As a kid I often read Goosebumps books. They felt like a way to be “bad” and buck what was expected of me, even though really, they were geared at kids just like me.
For a long time those awesome books and the TV show that accompanied them for awhile were my only foray into scary entertainment. Scary meant bad in my world, perhaps mostly because Mom still eschews scary movies/TV shows/ books.
As I grew up I dipped my toe into scary movies. I loved The Sixth Sense and What Lies Beneath, but for years that was it. As my general fears grew, my fear of being scared grew right along with it. I was afraid of enough, so I didn’t need Stephen King and M Night Shyamalan adding to the list.
Then with Dad’s recommendation that I watch Signs, I discovered something not spooky at all: scary stuff takes me out of my brain and into another world.
Whereas typically when I’m watching TV or movies or reading a book, I’m thinking about a million other things and writing chapters and essays in my head, spooky stories don’t allow me to do that. From Split and Get Out to Stranger Things and Grimm, monsters and mysteries with a sometimes diabolical twist are my release. They don’t scare me, they free me.
I can sometimes, rarely, convince Mom to watch with me, though the trailer for season 2 of Stranger Things left her unwilling to commit to watching with me. When she’s not interested, it’s great bonding time for Dad and me. We’re in the middle of The Craft right now. While Halloween still isn’t my favorite holiday, it turns out maybe it’s not so bad after all.
While you’re busy being scared, you need a snack, so I am thrilled to present Spooky Snack Mix. It’s a super fun and easy to make, no bake recipe that is sweet and salty and super crunchy, just what I love when I need a snack! The orange of the Cheez-Its is perfect for Halloween, pumpkin seeds are too, and I think the Honeycomb look like ghosts.
- In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the chips and shortening together in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted.
- Once the coating is melted, use a fork to dip the Honeycomb one at a time into the chocolate. Coat fully and place on parchment paper to set. Repeat until all are coated. I found this to be super fun, and it’s a perfect activity for kids.
- Once the Honeycomb are fully set, mix with the Cheez-Its and pumpkin seeds and serve. Snack mix may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Spooky Snacks and Starters
- Cheesy Ghost Chains by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Cobweb Eggs by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Ghouly Pumpkin Butter Biscuits by Our Good Life
- Pumpkin Energy Bites by Caroline’s Cooking
- Spooky Pizza Bites by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Sincere Pumpkin Patch Spicy Cheese Ball by Food Lust People Love
- Spooky Snack Mix by Pies and Plots
- Vampire Blood Soup with Monster Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by My Imperfect Kitchen
- Zombie Fingers (Bacon Wrapped Dates) by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Bloody Eyeball Brownies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Candy Corn Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites by Hardly A Goddess
- Halloween Chocolate Bark by Life Tastes Good
- Homemade Almond Joy Candy Bars by Bites of Wellness
- Matcha Monster Rice Krispies by NinjaBaker.com
- Mini Frankenstein Cheesecakes by Sunday Supper Movement
- Warm Caramel Apple Dip by Palatable Pastime
- Witches Fingers Cookies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
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