Halloween Recipes

Tombstone and Halloween-Shaped Sandwiches Recipe

These are a fun spin on boring old sandwiches, perfect for spooky lunchtimes or parties. Use whatever shapes you’d like and all your favourite sandwich fillings.

TIP: Depending on the shapes you make, this recipe can leave quite a bit of spare bread. You can freeze the bread. Then thaw it and dry it overnight to create your own homemade stuffing for Thanksgiving.

Supplies Needed:

  • Bread
  • Your Favorite Sandwich Toppings
  • Icing to Decorate. Or you can decorate with mustard, jam or peanut butter
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Optional cookie cutters in Halloween shapes

 

Step 1: Cut Tombstone Shapes

To make tombstones with a knife, take a full piece of bread and slice on a slight angle on the right side.


Then make a similar cut on the other side.


Next, cut on an angle across the top.


Then do the same on the other side.


To complete the shape, cut the crust off the bottom if you’d like. Make 2 of these shapes per sandwich.

 

Step 2: Cut Shapes with Cookie Cutter

If you’re using a cookie cutter, you can also prepare those shapes. Metal cutters are easiest, but plastic (shown below) works too. Just make sure to press firmly down onto your cutting board to create the shapes.


Make two shapes per sandwich and make as many types of shapes as you’d like.


Step 3: Put Your Sandwiches Together

Make sure you have small enough pieces of meat, cheese, lettuce, etc. to put together your sandwich. Here we’re adding mayonnaise, mustard, meats, cheese and lettuce to our tombstone.


Close the sandwich and decorate as you wish. Repeat for as many sandwiches as you’d like.


Stuffed Intestines Recipe


How often do you struggle to think of something to have for dinner? Some holidays like Thanksgiving make meal planning easy. When it comes to Halloween, however, you may not have any ideas of what to have that is hearty and nutritious as well as keeping with the Halloween theme. Here is the perfect meal to prepare – Stuffed Intestines.

This recipe is something that you can make any way you want. While there is an ingredient list, the items are simply suggestions. You can make this meal using any dough, vegetables, sauces or spices your family likes. Make this your recipe and your family will ask for it year after year around Halloween.


Vegetable Ingredients

  • 1 large can of black olives (You can get two small cans of sliced olives if you don’t want to take the extra time to slice them yourself)
  • 2 small white or purple onions (You can also use one medium to large onion)
  • 16 ounce bag of frozen corn (Add more or less to suit your family)
  • 2 or 3 big sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can straw mushrooms (Optional)
  • 1 can black beans
  • Spices (Use the ones your family enjoys)
  • Olive oil

 

“Green Guts” Ingredients

  • Non-dairy milk (Here you see flax milk and almond milk)
  • Nutritional yeast
  • 16 ounce bag of frozen peas


Dough Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked (or canned) chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • ⅔ cup of margarine or vegetable shortening
  • 6 tablespoons of water
  • Red and blue food coloring to create veins and arteries

 

For this recipe, the vegetable mixture was prepared first, then the green filling and finally the dough. Preparing the dish this way allowed the vegetables to cool down some when it was time to handle the stuffed dough. Use the method that seems best to you.

 

Begin by peeling and chopping up the vegetables – sweet potato, onion, olives and mushrooms – not necessarily in this order. Again, don’t be afraid to make this recipe your own.

Peel and dice the sweet potatoes.

 


Slice and chop the olives.


Peel off the outer layer of the onion; then dice. Next, slice and chop the mushrooms.

 


In a large skillet, add olive oil and the onions to lightly sauté them over medium heat. Remove them from the pan and set them aside.


Add a little more oil to the pan and lightly sauté the sweet potatoes until fork tender.


Add the frozen corn to the sautéed sweet potatoes.


Then add the mushrooms and continue cooking over medium heat.


Add the olives to the pan.


Finally add the onions back to the pan along with the can of black beans. Thoroughly combine the ingredients, but don’t let them cook too long. You want them to be somewhat crisp because they will continue to cook in the oven later.


Add the seasonings your family likes. For this recipe we used salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and Italian seasoning.

If you use the same vegetables as in this recipe, it will look similar to this when all the vegetables have been added. Remove the vegetables from the heat and allow them to cool.


Next, you will want to turn your attention to the “green guts” mixture. There are only three main ingredients – frozen peas, non-dairy milk and seasoning.


Using a food processor, pour the frozen peas into the bowl and add your seasonings. This shows the cumin.

Add nutritional yeast. This can be found in most health food stores.


Pour the non-dairy milk into the food processor and start it up. You can make the green mixture as thin as you would like.


Mix well and refrigerate until the dough is prepared.


Finally, it’s time to make the dough (ingredients at the beginning.)

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F while you are making the dough and building your Stuffed Intestines.

