Halloween will undoubtedly look different this year, so Hershey is guaranteeing Halloween fun no matter how you choose to celebrate. The first-ever Hershey Halloween Squad, a cadre of industry experts, hold the keys to an inventive and fun Halloween 2020 season.

Food and Lifestyle Expert, Justine Santaniello teamed up with Hershey, whipping up the season’s most delicious recipes – from no-bake treats to mocktails. Together, let’s kick-off the Halloween fun and magic earlier than ever this October in new, exciting ways.

“Halloween is always the kids favorite holiday and between us, its one of my favorites too. As it’s the first year in our new house, I’ve been busy planning all the fun Halloween activities we’ll be doing, treats we will be making, and decorations we will be putting up.

Since candy is always the star of Halloween, at my house, we’re planning to have a candy scavenger hunt in the backyard. Earlier in the day, I’ll sneak outside to decorate and find places around my backyard to hide candy. Later on, I’ll send my daughter outside to find them with her treat bag. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, this idea can easily be done in a basement, garage or room in your house.

Now it’s not Halloween without some tasty treats. The Hershey Company just came out with some fun new candy for Halloween. The Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Crème Fangs are snack-size, and if you look close, you’ll see a fierce fang print on each, so our little vampires will love them!  At my house we love to take packaged candy like this and make an easy Halloween Bark. It’s a great way to keep your little ones busy with an activity that’s not only fun but tasty too. To make the bark decorations, I melt white chocolate and use food coloring in some festive Halloween colors like orange and purple. The little ones will love drizzling it all over the cookies ‘n’ crème fangs.

You’ll need something to drink with all these treats. How about a non-alcoholic vampire mocktail?! It’s the perfect drink to make a small gathering extra special. Start with half a glass of a clear soda, like 7Up or Sprite, and serve with a syringe filled with a red colored juice such as Kool Aid or cranberry. Guests will love using the syringe to inject “blood” into each vampire drink. Pair your drinks with these Hershey’s Kisses Vampire Chocolates.  

Finally, now that you have vampires, pumpkins, bark, and beyond, why not add one more? Bat cookies are a favorite of mine. Just use a Reese’s Franken-Cup as the base, then cut a small sized chocolate cookie in half. Use frosting or peanut butter to connect the cookie to the Franken-Cup to create wings and use some candy eyes to finish it off. I usually put a little extra frosting or peanut butter under each eye to make sure they stick.

Wishing you a sweet and spooky Halloween!”

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