Bloody Red Velvet Cupcakes

Halloween is near, so the need for spooky treats has hit my family hard!

We are looking for an opportunity to mix up a bunch of ghoulish goodness to share with friends! If you too want to share something dramatically delicious this Halloween season, you are going to love this recipe for Bloody Cupcakes!

While the name might sound gruesome. You can dig in with a smile knowing they are actually a devilishly fun take on the always popular Red Velvet recipe!

 

Cupcake Recipe:

  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened, plus 4 tbsp.
  • ¼ cup softened shortening
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 TBSP Red Velvet extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp. Red gel food color

 

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Directions for Cupcakes:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cupcake tins with paper liners.
  3. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt altogether.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients with a wire whisk for 3 minutes
  5. In a separate bowl using an electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening, and sugar until it is light and creamy.
  6. Add the egg, vanilla, red velvet extract,  and red gel food coloring.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Add flour mix and milk, 1/2 portion of each at a time, mix until completely combined.
  9. Spoon the batter into the lined cupcake tins until 2/3’s filled.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 10 minutes
  12. Remove from cupcake tins to a wire rack until totally cooled.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

 

  • 1 C. unsalted butter softened
  • 1 C. cream cheese softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 C. powdered sugar
  • 5 tbsp. heavy whipping cream

 

Frosting Directions:

 

  1. Cream the butter and cream cheese until creamy.
  2. Mix on low.
  3. Slowly add powdered sugar until blended.
  4. Add vanilla and heavy whipping cream and beat until thoroughly combined.
  5. Scoop the frosting into a pastry bag with a large frosting tip.
  6. Frost the cupcakes and place the icing transfer into the center of the cupcake

 

Blood Icing Ingredients:

 

  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 3/4 C powder sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 rubber bbq brush
  • red gel food coloring
  • 1 package of Wilton edible knife icing transfers

 

Blood Icing Directions

 

  1. In a standing mixer, combine the egg white, cream of tartar, vanilla and powder sugar.
  2. Mix until white in color and stiff peaks about 7 minutes
  3. Mix in red food coloring
  4. Add a few more drops of red to get a deep shade of red, about 5 drops.
  5. If the icing is thick add in 1 tsp of water
  6. Place the cupcakes into an area where you won’t mind getting ‘blood’ on items
  7. Dip the bbq brush into the blood and shake the brush towards the cupcakes to give them the blood effect.
  8. Let dry for 10 minutes before enjoying.

 

 

If you have any spook-tastic recipes for Halloween, I would love to hear about them in a comment!

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Enjoy!

Fun Halloween Bingo Game with Printable

Are you ready for some Halloween fun this year? I get tired of the same old boring Halloween games, so I decided to create a fun game for my readers. Halloween Bingo is super easy and fun for the whole family to play. I think I love this game the most because my entire family can join in, adults and kids alike.

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You can print out this Halloween Bingo Printable HERE and enjoy it just as much as we have. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, so we spend hours doing activities and playing games. Let me know if you print this out and how much you enjoy it. Halloween is just a few short weeks away, so you better start enjoying all of the spooky festivities soon!

Please feel free to use for personal use by printing. If you would like to share this on social media or any other platforms please link back to Life of a Southern Mom. 

 

The Age Debate on Trick-or-Treating

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Halloween is one of the most fun and entertaining holidays there is. When you visit your local stores you’ll see the shelves stocked with Halloween candy, costumes, and decorations. Each year, those who hand out candy to trick-or-treaters are seeing more older kids out knocking on doors asking for candy.

How old is too old? The age debate.

When Halloween comes around everyone is wanting to see these babies and elementary school aged kids in their costumes. Most of the little ones show up at the doors eager to get the candy put in their buckets as the givers try to figure out what costumes they are wearing all while mom and dad are waiting to go to the next house or taking pictures. On the other hand, the older kids, maybe or may not be in costumes wandering around the neighborhoods and streets without supervision.

Little Girl Trick-or-Treating on Halloween

Some parents may think there is no problem with this and the teens are just out having fun. However, parents of the younger children are worried about the older kids possibly scaring their child or doing things that they may not want their child to see or be around. We were all teenagers once it was about having fun in our eyes then, but now we’re parents and we want our children to enjoy the holiday as I am sure our parents wanted us to do at that age as well. Teens running around the streets at night unsupervised can lead to all sorts of activities. Even if alcohol, drugs or sex are concerns, the fact is that most of these kids won’t be paying much attention to following the rules of trick-or-treating, or be wary of unsavory characters that might be lurking in the shadows. Everyone knows it doesn’t take much to tempt even the good kids to do something that they normally wouldn’t do on Halloween night.

Most of all, Halloween is a time for fun and lasting memories. If you let them know of the dangers and ensure them to follow the rules trick-or-treating can be fun for everyone.

Other alternatives to trick-or-treating.

Should you introduce alternatives to trick-or-treating?

Does your child still want to dress up? If not, you can always see if they would be interested in dressing up and handing out candy to the little ones.

Or, host a Halloween party for your pre/teen with a few friends? They can still hang out, dress in costumes and have fun – all in the safety of being at home. If having a party at your home isn’t an option possibly at another friends’ home, church. Let them visit a haunted house or go on a hay ride. There are many options and fun entertaining things to do besides going trick-or-treating when you are a pre/teen.

