Monday, October 24, 2011

10 Halloween Food Ideas

Rather than a bag of that disgusting candy corn, bring one of these goodies to the party this weekend.  Some of these things we made ourselves, and some were discovered at gatherings when I was lucky enough to have a camera handy. 

1) Butternut Squash and Black Pasta:  Sautee garlic, olive oil, basil and steamed butternut squash, combine with cooked black "Squid Ink" noodles. Purty. 

2) Cheese Mummy - This idea came from our friends the Olsens.  It's made by forming a "cheese ball" into a humanoid shape, then covering it with strips of mozzarella and roasted red pepper.  Disappears fast.

3) Eyeball Appetizers-  Jaundiced deviled egg eyes look even more pathetic when surrounded with alfalfa sprout "guts".   Irises are made from sliced pimento olives.  Another colorful "eyeball" can be made with sliced carrot, a blob of cream cheese and a black olive. 

4) Fondue Cauldron - Cut vegetables into the shape of body parts and dip into cheesey witch's gruel.

5) Frankenmeat! - Why have a meat loaf when you can shape it into FRANKENMEAT? Make it even more gory with tomato sauce blood.  Cut a toothy grimace from zucchini squash slices.

6) Wormy Caramel Apples - Use twigs (washed well) instead of popsicle sticks, and cover caramel apples with gummy worms and candied sunflower seeds.  Garnish with colored leaves.

7) Graveyard Cake - a "Dirt Cake" can become a graveyard by turning rectangular cookies or Milanos into tombstones.  To ensure horrified, incredulous looks from the other moms, put the names of your guests on each tombstone.  Add worms and candy body parts.

8) Our friends Pat and Jeff made these kitty cakes using licorice shoestrings and dots on pumpkin muffins.

9) Eyeball Cocktail - Peel a radish in a way that leaves several red "veins," gouge out a space to stuff with an olive. Freeze in an ice cube so that it floats. 

10) Salted Pumpkin Caramels (via Food 52)- flavor caramels with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.  Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and kosher salt. 

Happy Halloween!  Hope you're hungry!


Joanne said...

What a boo-tiful food arrangement! This mummy is saying "Yummy."


Anonymous said...

Ok, not going to lie to you. Some of these are downright disturbing. But I guess that's the point!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

So much fun there! Wonderful and creative ideas.

Ashling said...

What alot of fun! However, are you sure that kitty cake isn't a spider????

bookworm said...

Oh, I love the mummy. Mozzarella cheese and fire roasted pepper (with the black marks) you can't get any better than that!

the home tome said...

I'll have an eyeball egg and an eyeball cocktail please! Love all these ideas.

wendy said...

Very fun - love the eyeball ice cube!

tina said...

These foods are just so creative. I can see a huge Halloween party with all of them and it would be a great party.

mayberry said...

I can't resist sharing my own link because of the picture - veggie skeleton!