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This makes a nice foaming drink. In a clear punch bowl mix
equal parts blue kool-aid and lemon-lime pop. Add some crushed
dry ice, and continue to add more every half hour or so. Caution!
Don't let kids serve themselves, because dry ice can cause lips
and tongue to freeze. Scoop it out yourself and leave the dry
ice in the bottom. For an extra touch, add orange peel (just
the orange part) cut into worm shapes, and seedless grapes for
Add black paste food coloring to any drink you enjoy. Mix
Yield: 24 servings
Mix together a 12 ounce can of orange juice concentrate, a
12 ounce bottle of white grape juice, 2 liter bottle of 7-Up,
pint of lemon or lime sherbet, and several drops of green food
coloring (rum or vodka to taste, optional). If desired, serve
with large, buoyant, and well-washed plastic spiders on the top!
Hand in the Punch
Blood Red Ice
For deep red ice, try cherry kool-aid. Can even be frozen
inside a plastic glove, now this really adds some snap to a punchbowl!
Stir all ingredients together until well blended. Chill 1
hour. Serve cold with blood red ice mold (above) To serve warm,
after chilling, bring mixture to a boil, then simmer for 5 to
Turn the Playtex glove inside out so the flannel is on the
outside. Choose a food color that contrasts with the color of
the punch. Color sufficient water to fill the latex glove then
seal the glove with the rubber band. Put the water-filled glove
in the deep freeze (you can use the refrigerator freezer, but
the deep-freeze will be colder) and allow to freeze solid (overnight,
at least). When the punch is ready for serving, remove the glove
from the freezer. Run hot water over it - not too long, just
enough to unstick the glove from the ice. Peel the glove off
the "hand" and place the hand in the punch where it
will float and keep the punch cool.
Eerie Witch's Brew
A smoking cauldron of punch made with grapes and orange peel
masquerading as eyeballs and worms.
A SERIOUS CAUTION: never touch dry ice; use tongs to
In a 1 to 2 quart pan, bring 1 cup of cranberry juice and
candied ginger to a boil over high heat.
Boil, uncovered, about 2 minutes, set aside.
With a vegetable peeler, pare peel (colored part only) from
oranges; cut peel into thin 2 in long worms; or use an Oriental
shredder to make long shreds. Add orange peel to cranberry mixture.
Cover and chill at least 4 hours or as long as overnight.
Juice oranges; put juice in a 6 to 8 quart pan or heavy bowl.
Stir in cranberry-ginger mixture, the 3 cups cranberry juice,
apple concentrate, lime aid, grapes and water. If made ahead,
cover and chill up to 2 hours. Add ginger ale and about a 1 pound
piece of dry ice (DO NOT put small pieces in punch or cups);
ice should smolder at least 30 minutes. Ladle into cups. Add
any remaining ice when bubbling ceases.
Makes 5 qt; allow about 1 1/2 c for a serving.
Snacks, & Appetizers
Add some red food coloring to the butter you are melting.
Incidentally, to get true red or black colors, buy paste food
coloring from a craft or cake decorating supply store. No matter
how many drops of liquid red you add, it'll always be some shade
of pink. When the red butter is melted, pour it over the popcorn
Sticks and Stones
Easy. Pretzel sticks and candy that looks like rocks. Often
sold in bulk food sections.
Use any dip you like for chips or veggies.
Yield: 13 servings
Wiggle these worms any way you want on your plate. If you
like, give them 'eyes' made from licorice bits.
Place apricots in colander and let drain. Place drained apricots
in food processor, cover, and whirl until well blended. Place
gelatin in 3 quart pan, add orange juice, and let stand for 5
minutes to soften gelatin. Place pan on burner and bring to a
boil over med/high heat,stirring with whisk. Turn off burner
and remove pan to rack. Add apricots and mix with whisk until
well blended. Pour into baking pan,cover with plastic wrap, and
refrigerate for about 4 hours, until set. Use butter knife to
cut gelatin crosswise into 9 inch long, 1 inch wide strips. (you
should have about 13 strips) Use pancake turner to remove strips
to serving plate. Use your hands to twist strips into worm shapes.
Makes 13 worms.
