It’s on it’s way…the season of Boo! Eek! and Trick or Treat! To help you throw the best dinner, here are some awesomely haunting halloween food ideas!
Beverages: Pumpkin Spice Punch
This is a great punch for a party. Full of awesome autumnal flavor with a sparkle and some spooky dry ice to top it off. Try serving in a pumpkin for some extra festive fun!
- 1/2 c. pumpkin puree
- 1/2 c. orange juice concentrate
- 1/2 c. white sugar
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/4 c. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. pumpkin spice
- 2-2 liter bottles lemon-lime soda
- pebble ice
Process: In a sauce pan, comb the puree, concentrate, sugar, water, lemon juice, and pumpkin spice. Mix over medium heat until it starts to boil. Don’t start stirring. Once it starts to boil, remove from heat and push through a mesh strainer like this one. Chill until you’re ready to serve. Once you’re ready, add about 1 cup of the mixture to a boil with ice. Add in your lemon-lime soda, and toss in a little dry ice and serve!
Appetizers: Scary Bananas and Pumpkin Oranges
This is a fantastic way to add some healthy to your holiday fun! The kids won’t be able to resist them.
- 6 bananas, peeled and halved
- 12 clementines, peeled
- 2 stalks skinny celery, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1/2 c. chocolate chips, melted
Process: Starting with your chocolate, melt it in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl, about 30 seconds at a time, stirring every 15 seconds. Once it’s melted, pour into a ziploc bag. Cut just a tiny bit off the corner of the ziploc so you can “draw” with the chocolate. Draw your ghosty faces on the bananas, allow to dry before setting upright. Using your celery pieces, stick them in the middle of the clementines to create you “pumpkins”. If you want to add some chocolate lacing on top, you totally can. And ta-da! You’re done.
Witches Finger Breadsticks
These are a hoot! The first time we made them, my 6 year old refused to eat them because they were too realistic. Oops.
- 1 can Pillsbury pizza dough
- 1/2 c. raw almonds
- Green food coloring
- 1 egg
- 1 Tbsp water
Process: Preheat oven to 350 F. Open the pizza dough and add a couple drops of green food coloring. Knead gently until the color is mixed throughout. Divide into 12-15 balls of dough, and roll out into fingers. It’s good to make these lumpy-it makes these more realistic. Mix the egg and water together and brush lightly over the fingers. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Then press (and I mean press) almonds into the ends. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they start to brown.
Main Dishes: Spooky Pizzas and Mummified Hotdogs
These are great for parties! You can mix and match ingredients however you’d like.
- Pizza Dough
- Marinara sauce
- Italian blend shredded cheese
- Canned black olives, pitted
Process: Heat your oven to 350F. Open the pizza dough and section into 6 balls of dough. Roll them out to your desired thickness. Top with sauce and cheese. Now, take your black olives, and cut 8 of them into thin slices (these are the legs). Take 6 more and cut in half horizontally. Take 6 more and cut in half vertically. Construct your spiders-you can put as many as you’d like on each pizza. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly.
- 1 pkg. hot dogs
- 1 can crescent roll dough
- Peppercorns or poppy seeds if desired
Process: Take your crescent roll dough and cut into long strips. Wrap them around your hot dogs loosely, allowing for some hot dog to show through. Add peppercorns or poppy seeds for eyes if desired. Bake at 350F until the crescent roll dough is golden brown.
Dessert: Monster Cookies!
These are so easy. And so delicious. And so perfect for a halloween feast!
- 24 Cookies of your choice (chocolate chip cookies work great)
- 1 can chocolate frosting (or homemade if you’re in the mood)
- 1 pkg mini marshmallows
Process: Pair your cookies together and give a generous swirl of chocolate frosting to stick them together with the frosting visible. Using kitchen shears, cut mini marshmallows into uneven pieces. These will be your teeth! Just add to the exposed chocolate frosting. Cut 6 mini marshmallows in half, and stick on top of cookies with a dab of chocolate frosting. Add a dot of chocolate frosting for the eyes, and ta da! You’ve got yourself a scary delicious dessert!
And there you have it! Some recipes for a hauntingly happy Halloween!