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Monster Popcorn – Spooky Halloween Recipe

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Monster popcorn is a fun Halloween treat to make with kids! Perfect for spooky movie night, Halloween parties, and goodie bags.

A super easy Halloween recipe you can make even with young toddlers and preschoolers. Let’s see how creative your kids get with this!

halloween popcorn with colorful halloween sprinkles on a baking sheet

If you’re looking for super easy Halloween treats to make, you’ve GOT to make this spooky Monster Popcorn!

Just a few store-bought ingredients, 10 minutes of your time, and you’ve got a tasty treat to enjoy during spooky movie night, to pack as party favors, and a fun activity your whole family can take part in!

Making monster popcorn is also a great sensory activity for little ones. If you’re new here, you’ll see that I am all about the sensory play for kids, especially if they are picky eaters and you can get your kids to play with food in a fun way. 

Related Halloween treat: monster donuts!

Ready? Let’s get started!

bowl of Monster Popcorn for a Halloween party next to Halloween decorations

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Here’s what you need

  • Microwave popcorn. Any kind! We love Butter Lover’s. Make 2 bags if you’re doing this with 2+ kids.
  • Colorful candy melts. We used purple, orange, and green. You can try orange and black, or any combination of colors your kids choose! Get them at Michaels (purple, orange, green), or Amazon (purple, orange, green). 
  • Halloween sprinklesOptional, but fun. Get some with eyeballs for extra spookiness. (Shop at Michaels or on Amazon)
  • Cookie sheet and parchment paper. Parchment paper is key for minimal clean up!

Tip: if you don’t want to buy several kinds of colorful candy melts, get a few packages of white ones, or use white chocolate, and add a few drops of food coloring to each individual melted container of melted white candy. 

ingredients to make halloween popcorn - candy melts, popcorn bag, halloween sprinkles

How to make monster popcorn for Halloween

Start by popping your favorite type of popcorn in the microwave. Butter lover’s for us please! Let it cool for a few minutes and spread it on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Get your kids involved in this once you make sure the popcorn is not hot!

popped pop corn on a baking sheet and halloween colored candy melts

Place the candy melts in microwave-safe bowls and melt them according to package directions (I like to melt in 30 second intervals and stir in between). Do this part yourself so your kids don’t burn themselves.

popped popcorn and halloween colored candy melts melted in bowls

Use a spoon or fork to drizzle the candy melts all over the popcorn. Sprinkle with Halloween sprinkles before the candy melts harden, so that the sprinkles stick to the candy. Allow to cool completely, and enjoy!

Tips and tricks

  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, or roasted pepitas while the candy melts are still melted for a little nutrition (just make sure your kids aren’t allergic!)
  • Try orange and black colors – use milk or dark chocolate for the “black” candy melt and use orange candy melts for the orange color (or white chocolate + orange food coloring). This cuts down on the amount of artificial ingredients
  • Never feed popcorn to children under 4 years old because it is a choking hazard, and even with age 4+ please check with your pediatrician, use your own judgment, and always supervise your children while cooking and eating
  • Store in a sealed container, or divide into cellophane treat bags for friends (and portion control haha). Enjoy within 2-3 days. They might last longer if you don’t live in a humid climate, but they will start to get a little less crispy after a couple of days.

Other activities for Fall:

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Yield: 6 kid-sized servings

Monster Popcorn - Spooky Halloween Recipe

halloween popcorn with colorful halloween sprinkles on a baking sheet

Monster popcorn is a fun Halloween treat to make with kids! A super easy Halloween recipe you can make even with young preschoolers. Let's see how creative your kids get with this!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Bag microwave popcorn
  • ¼ cup purple candy melts, melted
  • ¼ cup orange candy melts, melted
  • ¼ cup vibrant green candy melts, melted (see affiliate links below for exact candy melts used)
  • Halloween Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Pop the popcorn in the microwave according to the package directions. Allow the prepared popcorn to cool and spread it evenly on a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  2. In 3 separate bowls, melt each color of candy melts in the microwave according to package directions (melt for 15-30 seconds at a time, stirring carefully to see when they're fully melted).
    popped popcorn and halloween colored candy melts melted in bowls
  3. Take a spoon or fork and drizzle the melted colors all over the popcorn. Add sprinkles before the melts dry. Let cool and enjoy!

Notes

  • If you don't want to buy 3 colors of candy melts, you can buy several packages of white candy melts (get them here from Michaels or here from Amazon), divide them into 3 bowls, melt them, and add a drop or two of food coloring to each one.
  • Try orange and black candy melts, or melted chocolate and an orange candy melt. This cuts down on the amount of artificial colors and flavors
  • Add some sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, or roasted pepitas for a little nutrition (just make sure your kids aren't allergic!)
  • Never feed popcorn to children under 4 years old because it is a choking hazard, and even with age 4+ please check with your pediatrician, use your own judgment, and always supervise your children while cooking and eating
  • Store in a sealed container, or divide into cellophane treat bags for friends (and portion control haha). Enjoy within 2-3 days. They might last longer if you don't live in a humid climate, but they will start to get a little less crispy after a couple of days

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 177mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

The nutritional information provided is just an estimate and will vary based on the actual ingredients you use. If you are tracking nutrition for yourself or your child, check with a nutritionist, dietitian, or pediatrician about whether this recipe is right for you or your child.

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