October 9, 2013
If you are looking for some fun ideas to try this Halloween, these eight should give you a good starting point!
- Watermelon brains. Slice the underside off of a small seedless watermelon off so it won’t roll around. Gently peel away the green skin with a vegetable peeler so the lighter color flesh shows. Score brain like folds into the melon with a paring knife so it resembles a real brain. Be sure to carve them deep enough so the red melon shows for a more macabre effect.
- Cracked deviled eggs. Use your favorite recipe for deviled eggs, adding red or black liquid food coloring to the water as the eggs cook. After you have removed the eggs from the water, place the colored water in the refrigerator to cool. Once the water has cooled, crack the eggshells and place the eggs back in the colored water and allow them to soak for a few hours. Remove from water and continue with your recipe as normal. The resulting eggs will take on the appearance of an eye. If desired, top each with a slice of pimento stuffed olive, for more eyeball appeal!
- Mummy dogs. Take a package on hot dogs and a tube of crescent roll dough to create cute, edible mummies! Roll out the entire tube of dough and pinch together any seams then cut into 1 inch wide strips to wrap around your hot dogs. Be sure to leave enough space to create eyes! Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F then bake for 12 minutes when ready. Pipe on eyes with mustard or ketchup.
- Bloody lollipops. Make a batch of uncolored hard candy (you can still flavor your pops, but you want them to be as close to clear as possible). Line a baking sheet or two with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. When candy is ready, carefully and quickly spoon it out the baking sheet to create 2 ½-3 inch lollis. They do not need to be perfectly round but there should be plenty of space between them. Press a lollipop stick into each while still warm and soft. Squirt a drop or two of red food coloring into each pop then swirl around with a toothpick to create a “bloody” swirl in each. Allow to cool completely before eating or storing.
- Black martini. Combine 3 ounces of vodka and ½ ounce Chambord in a shaker filled with ice. Give three strong shakes then serve in a chilled martini glass that has the rim frosted with black sugar. If the color isn’t dark enough for your taste, add a drop or two of liquid black food coloring.
- Cemetery cake. Bake your favorite cake as directed in a 9X13 pan and frost. Cut the rounded edges from ten Oreo cookies and crush these along with the remaining cookies from a package. Liberally sprinkle across the frosting of your cake. Push the trimmed cookies into the frosting to resemble headstones then add candy pumpkins to your graveyard. If you wish, add some candy bones as well!
- Cookie ghosts. Dip Nutter Butter cookies in white chocolate or white candy coating and add mini chocolate chips for eyes. Too cute! You can do the same using Twinkies if you desire.
- Pumpkin quesadillas. Cut two tortillas in the shape of a pumpkin and cut a jack-o-lantern face in one. Cook the top piece (the face) first then remove from heat. Place the other tortilla in the pan and top with cheese and face then cook until cheese is melted through.