Autumn: the time of year when the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and we can finally turn off our air conditioning, open the windows, and turn on our ovens. While the “Holiday Season” technically starts with Thanksgiving, in the US, the “Eating-Delicious-Things-Season” starts with Halloween. We’ve assembled a list of 25 Spooky Halloween recipes for cooks of any skill level, including a few things little hands can help with. We’ve also added a few vegan, paleo and gluten free options so that everyone can have a treat, no tricks. Without further ado, here are 25 Spooky Halloween Recipes That Will Delight Your Tummy.
Gooey Monster Cookies
How cute are these? Bright happy Halloween cookies, perfect for the novice or experienced baker. These are a soft cookie made with cake mix and cream cheese, giving them a somewhat gooey texture. If you have little helping hands, they can add the eyeballs. Neon food coloring was used to get the extra bright colors shown here, but any color – even black – can be used to match your party theme.
What an interesting an unexpected centerpiece for your Halloween table or sandwich tray. Meat Head is simple to assemble, if a little bit time consuming, but oh, so worth it. He can be made a day ahead, wrapped in plastic and kept in the fridge until party time. Any sliced meat you prefer can be used, so try mixing it up with prosciutto for a more jagged peeling look, or even thin layers of cheese over the meat for a still wrapped mummy.
A suitably creepy vegan treat, this takes a watermelon and turns it into brains. Serve on a platter surrounded by other fruit or in a punch bowl filled with red punch for a spooky stew; these brains are as much decor as dessert.
Cheesy Halloween Breadstick Bones
Bread? Cheese? Yes please! These bony bread sticks can be made with homemade or store bought pizza dough and served with bloody (marinara) dipping sauce. A clever way to convince your little guys and ghouls to eat some real food between the candy.
Spooky Spiderweb Cake
Black cocoa powder gives this beautiful cake it’s dark color, and the bright green web dripping around the top is made of dyed marshmallow fluff. Amazing, huh? Even if you don’t feel compelled to make this cake, it’s worth checking out the blog post just to look at more pictures of it.