Even though the Indiana State Fair has come and gone, you can still enjoy all of your favorite carnival foods this fall! As a part of the Creepy Carnival Haunted House, The Children’s Museum Guild Witches have shared ways to transform that typical carnival food into a creepy at-home creation.
Mummy or severed finger hot dogs
Have a crowd of hungry goblins to feed? Kids will love these fun but simple ways to turn a classic hot dog into something creepy—like mummies! All you need to do is wrap Pillsbury crescent rolls around hot dogs, apply mustard to make eyes, bake accordingly to packaging instructions, and voila—your hot dogs are now mummies! If you’re looking for a way to really scare the kids, you can also transform a hot dog into a severed finger. To do this, you'll need a knife and a teardrop or oval cutter to make the fingernail [recipe]. For vegetarians, you can create something similar! Instead of using hotdogs, create mummies or severed fingers by replacing them with pretzel sticks and melted chocolate [recipe]. Hopefully you’ll still want to bite into these scary snacks when they’re complete!
Creepy pumpkin caramel apples
Ever notice that apples are a similar shape to pumpkins? You can turn a simple fall treat into a frightening pumpkin by adding some decoration. After the caramel has cooled on the apples, melt any chocolate you prefer to use for the eyes and face. Stick on gummy worms or other candy for an extra creepy pumpkin look [recipe]. This recipe can be a fun activity for kids to do in anticipation for Halloween and our haunted house.
These days, we witches are always snacking on popcorn while keeping busy planning the Creepy Carnival. Yes, witches love popcorn too! To make this favorite snack scary, we like to use green food coloring, lots of butter and sometimes candy corn. However, there are many different ways to make this treat your own [recipe]. If you want to hand out Witches Corn at a Halloween party, you can also fill up a plastic glove with the popcorn and use candy corn as fingernails. Hopefully our favorite snack won’t turn you into a witch! Hehehe.
Spider web cotton candy
Love that light and fluffy sweet taste known as cotton candy? If you have a cotton candy maker, then it’s easy! If you don’t, no worries! You can find a recipe to make this favorite carnival treat without a machine here. The cotton candy should already look naturally webby, but you can also add food coloring or plastic spiders to give it a spookier feel. This simple treat allows a lot of room for creativity and fun.
Elephant ears are mouthwatering, sugary and everything to enjoy in life. A bloody ear might not look so appetizing, but it’s just as delicious! The only difference is these ears are stuffed with jelly using puff pastry to give it that bloody look. This recipe can be found on the Rachael Ray Show here. We witches like to eat these bloody ears for breakfast. It’s one of our favorites!
- Mummy hot dog picture from http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/mummy-hot-dogs-00420000006990/
- Creepy pumpkin caramel apples picture from http://www.themouseforless.com/tripplanning/dlparks/halloweentime.shtml
- Witches Popcorn picture from http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2012/10/halloween-popcorn.html
- Spider web cotton candy picture from http://gigglesgalore.net/sticky-spider-webs/
- Bloody Ears picture from http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/media/managed/recipes/2008/10/20/thumbs/3034Batears3_final.jpg