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Wickedly Fun Halloween Food

Halloween is 'round the corner, and you have no idea how to scare the living daylights out of your creepy guests? Here are some fun Halloween food ideas which will surely make you the ghostess with the mostest!


Blood and Bone Cheese And Crackers

This is a super easy appetizer to make, consisting of just 3 ingredients - Ritz crackers, cream cheese and pepper jelly. It is so effortless to prepare that you can assemble it just minutes before your guests arrive.


DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring an 8oz block of cream cheese to room temperature.

  2. Lay the block on wax paper and using the paper, so the cheese doesnt stick to your fingers, mold the block into the shape of a bone.

  3. Place it on your serving plate, pour some red pepper jelly over it, and arrange Ritz crackers around the bone.

Voila! There you have your blood and bone cheese and cracker dip!


Wendy The Witch Guac Dip

INGREDIENTS

  • Guacamole (store-bought or homemade)

  • 2 plastic eyeballs (from Dollar store)

  • 3 -4 black olives

  • Long green chillie for the nose

  • Red bell pepper

  • Cheddar cheese slices

  • Black tortilla chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Make a guac dip using your go-to guac recipe or use a store-bought dip.

  2. Spoon it onto a rectangular platter and shape it in the form of a witches face, with an elongated chin.

  3. Use halloween eyes from the Dollar Store, black olives for eyebrows and mole, a long green chilli for the nose and a strip of red pepper for the witches lips.

  4. Cut cheddar cheese slices into thin strips to frame the face in the form of hair.

  5. With purple or black tortilla chips (found in grocery stores during Halloween) create a hat.

And there you have it - an evil witch good enough to gobble up!


Oozing Mummy Brie

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 package (1 sheet) frozen puff pastry, thawed

  • 1/4 cup raspberry or other red jam

  • 1 round (8 oz.) Brie cheese

  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water

  • 2 olives and pomegranate seeds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with wax paper.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry and roll into a 14-inch square. Cut 2 inches off, making a 12-inch square, then cut off the corners to make a circle (save scraps for later).

  3. Spread jam into a 4-inch circle in center of pastry. Place Brie on top,

  4. Cut pastry sheet into strips and wrap around Brie, trimming as necessary. Brush with egg wash.

  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. For eyes, place two olives on top. Use two pomegranate seeds for eyeballs. Serve with fruit or crackers.

Used Band-Aids

INGREDIENTS

  • Graham Crackers

  • Vanilla Frosting or cream cheese

  • Strawberry Jam

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cut/break each graham squares lengthwise to mimic shape of band aids.

  2. Put vanilla frosting or cream cheese in a squarish shape in the middle for the gauze thingy

  3. Add a small dollop of strawberry jam for oozing blood.

Have a camera ready to capture the grossed out look on your guests faces!


Burnt hands

INGREDIENTS

  • Box of Trader Joe's Vegetarian Masala burger patties (4 patties in a box)

  • 1 cup of bread crumbs

  • White onion for bone and nails

  • Provolone or cheddar cheese slices

  • Ketchup

  • Mashed potatoes (optional)

  • Pasta sauce (Optional)

  • Plastic hand mold (Optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Thaw the veggie patties to room temperature.

  2. Once thawed, crumble them completely and mix with bread crumbs.

  3. On a greased baking sheet, shape the mix in the form of a hand. I shaped them without a mold, but you can use a mold instead.

  4. Using a paring knife, cut finger nails of different sizes out of a single layer of white onion and press them onto the finger tips.

  5. Cut a round section of the onion and push it at the back end of the hand to form a wrist bone.

  6. Layer a few slices of cheese over the top of the hand, without covering the finger tips or the wrist bone.

  7. Cover the cheese slices with tomato ketchup.

  8. Bake the hand in a preheated oven, at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

  9. For the last one minute, change the oven setting to broil, to give the burnt look on the hand.

  10. Take it out of the oven and pipe mashed potatoes or ladle cooked pasta sauce around the hand.

  11. Place it at the dinner table and make cannibals out of your guests (atleast for a night)!


Bleeding Brains Jello


This is yet another easy Halloween dish to make. This is sure to spook your guests, young and old.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 large package cherry gelatin

  • Hot water

  • 3/4 cup cold water

  • 9ounces fat-free evaporated milk (must be fat-free or it will curdle)

  • 1 brain mold

  • 3 tbsp strawberry syrup

DIRECTIONS

  1. You can find brain jello mold in party stores or on Amazon here.

  2. Use 2 small boxes or 1 large box of strawberry or Cherry Jello .

  3. Mix gelatin and hot water according to the package directions.

  4. Stir in the cold water

  5. Stir in the evaporated milk.

  6. Mix very well. Expect some small lumps to remain.

  7. Spray the mold with a nonstick spray. Pour gelatin mixture into the mold.

  8. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

  9. Invert the mold onto a serving tray. Gently remove solidified gelatin from the mold.

  10. Pour the strawberry syrup in the brain crevices and around it for some fake blood effect.

  11. Enjoy!

Lychee eyeballs garnish for Halloween cocktails


INGREDIENTS

  • 20 Oz can of lychee fruit

  • 20 oz can of pitted black olives

  • Handful of pomegranate seeds

DIRECTIONS

  1. Strain the lychee can to drain off the syrup or juice; rinse if packed in syrup.

  2. Do the same with the olives.

  3. Let both dry out for about 30 minutes.

  4. Gently insert an olive in each of the lychees without tearing the flesh of the lychee, to form the innards of the eyeball.

