HALLOWEEN RECIPE IDEAS
- By Jenna Maxwell
If you are having a Halloween party, a Halloween-themed school event or just want to make your family’s Halloween more fun and memorable, festive food made just for the occasion is going to make a big (and delicious) difference. There is a lot going on to get ready for Halloween. There are costumes to worry about, kids to be made ready, pumpkins to carve, and sometimes party details to deal with, too. In order to help make your Halloween event as stress free (and fun) as possible, we have compiled some of our favorite Halloween recipes here for your convenience. These recipes are designed to be super easy as well as spookily festive and delicious!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
2 c. raw pumpkin seeds
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ T. butter, melted
1 t. seasoned salt
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
- Rinse the pumpkin seeds and pat dry. Place them in a bowl. Add the Worcestershire sauce, melted butter and seasoned salt; stir until the seeds are evenly coated with the mixture. Spread out in an even layer on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally until the seeds are crisp, dry and golden brown. So yummy!
Main Dishes: Try these fun and hearty main dishes to fill everyone’s tummies before you send them out trick or treating!
Mummy Hot Dogs
1-can of refrigerated crescent rolls or breadstick dough
Processed cheese slices
Non-stick cooking spray
Mustard, Ketchup or other desired condiments
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and unroll the dough. If you are using crescent roll dough, press on the perforations to seal them up. Cut dough into 4 equal rectangles with a knife or a pizza cutter.
Slice each dough rectangle along the length to make 10 strips of dough per rectangle, or 40 strips in total.
Slice cheese slices in half, then slice each portion in half again to make 4, rectangle shaped pieces of cheese.
Wrap each hot dog using 4 pieces of the dough and one piece of cheese. Keep the cheese under the dough if possible and stretch the dough as needed to wrap it around the cheese and the hot dog. When you get to the top, leave a “face” open or separate the dough with your fingers to create a “face” opening after the hot dog has been mummy wrapped. If you like, you can cut a tiny slit wear the mouth would be-this will gape open after the hot dogs are cooked.
Place the dough wrapped hot dogs on a non-stick cookie sheet. Spray the mummies lightly with cooking spray, and place in a pre-heated oven. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the dough is golden brown and the hot dogs are heated through. You can use a couple drops of ketchup or mustard to create mummy eyes after baking is completed.
1 package English Muffins
Pepperoni slices, cut some into triangles
Black olive slices
Green pepper slices
These easy to assemble “pizzas” are quick and easy for kids to make and they will enjoy making Jack-o-Lantern faces on them, too!
Separate and lightly toast the English muffins. Spread pizza sauce on each half and top with mozzarella cheese. Have your child create a Jack-O-Lantern face with the pepperoni pieces, olive slices and green peppers. Other veggies can be used as well including carrot curls or other options. Be creative! Put your pizzas on a cookie sheet and put them under the broiler, watching closely to avoid burning. Sprinkle a little monster “dandruff” (parmesan cheese) on after the pizzas come out of the oven. Simply vile!
Halloween Chicken and Cheddar Enchiladas
1 T. butter
½ t. garlic powder
1 10 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
1 ½ c. cooked chicken breast, cubed
12 flour tortillas
½ c. chopped green onions
1 small can diced green chiles
½ c. sour cream
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
¼ c. milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9 baking dish.
- Saute green onions and butter. Add garlic powder, green chiles, mushroom soup, milk and sour cream. After mixing well, add chicken and cheddar cheese.
- Fill each tortilla with 1/12 of the mixture, roll up and place in the baking dish. You may have to squish the rolls in a little bit toward the end of this process. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Halloween Mexican Skillet Rice
2 T. oil
½ c. water
1 c. chicken broth
1 c. corn
½ c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 c. uncooked rice
5 minced garlic cloves
½ t. salt
1 green pepper, cut into strips
8 oz. sour cream
- Heat oil in a large frying pan.
- Add uncooked rice, onion, garlic, salt and ½ c. water.
- Cook until water is absorbed.
- Add broth, corn and pepper strips.
- Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and spread sour cream over mixture.
- Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Cover for 5 minutes until cheese melts.
