Pumpkin Bars and Family Trunk-or-Treat

Pumpkin Bars and Family Trunk-or-Treat

Delicious, easy pumpkin bars are the perfect fall dessert for a crowd. 

We just had our annual family trunk or treat the other night and it was so much fun.  We always have a great time together as a family an it is a fun time to get together. I love seeing all of the kids in their costumes having fun with their cousins. We had around 200 people in attendance and it was a great night of memory making. I made these brownies but I wanted to make these pumpkin bars but was so busy trying to put together costumes at the last minute and didn’t have any pumpkin.  They are perfect for a crowd and can easily be doubled and split into two large rimmed baking sheets.  The recipe does call for a jelly roll pan but you can also use a 9×13 inch cake pan as well, they will just be a little thicker like a cake.

They are delicious a totally satisfy that pumpkin craving.

Now I’ll get back to the trunk-or-treat. This is our fifth year having our family Halloween trunk-or-treat.  We host this as our family, it is all of my grandmothers family (on my dads side).  Her siblings and their kids and grandkids.  The third generation (my generation) are usually the ones that host it.  We have a family Facebook group that we all keep in touch on and coordinate plans on there.  What happened this year is we were assigned in groups to be in charge of certain things.  For example my grandmas family was in charge of desserts, and other families in charge of other things like soups/chilis, drinks, prizes, etc.

We usually host it at a church parking lot/building because there are so many of us.  This years theme was DISNEY.  The decorations were so cute and each table was based off of Disney villains and put together by @Mosbestthingsinlife

 

Snow White.

Pirates

Ursula

Nightmare Before Christmas (there was a table as well)

There was also a Maleficent table and an Alice in Wonderland table. After we had dinner we had the kids parade around so we could look at costumes and also played a couple of games.  At the end of the evening we had prizes for best costumes in age categories, best couple, best trunk and best theme keepers.  We then headed over to the parking lot for our trunk-or-treat.

Our trunk was Monsters Inc.  We bought some posterboard, cut them in half and the girls decorated them.  We strung them from some twine and used a plastic table cloth as the background.  Added some stuffed animals and we were done.

Here are my sisters trunks.

My nephew did a report for school on Indian Chief Sitting Bull a few months ago so they decided to use the headdress they had for the report and added the trunk.  They looked amazing and won best couple award.

My other sister Kassie went with a football theme.  She also took all of these photos.

It was a great night, the kids and adults had so much fun and we strengthened our family ties.

Next year, I’ll make the pumpkin bars!

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Pumpkin Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 35 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Passive Time 35 minutes
Servings
bars
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 250 degrees F In a bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil & pumpkin. Combine flour, pumpkin spice, baking powder, baking soda, & salt and them gradually add to pumpkin mixture.
  2. Lightly coat jelly roll pan (10½ by 15½ inches) with cooking spray and pour mixture in. (or you can double the recipe and split into two 12x18 inch rimmed baking sheets).
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Cool completely before frosting.
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/4 c butter, softened
  3. 1 tsp vanilla
  4. 3 cups powdered sugar
  5. Beat ingredients together in small bowl until smooth.
  6. Frost pumpkin bars.
  7. Store in airtight contain
Recipe Notes

Store in airtight container in fridge.

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2 Comments

  1. They were absolutely delicious! Loved the reactions I saw after just one bite. Definitely making these again, thank you!!

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