Origin: Cookbook Digest Sept/Oct 1993.
Kids' Popcorn Balls
Yield: 6 servings
Cook 1/2 cup molasses with corn syrup until thermometer reaches
hard crack stage, about 270 degrees. Stir in butter and salt.
Have the popcorn in a bowl. Slowly stir in the mixture with a
wooden spoon. Coat all the popcorn. IMPORTANT! Butter your hands
lightly and shape the popcorn into balls. Make them the size
you want. Set them on wax paper and let them harden. Wrap the
ones you don't eat with wax paper.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Shred cheese in work bowl of food
processor, then place metal chopping blade in work bowl and add
margarine. Combine salt, paprika, and flour in separate bowl.
Turn on food processor, and slowly add flour mixture through
the feed tube. Stop processing as soon as ingredients are combined.
Measure approximately one teaspoon of this mixture and form an
"eyeball" around an olive. Turn the olive in the "eyeball"
so that it is "staring" outward.
This recipe will yield about 24 "eyeballs".
Line up the eyeballs on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in
the oven for approximately 15 minutes.
If you want to make these ahead of time, freeze them UNBAKED
on the cookie sheet and transfer to a plastic bag when frozen.
Then just thaw and bake when needed.
Oozing Eyeballs or Deviled Eggs
Start with deviled eggs make nasty faces on the yolk part
(tint with red food coloring) with sliced green olives for eyes
and green or red pepper for mouth and eyebrows.
Half eggs widthwise. Remove yolks and fill the hole with cream
cheese, smoothing surface as much as possible. Press an olive
into each cream cheese eyeball, pimento up, for an eerie green
iris and red pupil. Dip a toothpick into ketchup and draw broken
blood vessels in the cream cheese.
Color cream cheese green, put pickle slice on cracker, add
lump of cream cheese and stick in two almond slices to look like
wings. Can add small olive pieces to look like eyes.
Cut florets from the top of the cauliflower until you have
a cauliflower 'bowl'. Remove greens from bottom. Cut stems from
radishes, leave the root, remove skin. Using toothpicks and food
coloring, draw an eyeball on the flat part of the radish (where
the top was). The root will look like the optic nerve. Fill cauliflower
with dip, garnish with radish 'eyes', serve with veggies and
Try humus dip and use enough black beans beside the garbanzo
beans so it looks either gray or brown gray and serve with chips.
Moldy Dinner Rolls
For Halloween parties try little dinner rolls and put in enough
green food coloring that they look totally molded. Gross looking
Separate dough into individual rolls. Using floured scissors,
cut each roll in two. Cut one part into four long strips (for
legs) and lay them across the other part, pinching in the center
to get the ends to all stick out the sides. Bake as directed.
You can use the poppy seeds for eyes and the almond slivers
for fangs. When I made them I filled the body part with pesto,
and sausage and cheese. Anything you'd put in a calzone will
work, but be careful it's not too runny because it'll leak out.
Sprinkle seasoning into cheese and spoon about a half cup
of cheese into each pita. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and
bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. until the pitas are browned.
Remove from oven and poke a hole in the top of the pita until
the cheese oozes out. Dab tomato sauce around cheese and enjoy.
Whatever leftover vegetables you have in the fridge! (tomatoes,
green beans, Mushrooms, cauliflower, etc) Saute onions in the
butter. Add everything else and bring it to a boil. Simmer 5
minutes. Serve immediately with a barf bag of course!
Tongues on Toast
Cut each slice of bread into the shape of lips, with a slit
in the middle. Cut the bologna into strips that look like tongues.
Insert the bologna into the slits in the lips(so it looks like
the tongues are hanging out of the mouths). Cover the bread with
mustard and broil until the bread is golden brown.
Dead Man's Meatloaf
Use your favorite recipe, but instead of shaping it into a
log shape it into a corpse. Legs together, arms folded across
chest. Bake as usual, but before serving, stab the poor guy in
the heart and dump ketchup on him. Guaranteed to gross out just
Stuff a rock Cornish game hen with wild rice mix. Serve half
to each guest. Tell them it's a bat.
