Tricks ‘n Treats!

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Trick or Treat?—Now you don’t have to choose! In the spirit of Halloween, KnightLife has compiled a list of hacks, pranks, and recipes that are guaranteed to brighten up anybody’s spooky season…

Trick: Invisible ink. Imagine the horror on your sibling’s face when they leave the shower, only to find a creepy message written across the mirror! Mix together some dish soap and water, then dip either your finger or a cotton swab into the mixture and write your message (the creepier the better). When the mirror fogs up from all the steam, the hidden message will appear.

Treat: Leftover candy popcorn. Got extra Halloween candy? Then this is the recipe for you! Pop about 10 cups of popcorn; don’t forget to salt it. Then, melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan, and add in 3 cups of mini marshmallows, stirring until completely melted. Pour around ¾ of this marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and gently mix with a spatula. After laying all the popcorn out onto an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet, chop up your Halloween candy (Snickers, Reese’s, Hershey’s…you name it!) into tiny pieces, pour on the remaining marshmallow mixture, and toss the candy into the mix. Now you have a sticky snack to munch on while watching your favorite scary movie!

Trick: Ice cube critters. A Halloween “prank wars” classic, this trick is sure to send your friends and family off running and screaming. Take an ice cube tray, put a plastic spider or insect into each compartment, and fill it up with water. Then place it in the freezer and wait a few hours for it to freeze. The next time somebody asks you to get them a drink, simply pop out one of these ice cubes and put it into their drink—they’re in for a terrifying treat.

Treat: Franken-toast. This next recipe takes the avocado toast trend to a way spookier level! Get a piece of bread and toast it as you would regularly, then spread some avocado over the top. Now it’s time to decorate…use two slices of hard-boiled egg for eyes, a slice of either tomato or red bell pepper for the mouth, a little carrot for the nose, and minced olives for hair—or, if you don’t have any of these ingredients, feel free to improvise. In the end, you’ll have a little Frankenstein friend that’s (almost) too cute to eat!

Trick: Spinning ghost. I’ll admit it…this hack is absolutely pointless. But I thought I’d include it since I used to do this all the time as a kid and it would entertain me for hours. All you need are some tissues, a marker, some string, a couple pieces of tape, and (most importantly) a ceiling fan. First, take a tissue and ball it up. Then wrap another tissue around the ball, and tie it closed with a small piece of string. It should somewhat resemble a ghost at this point, but you can use the marker to draw eyes, a mouth, or decorate it however you choose. Finally, take a long piece of string, tape one end of it to your mini “ghost”, and tape the other end to the ceiling fan. Now, whenever you turn the fan on, it will fly in circles around the room! Now that’s a cool hack if I’ve ever heard one.

Treat: Graveyard pudding cups. Looking for a spooky dessert that’s both easy to share and easy to make? Then look no further! The only ingredients you’ll need are chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, Milano cookies, gummy worms, and black decorating gel. First, take some small see-through cups, and scoop in alternating layers of pudding and crushed oreos until the cups are almost completely filled to the brim. Next, stick a couple of gummy worms and one Milano cookie into each cup. And finally, use the decorating gel to write “R.I.P.” on each of the cookies, so they look like tombstones in a graveyard—Tada! A spooky dessert for the whole family to share.  

Hopefully you enjoyed all these tricks ‘n treats, and on behalf of KnightLife, Happy Halloween!