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Tips, tricks and recipes to gross out your guests this Halloween

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It’s time to start planning your Halloween party. You’ve got the costumes figured out and all the decorations, but what about the food? It’s that spooky time of year where the grosser the better, so you get to be creative and come up with lots of disgusting ways of serving some actually delicious treats. As you plan out your Halloween menu, here are a few tips and some great recipes to spark your creativity.

  • Get creative with containers. Why serve something in a regular old bowl when you can serve it up in a plastic skull? Or a hollowed out pumpkin?
  • It is all about the labels. Sure, chocolate covered dates are delicious, but when you put a label next to them that says “chocolate cockroaches” then the tasty treat suddenly takes on a whole new appearance.
  • Try molds. There are a lot of fun ways you can use that brain Jello mold. Fill it with everything from meatloaf to cake and you’ve got a variety of tasty brain treats.
  • Use props. Grab some plastic spiders at the dollar store, make sure to clean them well, and then use them to decorate your food easily. Or try picking up some doll parts at your local craft store and sticking them in your cupcakes. There are lots of fun props you can use that will give your food a spooky feel.
  • Don’t be afraid of food coloring. You can add a few drops into just about anything to make it look gross or bloody.
  • Hot dogs can be cut up a variety of ways to make tasty and disgusting worms.
  • Freeze some water in a plastic glove to make an ice-hand that can float in your punch and keep it cold at the same time.
Severed Fingers
Severed Fingers Google Images

Severed Fingers

Another deceptively easy way to gross out your guests. Just take some hot dogs, make a few cuts to look like knuckles, add some ketchup and a piece of onion for the nail. You can even make the cuts on these ahead of time and boil the hot dogs just before your guests start to arrive. The you just need to assemble the fingernails and you are done. 

Chocolate Cockroaches
Chocolate Cockroaches Remarkablehome.net

Chocolate Cockroaches

This is nothing more than dates dipped in milk chocolate with a bit of the date peeking out to look like a cockroach. As gross as it seems, it's simple to make and quite tasty too. Make sure to add a label to really sell this one. 

Bloody Bandaids
Bloody Bandaids Halloween Devlish Delights

Bloody Bandaids

Another super easy treat that kids are sure to love are these bloody bandaids. Simply take some graham crackers, top with a bit of white frosting and then some red gel food coloring. Add a box of bandaids for garnish, and voila. 

Shrunken Head Punch
Shrunken Head Punch Halloween Devlish Delights

Shrunken Head Punch

You can put these shrunken heads in any liquid you like. The heads themselves aren't very yummy, but they make the perfect decoration to a punch bowl or your pitcher of sangria. 

To make these, it's carefully cutting and drying out apples. Click Here for the full instructions over at Halloween Devilish Delights. 

There's a Spider in my Cookie
There's a Spider in my Cookie Hungry Happenings

There's a Spider in my Cookie

The talented folks over at Hungry Happenings came up with this brilliant cookie. It's a simple recipe that takes a bit of decorating skill, but with a little practice, you can have some spider-filled deliciousness for your Halloween party too. 

Click here for the full instructions from Hungry Happenings. 

Gross Q Tips
Gross Q Tips Google Images

Gross Q Tips

Ew. Did you just eat a used q-tip? 

No, it's just a white skewer or lollipop stick (from your local craft store) with mini marshmallows and a bit of butterscotch or peanut butter. Serve it up in an empty Q-tip box and it's sure to gross out all your guests. 

The Thorax
The Thorax Doitmyself.org

The Thorax

There are no words. 
This masterpiece was created by the team at Doitmyself.org, and it is a variety of cakes and different fruity sauces. The rib cage is made of white chocolate. 

True, this may be beyond your skill level, but it is certainly a work of art to be appreciated. Click here for the full step-by-step instructions if you want to tackle this one yourself. 

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