Halloween as Big Business
Halloween is right around the corner and it seems like every store shelf is filled with orange and black displays, huge selections of costumes from bloody rubber masks to the every Disney princess imaginable. You can find almost all the living Presidents – but beware! Some of those guys are pretty scary! Americans shell out BIG BUCKS for Halloween:
The cost of candy, costumes, and decorations expected to total $6.9 BILLION because the average American each spends $74 to join in the fun.
If you think Halloween is just for kids, think again! Adult costumes abound and the consumer with the credit card is likely to spend more on their own costumes than the kids.
Furthermore, If you discuss the Halloween with anyone over 40, often you hear, “That’s not how we used to do it….” Kids don’t roam around the neighborhood gathering candy in an old pillow case.
Finally, In a world with safety concerns, having a Halloween Party at home is becoming more common and can be lots more FUN.
Fun Halloween Food
Some great ideas for the Halloween treats are:
WITCHES BREW: Any drink is transformed into Witches Brew, even those adult ones with alcohol. Use any drink mix, add food coloring if desired, and at the last minute add small pieces of dry ice. It will bubble and smoke, delighting all ages. If a larger punch bowl is used, use larger pieces of ice.
NUTTY GHOSTS: The distinctive shape of peanut butter cookies instinctively screams, “GHOSTS!” Melt white candy bark in the microwave, dip cookies, add mini chocolate chips for eyes.
CANDY PUMPKINS: Use orange candy melts (Wilton) and dip chocolate sandwich cookies. Add a small pretzel stem. Using green frosting or gel in a tube, pipe on leaves.
SEVERED FINGERS: Slice an individual serving of string cheese at an angle. With a sharp knife, make shallow cuts for skin folds at knuckles. Use just a dab of cream cheese to attach slivered almonds as the fingernail. Using a toothpick, add a little red cake gel around the edges of the almond slice as “blood.”
MUMMY JUICE BOXES: Use everyday masking tape to wrap juice boxes. Pick up stick-on googly eyes at the craft store cute little mummies.
Even the Spider Serving Plates are super simple and easy to make with a gold paint pen and a black charger plate from the dollar store!
Other cool additions to a great halloween spread
Chocolate Spider Web Apples http://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/halloween-chocolate-apples/
Witch Hats – Edible Treat Boxes http://blommi.com/surprise-inside-halloween-witch-hats-edible-treat-boxes/