  5. Next push in individual pomegranate seeds into the olives to form red iris for the eyeballs.

  6. Poke a cocktail skewer through the back of 2 lychee eyeballs.

  7. Serve it as a garnish for a martini or your favorite Halloween cocktail.


Sole Food

This is very similar to the "Burnt Hands" recipe above.

INGREDIENTS

  • Box of Trader Joe's Vegetarian Masala burger patties (4 patties in a box)

  • 1 cup of bread crumbs

  • White onion for bone

  • Garlic pods for the toe nails.

  • Mashed potatoes (optional)

  • Pasta sauce (Optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Thaw the veggie patties to room temperature.

  2. Once thawed, crumble them completely and mix with bread crumbs.

  3. On a greased baking sheet, shape the mix in the form of a foot. I shaped them without a mold, but you can use a mold instead, if you find one.

  4. Using a paring knife, cut toe nails of different sizes out of garlic pods and press them onto the toes.

  5. Cut a round section of the onion and push it at the back end of the foot to form an ankle bone.

  6. Bake the foot in a preheated oven, at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

  7. Take it out of the oven and pipe mashed potatoes or ladle cooked pasta sauce around the foot.

  8. Pair this with the "Burnt Hands" and add more gruesomeness to your menu!


Blood & Bones


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can Pillsbury breadsticks dough

  • Garlic and/or parmesan seasoning

  • Marinara sauce

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring Pillsbury breadstick dough to room temperature.

  2. Roll it out on a floured baking pan and cut it into 4 inch long strips.

  3. Use scissors to snip the ends into 2 pieces and roll them down to make the bone shape.

  4. Sprinkle garlic or parmesan seasoning for added flavor

  5. Bake as per instructions on the Pillsbury can.

  6. Serve with "bloody" marinara!

Witches Broomstick

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 string cheese

  • 10 Pretzel sticks

  • 10 fresh chives

DIRECTIONS

  1. Halve a string cheese and use a small knife to fray the bottom half.

  2. Insert a pretzel stick into the top and tie with a piece of chive.

Easy-peasy, lemon squeezy!


Frankenstein Guac

INGREDIENTS

  • Rectangular serving dish

  • Guacamole - readymade or homemade

  • Black tortilla chips

  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Paper printout of Frankenstein pumpkin carving template. Printout must be an inch or two smaller than the size of your serving dish. Here is a template.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place guacamole in the rectangular serving dish and smooth out the top.

  2. Crumble the black tortilla chips into a coarse powder consistency.

  3. Cut out the dark portions of the template and size the paper to fit into rectangular dish.

  4. Place the paper over the guac, and sprinkle the powdered tortilla chips in the cutout portions of the design.

  5. With fingers, gently press the black powder into the guac.

  6. Slowly remove the paper, without disturbing the design.

  7. Frame the entire dish with the shredded cheese

Dig in with your tortilla chips and slay the Monster!


Pomegranate jack-o-lanterns

October is also the month when pomegranates are ripe and ready for harvest. If you have a few still on the tree, or if you want to bring your jack-o-lantern to the dinner table, these are a breeze to make and also serve as unique table centerpiece.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Take 3 or as many pomegranates you have at hand and draw different jack-o-lantern patterns on each with a felt tip pen.

  2. With a paring knife, make a shallow cut along your design and pull out the skin, along with the white membrane to reveal the red seeds underneath.

  3. Use the juice which seeps out while you cut the fruit as fake blood for your evil centerpiece

Watermelon brains

INGREDIENTS

  • Small oval shaped watermelon

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut the bottom of the watermelon, so it can sit flat, as shown in the picture.

  2. Carefully remove all of the green peel, so the white/yellow skin is exposed, which is a layer above the red flesh of the watermelon.

  3. With a fine tip pen, draw the pattern you want to cut to fashion the watermelon into a brain. Make sure to draw a line in the middle of the watermelon first then draw designs on either side.

  4. With a paring knife, cut out the design by going deep enough to expose the red fruit. Collect the juice as you cut the melon.

  5. Once done, place the "brain" on a platter, surround it with the water melon juice and stick a knife into it to horrify your ghouls and goblins.

Brains and Gut Vegetarian Chili



Prepare chili (vegetarian or not) using your favorite recipe. Simply wash and drop Dollar Store eyeballs to it. Skeleton scopper shown in the picture is also from the Dollar Store.


INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 2 boxes of vegetable stock from Trader Joes (you can also substitute with chicken or beef broth)

  • 1 cup dry pinto beans

  • 1 Red or white onion

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 tomatoe

  • 1 zucinni

  • 1 celery stalk

  • 1-3 jalapenos (depending on your spice level)

  • A few sprigs of cilantro

  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Soak pinto beans overnight and pressure cook until soft. Drain and set aside.

  2. In a pan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, and saute chopped onions and finely chopped red and yellow bell peppers.

  3. Once onions and bell peppers are partly cooked, add a pint of vegetable stock (found at Trader Joes), along with chopped carrots, zucinni, celery and tomatoes. Also add chopped jalapenos for the spicy kick. Add salt to taste.

  4. Once the vegetables are almost cooked, add the cooked pinto beans and cook for a couple more minutes.

  5. Sprinkle chopped cilantro and grated cheddar cheese before serving hot.

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