Road Construction: I-65 Bridge Repairs in Downtown Indianapolis

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Halloween-Themed Treats For Kids: Fun and Festive Sweets You Can Make Together

Blog Halloween-Themed Treats For Kids: Fun and Festive Sweets You Can Make Together

From healthy cookies that look like a witch’s hat to a classic dirt pie with a cute twist, you’ll be ready for every potluck, party, and gathering.

Pumpkin Witch’s Hat Cookies

Full of fall flavors like pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and maple syrup, these cookies get a filling health boost from whole-wheat flour and oats. The chocolate kiss nestled in the middle makes them look like witch’s hats, and the colors are very Halloween appropriate.


  • Nonstick spray
  • 1½ sticks (12 Tbsp.) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar  
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 (15-oz. can) pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1¼ cup rolled oats
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 28 chocolate kisses


Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a large baking sheet with nonstick spray. Put the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat with the paddle attachment until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla, and maple syrup and beat until combined, then mix in the pumpkin puree. In a separate bowl, mix together the flours, oats, baking powder, and pumpkin pie spice, then add to the cookie dough in thirds. Spoon the dough onto the baking sheet, leaving room between each cookie, as they will expand. Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 28 cookies

Chocolate Nutella Dirt Bowl

Always a showstopper, dirt pie – made with chocolate pudding, crumbled cookie crumbs, and worms – is easy to make and tastes great. The classic dessert gets a fun twist with the addition of Nutella, plus Milano cookies that look like tombstones.

  • 2 (3.9-oz) packages instant chocolate pudding
  • 4 cups (or per pudding directions)
  • ¼ cup Nutella
  • 2 cups Cool Whip
  • 20 Oreos, crushed (about 2¼ cups)
  • Milano cookies
  • Gummy worms


Prepare pudding according to package directions (usually stir together with 4 cups milk, bring to a boil, remove from heat). While still warm, stir in the Nutella. Transfer to a clear serving bowl and fold in the Cool Whip. Top with an even layer of the cookie crumbs, then arrange Milano cookies to look like tombstones and gummy worms like they are coming out of the ground. Refrigerate for an hour or more to set.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

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