Since fall break has arrived and we like to enjoy Halloween all month long, as you’ve undoubtedly seen in my previous posts, HERE and HERE, I thought it would be fun to share one of my favorite, go-to treats for my family during the holiday season. I love that it is not only SUPER easy to make but can be customized depending on season, holiday, or taste. This recipe makes for an easy Halloween party treat, and can be enjoyed in a large bowl or individually packaged. Here is my easy Halloween Monster Mash Popcorn Recipe.
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Coconut Oil or Butter
Your choice of candy, sprinkles or other mix-ins
Simply melt marshmallows in a dollop of coconut oil (or butter) on a medium heat burner while you pop your popcorn. Remove any un-popped kernels. Once marshmallow mixture is smooth, pour over popcorn and quickly mix. Then add in your choice of goodies. For my Monster Mash Popcorn I used Halloween colored sprinkles, Candy Corn and Candy Eye balls from the cake decorating section. Here are some gorgeous Halloween-inspired sprinkle mixes you can purchase on Amazon.
The ways you can customize this popcorn are endless! Add color by adding a drop or two of food coloring to your marshmallow mixture, choose from a wide variety of mix-ins: candies, nuts, sprinkles, pretzel pieces, cereal, cookie pieces or chopped dried fruit. The possibilities are only as limited as your imagination and its easy to make nut free or gluten free versions as well, making it a great option for school treats! Here are some fun ideas for individually packaged treats.
We served ours up in this cute bucket that I got at the Dollar Spot at Target. It’s perfect for kicking back and watching one our favorite family Halloween movies with our little monster.
And speaking of movies… here is a list of Halloween movies for families:
- Hocus Pocus (ages 8+)
- Room on a Broom (one of or favorites!)
- Toy Story of Terror
- Hotel Transylvania
- Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
- Spookley: The Square Pumpkin
- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
- It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
- Goosebumps (ages 8+, although we introduced our son to this series just this year, at almost 7, and he loved it!)
- Halloweentown (Disney; ages 7+)
- Frankenweenie (age 8+)
- Mickey’s House of Villains
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Disney’s COCO
- Double Double Toil and Trouble
- The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!
- Monster House
- Monster’s Inc.
- James and the Giant Peach
If you’ve got older kids (10+), your family might like these movies as well:
- Teen Witch (PG-13, parents strongly cautioned)
- Mr. Boogedy
- The Addam’s Family
- The Haunted Mansion
- Edward Scissorhands (PG-13, parents strongly cautioned)
- The Mummy (PG-13, parents strongly cautioned)
- Tower of Terror