‘Tis the season to be spooky! With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start looking for some spooky recipes to delight your guests and trick or treaters. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or savoury you’ll be sure to find something suitably creepy or gory here. But don’t forget, it’s all about presentation! To really get into the season spirit, make sure you serve your dishes on some themes plates to really set the scene. Try one of the Corelle dinnerware sets for plates that will not only match your theme but are also chip and break resistant so no need to worry about the horror of damaging your plates.
Pumpkin Sick chip and dip (the throw-up style pumpkin with the dips coming out of it, vom style)
Unlike most Halloween-y recipes, this one isn’t actually pumpkin flavoured, but does feature a carved pumpkin to create a rather gruesome centrepiece for this dish. The whole premise of pumpkin sick is that you carve a pumpkin that looks like it’s throwing up, then arrange the various dips to look like the vomit (so not one for the squeamish!). You can choose to use any type of dip, although guacamole works particularly well for the effect, then surrounded by tortilla chips for dipping.
1. Deviled Eye (Egg) Balls
To create this spooky dish, make the deviled eggs as you would usually before adding beetroot puree or red sauce to create the veins. To create the pupils for the eyes, add a sliced black olive. For an even more ghoulish look, you can add a few drops of green food colour to the filling itself to create a pair of monster eyes.
2. Witches’ Fingers (can be sweet or savory)
Witches’ Fingers are a Halloween classic, and can be made as either a sweet or savoury dish. The premise is simple, bake either a biscuit or shortcut pastry in a shape resembling fingers, then decorate with almonds for nails. For the sweet version, you can use a simple biscuit recipe and attach the almond ‘nails’ with some strawberry jam for a gory look. For the savoury version, use a shortcut pastry or make your own cheddar cheese pastry for some added flavour, then attache the almonds with some tomato sauce.
1. Halloween Boo-scuits (biscuits with ghostly icing)
To create some spooky shortbread or biscuits that go ‘Boo!’ all you need are some ghost shaped cookie cutters and coloured icing. Start by making the dough for your Boo-scuits then using a cookie cutter to create their ghostly outline. Once you have baked and cooled your biscuits, all that is left to do is to flood them with some white icing, then adding ghost-like details using black icing.
2. Meringue Ghosts (meringues with some black icing eyes, easy peasy)
Another ghostly creation that’s spookily easy to make, meringue ghosts are crispy on the outside and contain a deliciously gooey centre like all good meringues. This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a spooky treat to make ahead of time, or have been searching for a simple recipe. All you have to do is pipe your meringue mixture onto a baking sheet, and add some edible eyes and voila! Your ghosts are ready and all that is left is to bake them. You can also make meringue bones by piping out your meringue mixture over patterns on your baking sheet.
3. Spiderweb Tart
Spiderweb desserts are the perfect mix of stylish and spooky, making them ideal for more grown-up Halloween parties, or if you’re after a dish that won’t look too scary. To create a spiderweb effect, drizzle your tart in chocolate ganache before piping on white chocolate ganache and using a toothpick to drag lines from the centre outwards to create the spiderweb effect. You can create a similar effect on cheesecakes too, and top with some candy spiders for added creepiness.