Add the chickpeas to the bowl of your food processor and puree them. Remove the cutting blade and switch the processor over to the dough blade.


In a separate bowl, combine sift the flour, salt and cumin and then add it to the pureed chickpea mixture.


Mix this together until the ingredients are combined.

 

Add margarine (or shortening) to the chickpea and flour mixture and pulse several times to mix it.


Add the water to the mixture and mix until a dough forms a ball and pulls away from the side of the processor bowl.


Remove the dough ball from the processor and place it on a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about 3 to 5 minutes.


Separate the dough into four equally sized balls.


After you have four dough balls, roll each one into a long strip that is approximately ⅛ inch thick. It is easier to build each section separately especially if you have limited space.


Add a layer of the vegetable mixture and spread it the length of the dough. Remember to leave enough room to close the dough and create a seam.


Next, add a layer of the “green guts” mixture.


Pull the edges together and pinch to create a seam.


Place it seam down into a ungreased glass casserole dish, looping and turning the sections of tube as it winds down the pan.


Continue the above process and add each section into the casserole dish making a “snake” shape.

 


Using a new, fine tipped paintbrush, paint arteries and veins onto the intestines using the red and blue food coloring.


When you are finished painting, pop it into the oven for 30 to 40 minutes.

 

Yuck! I mean Yum! It’s out of the oven and ready to gross out anyone in the house. (Hey kids. It’s even more gross if the guts’ juice trickles out of the corner of your mouth a little bit.)


And here’s how mom prefers her serving…


Whether you want to eat it out of a lunch bag (on a picnic plate) or on your pretty dinner ware, this is a great dish to really get the Halloween crowd going during a family dinner or party.

Spider Cookies Recipe


No baking required for this easy Halloween treat that the kids will love to prepare.

Supplies Needed:

  • Oreo cookies for the body
  • Thin licorice, cut in short pieces, for the legs
  • Colored candies for eyes
  • Icing to keep things together

 

Step 1: Add the Legs

Open the Oreo cookie and carefully place the licorice to create the legs. Press down slightly, so the licorice will stay in place.


Put the cookie back on top. If the cookie won’t stay, dab some icing in the middle of the cookie.


Step 2: Add the Eyes

To add the eyes, dap some icing in the appropriate position on top of the cookie.


Then carefully place the candies on top of the icing to complete the eyes.


Place on festive plate and serve.


Halloween Popcorn Balls Recipe


Two of the things that kids and adults like about Halloween foods are the creepy crawlies and the ghoulish items. The problem is that ghoulish or icky, isn’t always appropriate. And to be honest, even I don’t want to attend a party where everything attacks my senses and imagination. Sometimes I just want to eat that I can eye-dentify, if you know what I mean.

The most versatile snack I’ve found that fits this bill is popcorn balls. You add all sorts of flavors and you can “dress” them up with gross creepy crawlies for older people or fun items appropriate for the younger children.

These Halloween Popcorn Balls fit perfectly with any crowd and here is how you can make them for your celebration too.


Ingredients

3 cups brown sugar
3 cups corn syrup
1 ½ cups butter (3 sticks)
3 tsp. salt
48 cups popcorn, popped (about 3 cups un-popped kernels)

Makes roughly 36 small popcorn balls

 

Directions

In a large pot over medium heat, add a small amount of oil. Add 1 cup and about 1 cup unpopped popcorn kernels. As popping begins, listen to the speed of the kernel pops. When the speed slows to about 2-3 seconds between pops, popcorn should be ready… This is ONLY an estimate! Do not allow popcorn to burn. Repeat 2 more times or until you have about 48 cups of popped corn.

 


Note: Pour popcorn into a large bowl. If you do not have a bowl large enough, you can thoroughly clean & dry your kitchen sink, lay a saucer over the hole and use it.

Sift through popcorn to remove any unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bowl.


Using the same pan you popped the corn in, add the brown sugar and corn syrup.


Next add the butter and salt.


Bring to a simmer; continue simmering for about 2 minutes.


Remove from heat and slowly pour over popcorn. Using a large spoon, stir until all popcorn is well coated.


Once popcorn has cooled enough to handle, shape into balls with your hands, pressing tight to ensure they stay together. Decorate with candy corn, candy sprinkles, gummy worms, etc.

Note: Adding candies into the mix doesn’t work well as the waxy candy coating tends to make the popcorn balls break apart.


Maggot Balls Recipe


Those attending Halloween parties expect the food to be, well, different. This Halloween why not prepare Maggot Balls, a dish sure to gross out your guests.

These meatballs are easy to make and the recipe can be adjusted to suit your family’s tastes. The rice makes it appear there are maggots crawling through them. If you have plastic bugs that you can place on the serving plates, it will seem even more gruesome.


