When we were growing up, we used to have Halloween parties in class. And you would have to bring a treat for everyone. The most clever you got was if a company had put a pumpkin on its candy bar wrapper because Pinterest was not a thing back then. But it is now, and you really have to up your game. And my friend Nicole absolutely did this when she made these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats.
They’re so cute.
They remind me of when people used to dress up lollipops in a similar way. Which, now that I’m actually thinking about it, that was the most clever treat at school parties back then.
Sorry. I wrote that first paragraph before I finished my coffee.
So these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats are similar to those ghost lollipops from back in the day. Except these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats are a great option when you don’t want to out candy.
Or when you’re like my friend Nicole and you have to come up with a peanut-free treat for a peanut-free school. Applesauce is peanut-free, so she said buying applesauce and making these treats was a lot easier than reading all the labels on candy bags.
So definitely grab a couple boxes of applesauce pouches and sit down to make these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats.
Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats
What You’ll Need:
- Applesauce pouches
- White napkins
- Curling ribbon
- Black marker
- Orange marker
- Printer paper
- Decorative paper edge scissors (or pinking shears)
What You’ll Do:
If you’re making these for a class party, you’ll want to make gift tags for them so everyone knows these are from your kid. So, let’s start with those.
Take a piece of printer paper and cut it into pieces. You can approximate the sizes, but 4-inches by 1.5-inches is a good start. To make them cuter, cut them using decorative paper edge scissors. That way, they look pretty fancy without needing a paper punch.
Use the black and orange markers to decorate the tags. Nicole wrote “Boo!” (because these are ghosts after all!) plus “From Nicky to you.” And she drew a ghost on them.
When you’re done with those, set them aside and grab your curling ribbon.
Any color curling ribbon works for these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats. You can choose white curling ribbon so it blends into your napkin or you can choose a festive color so it looks like the ghost is wearing a scarf. Personally, I would just go with whatever you have at home.
Cut one piece of the curling ribbon per applesauce pouch. I would use regular scissors for this.
Take the point of the scissors and poke a small hole in the corner of your tags. (Side note: You can use a one-hole punch for this too, if that’s easier.)
String the curling ribbon through the hole . Set the tags aside.
Open the napkin.
Put the top of the applesauce pouch (the plastic piece that you twist off) in the center of the napkin, and, basically, cloak your pouch in the napkin.
Tie your curling ribbon and tag around the “neck” of the applesauce pouch. Cut off any excess ribbon and curl what’s left.
Use the black marker to draw two eyes on the “face” of the ghost.
That’s it. Your Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats are ready to go. If you’re bringing them to school for a party, they stand up nicely in a box and they’re easy to carry on the bus that way too.
Are these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats allergy-friendly?
Here’s the great thing about applesauce. It’s allergy-friendly, at least Mott’s applesauce (which is what Nicole used) is.
From what we can find here, Mott’s, specifically, is free of dairy, egg, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, and other top 14 allergens. So that makes them perfect for peanut-free schools. It’s also good for houses that are part of the Teal Pumpkin Project.
So, real quick. What’s the Teal Pumpkin Project? It was started as a way to help kids with food allergies feel included on Halloween. The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages home owners to put out a teal pumpkin to show that the house is allergy-friendly. At those homes, trick-or-treaters will find non-candy items. If those homes want to give out food items as well, they (generally) will put non-candy items in one bowl and allergy-friendly items in a second bowl so there’s no cross contamination.
The Teal Pumpkin Project is a really nice way for all kids to feel included on Halloween, and these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats would fit in line with that.
What are pinking shears?
So, really quick. The supplies list says decorative paper edge scissors or pinking shears. So you might be wondering what pinking shears are and how they differ from decorative paper edge scissors.
Pinking shears are specifically scissors with a zigzag edge instead of a straight edge.
Decorative paper edge scissors have edges with various designs, like half circles, waves, zigzags and more.
If you don’t have either of these, you can use a straight edge scissor to make a design or just to cut a rectangle. Whatever works.
Do you have to use napkins for these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats ?
Napkins are the easiest thing to use to make these Applesauce Pouch Ghost Halloween Treats because there’s a chance you have a package of them in your closet. But, what if you don’t? What if you just used the last napkin and still have ghosts to make?
No problem. If you have white tissue paper, you can just cut rectangles of that to substitute for the napkins.
Packing paper that comes in online orders may work in a pinch too, but that paper is generally tough and not white. So as a last minute option that would work, but it shouldn’t be your go to choice.
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