Fun Halloween Food

Author: Alecia Pirulis  

Gingerbread Halloween House

The old refrain, “Don’t play with your food!” doesn’t apply at Halloween. This is a great time of year to have some fun with your food — spaghetti becomes worms, crumbled chocolate cookies become dirt, pretzel sticks become fingers (especially when dipped in a candy coating with a sliced almond added for a fingernail).

If you’re planning to host a Halloween party in your apartment (or if you are attending a party and need to bring a dish), have some fun with it!

Perhaps you’ll be taking a kid or two around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. Ward off the evening chill with this Hearty Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes.

For those who are hosting an adults-only Halloween bash, consider some of these spooky drink ideas. Ghoul up your punch with a frozen hand — fill a clean, non-latex, non-powdered glove with water, wrap an elastic band tightly around the opening to keep it from leaking, and freeze overnight. Cut off the glove and you’ll have a spooky hand to float around in your punch bowl.

Although the candy bowls will be overflowing, you may want to consider adding dessert to your Halloween night menu. A simple graveyard cake is an easy hit — make a square cake, frost with chocolate frosting, and cover it with cookie crumbles to look like dirt. Decorate with gummy worms and oval-shaped cookies (such as Vienna Fingers) stuck into the cake to resemble tombstones. Cupcakes are always a huge hit — try making some creepy-crawly cupcakes.