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I love Halloween. It’s definitely close behind Christmas on my list of favorites. Growing up my family celebrated the entire month of October with decorations, Halloween music, indoor haunted house, camping with ghost stories, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, hay rides and lots of leaf jumping. Halloween night was the icing on the cake. We would come home from school, finish our homework, have dinner and start the costume process. Rain or snow, we would layer up under our clown or bunny costumes and head out to collect our treats. My favorite part of the entire night was pouring out my bag of loot and organizing my candy by favorites.
This year I’m able to re-live my trick-or-treating days through the eyes of our two year old Sophie! We’re going to a class Halloween party and then back home for a quick dinner and trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood. I’m excited for our first year of trick-or-treating and know there will be a few challenges. The tantrum possibilities are endless.
The first step in minimizing challenges is to prepare. The Girl Scout in me always sees the worst outcome of every situation and prepares accordingly. First up was preparing for the trick-or-treaters that come to our home. Since we’re in a new neighborhood, I have no clue how many bags of candy we’ll go through. I’ve learned in the past to not let the kids grab their own candy but to hand out a piece to each kid (or two if they’re especially cute or have a Halloween joke for me). Judging by the size of our new neighborhood and the amount of kids I see playing outside, I knew I’d need several large bags. I headed to Walmart for the best price on Halloween candy. I grabbed a couple bags of NESTLÉ® Jumbo Assorted Fun Size Candy and WONKA® MIXUPS® Assorted Candy (for the non-chocolate lovers).
Another challenge to prepare for is Hangry Toddler Syndrome. Sophie is in a picky eating phase but still gets quite impatient if you don’t have food ready as soon as she says the word ‘hungry’ (which actually sounds more like the word ‘hoagie’ with the way she pronounces it). I decided to get a family favorite to avoid ‘no’ at the dinner table. We each have our favorite Hot Pockets and now there are HOT POCKETS® Pepperoni Pizza Snack Bites for little hands like Sophie’s.
The third challenge in the midwest is preparing for weather. Since Sophie is such a big fan of dinosaurs, her Grandma found a dinosaur costume at a consignment shop that is perfect for her! We were sure to get it a little big so she will be able to wear warm clothes underneath. It also has a hood as the dinosaur head to keep her ears warm. There aren’t any restricting parts to the costume or extra accessories that she could lose on our walk. We also have a backup lighter costume of cat ears and a pink tutu if she refuses to wear the dinosaur costume.
The final challenge is figuring out what to do with all of the candy left over from trick-or-treating. When I was little, my mom and I always made cookie pizza for my Birthday and Halloween. This is my favorite dessert to make for parties because I can customize it using people’s favorite candy bars.
Halloween Candy Cookie Pizza
- NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Halloween Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
- 1/4 c peanut butter
- 3/4 c NESTLÉ® Milk Chocolate Morsels
- Candy bars of your choice
- Candy Eyes and Halloween Sprinkles (optional)
Let the cookie dough sit out of the fridge for a half hour. Spread out cookie dough on a pizza pan being sure to use cookie spray on the pan. Bake according to directions on packaging. I used the shortest amount of time to start and kept an eye until it was the perfect golden brown.
While the cookie is warm out of the oven, dollop the peanut butter and sprinkle the chocolate morsels evenly.
Smear the two together to make the ‘pizza sauce’. If you’re a fan of peanut butter, switch the ratio of chocolate to peanut butter.
Chop the candy bars into decent sized pieces and sprinkle evenly throughout pizza. Add the candy eyes and Halloween Sprinkles.
Cut and serve. Best eaten warm and with milk.
Have you been a fan of Butterfinger since Bart was the spokesman? It’s my favorite topping on Halloween Candy Cookie Pizza. What do you do with your leftover Halloween candy? Do you plan on trick-or-treating or will you be visiting a haunted house?