Who wants to sleep when there's so much fun to be had? Our slumber party includes "Z"-shaped chocolate cookies, easy-to-assemble canvas tents, starry-night decorations, and DIY sleep masks as party favors.
Make way for little squares of heaven -- these fried morsels are sure to be voted most popular at any party. You can (and should) prepare the stovetop macaroni and cheese a few days ahead, since it will firm up in the refrigerator, for easier cutting. Then follow a two-step breading process, using panko instead of regular breadcrumbs for a crust that's crisp yet light. Don't be put off by the yield; the squares fry quickly, in three or four batches, and you can reheat replenishments over the course of the evening -- whenever the platter is wiped clean (which will be often).This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).
Beyond the ghosts and witches, Halloween is a frightful holiday for a lot of parents because of one thing: sweets! Want your kids to skip the prepackaged candy? Serve up some homemade treats the boys and ghouls can't resist.
Lollipop sticks may be the best thing to happen to cake since frosting. Ride the cake pop-ularity wave with our easy, no-bake version, which relies on store-bought pound cake and melted chocolate. These kid-friendly cake pops make an ideal canvas for festive details. For Halloween, try orange and black sprinkles or your favorite trick-or-treat candies.