5 Easy-to-Prepare Halloween Treats

By Raz Silberman, 9:00 am on

Getting ready for the constant flow of little visitors who will ring the doorbell on Halloween night offers family caregivers in Plano a wonderful opportunity to join senior loved ones in making delicious trick-or-treat goodies. These festive treats are not only easy-to-prepare, but they are also easy on the budget.

1. Halloween Trail Mix

Get one box of Cheerios, your loved one’s favorite brand of Chex cereal, and Frosted Mini-Wheats. Mix together with M&M chocolates, candy corn, candy corn pumpkins, mini-pretzels and goldfish crackers. Fill the tasty mixture into small sandwich bags and seal securely with orange or black ribbon for a little extra flare.

2. Spooky Popcorn Balls

On the stove, blend 1/2-cup butter with 3/4-cup brown sugar and 1/3-cup light corn syrup and bring to a boil. Cool for several minutes before mixing in four cups of freshly popped and salted popcorn until it is evenly coated. This recipe can even be spruced up by adding a cup of chocolate-coated candies or nuts to the mix. Finally, form the pliable mixture into balls prior to wrapping in plastic wrap and handing out to the kids.

3. Harvest Candy Bark

Melt a pound of white chocolate in the microwave, and then mix with mini-pretzels, candy corn and Oreo cookie pieces. Pour the sweet and sticky concoction out onto a buttered pan, cover with sprinkles, and then break apart when it cools. To speed up the process, set the still warm mixture in the refrigerator. It will also make the substance more brittle and easy to break apart.

4. Marshmallow Ghosts

This is one of the quickest yet most delicious recipes on the list. Simply insert a large marshmallow onto a drinking straw or tongue depressor, coat with white cake icing and add facial features using licorice bits. Alternatively, you could also use chocolate chips to make ghostly faces.

5. Classic Caramel Apples

Who can beat the classics? Insert sticks into small delicious apples, melt a bag of caramels until blended, and then dip each apple until evenly coated. Plano at-home senior care providers recommend drizzling dark, milk or white chocolate on top of the apples and decorating them with nuts or chocolate candies to add a little something extra to the presentation.

It’s important for seniors to feel involved in holidays and special events all year round. Home Care Assistance is the leading provider of flexible live-in and hourly in-home care Plano seniors need to remain vital and active in their golden years. Our reliable caregivers work around your loved one’s schedule to help him or her live as independently as possible. Contact an experienced Care Manager at (214) 586-0120 today to customize a care plan for your loved one.