Think of these Halloween treats for seniors as actually easy Halloween crafts – that you can eat! Great for parties, give-aways, desserts, at place settings, and more. Make them as simple or fancy as you’d like.
We’ll start with a couple really easy Halloween treats for seniors. Take a look at this marshmallow ghost that one of our readers submitted in our craft forum. It would also be really whimsical to have several on sticks all together in a glass jar or vase that is filled with candies on the bottom.
Or put just one at place settings – perhaps with a name tag (i.e. ghost or pumpkin shaped). Maybe tie a ribbon around the wooden skewer and attach it to your flatware. Or tie one with a black or orange ribbon around a specialty napkin, as a napkin ring.
You can find the full instructions and her other ideas for these little ghosts in our craft forum, on her ghost crafts page.
Chocolate Strawberry Ghosts
Fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate are really easy Halloween treats for seniors. On our special page on how to make chocolate covered strawberries, you can learn the details, get tips, and see basic supplies you may need. And ideas about white chocolate or adding food coloring like orange.
For the ghosts, after the dipped chocolate hardens, you can actually paint on faces with a damp, fine-tip paint brush dipped in chocolate frosting. Or get black icing in a tube. They are displayed on kabob skewers (you can get either tall or shorter).
Chocolate Strawberry Pumpkin
For this project, you can even make the grooved sections in the pumpkin shell if you'd like. As explained on our page at the link above, just add a drops of food coloring to white chocolate to make orange.
Hold the strawberry with a fork and gently use a spoon or clean finger to spread the chocolate downward. Then paint on the face with brown or black frosting, using a damp, fine-tipped brush. Pumpkins are one of the themes that lends itself well to Halloween treats for seniors.
Orange Ghoul with Candy-Filled Pumpkin
Here is another orange-dipped strawberry – this time a ghoul with a simple ghost-like face, also painted on in frosting.
A Halloween toothpick was stuck in the top for easy eating. It sets upon a small black jar cap as a stand.
You could also just make a ring stand out of black cardboard or paper. Then that is set upon a mini pumpkin filled with Halloween candies.
It’s fun to make these as a group activity, then use them for parties, or at place settings.
Again, here is the link for our make chocolate covered strawberries page. Next, we have another popular theme – the owl.
Chocolate Strawberry Owl
When making Halloween treats for seniors, keep in mind your participants and if they may need extra help for small items (such as the coconut pieces here), or if you need to modify the project.
For this one, you will need small pieces of colored paper in black (eyes), orange (feet), and perhaps white. I also used googly eyes from the craft store. The bird is standing in a mini baking cup.
I first sliced off the bottom of the strawberry so it would stand well. The owl here is dipped the same way as with the others. Instead of attaching pieces of coconut, you could make simple wing/feather shapes out of white paper. The beak is a slivered almond.
After having set the chocolate-dipped strawberries in the fridge, add on the other features with frosting “glue.” The feet are orange half circles with wedges cut out to make claws. The black paper eyes are shaped almost like sunglasses or upside-down bells, attached; and then the googly eyes “glued” on over that. Or just use white paper circles instead of googly eyes.
Chocolate Pretzel Wands
How about adding a little magic to your Halloween treats for seniors? Try another style of dipping chocolate and make pretzel “wands.” They also look great with a cluster of them in a jar or mug (see below). Especially if tied with Halloween ribbon.
I used large, thick pretzels, dark chocolate and orange sprinkles (but you could use white chocolate with a little orange food coloring, along with black candies sprinkles). See our page on dipping chocolate for full instructions if you have never done this.
It’s super-simple to create a ghost mug. It’s made by painting on glass with special acrylic glass paints. The paints come in all kinds, and with some you don't need to bake the project in the oven to set the paint.
If you’ve never done this, get details at our page on how to paint glass. Or use a nice white paper party cup, using black markers to make the face instead. Then the cups can be thrown away later. I also think these mugs or cups look best with a ribbon and bow, or raffia, tied around them too.
Have you ever worked with marzipan? It’s like making treats with clay! You may be familiar with the fruit shapes, but you could make just about anything. Including a black cat (or orange pumpkin). It’s also widely used in details for gingerbread houses.
You can make marzipan from scratch as an interesting food project. (See our marzipan recipe page). Or easier yet, buy it in a can if you want this to be strictly a craft type project.
The simplest way to make these black cats is to buy already-colored black marzipan in a tub, online. Or for orange pumpkins, buy orange. Link to our marzipan page for details and tips, including edible glue.
Making s’mores, including over an old-fashioned fire, is popular in fall. Even easier, though, make them in the microwave.
And with our Halloween treats for seniors, we take them a step further and do them gourmet style.
This rendition uses orange food coloring swirled through the melted marshmallow, and colorful sprinkles. Topped with a black candy on a toothpick. Get some tips at How To Make Smores – The Gourmet Way.
Be sure to also see:
Fall Crafts for the Elderly - And "younger" seniors too. Tons more to do.
October Senior Activities - Monthly and daily calendar dates and commemorations for the month. Lots more than Halloween!
Easy Food Activities -- More creative fun with treats, for any time of year.