Gnarled Witches Fingers
Grease cookie sheet with oil, set aside. Carefully cut chicken
breasts partway to create five fingers (the uncut part will be
the palm of the hand). Slice them a little crooked for effect.
Dust in flour, dip in egg, coat in bread crumbs, broil 5 minutes
each side until golden and cooked through. Trim the tips with
the olive fingernails and serve on lettuce.
Spidery Witches Brew
Serve black bean soup in half a pumpkin. Make a spider's web
on the top using sour cream dribbled out of a pastry bag or plastic
bag with a hole cut in it. After making the spiral, cut through
with a knife to make the crosshair web parts.
Ok, the latest (and easily most disgusting) version of the
Meathead passed it's test with flying colors.
What you need:
This recipe is rather labor intensive and must be done ahead
of time! First, we prepared some red ice (water and food coloring
mixture) although green ice or no color at all should work equally
as well. We also modified our skull slightly by drilling holes
from the internal compartment to the outside of the skull to
allow for drainage.
Second, wash the skull completely, making sure that it is
clean enough to eat off of (which is what you will be doing).
I worked in two sections and put each section into ziplock plastic
bags after I was finished. It is important to store everything
in the *FREEZER* until maybe an hour before you serve it.
Third, prepare your Jello. I make mine in several pans and
make sure it is only 1/4" thick. When it has set up, you
will be slicing it up into 23" strips which can be layered
over the skull sections.
Fourth, cut up your cold cuts. I typically use thin sliced
meats and cut them into 2x6" strips but almost anything
will work. If you use ham, the head will look more natural but
using turkey looks like a zombie head. You can experiment with
other meats and see how they look. Even using a combination of
meats looks good.
Fifth, once everything is prepared, take the two halves of
skull and pick one to work on. I decided to go all out and grabbed
a pair of those spring glasses (the ones with the eyeballs on
springs) and cut the eyes out. I washed them and placed them
into the eye sockets, which gave the skull a very interesting
look. Layer the slices of Jello over the skull and on top of
it, layer the sliced meat. The meat will act as a bonding agent
to hold the whole mess together. It will probably take 1015 layers
of meat to make the head look "natural" and will probably
take some practice to get it to look right. Personally, I've
learned not to put the meat down in any pattern, just to have
it crisscross and go any which way.
As each half of the skull is finished, put it into a sealable
plastic bag and put it into the freezer. This keeps the meat
and Jello cold but keeps the moisture in the meat from freezing
About an hour before serving, remove the pieces from the freezer.
Fill the skull with the ice that you had prepared previously
and seal the two ends of skull together with more cold cuts.
I suggest putting it into the refrigerator to let any ice that
had formed in the freezer time to melt. Place it on a platter
of lettuce and serve.
The effect it gives is quite interesting. As parts of the
Meathead are cut away, both the red Jello are exposed and parts
of the skull. The Jello also does melt somewhat and starts to
ooze through the meat. As the ice inside the skull melts, it
drains through the holes that I previously mentioned and starts
to pool on the platter.
I am not responsible for anyone who becomes violently ill
trying to eat this concoction.
Worms au Gratin
Worms: 67 oz egg noodles, cooked with 8 oz spaghetti, broken
into short pieces
Toss with: 2 T butter or margarine and 1 1/2 cups grated process
cheese or cheddar
Place in greased casserole.
Dirt: 2 slices whole wheat bread, toasted, crumbled into tiny
crumbs, 1 T butter or margarine, melted and 1/4 ts salt Mix dirt
ingredients together, sprinkle over worms.
Place under broiler for 5 minutes.
Finger Sandwiches or "Handwiches"
Spread soft white bread with red colored cream cheese and
roll up and squish them lengthwise in your hand. They come out
looking like bony fingers. Put cut up olive on tip for the fingernail.
A joke main dish?...
Cook spaghetti until done. Rinse well to separate. Coat well
with oil to make it nice and slippery. Put spaghetti in waste
basket lined with a plastic bag. Add the grapes and mix well.
Cover waste basket with a black and orange cover. Secure tightly.
Cut a hole in the center of the cover large enough to put your
hand through. Invite Trick or Treaters to dig in for their treats.
Cooking time: ~ 5 min.