Ingredients

  • ½ cup cooked white rice (or “maggots”)
  • 2 pounds of ground beef. You could also use other ground meat if you like
  • 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 small diced onion (optional)
  • 1 red pepper (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic – minced (optional)
  • 12 fresh basil leaves
  • 6 slices of toasted bread (your choice)
  • Ketchup
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil to sauté the meatballs
  • Dijon mustard (optional)
  • Wooden skewers (optional)

Directions

In a small pot with a lid, add ¼ C rice to ½ C of boiling water. Put the lid on and simmer on very low for approximately 12 minutes. Remove from eye and let stand. Rice should absorb all the water. If not, pour off any excess water and put the top back on.


While the rice is cooking start dicing the onions, mincing the garlic, and dicing or chopping the red bell pepper.

  


Next you want to put your ground meat into a large bowl. Add the cheese, onion, garlic and red pepper into the ground meat.


Next, mix the ingredients with your hands.


Roll the ground beef mixture into small balls about the size of golf balls.


Place the cool, slightly dried rice in a bowl. Using your hands, add a bit of rice to each meatball and gently knead, reforming the meatball.


If the rice doesn’t want to stick to the outside, it isn’t dry enough. Let it air-dry a bit longer and pat some rice on the outside as you reform the meatballs.


Add oil to a sauté pan and heat it to medium high. Add meatballs.


Cook the meatballs, about 5 minutes per side, until they are browned and cooked to medium-well on the inside.


Toast the bread and cut it into squares. Add one basil leaf to the bread and then add the meatball. If the meatball won’t stay in place, you may want to use a toothpick or skewer. Place the meatball on a platter and add ketchup.


You can decorate your plate using plastic bugs or clumps of maggots, erm, rice. Enjoy!

Kitty Litter Crunchies Recipe


Teenagers are always trying to gross out their parents and this recipe did the trick for me. 

The cat droppings are a chocolate, oatmeal no-bake cookie. The kitty litter is nothing more than Grape-Nuts, however, put them together and it looks disgusting… and kids love them!

The recipe below is standard, however, you can add coconut, M&Ms or other candies if you’d like.

Add a new kitty litter scoop or similar looking spoon and you’re all set to wow your kids and party visitors.


Ingredients

½ cup (1 stick) butter
2 cups granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
3 cups oatmeal
½ cup peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup evaporated milk
1 box Grape-nuts cereal

Optional – these will make the ‘cat droppings’ more glossy and soft:
¼ cup chocolate milk mix
¼ cup peanut butter

 

Directions

In a pot, add the butter, sugar, cocoa and evaporated milk. Heat over medium heat to melt butter and turn off the eye.

 

 


Bring to a boil. Continue boiling for 1 minute, then remove from heat.

 


Stir in peanut butter, vanilla and oats. If including extra peanut butter and chocolate milk mix, add those as well.

 


The consistency will be similar to this.


Lay out a sheet of wax paper.

Using your hands, take about 1 tbsp. of the oatmeal mix and lightly shape into an oblong roll, similar to a tootsie roll.

Next holding a short distance above the wax paper, drop the roll. This will create “cat dropping” like shapes. Repeat the process using less mix on some so the droppings vary in size.  Allow droppings to harden slightly (about 15 minutes).


Next, take a new kitty litter pan or a baking pan and line it with a clean plastic bag to act as the kitty litter liner.


Now, pour the box of grape nuts into the pan. This is considered the ‘litter’.


Finally, place the cat droppings into the cereal, burying some and leaving some exposed. Cover with plastic wrap until ready to serve.


Ghostly Bites Recipe


Whether you are throwing a Halloween party or spending a quiet night a home watching movies, we have just the thing to help you enjoy your Halloween event!

Many adults and teens feel that the more yucky or gross it is, the better it is but here is a little treat that I’m sure you’ve seen at another time of year but…when you use a little imagination, you can use this snack favorite for many holidays.

What is the goodie? Well, for Halloween we call it Ghostly Bites and have added all the trappings and doo-dads to fit in with the holiday. However, you may also have seen it named Reindeer Poo or Snowflakes in the winter.


Ingredients

2 C confectioners’ sugar
6 C crispy, hollow cereal, like Crispix
1 (1 gal.) sealable plastic bag
8 oz. of chocolate coating or dipping chocolate
Wax paper


Utensils

1-2 large microwave safe, mixing bowls
1 cup measurer
1-2 spoons
1 cookie or toast pan
1 serving bowl or tray (optional)

Directions

In a mixing bowl, melt 3-4 squares of chocolate coating, which amounts to about 6-8 ounces. Use 4 squares for a thorough coating.


