep time but this one is the fastest and easiest you’ll find. Let loose with your creativity when working on this recipe.

Ingredients:
• 2 packages of Double Stuff Oreos
• 8 oz. package of cream cheese
• 2 small boxes of vanilla pudding
• 1 large tub of Cool Whip
• 1 cup butter, softened
• 2 cups milk

Steps:
1. Whip the cream cheese and butter together.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the pudding, milk and Cool Whip.
3. Combine the mixtures from steps 1 and 2 and mix together.
4. Crush or chop the Oreos to your desired texture.
5. Alternate layering the Oreos and the pudding mixture in a large pan or bowl.
6. Let chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
7. Before eating, add gummy worms, skull-shaped candies, Milano cookies (when inserted upright, they can look like tombstones) and other sweets to the dirt cake for a Halloween theme.

In no time, you will become the chef of your dorm, essentially transforming your dorm’s kitchen into a restaurant. Have fun, stay hungry, and Happy Halloween.

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