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Candy Creatures Halloween Treats for Kids

Just in time for Halloween, parents and kids can make these creepy DIY critters with Starbursts, icing, runts, Twizzlers and other candy bag loot

There's only so much of that Halloween haul one family can consume. For the rest, why not play with your food a bit? In its September/October 2011 issue, American Girl Magazine created a super cool tiny troupe of Candy Creatures. We here at Metro Parent gave two of them a "go," adding a couple extra options. Get crafty with yourself with these fun little projects, limited only by your imagination. They're sure-fire "happy haunting" for parents and kids!

"Moo" the Gumdrop Goblin

Ingredients

  • Candy corn or banana-shaped Runts (horns)
  • White chocolate chips and mini white chocolate chips – and/or Smarties with icing (eyes)
  • Twizzlers Pull 'n' Peel (pupils)
  • Gumdrops or fruit slices (heads and bodies)
  • Airheads (tongues/mouths)

Directions

  1. Use a butter knife to cut off the top of a gumdrop or fruit slice. Press another on top for the head.
  2. Use scissors to cut Airheads into a tongue-shape, and Twizzlers Pull 'n' Peel into pupils.
  3. Poke holes with a toothpick for the eyes. Press chips into place. Or affix Smarties with a drop of icing.
  4. Use a butter knife to slice halfway through the gumdrop and place the "tongue" inside. Or simply stick-on the tongue.

"Izzy" the Starburst Lizard

Ingredients

  • Candy necklace beads or Smarties with black icing (eyes)
  • Starbursts (head and body)
  • Icing (nostrils)
  • Sour candy belt or "Rips" licorice slices (tongue)
  • Spice drop (arms)

Directions

  1. Use scissors to cut a sour candy belt into a tongue shape.
  2. For the arms, cut a spice drop in half.

– Excerpted from the September/October 2011 issue of American Girl Magazine. Republished with permission

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