With Halloween just under three weeks away, it's time to start planning your tricks and treats.
Like most outdoor enthusiasts, I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate my love of the outdoors into everyday life.
Halloween is no exception.
For the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, you'll want to stick to safely packaged and sealed varieties.
But, if you're planning to entertain this Halloween, here are 10 outdoor-themed treats perfect for the occasion.
1. Bowl of Worms
What's more fitting for Halloween than a slimy bowl of worms?
Using a mixture of raspberry J-ELLO, whipping cream and food coloring, fill plastic straws and let them set.
Squeeze them into a bowl and slurp them up!
2. Ants on a Log
Ants on a Log are a healthy alternative Halloween treat.
Simply spread your favorite peanut butter onto cut celery stalks and top with raisins.
An added bonus, these ants can't bite you.
3. Bug Juice
After gorging yourself on all the Halloween treats, you'll need something to wash it down.
Pour some lime Kool-aide in a container and call it bug juice!
For an adults-only party, use lime margaritas instead.
4. Camo Corn
You can never have enough camo.
Luckily, since it's green this delicious camo corn will be a nice addition to your Halloween spread.
Use your favorite microwave popcorn along with lime and lemon flavored J-ELLO to whip up this flavorful blend.
5. Campfire Cupcakes
In the South, it's not always cold enough on Halloween to huddle around a campfire.
But even if the temperatures don't allow it, you can still get your campfire fix...cupcake-style!
This delicious chocolate cupcake is topped with marshmallow buttercream frosting. To make the campfire, use mini-marshmallows, pretzel sticks and melt down red and yellow hard candies for the flames.
6. Fish 'n' Rods
There's no cooking or baking required for this Halloween treat.
Combine pretzel sticks and goldfish crackers in a bowl for a tabletop party display or put them in a Ziploc bag with a cute printed label.
These fish 'n' rods would make a great snack while walking around the neighborhood trick-or-treating.
7. Dirt & Worms Cupcakes
Classic dirt & worms make the perfect Halloween treat.
You can stick to the traditional pudding cup version or try it in cupcake form.
Use your favorite vanilla cupcake mix and cookies n' cream frosting. Top each cupcake with a gummy worm.
8. Chocolate Acorns
These acorn treats are both bite-size and addicting. You'll be craving them long after Halloween is over.
Just dip the flat end of a Hershey Kiss in melted chocolate and stick it to a bite-sized chocolate chip or Nutter Butter cookie. Add a peanut butter chip to the top for the stem.
Let them dry and try not to devour them before the party ever starts.
9. Cutout Cookies
Keep it simple this Halloween with cutout sugar cookies.
If you're feeling particularly adventurous, bake and decorate them yourself to show off your commitment to all things outdoors.
Or, take this picture to a local bakery and pay someone else to do it.
Just remember to take them out of the box and arrange them on a platter. My rule of thumb is if it "comes from" your house, it's technically homemade, right?
10. Fishing Rods
Pretzels can be used to make a variety of outdoor-themed Halloween treats.
Dip large pretzels sticks in melted chocolate. You can use white, dark or milk chocolate, or an assortment of all three.
Tie on a plastic fishing bobber with a piece of string and there you have it, edible fishing rods.
With plenty of treats to satisfy even the hungriest party-goer, rest assured your Halloween party will be a hit.
So throw on your costume, slide a few tricks up your sleeve and enjoy the party!
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