Hearty Halloween Soup
1-lb. ground turkey
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. chopped celery
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 c. water
1 bouillon cube (chicken or beef)
1 c. red potatoes, diced
1 bay leaf
2 T. parsley, chopped
½ t. thyme
1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1 c. turkey gravy
2 c. dry pasta or noodles
In a large pot or kettle, cook turkey and onion until turkey is cooked. Drain. Add all the ingredients except the pasta. Simmer one hour. Add the pasta and cook until the pasta is tender.
Desserts: Halloween themed desserts that will tantalize your sweet tooth and add some spooky fun to your Halloween party!
1-16 oz. pkg. of chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)
3 ½ c. cold milk
2 pkg. (4 serving size each) of chocolate pudding & pie filling mix
1-12 oz. tub of frozen whipped topping, thawed
Assorted Cookies (Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies or any interesting shapes work well.)
Crush the cookies in a Ziploc bag with a rolling pin, or you can use a food processor.
Pour the cold milk into a large bowl. Add both of the pudding mixes. Beat with a wire whisk until blended, approximately 2 minutes. Let stand 5 mins. Stir in 3 c. of the whipped topping and ½ of the crushed cookies. Spoon this mixture into a 13x9 inch-baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining crushed cookies.
Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
To make the “Graveyard”: Decorate assorted cookies with icing to make tombstones. (Pepperidge Farms Milano cookies work well for this) Support tombstones if needed w/ Candy Corn and Candy pumpkins. Drop dollops of remaining whipped topping onto dessert to make “ghosts.”
Cups of Dirt
24-clear 12 oz plastic cups
2-16 oz pkgs. chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos)
2-8 serving chocolate pudding recipes, made as directed on box.
Crush all chocolate sandwich cookies (not the Milano’s!) in a food processor, or in a Ziploc baggie with a rolling pin. In the bottom of each cup, put in about 1 T. of crushed cookies. Set aside 2 cups of the crushed cookies but add the rest to the pudding (which you have already made, right?) Spoon the pudding mixture into the cups, filling them up about 2/3 of the way full. Sprinkle the tops with remaining crushed Oreo cookies. Garnish with Gummy worms on top.
Caramel Popcorn Balls
(Makes about 15 balls)
4 T. Butter or margarine
1 c. brown sugar
½ c. light corn syrup
2/3 c. sweetened condensed milk
½ t. vanilla
5 qts. “popped” popcorn
- In a saucepan, combine butter or margarine, brown sugar and corn syrup. Stir well and bring this mixture to a boil over medium heat.
- Stir in sweetened condensed milk; simmer, stirring constantly until mixture forms a soft ball (234-238 degrees on a candy thermometer) when dropped into cold water. (Takes just a few minutes.)
- In a very large bowl pour this mixture over the popcorn and stir it well until the popcorn is very well coated.
- Butter your hands lightly and shape the mixture into popcorn balls about 3 ½ inches in diameter.
6-Granny Smith Apples (or other variety if you prefer a less tangy apple)
Nonstick cooking spray
6 craft sticks
2 T. milk
1-14 oz package of individually wrapped caramels
- Remove the caramels from the wrappers. Wash apples, dry, remove stems. Insert the sticks into the tops of the apples.
- On a cookie sheet, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
- Place caramels and milk in a microwave safe bowl. Melt in the microwave for one minute, stir. Microwave for one more minute, stir again. Continue until the caramels are melted and very smooth.
- Roll the apples quickly in the caramel sauce, coating them completely. Place the apples on the prepared cookie sheet until “set”.
You can roll these apples in nuts, mini chocolate chips, sprinkles, etc. if desired. Use your imagination and have fun!
1-tub whipped topping, thawed
1 cake mix, any flavor
Orange food coloring
Black decorators icing
Assorted Halloween candy
- Prepare cake mix according to package and make into cupcakes. Use Halloween cupcake liners; these are readily available at grocery, party or novelty stores.
- Mix food coloring into the whipped topping and then refrigerate.
- After cupcakes are completely cooled, frost them with the whipped topping. Decorate with icing and candy.
