Maybe your idea of Halloween food is soothing pumpkin tea.
Then again, sometimes nothing but (jello) brains will do. For that kind of Halloween party, I’ve got a whole menu.
Whether or not you can snag a brain mold, creepy Halloween food is all about the presentation. Like, I’ve always thought hard-boiled eggs were spooky, but these deviled eyes (Eye of Newt in another recipe) are even worse.
And it only takes a hollowed-out cauliflower to make guacamole into Brain Dip, or a quick label to turn any kind of dip to something nasty. (A “Cockroach puree” sign works really well if you leave some shriveled dates laying around.)
Sausage has always walked the gross line: you love to eat it, but you don’t want to look too close. But as a Halloween recipe, you can wrap meat in other meat, call it a Roasted Fleshworm, and it’s all good fun.
Or, roll out a long string of pastry, stuff it, and paint it up with food coloring like an intestine (see recipe and photo blog). Fill it with whatever you want: some people just won’t eat it. (Bugs optional.)
With a Halloween dessert this wild, you only need one. This Thorax Cake is a labor of love…and gag reflexes. It’s made of six cake organs that bleed fruit syrup, tucked into a white chocolate ribcage.
On second thought, you might want to put out a snack basket, something that looks nice and safe and normal.
This Vampire Blood from the Food Network does double-duty for appetizers or drinks, in case you start running out of all the other creepy food. Or ideas.
If that’s just too much blood, try this Bloody Punch mix and focus on the fruit part.
No blood here. No bobbing for apples, either, in Shrunken Head Cider.
You know, Halloween recipes are actually pretty easy. You don’t even need these creepy recipes. Just ruin the food like I usually do and come up with some clever marketing. “That’s not burnt, it’s decayed.”
Or, “It’s meant to be smeared like that. It’s an…alien autopsy.”
How often does Thanksgiving let you get away with great excuses like that? “But, Grandma, it’s supposed to…”