Heat chocolate squares in microwave on high for 30 seconds. Use a small spoon to stir. If the chocolate isn’t quite melted, heat for up to 30 seconds more. The more chocolate you add, the longer the melting time will be.


To be on the safe side, never heat for more than 30 seconds at a time. This allows  time to stir and also helps to prevent burning.


Measure out 6 cups of cereal into a large bowl. Pour the cereal, a little at a time, into the melted chocolate.


Stir gently but well after each addition of cereal. Set aside when cereal is coated to your satisfaction.


Tear off a sheet of wax paper and line your cookie sheet or toast pan. Pour the cereal mix onto the pan to dry slightly. Make sure you spread the cereal out as much as possible. Let set and cool for about 10 minutes.


In your gallon sized bag, add your two cups of confectioners’ sugar.


When the cereal and chocolate have cooled, break apart any large chunks. Then add the cereal mix to your bag with sugar and close.


Leave plenty of air inside the bag. Shake gently until the chocolate coated cereal is coated with the sugar.


It should look something like this. I usually let the mix stay in the bag about 10 minutes to make sure the sugar sticks to the chocolate well.


Now it’s time to add the doo-dads that will give it a Halloween flavor, so to speak. At parties, we use a simple metal tray, a ceramic ghost, a leaf garland, and a pack of individual silk leaves. When eating while watching movies, we use a decorative dish or even a plastic Halloween cup. If you use the party tray idea, it may look something like this.


Deviled Eyeballs Recipe

A spooky spin on traditional deviled eggs, these snacks are sure to delight your Halloween guests.

Supplies Needed:

  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • Green food coloring
  • Sliced black olives
  • Red food coloring

 

Also, keep on hand a pot to boil the eggs, a small bowl, fork, spoon, cutting board, knife and a toothpick.

 

Step 1: Hard Boil the Eggs

Place the eggs in a small pot and cover them with water. Place on high heat on the stove. Once the water starts to boil, set the timer for about 12 minutes, so the yolks will be hard.


Once you have finished boiling the eggs, run cold water over the pot and let the eggs cool down. This will make it easier to peel the eggs.

 

Step 2: Peel the Eggs

Next peel the all the eggs. Discard the shells and place the peeled eggs aside.


Step 3: Slice Eggs

Now you’re ready to slice the eggs. Slice each one lengthwise.


Step 4: Remove Yolks

Carefully remove the yolks from each egg half. You can use your finger to gently push the yolk out.


Step 5: Prepare the Filling

Start by mashing the yolks with a fork.


Mash until the yolks are completely crumby in texture. Next, add ¼ mayonnaise.


Next add ½ teaspoon of vinegar.


Then add 1 teaspoon of mustard.


Add salt and pepper to taste.


Then mash until creamy in texture.


Now add 2-3 drops of green food coloring.


Continue to stir the mixture until the coloring is evenly distributed.


Step 5: Assemble the Eggs

Now you’re ready for the final preparation of your eggs. Start by spooning the green mixture into each of the eggs.


Then add a sliced olive to the middle of the green mixture, to create the appearance of the iris.


Then place a small amount of red food coloring at the end of a toothpick and make small lines on the egg white to mimic bloodshot eyes.


Repeat for all the egg and place on a festive plate to serve.


Banana Ghosts Recipe

A nice change from over-sugared treats, these are very simple and a whole lot of fun. Just some  bananas, skewers and a few drops of icing and you’re good to go.

 

Supplies Needed:

  • Bananas (1 banana per 2 treats)
  • Wooden skewers
  • Icing
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

 

Step 1: Peel and Cut the Bananas

To get ready, peel and cut each banana in half as shown as below.


Step 2: Skewer the Bananas

Put a skewer through each banana. Put the skewer through the bottom, being careful not to poke it out the top.


Step 3: Make Your Ghost Face

Use the icing to make a ghost face on your banana.


Repeat for all the bananas and serve.


Apple Teeth Recipe

Kind of creepy, but very healthy, these treats are sure to get your guests talking. All you need is an apple and a few slivered almonds and you can create your own grotesque teeth too.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 apple (makes 4 sets of teeth)
  • Sliced almonds

 

Also, keep on hand a knife and cutting board.

Step 1: Cut and Prepare the Apple

Start by slicing the apple in half.


Then cut the two pieces in half, creating 4 quarters.


Use the knife to remove stems, cores and other desired bits of the apple.


Now proceed to slice a wedge out of the front of each piece of apple. This will form the shape of the mouth.


TIP: If you aren’t serving the apples right away, soak the apples in lemon or orange juice to prevent browning.

 

Step 2: Add Teeth

Now start placing almond slices on the top and bottom of the wedge. There is no right or wrong way to place the almonds as these are meant to be spooky teeth. Just have fun with it!


Repeat the process for all the teeth. Then place on a festive plate and serve.


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