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From pumpkin decorating to pumpkin spice puppy chow, Halloween is finally here. Today, we’re sharing Learning Liftoff’s editors’ picks for the top snacks, crafts, and other fun activities to wrap up the holiday weekend, October 31 – November 2.


These brownies literally get better with every item you toss on them. Pretzels? Sure! Leftover candy? Of course! Nuts? Why not?

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Twix Milkshake Recipe

Eating candy is awesome, but why not drink it? Make a milkshake out of your favorite candy this Halloween.

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Edible Sculptures ~ Create Art with Starburst Candy

Unfortunately, you don’t HAVE to eat all of the candy. Have a blast making Starburst candy sculptures, painting with Licorice, playing scientist while mixing up a batch of candy potions or get creative with magnets and Pixi Stix.

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Okay, back to eating our candy! Slide fruit, marshmallows and chopped candy bars onto skewers and serve as dessert. Or make a self-serve assembly line and call it a “candy bar”! Have the gang make their own skewers with their favorite combinations. For a truly over-the-top experience, dip these kebabs into a fondue.

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Every year kids bring home unbelievable amounts of Halloween candy and you know it ends up one of two places: rotting their teeth or on Mom’s thighs. This year, consider something different. Donate that extra candy (after enjoying a few pieces, of course) to Operation Gratitude and they will send it to our troops. Other donation options include the Ronald McDonald House Charities, local shops that will donate to the USO, food pantries, pediatric wards, and nursing homes; and churches, synagogues and other places of worship generally have candy drop-offs, too.

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Share your Halloween costumes, recipes, and all of the other things you’re trying this weekend in the comments below or on social media by tagging @K12Learn on Twitter and Instagram.

Image Credit – Stephanie Sicore / CC by 2.0

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Brittany Marklin

Brittany Marklin is a contributing writer for Learning Liftoff and a community manager for K12. She coordinates all K12 student contests and connects with families who pursue online education. She attended George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing, with a minor in tourism and events management. Brittany spent her first five years at K12 on the social media team where she aided with content and strategy for multiple channels, and helped construct K12’s user-generated content site, “What’s Your Story?” When she’s not working, Brittany loves spending time with her husband and daughter in North Carolina.

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