If you’ve never celebrated Halloween at one of Ontario’s parks, you don’t know what you’re missing! You can decorate your campsite, carve a pumpkin, go on a night hike, go trick-or-treating, and end up in front of a bonfire with some spooky ghost stories and some devilishly good snacks.
Here are some good and scary ones. halloween treats that are easy to make and will delight your little ghouls and goblins.
Much more fun than old hot dogs and kids can cook them themselves!
Cut both ends of a sausage into an “X” shape, leaving about an inch uncut in the center. Stick the dog on a fork, cover it with tomato sauce and cook over hot coals until the “legs” bend.
You can cook them at home and pack them, or bring the boiled eggs and ingredients and assemble them at the park.
Boil a dozen eggs, cut them into slices lengthwise and put all the yolks in a bowl. Mash with mayonnaise, a touch of mustard and a little paprika, then add red food coloring until the yolks are red. Pour the red yolk mixture back into the whites. Top each half with a sliced olive for an eye. Dip a toothpick into the food coloring and draw veins in the whites.
ghostly hot chocolate
Delicious on a cool fall afternoon!
Prepare the hot chocolate as directed and top with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Decorate with chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.
Mini skeleton cakes
Again, you can make this ahead of time at home to build excitement or decorate the park.
Frost the pre-made chocolate cupcakes with buttercream or vanilla frosting. Using a toothpick, engrave the outline of two large eyes. Place black icing on the etched lines, then fill in the eyes with black icing. Place dots for the nostrils and a long line for the mouth, with random short lines to make the mouth look like barbed wire.
A spooky twist on a tried and true tradition!
They are so easy to make at home before you get to the park! Melt 12 ounces of white candy topping in the microwave, then stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows until coated. Drop heaping tablespoons onto wax paper, smooth and flatten into ghostly shapes. Decorate with eye candy. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
Ready to scare yourself?
Check ahead to see which parks have special events (not all parks do) and which weekend in October they are held. Then, dress the kids in their Halloween costumes, pack up, and head to the park.