In the spirit of the holiday, the team here at Quicken Loans wanted to give you some of our personal favorite spooky, creepy, crawly Halloween recipe ideas. Hopefully these help you celebrate without the sugar coma.
Here are some appetizers to get your meal off to a scary good start.
This one is super simple and spooky. You only need a few ingredients:
- Graham crackers
- Cream cheese
- Raspberry or strawberry jelly
Cut graham crackers into strips that look like bandages, use cream cheese for the adhesive strip and dab on raspberry or strawberry jelly for blood.
Several of these will worm their way from your mouth to your stomach in a quick hurry. This is what you’ll need:
- Two boxes of raspberry gelatin, 3 ounces each
- One box of unflavored gelatin, for extra thickness
- ¾ cup whipped cream
- Green food coloring
- A tall container to hold your worms while they set
- Flexible straws
Mix the gelatin in a bowl and add boiling water. Let the gelatin cool to lukewarm, and then add the whipped cream and green food coloring, to simulate mud. In your tall container, pack the straws tightly so the gelatin doesn’t escape, and fill. Refrigerate until firm. To remove worms, hold straws over warm water; they’ll slip out.
Filling your stomach with brains totally counts as eating smarter, right? This one takes a little preparation to get some props, but the cooking part couldn’t be easier. Here’s what you’ll need:
- A large plastic skull
- Cream cheese
- Ham dip, either homemade or store bought
Cut the top off of the plastic skull, and fill with cream cheese and ham dip in the shape of a brain.
Here are some drinks for the little ghosts and goblins and the older witches and wizards.
Melted Wicked Witch Punch
This is sure to look nasty enough for Halloween, while still being refreshing. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 6 cups of water
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 (16 ounce) box of lemon-lime-flavored gelatin
- 1 (46 ounce) can of pineapple juice
- 2 quarts of orange juice
- ½ cup of lemon juice
- 2 (2 liter) bottles of lemon-lime soda
Stir water, sugar and gelatin mix in large saucepan and bring to boil. Reduce to medium heat, and cook at a boil while stirring frequently until the sugar and gelatin dissolve. Pour into a punch bowl and stir in the lemon-lime soda. Place in the freezer to set for roughly four hours.
Here’s something for the adults. Whatever you do, don’t take a drink every time you see an Elsa costume. You only need a few ingredients to make this one:
- 1 part Southern Comfort
- 3-5 parts Sprite
- Blue Wild Berry Skittles
- Ice cubes
Mix the liquid ingredients together. Next, freeze your Skittles into ice cubes, and put a few in each drink.
The drink is yellow and clear to start. As the ice cubes melt, a chemical reaction takes place that breaks down the Skittles and turns the drink a dark black and tastes like sweet tarts.
Appetizers will only keep you out of candy for so long, so it’s on to the main course. Here are a few Halloween dinner options.
Spooky Grilled Cheese
This is about as simple as it gets. Make grilled cheese as you normally would, then use Halloween-themed food stencils to cut out spooky shapes.
Nope, this does not refer to undead fans of the rocker Meat Loaf, but rather a creative supper entrée.
- Meatloaf (use your personal favorite recipe)
Prepare your meatloaf as you usually do, but shape it into a head. Then, use onions for the eyes and the teeth, wrap the face in bacon, and bake as you typically do. When it’s done, apply whatever sauce you wish.
Roasted Pumpkin Nachos
This isn’t a Halloween recipe per se, but if you add jalapenos or hot sauce, it could be plenty scary. You’ll need these ingredients:
- 4 cups of cubed fresh pumpkin or butternut squash
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
Use as much of the following ingredients as you’d like:
- Black beans, rinsed and drained
- Shredded taco cheese
Place the pumpkin in a 400 degree oven on a greased pan. Coat the pumpkin with oil, salt and pepper. Roast for about 25-30 minutes, until tender.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Layer the chips, beans, pumpkin, salsa and shredded cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted.
Add any other toppings you’d like to put on your nachos.
Candy may be enough for most of you, but we’re all big kids here. We want you to have your candy and eat your cake, too.
You won’t even mind when these arachnids crawl into your stomach. Here’s what you’ll need to bring them to life:
- 1 bag of semisweet chocolate chips
- ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
- 6 cups of pretzel sticks
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and set it aside. Mix the chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for 2-3 minutes, so they melt together.
Stir in the pretzel sticks. Place pretzels on baking sheet in clusters to look like spiders. Put them in the freezer for five minutes to harden.
Kitty Litter Cake
For the last recipe, here’s something that’s both a trick and a treat. This is what you’ll need:
- 1 (18.25 ounce) box of German chocolate cake mix
- 1 (18.25 ounce) box of white cake mix
- 2 (3.5 ounce) box of instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (12 ounce) package of vanilla sandwich cookies
- 3 drops of green food coloring
- 1 (12 ounce) package of tootsie rolls
Prepare cake and pudding mixes according to directions. Use a blender to crumble the cookies, and set aside everything but a quarter cup. Add a few drops of food coloring to the remaining cookies. Also crumble the cooled cakes, and put them in a large bowl. Mix the cake with half the remaining cookie crumbs and the pudding. Put a litter box liner in the dish and add the cake, cookie and pudding mixture. Next, put the tootsie rolls in a microwave safe dish and heat to soften. Curve them to look like cat droppings. Bury them randomly in the cake.
What are your favorite Halloween recipes? Share them with us in the comments section.
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