Halloween Brownies, or "Graveyard Smash Brownies" are such a fun and easy Halloween food for kids to help with. Whether you're throwing a small party, bringing them to a class party, or enjoying them with your family while watching spooky movies on Halloween night, these graveyard brownies will be a total hit! All you need is a box of brownie mix and edible tombstones!
Now, I don't ever need an excuse to eat chocolate, but I do love having an excuse to make all sorts of fun chocolatey, spooky desserts: HALLOWEEN! Can you believe Halloween is just five weeks away? Doesn't it feel like we were just being ordered to stay indoors "for 2 weeks"? Or maybe it does feel like it's been an eternity since then...
Either way, let's get our laundry list of fun Halloween foods together, because what else do we have to do these day other than cook and eat? Oh, that's right...virtual schooling...
Now that is an excuse to eat chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate...and of course, drink lots of wine. So let's get our kids off those dang computers and get them in the kitchen to make these Halloween graveyard brownies! They are quick, cute, and spooky, and will be a hit wherever you're eating them (even locked in a dark closet in an attempt to have 45 seconds alone).
These Halloween brownies are a really fun project for the kids. Although I admit I had just as much fun, if not more, than my 5 year old did coming up with funny tombstone phrases and creating piles of bloody bones in "dirt".
Let them write the catchy phrases on the tombstones and put the bones where they want to. If you have young children, don't correct their decorations, nothing has to be perfect here. They are piles of bones anyway! I used to catch myself "fixing" the way my little ones decorate a cake or cupcakes, or correcting the placement of their pepperonis on homemade pizza. But I've stopped myself, because they deserve to have their creativity not be corrected..there is no right way for kids to decorate desserts.
It doesn't matter if you're making graveyard brownies for a school party (you lucky little duck, you), a small group of friends and their kids, or your family. Just have fun doing it and let the kids take the lead. Making these brownies led to a very lighthearted conversation about what happens when people die and "do bones really come out of the earth" type-questions. It's amazing the innocence of our little ones. It was a much-needed step away from the seriousness of life right now, and isn't that what Halloween's all about!?
Anyway, I think I've digressed enough from these perfectly chocolatey Halloween goodies for now, so let's see how to make them!
You need just a couple ingredients to make these graveyard brownies:
- brownie mix package (+ the ingredients on the box, which is usually egg and oil)
- graveyard decorating kid (I used this Wilton cupcake kit)
You can find an assortment of graveyard decorating kits at any craft or grocery store this season, but I love Wilton's kit with the bones and editable tombstones.
The goal of these Halloween brownies is to create an easy dessert that's fun to make and eat and doesn't like long at all. But if you want to take the extra time to make your own brownies, try out these mint chocolate brownies for something a little different!
They are incredibly easy to make in 3 steps:
- Make the brownies as the package indicates.
- Let them cool before slicing and removing from the pan. Once sliced, transfer them to the serving plate you'll be using. This will keep you from having to transfer them once they're decorated and taking the risk of the tombstones or bones falling off.
- If using tombstones that you can write on, come up with some nightmarish phrases and stencil them on (see below for example phrases). Stick the tombstone in a brownie and surround with bones. Hint: make a little slice in the brownie with a knife and then insert the tombstone. This will keep the brownie from breaking apart, possibly.
I also added a plastic spider ring to each of my Halloween brownies, since I brought these to my daughter's homeschool for snack time. The kids were thrilled to have a spooky sweet snack and a toy!
Example Tombstone Phrases
- R.I.P 2020 (...a girl can dream)
- Get Me Outta Here!
- Just Sleepin'
- No Time for Rest!
- Don't Leave Me Here!
- I'll Be Back!
- Help Me Out!
- Please Don't Go!
Halloween Graveyard Brownies
- 1 brownie mix package (plus ingredients on box)
- edible tombstone decorations
- Cook the brownies as indicated on the package. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before slicing and removing from pan.
- On each tombstone, write a catchy phrase and then insert into each brownie. Arrange bones as desired.
Once you decorate the brownies, you are good to go! Now enjoy that delicious dessert.
To go along with your brownies, consider starting the party with mummy hot dogs, another kid's Halloween favorite!
If you made graveyard brownies for Halloween this year, I'd love to hear how they turned out! Leave a comment below and let me know.
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