How to Make Monster Munch for a Halloween Classroom Snack


Monster Munch is a super easy snack to make for a classroom snack on Halloween. Here’s how to create this easy snack for your Halloween party.

This monster munch recipe is a snack mix that’s both easy and very popular with kindergarteners. Let me show you how to make it and give you a freebie so your class can make it in a center or in pre-made baggies.

This idea came originally from Kathy, an awesome KindergartenWorks teacher-peep. {{Thanks Kathy!}} I’ve added my own tips and freebies to make it a cinch for you to use in your classroom too.

What is monster munch?

Monster munch is a snack mix. Really, it can include whatever works for you and your classroom (considering allergies).

Think of a basic snack mix or trail mix recipe and add in a Halloween flavor like candy corns.

Just remember to balance the sweet and salty factor so it’s tasty. It’s popular with kids because they can help make it and often has lots of favorite things included.

I like a larger amount of cereal, popcorn, and pretzel-type items since those are less expensive to buy in large quantities. And then I sprinkle in some of the other, sweeter ingredients.

We make a similar snack mix again in February for Valentine’s Day but make it “cupcake crunch” and they love it then too!

How to make it

To make monster munch, pick 5 items from this list to make your monster munch snack:

  • Cereal (Cheerios, Rice Chex, Kix, Apple Jacks, Froot Loops)
  • Plain or salted popcorn
  • M&M’s, Reeses Pieces or Chocolate chips
  • Pretzels
  • Candy Corn
  • Mini-marshmallows
  • Raisins

Then pick a scooper to match the quantity of each ingredient you want in your mix.

Tablespoons, 1/4 cups, handfuls and plastic spoons all work nicely in kindergarten.

You, the teacher, create your own “recipe” by scooping set amounts into a baggie or container until you like the ratio.

Now – you can either prepare this as a center or station or pre-make baggies for students (or have a parent volunteer make it).

How to make snack mix as a center

If you want to put out the ingredients and scoopers so students can make this on their own as a center or station activity, then here’s what you do.

First, download these editable recipe cards. You agree to these terms of use by doing so. [downloading help] You’ll need to open them in Powerpoint or upload them to Google Slides.

Then, copy and paste the clipart (the numbers and food ingredients) onto the page(s) you like the best. Duplicate any slides you like or need more of.

There are:

  • large table cards if you want to put one ingredient with one card like a buffet line.
  • a recipe card with a white background (as pictured above)
  • recipe card with gray lines for steps

You could also call this Monster Mash, Scarecrow Crunch or Halloween Haunt Mix for fun. There are recipe cards with these alternative titles included.

Last, print the recipe cards and students will count or scoop (based on your instructions) the items into a Ziploc bag, small plastic cup or onto a napkin, plate and shake, stir or mix it up before eating.

Easy activity and snack all in one!

How to premake the snack

This snack mix is best when it is made fresh or the night before. That way things like pretzels and cereal don’t have time to absorb moisture from any of the other ingredients and get stale.

If you’re including marshmallows – wait until the last possible minute to add those since they can get rock hard when mixed with other ingredients.

Simply use the ratio of ingredients you created for your “recipe” into individual snack-size or sandwich-size Ziploc bags.

Print these cute printable monster munch toppers for Ziploc bags to make these ready to go.

If you want to call it Monster Mash, Scarecrow Crunch or Halloween Haunt Mix then there are these alternative topper titles included.

After you print them, cut the toppers out and fold them over the top of the sealed baggie. Then staple in the middle to secure the topper on.

You can easily send this home since it’s already all contained.

Let’s wrap it up

There you have it. An easy snack mix that’s easy and just right for fall when you add candy corns. I hope that directions for how to make it and the freebie make it a cinch to use as your Halloween classroom snack.

Looking for more activities for Halloween? Then check out these easy Halloween activities for kindergarten.

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