Kids Cooking Recipe: Lil’ Haunties! (Coconut Gelatin Ghosts)

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)


Ghosts are one of the many icons of Halloween. So when we where thinking of Halloween recipe ideas, ghosts came up quite a few times. We’ve done meringue ghosts in the past, so we wanted something different–something white and sort of translucent. That’s when we thought of Jello.  Alex and Soph taste tested lots of versions of this white gelatin concoction, and we finally settled on the recipe below. It’s really similar to knox blox made with juice, but getting the sweetness level took some trial and error.

The recipe we finally arrived at is pretty simple–gelatin, milk, cream of coconut–but the key ingredient is the ghost cookie cutter. We got ours at, but you can easily find them in stores this time of year.

Anyway, here’s the recipe…

Happy Halloween Cooking Everyone!

Kids Cooking Recipe: Lil’ Haunties! (Coconut Jello Ghosts)

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: depend on size of cookie cutter, but one 9 x 13 pan of gelatin

Kids Cooking Recipe: Lil’ Haunties! (Coconut Jello Ghosts)


  • 3/4 cup Cream of Coconut
  • 3 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 envelopes gelatin
  • 1 ghost cookie cutter for making the ghost shapes


  • Heat 2 1/4 cups of the milk to boiling. This is a step for adults or older kids with stove experience.
  • In a 9 x 13 inch pan, pour the remaining 1 cup of cold milk. Younger kids can do this step.
  • Next, a younger helper can empty the 4 gelatin packets, sprinkling them over the cold milk in the pan.
  • Once the milk has just come to a boil, pour it into the pan with the cold mild and gelatin mixture. Again, an older kids or adult should take on this step.
  • Stir the mixture together until the gelatin has melted. Younger kids can assist with this step, but make sure to have an adult assistant--the mixture will be hot.
  • Once the gelatin has melted, add the cream of coconut to the mixture and stir again, until everything is blended.
  • Place the pan in the refrigerator to firm up. We like to put plastic wrap directly onto the gelatin mixture to avoid a 'skin' forming during cooling.
  • Once your coconut gelatin has firmed up, it's time to cut out your ghosts. Kids of any age can help with this. Just press the cookie cutter into the gelatin and then lift out with a small spatula. Try to strategically place your cookie cutter to get as many ghosts as you can. You can eat all the scraps if you want ;D
  • Once you've got all your lil' haunties cut out, put them on a serving plate and serve!

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