Dare to scare with frightful fare

  • Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 7:39 a.m.
    UPDATED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 2:56 p.m.
Cobweb cupcakes will take center stage at your Halloween event.
Cobweb cupcakes will take center stage at your Halloween event.

From little monsters to grown-up goblins, Halloween is when sweets truly take center stage. Make this Oct. 31 a day to remember with these spine-tingling celebration tips.

Host a Spooky Story Night.

Have family and friends dress up in their costumes and come over to tell haunting tales.

Make a story chain by having each person tell a portion of a story and take turns adding embellishments and silly twists.

Enjoy a Family Bake-tivity. On the night before Halloween, gather the kids to bake these simple but eye-catching cupcakes adorned with “cobwebs.” Enjoy them the next night when it’s your turn to host the neighborhood trick-or-treaters,

Contact your neighbors and suggest meeting as a large group to trick-or-treat together. Create a map of trusted houses for the group to visit, with each family.

Cobweb Cupcakes

(24 servings)

1 package (18.25 ounces) devil’s food or yellow cake mix

2 (2.1 ounces each) Nestle Butterfinger Candy Bars, chopped

1 container (16 ounces) prepared vanilla frosting

1 cup (6 ounces) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

1 small tube white decorator icing or gel

1 package (1.38 ounces) Nestle Goobers Milk Chocolate-Covered Peanuts PREPARE cake mix batter according to package directions; add chopped Butterfinger to batter. Bake according to directions for 24 cupcakes. Cool completely. Frost cupcakes.

PLACE morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH power for 45 seconds; knead. Microwave at additional 10-

to 15- second intervals, kneading until smooth. Cut small corner from bag; squeeze to pipe concentric circles on top of frosting.

Using wooden pick or tip of knife, pull tip through chocolate from center to last circle to create a cobweb effect.

MAKE 2 dots using decorator icing on each of 24 Goobers to resemble spider eyes. Place in center of each cobweb.

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