Prep time: ~ 15 min., plus overnight chilling
Notes: Use a cleaned 1-quart milk or orange juice carton to
- In a bowl, combine gelatins.
- Add boiling water; stir until gelatins completely dissolve.
- Chill until lukewarm, about 20 min.
- Meanwhile, gently pull straws to extend to full length; place
in tall container.
- Blend cream and food coloring with the lukewarm gelatin mixture.
- Pour into container, filling straws.
- Chill until gelatin is firm, at least 8 hours, or cover and
chill up to 2 days.
- Pull straws from container (if using a carton, tear carton
away from straws).
- Pull straws apart; run hot tap water for about 2 seconds
over 3 to 4 straws at a time.
- Starting at the empty ends, push worms from straws with rolling
pin, or use your fingers; lay worms on waxed paper-lined baking
- Cover and chill until ready to use, at least 1 hour or up
to 2 days.
- Worms will hold at room temperature up to 2 hours.
Per worm: 17 cal., 42% (7.2 cal. from fat; 0.4 g. protein;
0.8 g fat (0.5 g sat.); 2 g carbo.; 6.8 mg sodium; 3 mg chol.
Makes about 100, including a few casualties.
Make green Jello. Put some of it in clear plastic containers
and put some aside. When the Jello starts to solidify, add various
gummy bugs. Beat the rest of the Jello to a froth and add to
the top of the slime. Let set.
Put chocolate pudding in clear plastic containers and embed
a gummy worm or two. Cover the top of the pudding with crushed
chocolate cookie crumbs. It looks good if a worm is peeking out
of the dirt.
Yield: 4 servings
Spray 2 baking sheets with no stick vegetable spray. Mix the
Jello powder and the cornstarch together. Stir in 3/4 cup water
and 1/2 cup applesauce. Microwave on high for 5 minutes. (stir
after 2-1/2 minutes) Stir again after cooking is complete. Spoon
1 cup of mixture on each of the baking sheets. Refrigerate 20
minutes, or until set. Cut strips of Wobblie Gobblies with sharp
knife and pull of baking sheets. Place on lightly greased tray
or baking sheets. Store, uncovered at room temperature on lightly
greased tray or baking sheets. Makes 4-6 servings.
Yield: 16 servings
Heat peanut butter with marshmallows in a large saucepan over
low heat until melted. Add green food coloring and mix in. Pour
in cereal and stir quickly. Spray 8" pan with Pam then pour
contents into pan. Allow to cool in fridge, then cut into long
thin strips, about 1" x 4". Cut each raisin in half
and stick on one end of each strip to make the lizard's eyes.
Source: Healthy Treats and Super Snacks for Kids
Caramel Apple Crunch
Blend all ingredients with mixer. Serve with apple slices.
Tastes like caramel apples, but doesn't stick to the roof of
you mouth or your teeth.
Yield: 6 servings
(Use ripe, red eating apples, such as McIntosh or Delicious.)
In heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and cinnamon
candies with 1 cup cold water. Cook over medium heat until sugar
and candies are dissolved, but do not boil. Add the food coloring
and the cinnamon and bring up to boil. Boil until it reaches
300 F on a candy thermometer. Meanwhile, wash and dry apples,
remove stem and insert wooden sticks firmly enough into the apple
that you can hold them firmly. Remove syrup from heat when it
reaches 300 and dip each apple into syrup. Swirl to coat apple.
Place coated apples onto greased cookie sheets to cool and harden.
Let stand at room temperature until ready to serve. Makes 6 taffy
Yield: 2 doz. about
Thoroughly cream margarine. Add sugar and blend until light.
Add vanilla. Add egg; beat until fluffy. Stir in milk. In another
bowl put flour, baking powder and salt; blend with a whisk or
a spoon until thoroughly mixed. Gradually add flour mixture to
creamed mixture; blend well. Scoop dough out onto plastic wrap,
cover with wrap and press down to make a thick, flat round. Chill
in refrigerator over-night.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut batch of dough in half; keep one half in refrigerator
while working with the other half. On a well floured surface,
using a floured rolling pin, roll dough to between 1/8-inch and
1/4-inch. Use a 2-inch biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter
to make cookies. Place on cookie sheet greased with butter-flavored
shortening, if possible (otherwise, regular flavor shortening).
Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
Cool on wire rack. Repeat with remaining dough. Store in airtight
container until you are ready to spread them with frosting and
decorate. Spread frosting on cookies; then make Jack-o-lantern
faces using colorful small candies or icing gel in a tube. Makes
about two dozen cookies.
Yummy Buttercream Frosting
Cream margarine with electric mixer. Add powdered sugar gradually.
Add vanilla and 2 1/2 tablespoons milk; blend well. If necessary,
add more milk gradually to achieve desired spreading consistency.
For Halloween Jack-o-lantern cookies, add red and yellow food
coloring to make desired shade of orange.
Melt almond bark following package directions. Dip 2/3 of
each cookie in melted candy, shaking gently to remove excess
coating. Place on wire rack with waxed paper underneath. For
eyes, cut jelly beans in half and place on cookies. Cool completely
before removing from rack. Source: Gifts That Taste Good
Fudgy Bat Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen
Use a serrated knife to carefully cut 18 of the cookies into
quarters. Save remaining cookies for another use. For each bat,
place 2 cookie quarters 1/4" apart on waxed paper. Repeat
with remaining quarters. Melt candy melts. Drop about 1/2 teaspoon
of melted candy at center of each bat, connecting cookies. Use
a toothpick to smooth melted candy into a uniform circle. Cool
completely before removing from waxed paper. Source: Gifts That
Taffy Apple Pizza
Yield: 20 servings
Preheat oven to 375. Remove 1/2 cup of cookie dough and reserve
for another use. Add flour to remaining dough and knead with
hands to combine. Press dough to 14" circle on the 15 inch
baking stone. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cookie is lightly
browned. Let cool for 10 minutes then loosen cookie from the
stone. Cool completely. Blend cream cheese, peanut butter, brown
sugar and vanilla together until smooth. Spread on cooled cookie.
Peel, core and slice apples. Dip apple slices in lemon lime soda
to prevent browning. Arrange apple slices on cream cheese mixture.
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Heat caramel topping slightly
and drizzle over apples. Sprinkle chopped nuts over pizza. Cut
into pieces and serve.
Chocolate Spiders and Webs
Yield: 2 servings
In the top of a double boiler over barely simmering water,
stir the chocolate until melted; remove from heat. Let stand
over water until chocolate is cool but still fluid, about 10
minutes. Or melt chocolate in microwave. lay pattern on a 12x15-inch
baking sheet and cover with waxed paper.
Put chocolate into a pastry bag fitted with 1/4-inch diameter
tip or a paper cone; fold top edge down to seal.
Squeeze chocolate out of pastry bag onto waxed paper, tracing
spider or web designs that show through from the pattern underneath.
If chocolate is too runny to hold lines, let cool a little more.
As pan is filled, transfer pattern to another 12x15-inch, cover
with waxed paper and continue.
Chill spiders or webs on pan until firm, about 10 minutes.
Gently peel paper away from chocolate. Spiders and webs are delicate
and melt fast, so handle gently and quickly. If made ahead, arrange
in single layers, separated by waxed paper; store airtight in
the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Serve as candy or to top desserts.
Makes about 2 dozen spiders or 1 dozen webs.
Spider and Web Pattern.
On a 12x15-inch sheet of light-colored paper, boldly draw
at least 1 pattern for spider and web. You can either repeat
the pattern as you pipe the chocolate onto the waxed paper, or
you can draw a pattern that includes designs for multiple items.
Start with spider legs: draw a half circle that is 1-1/2 inches
across. Inside and about 1/4 inch parallel to it, draw another
half circle. Back to back to the big half circle, repeat the
2 curved lines; you now have 8 legs. Where the lines curve together,
draw a small circle to intersect all 4 lines to make the body.
Draw a small circle for the head on top the first circle.
