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Creating Spook-tacular Family Moments With JELL-O JIGGLERS

By Monicasmommusings @mom2natkatcj

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I absolutely love Halloween. Well, really the whole week following Halloween is just enough to make a girl giddy with excitement. Growing up I loved Halloween because of the candy, but then knowing in just two more days it was my birthday was absolute bliss for a kid. I mean candy and cake all within days of each other! Who wouldn’t be filled with excitement?

Then I became a mom and while I still love the candy, I also love the excitement my children have for the holiday, but now I also get to continue the sugar buzz right straight through from Halloween and my birthday because my son’s birthday is the day after Halloween.

When he was born I couldn’t wait to do a Halloween themed birthday party. Those who know me know I love planning a party. And while I could have always done one for myself there’s just a certain satisfaction you get from doing it for your own children. My son’s 2nd birthday Halloween fell on a Saturday so we did the whole Halloween party thing and I have to say of all of the parties I have done I think that one has to be my favorite. We even incorporated his birthday party into the costumes that everyone wore.

trick or treat

It was a long day, but we had a prince, a princess, and a sorceress.

I am hoping in two years my son is going to want to do the whole Halloween birthday party thing. You know, when they are 2 you get to decide for them. When they’re 8, not so much.

If he does decide to go with a Halloween theme party again, then I do believe one of the food items will have to be some spooky JELL-O JIGGLERS. I tried making some MMMMonster JIGGLERS this week.

While they did not come out as well as I had envisioned the kids loved them. And well that’s all that matters, right? But I think my first problem was that I don’t have shot glasses (and certainly not 24 of them). So I used some small plastic cups to make them and I ended up with the manufacturers logo on the top of all my monsters.

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On top of that I don’t think my grape JELL-O was firm enough when I poured the green on top because it all kind of mixed together on a lot of them. So while it says in the instructions to let stand for 5 minutes I think I should have let them stand in the fridge and probably for more like 15 or 20 minutes.

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Grape JELL-O

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Lime JELL-O added on top

Finding string licorice always throws me for a loop. You wouldn’t think it would be hard to find and every time I try to make something which calls for string licorice I’m always surprised at how not readily available it is. At least in my area. I would have to go to a specialty candy store to get some. So what I used as a substitute in hind sight might not have been the best, but it sure tastes good.

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But my biggest flop of all, and one I’m not entirely sure what would fix it, was the face. I put it on and it looked nice at first, but eventually it just slid off and looked like black goopy blobs as I was doing the others. My only thought to possibly remedy that would be allowing them to sit at room temperature for about half an hour before actually decorating them.

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So in the end I don’t think they look like monsters and this particular attempt at them would not have had me happy if I was doing them for a party, but the kids have been enjoying eating them. And the troopers that they are they even have been humoring me by making monster noises before devouring them. Makes a mother proud to see her kids playing with their food. Or something like that.

Anyways, there were some other fun JELL-O JIGGLER ideas I would love to try though. The hand coming out of a punch bowl at a party would really be classic. I am really quite bummed that I’m not throwing a Halloween party now. If only I had time to throw one together and wasn’t planning a different birthday party for my son this year. But maybe, just maybe I can do something just for my kids before we go out trick or treating. A little witches brew with a JELL-O hand JIGGLER. Kind of looks familiar…

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Witches brew from my son’s 2nd birthday party with a JELL-O JIGGLER hand

So I guess it has been done before.  Perhaps it’s time to do it again.

What are your favorite Halloween JELL-O JIGGLERS?

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