There is no age limit so to speak on trick-or-treating, but the alternatives do exist and they allow Halloween to be a fun holiday for all ages. All you have to do is find some age appropriate activities that everyone can participate in and make the most out of their Halloween.

What age do you think is appropriate to trick-or-treat?

 

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4 Ways To Get Rid of Your Halloween Candy

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After Halloween is over, you might have some leftover candy from handing it out to neighborhood kids, or candy leftover from your kids’ trick-or-treat bags. To avoid eating it all yourself, follow these tips for easy ways to get rid of the candy.

Save it For the Next Holiday

One way you can get rid of your Halloween candy is by saving it for the next holiday. There are a lot of different types of candy given out or purchased during this holiday that isn’t necessarily themed specifically for Halloween. For example, your kids might have been given quite a few of bite-sized chocolate candies, but they don’t have ghosts or pumpkins printed on them. You can easily put these away and save them to put out during Thanksgiving as a little treat or put them in your kids’ Christmas stockings.

Find Another Use For it

If you don’t want to save the candy or some of it is themed to Halloween, then you can try to find another use for it right now. Sure, you might not want to sit there and eat all the candy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make treats that others might enjoy. For example, you can melt the chocolate to add a little flavoring to your coffee in the morning or you can crush candy to make ice cream toppings. This allows you to use the candy for a treat, but not completely over indulge and eat it all in a short period of time.

Get Involved in a Buy Back Program

Believe it or not, there are buy-back programs for all that candy! These programs are often available in the holidays between Halloween and Christmas. The programs are meant to send the candy to people in need, such as children that don’t get treats or to programs like Operation Gratitude, which sends gifts to military members that are overseas. Not only are you getting rid of the candy, but you might even make a little money back for it.

Use the Candy For Decorations

Also, consider whether or not your Halloween candy can be used for decorations in some way. For example, you can take apart the M&M bags of candy, put the candy in mason jars, then save it for next Halloween or even Thanksgiving of this year. The colors of Halloween M&Ms are usually yellow, orange and red, so they work great for all the fall seasons. Putting these candies in jars provide a simple and inexpensive décor option.

Do you know of some other ways to get rid of your Halloween candy? Share with us in the comment below.

Easy Healthy Halloween Meal Ideas

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When Halloween comes around, it is time to make some delicious meals and snacks for your family. It is possible to make fun meals during this holiday without having to pump your kids with sugar and unhealthy ingredients. The following meals are healthy and super fun and easy to prepare for Halloween.

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Candy Apples

While it might seem like candy apples are in no way healthy, they actually can be, depending on how you make them. These make a great treat that encourages your kids to eat their fruit in a fun and festive way. Instead of just coating the apples in sugary caramel, consider instead dipping them in a low-fat and low-sugar candy, such as cinnamon candy. This allows you to give it a sweet taste and a pretty look, while also providing a seasonal quality.

Jack O’ Lantern Grilled Cheese

If you are looking for a fun and healthy lunch or dinner for the kids, why not make them some grilled cheese? You can easily make this in a healthy way that also goes along with the Halloween theme. Start with whole wheat or whole grain bread, and cut one of the slices with a Jack O’ Lantern cookie cutter. Cook your grilled cheese sandwich as you normally would, and your kids have a fun Halloween-themed grilled cheese that is just a little bit healthier.

Pumpkin Biscuits

Biscuits on their own can sometimes be a little bit high in fat, but if you reduce the amount of butter used and use canned pumpkin as a substitute, they still come out fluffy and flavorful, but with less saturated fat and calories. Plus, the pumpkin biscuits are seasonal and can include some spice for added seasoning. This keeps you from having to add more butter to them when they are done baking since there is plenty of seasoning with them on their own.

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Chocolate-Dipped Fruit

Another way to use fruit in your Halloween-themed snack is to make chocolate-dipped fruit. Sliced oranges are the perfect option since when combined with dark or milk chocolate, they make an orange and black appearance that is ideal for Halloween. Just melt your chocolate, then dip a small part of the orange slice into the chocolate, and place on wax paper to harden. Only a small amount of chocolate is being used for this treat.

You can turn just about any treat or meal into a healthy one for Halloween. Follow this guide to add more health and nutrition and reduce the overall fat and calories of your Halloween meals.

12 Easy Pumpkin Crafts

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Hey ya’ll! It is fall! That means it is time to start decorating, baking and crafting! My kids are super excited for pumpkins, so we have been making crafts to hold them over until we visit our local pumpkin patch! If your kids like to craft and they love pumpkins, you won’t want to miss these 12 Easy Pumpkin Crafts! These ideas are as easy to make as they are cute.

  1. Dollar Store DIY Fall Wreath
  2. Homemade Crayon Pumpkins 
  3. Five Little Pumpkin Finger Play Glove Craft 
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  5. DIY Candy Corn Wreath 
  6. Edible Pumpkin Play Dough DIY Fall Play Date
  7. Button Pumpkin Shadow Box Picture Halloween
  8. DIY Tutorial Mini Pallet Fall Sign
  9. Toilet Roll Pumpkins 
  10. Gratitude Pumpkins
  11. Chalkboard Pumpkin Craft
  12. Lunch Box Pumpkin Surprises

Do you have a favorite easy pumpkin craft? I would love to hear about it in a comment so I can recreate it with my kids!

 

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