For the web, draw a 4-inch long cross. Draw diagonal lines
to bisect the quadrants. Connect these spokes with concentric
Yield: 6 servings
Combine ingredients in blender and whirl until smooth. Pour
into carved out pumpkin to serve. Source: Healthy Treats and
Super Snacks for Kids
Yield: 12 servings
Cut off tops of oranges. Gently hollow out pulp (reserve for
another use), leaving a thick shell; hollow out pulp off tops
also. Cut Jack-O-Lantern faces into each orange. Pack chocolate
ice cream into shells, avoid letting ice cream come out of holes.
Cut a hole into top of orange top. Set tops back on, over ice
cream, and inset cinnamon stick stem through the hole. Place
in freezer for at least 3 hours, or until serving time.
Yield: 1 servings
Combine peanut butter and butter in medium bowl. Microwave
at High 45-60 seconds till melted. Stir till blended. Gradually
add icing sugar and cocoa, alternately with evaporated milk until
smoothly blended. Stir in peanut. Chill until firm enough to
shape into balls. Color coconut with red and yellow food coloring
to desired shade of orange. (Shake coconut and food coloring
together in jar with tight lid.) Form spoonfuls (about 1 Tbsp)
of chocolate mixture into balls. Roll into coconut and insert
small piece of pretzel or licorice into top for stem. Chill well
before serving. Store, covered in refrigerator. Make about 2
Yield: 6 servings
Place all ingredients except food coloring, into top of double
boiler. Beat over simmering water with electric mixer 5-7 minutes
or until mixture stands in peaks. Tint frosting orange by using
several drops of yellow and red food coloring. (Variation of
7 minutes frosting)
Yield: 1 servings
Cream butter; add part of sugar gradually, blending after
each addition. Add remaining sugar, alternately with egg whites
then with 2 tablespoons cream until of right consistency to spread.
Beat after each addition until smooth. Add vanilla and salt.
Divide frosting in two parts. To one part add orange coloring
to give an orange shade and spread between layers of cake, reserving
about 1/4 for pumpkin decoration. To remaining untinted frosting,
add chocolate; then add 4 teaspoons cream until of right consistency
to spread. Spread chocolate frosting on top and sides of cake
Decorate top with jack-o'-lantern, made of orange-tinted frosting.
Makes enough frosting to cover tops and sides of two 9"
layers and for decorating.
Wormy Baked Apples
Yield: 6 servings
Core apples from blossom ends, leaving stem ends intact. Mix
raisins and walnuts and stuff into cavities of cored apples.
Set apples, stems up in a 7x12-inch pan.
In a 1 to 2 quart pan, mix brown sugar, water, butter,cinnamon,
and nutmeg; stir over high heat until mixture boils. Pour hot
syrup around apples. Bake, uncovered, in 350~ oven, basting occasionally
with syrup, until apples are tender when pierced and skin begins
to crack, 30 to 35 minutes.
Remove apples from oven; cool in pan at least 10 minutes or
let cool to room temperature. Set each apple in a small bowl
and spoon syrup around fruit. In the top of each apple, cut a
hole large enough for one of the candy worms and tuck one end
into each apple, leaving most of the worm dangling. Offer cream
to pour over apples. Makes 6 ghastly servings.
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- OR -
For small creature eggs, use apricot halves instead and double
Put peaches/apricots, cut side down, and syrup in an 8 inch
square pan. Add liqueur; cover and chill 6 hours or up to overnight.
With an electric mixer, whip cream, sugar and vanilla until cream
holds soft peaks. Spoon 1/6 of the cream onto each of 6 salad
plates and spread out to form a disk about 4 inches across for
'egg whites'. With slotted spoon, lift peaches/apricots from
syrup and arrange 1 peach or 2 apricots ('double yolks'), round
side up, in the center of cream on each plate to make 'yolks'.
Pour syrup into a small pitcher and offer to pour onto individual
portions. Makes 6 servings. MY notes: this is 'especially' effective
if black plates are used. They really look like sunny-side up
eggs! And the Cointreau adds a delightful taste sensation.
Take your average cake mix. Bake it up in 2 metal bowls--1
bigger than the other. One unmolded, cut the bigger one (the
"body") in half, horizontally. CAREFULLY scoop out
an adequate cavity in each half. FILL with well-whipped set green
Jello, and reattach the halves. Frost black, arrange on serving
platter. Use licorice sticks as legs. Use 2 BIG green gumdrops
and 6 little ones as eyes. When the cake is cut into, it spurts
green goop, just like a real spider when stepped on.