Candy Corn Rice Krispy Treats
10 c. Rice Krispy cereal
9 c. miniature marshmallows
½ c. melted butter
¾ c. mini chocolate chips
2. c. Candy corn
1 bag candy pumpkins
Yellow and red food coloring
Melt marshmallows and butter on medium heat in a saucepan. Mix candy corn, chocolate chips, and cereal together. Add 2 drops of yellow and one drop of red food coloring to the marshmallow mix to make an orange color. Mix cereal and marshmallows while marshmallows are still warm. Spread the entire mixture in a buttered 13x9 pan and press candy pumpkins into this 1” apart. Let cool, refrigerate and then cut into squares.
Easy (and fun) recipes perfect for the Classroom!
If you are looking for easy and fun recipes that are fun and tasty and just the right size to take to your child’s classroom, these are it!
Red Hot Candies
Jumbo size black gumdrops
Thin black licorice
Poke three holes on each side of the gumdrop using a toothpick. Insert licorice strings into punched holes and cut to the desired leg length. Press two red hots into the gumdrops for fiery eyes. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh until served.
3 c. of corn puff cereal
2 c. salted mixed nuts
½ c. melted butter
1/8 t. Tabasco sauce
2 c. Bugle crisp crackers
2 c. Goldfish crackers
½ t. garlic powder
1 T. dried Italian Seasoning
Mix crackers, cereal and nuts. Pour into a 15x10 jelly roll pan. Pour melted butter on top of mixture and toss liberally. Sprinkle seasonings on mixture and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Cool before serving and store in an airtight container.
Beverages and Halloween cocktails: These creepy Halloween beverages and cocktails are perfect to serve at your Halloween party for a really ghoulish effect!
(a delicious hot apple cider drink to ease the chill of autumn nights!)
A few cinnamon sticks
Gently simmer the apple cider with cinnamon sticks for a few hours over low heat on the stove. You can also do this whole process in a Crock Pot, if you want to be able to take your beverage with you. Serve in heat resistant cups and garnish with more cinnamon sticks if desired.
Bug Juice-(looks a little buggy!)
2-10 oz. pkg. of frozen strawberries, defrosted
1-6 oz. can lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 qt. ginger ale
2 c. raisins
6 gummy worms
- Mix the strawberries and lemonade concentrate until smooth and thick.
- Gradually add the ginger ale.
- Transfer the beverage into a punch bowl. Stir in any remaining ginger ale and the raisins. Place the gummy worms on the rim of the bowl for a swampy effect. Makes about 10 servings.
Fizzy Halloween Punch
2 L. of lemon lime soda
1 pitcher of orange Kool aid
1 pint of orange sherbet
Pour soda and orange drink into a punch bowl. Just before serving add the sherbet. As the sherbet melts the mixture turns cloudy-orange, a real sweet treat!
Creepy Ice Cubes
Pimento stuffed olives
To make ice eyeballs, peel radishes leaving some red streaks of red skin. Using a vegetable peeler or a small paring knife scrape out an olive sized hole from the center and insert stuffed olives, pimento side out. Place one in each section of an ice cube tray, fill with water and put into the freezer and freeze. Great for martini’s!
Fill a latex glove with limeade or red punch and seal tightly shut with a rubber band. Freeze. When ready to use, run a little warm water over the icy hand to loosen it and remove it from the glove. Float it in your punch for a really creepy effect.
Mix equal parts of green, orange and dark purple Kool Aid packets, sugar as directed and water. Add lemon lime soda for kids or for a grown up party, add champagne! Float a few gummy worms in the mix.
Vampire Bloody Kiss Martini
1 oz. good quality vodka, chilled
1 oz. champagne, chilled
1 oz. Chambord raspberry liqueur, chilled
Pour vodka into martini glass. Pour champagne over. Slowly…pour Chambord liqueur over the back of a spoon into the glass, making the Chambord appear to float. Garnish glass with a pair of plastic Vampire teeth for a really creepy effect!
Caramel Apple Cocktail
1 shot Goldschlager or peppermint schnapps
1 shot Caramel liqueur
½ glass cold apple cider
Pour one shot of each Goldschlager and caramel liqueur into a cocktail glass. Add apple cider and stir to mix. Serve with a cinnamon stick if desired.