By Marit Sosnoff, E23 Reporter

Ever since I was little, I would countdown the amount of days left in the year until it was Halloween once again. Now that I’m almost 20, I still do the same thing. I love the traditions, the movies, the eclecticness of the holiday, the costumes and, most of all, the treats.

Most of you will settle for the store bought candy that is handed to you while trick-or-treating, but there are so many different, creative, and fun treats that you can make this Halloween all on your own. Not only are they delicious and adorable, but they are inexpensive and easy to buy for the broke college kids that we are. Let’s get started!

1. The first thing you could make is a Pretzel Mallow Skeleton! Sounds kinda spooky, but also kinda delicious. Take a brownie or a cupcake as the body and layer it with plain yogurt covered pretzels to make it look like the bones of the skeleton. Then, you place a marshmallow on top as the skeleton’s head. Use an edible black marker pen to draw the face of your skeleton. You can make him scary, silly, happy, or however you want it to.

2. The second thing you could make are Pretzel Pumpkins! Take traditional shaped pretzels and dip them into melted white chocolate and add some orange food coloring to give it that authentic look. Next, take a green M&M and place it on top for the stem. There you have it, that easy!

3. I just made this one the other day and it was by far one of the best treats I’ve ever made. Take regular Snyders stick pretzels and dip them into melted white chocolate to make your own ghost! Or, if you want to, either get some food dye and or dark chocolate to make them into your own Frankenstein, Pumpkin, or Ghoul! Take the white chocolate and dip your pretzel into it and then take mini dark chocolate chips and create a face for your ghost. Stick them in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes and you have your very own ghost! Should I say “mmm” or “boo!”?

4. No one that I know is personally a huge fan of spiders, but I think you guys will like these kinds. Try Mini-Doughnut Spiders! Grab a bag of mini-chocolate doughnuts for the body, a bag of pretzel twists for the legs, and any colored m&m’s for the eyeballs! Just stick the pretzels in on the side of the doughnut and use frosting to “glue” the M&M’s onto the front of the spider for its eyes. For a funny Halloween trick, place them all around your table and kitchen to make your friends and family think you’re being invaded by spiders! It’ll turn out that they’re more yummy than they are scary.

5. For all of you out there who like to try and stay healthy and would rather serve nutritious snacks instead, I have a fun one for you and it’s called Creepy Smiles! Take two apple slices of any kind of apple you like and spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the top of both of the slices. Then take mini marshmallows to place in the middle of those two slices and stick the two halves together. There you have it, a creepy smile from any ghoul or goblin you’re afraid of. To make them into a Vampire smile, take two almonds and place them between two marshmallows. This one will keep you creeped out.

6. Speaking of apples, have any of you been offered a suspicious looking apple before that is potentially poisonous? I hope you all have said no, because that wouldn’t go well. However, you can make your own mock poisonous apples! They’re called the Decadently Dark Candy Apples! Take a couple of red delicious apples, some sugar and water, some corn syrup and cinnamon flavored oil and red food coloring! Heat the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Let it boil and remove it from the heat and stir in a half teaspoon of cinnamon flavored oil and ¼ tablespoon of food coloring. Dip apples in that and then wait for them to cool. Add black food coloring or chocolate sauce to make them look extra poisonous. Extremely delicious, you might just bewitch someone with them.

7. S’mores have ALWAYS been my favorite. Seriously, always. I could probably eat them whenever, especially around a campfire. It’s time we introduce Bloody S’mores! Take your graham crackers, marshmallows, hershey chocolate, and Wilton’s Red Cookie Icing. Just melt two chocolate squares and one marshmallow and melt them on a graham cracker. Let that cool for a moment then drizzle the red icing on it for a very easy and gory look! Now that’s a way to turn a campfire into a scary story.

8. Who doesn’t love the movie The Night Before Christmas? I’m pretty sure that answer would be no one, and of course our favorite character is Mr. Jack Skellington, the King of the Pumpkin Patch. However, I think I would love him even more in oreo pop form. Let’s try Jack Skellington Oreo Pops! You will need Halloween themed oreo’s, white chocolate candy coating, black edible marker, a couple lollipop sticks, and black ribbon! Melt the candy melts and dip the oreos in them, then dip the lollipop sticks in the chocolate and fit that in the cream of the oreo. Tie the ribbon around the top and decorate the oreo with the edible marker and fill in Jack’s face as best as you can!

9. Everyone loves monsters and things that go bump in the night. But do we love them as much as we love cupcakes? Well, we can have both. We can have Monster Cupcakes! All you need are some chocolate cupcakes, softened butter with sugar and vanilla extract, heavy cream and food coloring and some candy eyes! Mix the softened butter, vanilla extract, sugar, heavy cream and food coloring together until you get the consistency that you like. Layer the icing on top of the cupcakes and throw some candy eyes on there for a spooky look that is LOOKING delicious for you at all angles.

10. And now for my favorite, Ghostie n Ghoulie Strawberries! Take the most red, ripe and appetizing strawberries and dip them in white or dark chocolate, freeze them, and put chocolate chips or brown sprinkles as eyes. There you have it A tasty, fresh, and delectable treat for your halloween season!

I hope you all enjoyed this and try one of these amazing recipes this holiday season! Remember, have fun on Halloween and most importantly, be safe!

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