Halloween: Toes, Worms and Eyeballs

Katie telling Scary Stories gave young children wonderful memories that have lasted a lifetime.

Great memories sometimes only need a little planning and an active imagination.

By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | October 22, 2014

As a teenager Katie provided childcare for our Parents Anonymous Group caring for young kids while parents met. She planned activities for each meeting like reading stories or creating artworks. One week Katie planned to read children’s Scary Stories with a bonus… scary things to touch. She peeled several grapes (eyeballs), cooked a small amount of spaghetti (worms) and an ordinary prune (old man’s toe). The items were not to be seen by the kids so the grapes and prune were put inside separate paper bags and the spaghetti was put inside a plastic bag and then inside a paper bag. At the appropriate times during the story Katie announced to the children that each bag held an item: an old man’s toe, eyeballs and worms that they could touch but not see. The children shrieked and squealed and loved it. I recently connected with the children’s mother again and she told me her boys still talk about that day and the old man’s toe even though they are ten years older.

Using two Bundt cakes put together can make a perfectly festive jack-o’-Lantern.

Jack-O’-Lantern Cake
Two Bundt cakes put together makes a perfect pumpkin. Orange frosting and creative vision and you will have an edible jack-o’-lantern cake for party goers.

Blood and Bones
Breadsticks formed like bones with marinara sauce for blood is sure to get imaginations going. Use canned breadsticks from the refrigerator case. Cut each breadstick in half and shape the end into ‘bones.’ Bake as directed and let cool. Party guests dip ‘bones’ into marinara sauce ‘blood’ and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Ghoulish Punch
Fill a clean rubber glove with children’s drink mix or orange juice. Bend the fingers downward and place in the freezer. On the party day, carefully cut the glove off and place the ghoulish hand into the punch bowl.

A creepy frozen hand floating in the punch will get kids giggling.

Pond Scum
For ‘ew’ effect, fill clear plastic party glasses with green gelatin. Before the gelatin has finished hardening, stir in a few wiggly gummy worms.

Spider Snacks
Smooth peanut butter on a cracker. Break pretzels into pieces for legs, 4 on each side. Put 2 raisins at one end of the cracker for eyes.

Edible Eyeballs
For each eyeball you need 1 powdered donut hole, 1 Gummy Life Saver for the iris and 1 chocolate chip for the pupil. Use a tube of red icing to glue the parts in place and to add ‘blood’ veins to make the eyeball look bloodshot.

Spider Cupcakes
Make cupcakes according to directions and then let cool. Frost the cupcakes with chocolate or vanilla frosting. Cut licorice sticks lengthwise twice. Place 4 on each side for legs and use 2 candy coated chocolate pieces for eyes.

Easy to make and fun to eat, Dirt Nap Pie will get imaginations running wild!

Dirt Nap Pie
Finely crumble 30 chocolate sandwich cookies and mix with 2 large packages of chocolate pudding mix, cooked and cooled. Mix in 2 packages of gummy worms, saving a few to sprinkle on top.

Magic Wands
Dip long pretzel rods into chocolate and then rolled into sugar sprinkles to look like a magic wand.

We Three Ghosts Are
(Sung to the tune of ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’)

We three ghosts of Halloween are
Scaring kids who wander too far.
Trick or treating, candy eating,
Beware the Halloween Star.
Star of darkness, star of fright,
Star of every gruesome sight.
West winds howling, cats a-yowling,
Let’s play some tricks tonight!

Trick or Treater Set to Go
(Sun to the tune of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’)

I am a trick or treater set to go
Here is my flashlight, I’ll walk slow
I’ll always thank you for my treats
And I never run across the street!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

Children have but one short childhood and it is these fun times are going to be the memories that give children comfort when they are adults and have kids of their own.

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Copyright © 2014 Jackie Saulmon Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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11 Responses to Halloween: Toes, Worms and Eyeballs

  1. Great suggestions and wonderful details once again. What i admire most is your genuine enthusiasm.
    My best to you

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  2. Spider snacks sound fun!!

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    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

      The girls making the spider snacks was fun but messy and even that made for great memories. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂


  3. wonderful and whimsical!!

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  4. gpcox says:

    A tad off topic here, but I just started following a Japanese museum located near me. I notice this post and thought you might want to save it to help keep children busy on spring break for Easter –


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    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

      The bunnies are adorable! I bet kids would love it, and yes, Easter would be perfect for kids. Actually I am a big fan of paper crafts myself: Scherenschnitte, Silhouettes, Origami, Kirigami, Quilling and other things. Thank you for taking the time to bring this to me. I got the Veterans Day post up and if you or your friends have anything to add, please don’t be shy. 🙂 Thanks again, my friend. Jackie


  5. Mustang.Koji says:

    May I ask? What are “canned breadsticks”? Never heard of them before… 😦

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    • Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says:

      In the refrigerator case they have canned biscuits and other bread products that you bake and eat; breadsticks you unroll, bake and eat. They are like a treat, a lot of Italian restaurants and pizza parlors serve them. Pizza Hut is famous for theirs. Breadsticks are served with marinara as a dip. 🙂 Thank you for asking.

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