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What to Eat on Halloween

Halloween is a just a few days away, and I bet that you already have your costume all prepped and ready to go. But have you thought about what to eat during the spookiest day of the year? Unless you are throwing your own party, you might not really have thought much about food that you can eat in keeping with the Halloween spirit.

Halloween Food

Pumpkin Squash Pie

Come to think of it, there really aren’t any strict guidelines as to what people should eat during this holiday. After all, it is all about dressing up and having fun with friends and family. There are, however, two common things that one can observe about Halloween fare. One, make food as creepy or spooky as possible. This is one of those times when presentation does not mean making the food look enticing! Two, make food using pumpkin and other ingredients that are in season.

Since we’re all about recipes and having fun in the kitchen, we’ve come up with some of the most interesting things that you can prepare for Halloween.

Halloween Breakfast Ideas

Halloween Eggs

Egg Eyes

The key to having a great day is starting it just right, and we all know that breakfast is an integral part of that. For Halloween, ditch your usual fare. Waffles, pancakes, toast, eggs – they’re all great, but you can make them even better. One of the best – and easiest – things that you can serve for Halloween breakfast are these Egg Eyes. One look at those eggs and the kids (and even adults) will be awake in no time! Here’s how to make them, courtesy of Rachael Ray.1

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 pitted black olives, halved
  • 6 green peas
  • Ketchup or hot pepper sauce (or both)

Preparation:

  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Crack 2 eggs into the pan, 1 on each side of the skillet, and cook until the whites are set and the yolks are still soft, about 5 minutes. Arrange side by side on a plate. Repeat with the remaining 4 eggs.
  2. Place an olive half, cut side up, on top of each yolk and place a pea on top of each olive. Using the ketchup in a squeeze bottle, draw “bloodshot veins” on each eye.

In the picture, you also see hand-shaped toast with a bit of “blood”. I think it’s easy enough to make that with a knife or a pair of kitchen scissors and strawberry jam!

Here’s something even easier – Ghostly Sandwiches. You basically cut your cheese to resemble a ghost, and you’re good to go! Alternatively, you can make Spooky Sandwiches using jelly. Last, but not the least, here’s a recipe for Halloween Waffles. It lacks spook factor, but it does use in season ingredients.

Halloween Appetizer Ideas

Halloween Eggs

Devilish Eggs

Don’t you just love Deviled Eggs? The name alone makes the recipe fit for Halloween, but Martha Stewart came up with a nice little twist. In addition to using more spices, she also makes use of little details to up the fun level. This is what you need to make Devilish Eggs.2

Ingredients:

  • 12 large eggs
  • 3 jarred roasted red peppers, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco (optional)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, cut into small triangles, for garnish
  • 2 scallions, dark-green parts only, cut into small triangles, for garnish
  • Fresh chives, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Prepare an ice-water bath; set aside. Put eggs into a medium saucepan, and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 12 minutes.Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to ice-water bath.
  2. When eggs are cool, peel, and cut in half lengthwise. Carefully remove yolks, keeping whites intact and transferring whites and yolks to separate bowls. Refrigerate whites.
  3. Add roasted peppers, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, paprika, cayenne, and hot sauce (if desired) to yolks. Mash with a fork until smooth. Cover, and refrigerate until stiff, about 30 minutes.
  4. Mound yolk mixture in each egg-white half. Garnish with bell pepper, scallions, and chives to make devilish faces.

Here’s another Deviled Eggs recipe, this time with the addition of creepy crawly creatures: Halloween Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs.

Do you want soup instead of eggs? Well here is the perfect recipe for you – Vampire Blood Tomato Soup with Muenster Sammies. I am telling you – seriously – that while looking at the recipe, I got so excited that I wanted to prepare it then and there!

Halloween Soup

Vampire Blood Tomato Soup with Muenster Sammies

Don’t you just love the presentation as well? If this soup does not make your Halloween cook reputation, I don’t know what will!

Other starters that will do very well on Halloween: Ghostly Greens, Black Cat Canapés, and Monster Toes.

Halloween Desserts

Ah, desserts. Sweet may not be the adjective we associate with Halloween, but there sure are tons of sweets that you can make specially designed for the holiday, not to mention all the candies that get given out! We already showcased some of the best cupcakes you can make for Halloween. We also took a look at the history of Halloween candy. What other sweet things can you make that will fit the bill? How about some Witchy Cake Balls?

Halloween Cake Recipe

Witchy Cake Balls

These cake balls may not look it, but they are pretty sweet! They’re also relatively easy to make, and you can play around with the details to make them look as witchy as you want.

What’s spookier than a graveyard at night? I guess you can think of many answers to that, but I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of a ton of tombstones any time. This
Spooky Graveyard Pie is a totally different story, though. With chocolate cookies, butter, milk, candies, and all the sweet things you can think of, it is sure to make everyone happy instead of scared!

More Halloween desserts:

More Halloween Food

Halloween recipes

Halloween Bloody Baked Rats

There are so many dishes that you can make for Halloween, so many in fact, that you can cook all day and still not cover everything! Here are some more recipes that will tickle your spooky fancy, for sure.

For starters, how about making a meatloaf-type dish that will make everyone’s eyes pop out? You cannot deny that Halloween Bloody Baked Rats look totally gory. Can you think of a more appropriate dish for Halloween? And, gory it may look, but it sure does taste good. Just a little playing around with ground beef, and you are going to make sure that everyone around the table gets into the Halloween spirit. These Halloween Mince Mice are a less gory alternative, by the way.

If that’s too much for you, these Chili Chicken Halloween Cauldrons may be a better alternative. If someone in the house is going to dress up as a witch (or somewhere along those lines), then the cauldrons will be a perfect match. Even better, you only need six ingredients to create this concoction! Another witch-themed recipe that you can make easily: Bewitched Double-Crust Cheese Pizza.

Now if you are going to be busy all day, and you do not have much time to spend on cooking, this Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Pasta Dinner is the perfect solution. After all, everyone loves jack-o’-lanterns!

A Halloween Menu

Just for fun, here is what might be served in my house come Halloween.


What do you think?

Photos via balise42, Food Network, Betty Crocker

  1. Rachael Ray Mag []
  2. Martha Stewart []

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