If you've got an extra 30 minutes lying around and some antsy munchkins that are excited for Halloween, then I've got a fun little activity for you! Let me be perfectly clear- I would have made these Spooky Rice Krispie Treats whether or not I had a few 3' tall helpers at home. I love making sweet treats and I loved a good theme; these are SO not reserved for children only. I feel like anything dipped in dark chocolate is adult approved anyway, right?

I started with a standard Rice Krispie Treat recipe (6 cups cereal, 4 cups marshmallows, 6 tablespoons butter) that I split in half so that I could make two batches (1 green for Frankensteins, 1 plain for Mummies). I know you could double the recipe and make two whole separate batches, but I promise you that's a lot of treats. Since ours are for at-home consumption only and trick-or-treating is next week, we certainly do not need two whole batches (read: I do not need to eat two whole batches after the boos and ghouls fall asleep at night).

In one batch, I added a few drops of green food coloring to the melted butter/marshmallow combination before folding it into the rice cereal. Start slow to find your perfect green (I used about 5 drops until I was satisfied). The other batch I left plain. I poured each batch into its own wax paper lined tray and threw them the fridge to set (this only takes about 10 minutes).

For the mummies, I melted down two bags of white chocolate chips in a double-boiler. After cutting the treats into squares I dipped the entire front of the treat into the melted chocolate. Using a spoon, I drizzled chocolate haphazardly over the dipped squares to look like bandages. Honestly, don't worry about perfection! These are cartoon mummies. And they are Rice Krispie Treats. A little devil-may-care attitude while drizzling is sure to give your finished product a more whimsical look. A couple of candy eyeballs are the finishing touch. You can find these at most grocery stores or craft stores.

The Frankensteins are up next. Using the double boiler again I melted down one bag of dark chocolate chips (the best kind of chocolate, IMHO). This time I only dipped the top half to serve as The Monster's flattop. A little black gel frosting and some candy eyeballs complete this batch. The tube of black gel frosting gives you a lot of control, but you could achieve the same effect by using the rest of the melted dark chocolate in a pastry bag with a small tip if you prefer.

And presto! Uncomplicated, toddler-approved treats ready to enjoy now or pass out to friends at a Halloween party. It's amazing how a few inexpensive ingredients can be memory makers on any old Tuesday morning.