Bleeding Heart Jello
The heart is made from red Jello with a some evaporated milk
added to make it opaque. The blood is honey with red food coloring
added. Place the 'blood' in a small ziplock plastic bag and submerged
in the Jello. I guess you could use any mold for the Jello but
a heart shape really looks special.
A heart shaped mold sits innocently on a platter. When pierced
with a sharp knife it oozes blood red sauce. The effect is disgusting
, but not bad tasting. When you've gathered everyone around for
the cutting, be sure to use a fairly sharp knife so it pierces
the bag. Also, the best effect is when the center of the heart
is pierced, then the knife is twisted. This oozes blood out of
the "wound" and looks gross!! If you have a "hearty"
crowd that wants to dig in, just remember to remove the bag!
(I've heard of a Halloween gag, but this is ridiculous!)
Take a toy rubber or plastic mouse/rat and mold pieces of
aluminum foil by pressing the foil over the top of the rat, forming
a foil cup that has the shape of the rat on the inside, leave
the bottom open and pull the toy rat out. Make a bunch of these
aluminum rat cups.
Use some additional foil to form legs so the molds sit open
side up on a cookie sheet.
Spray the inside of the foil rat molds with nonstick cooking
spray and fill with chocolate cake batter following the instructions
on the box.
Leaving the molds on the cookie sheet for support, bake the
rat cakes in the oven, again follow box instructions, you may
find it helps to over bake them a bit.
When finished baking, let cool and pull off the foil mold
and trim the bottom of the cupcake rat with a knife so it sits
Use red cake icing in the little squeeze tubes to inject (from
the bottom) the insides with a little gooey "blood",
use licorice whips for a tail and red cake decorating beads for
You usually will only get one rat per mold so make plenty
of the foil molds, they're easy to do.
You can make these into bats by adding wings made from Fruit
Roll Ups and leaving off the tail.
Kitty Turds On Bed of Kitty Litter
Very simply, make little chocolate "logs", like
Tootsie Rolls, and serve then in a foil-lined box, on a bed of
sugar-dusted Grape Nuts. Make sure the family cat is clearly
Make or buy a graham cracker crust, either chocolate, vanilla,
or plain. Fill it with chocolate pudding and top with Grape Nuts.
Gummi worms make a nice finishing touch!
Stained Glass Cookies
Use two different Jack-0-Lantern cookie cutters, one smiling
and one not. Take either or both, and make your favorite sugar
cookie recipe. Be sure to color it orange!
Make sure that the holes are cleared out when you cut out
Before baking, crush yellow hard candies (by hand or with
coffee bean grinder life savers work well), and fill the eye
& mouth holes with the crushed candy.
Bake as directed, and you will end up with a very pretty stained
glass effect, and delicious cookies!
Other Good Ideas
- Turn sandwiches into Jack-O-Lanterns! Cut eyes, nose, and
mouth into the top layer of bread and let the top layer (preferably
much darker--or much lighter--than the bread show through.
- Make edible spiders for Halloween treats: a prune for the
body, licorice slivers or stick pretzels for the legs, and two
"red-hots" for the eyes,]
- Turn apples into jack-o'-lanterns! Using a sharp knife or
razor, carefully cut portions of the skin away to make eyes,
nose, and mouth. For a Halloween dessert, make an edible witch's
hat using a large, flat, dark cookie for the brim and an ice-cream
sugar cone for the crown. Fill the cone with ice cream even to
the rim and center it on top of the cookie. To enhance the illusion,
consider giving the top of the cookie, a thin layer of chocolate
- A plain sour-cream based chip or vegetable dip can quickly
be transformed into a delightfully ghoulish Halloween dip by
adding a few drops of green food coloring to the dip itself,
and then scattering small bits of red and yellow bell pepper
across the top.
- Serve fruit salad in a large, hollowed-out, and well-scrubbed
pumpkin. Or serve it in a small pumpkins: one for each diner.
If desired, paint a jack-o'-lantern on the pumpkin shell.