Happy Halloween

I used to hate Halloween. I hated the competitive feelings of making sure my kid had the “best homemade” costume in their class. I failed at that. I hated all the blood, gore and scary things. I love things like sunshine, rainbows and happiness. Halloween just totally went against my grain. I knew I needed to change this with having so many kids, but didn’t know how. So, being the Pollyanna I want to be, I needed to find something of Halloween to embrace.   I needed to find the good parts of this holiday. Thank you Pinterest.   Now, I absolutely love it. I love all the fun costumes, decorations and trick or treating. I love going to our local Halloween parade of children parading through the streets with their school classes in all their Halloween glory. I love going to our small town Trunk or Treat to hand out many dollar’s worth of treats just to see the fun costumes people come up with. But, most of all, I love to have our new tradition of Halloween dinner before the kids go trick or treating.

When my oldest daughter married into the Hansen family, I remember them having a Halloween dinner with all their relatives. I was envious to say the least. What a great idea. How could I have not thought of it? I had to start this tradition. I needed ideas. My food couldn’t just taste good, it needed to look good….and scary at the same time. Pinterest changed everything. I am constantly looking for new ideas for my next dinner. I have kept a few photos through the years to share. I wish so badly I would’ve started taking pics of all the things I have made. I hope you will take a moment to look into some of the awesome ideas out there. I can’t wait to decide what I will be making this year. You all are invited!

Please keep in mind, many of these pics are old and from years ago. Also, I don’t have all the links to everywhere my inspiration came from, but here ya go:

7 LAYER DIP

7 LAYER DIP is always a favorite at any get-together.  I just took a sandwich bag filled with sour cream and cut off the corner to make a small hole.  Then, I piped on a spider web and made some spiders out of olives.  If I were to do this again, I would really use a piping bag and do a much better job.  All in all, everyone still loved it.

Brain Panna Cotta

This one was a favorite and was so much easier than I thought it would be.  I ordered my mold off Amazon, I believe.  This is definitely a keeper and I plan on making this again this year.  Here is one place you can get the recipe.  Enjoy! https://www.tastemade.com/videos/giant-jiggly-brain-panna-cotta?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest

Deviled Eggs

Who doesn’t love deviled eggs?  There are many recipes out there on how to make these.  I believe I just cut my eggs in half lengthwise and took out the yolks.  I put the yolks in a small bowl and mushed them up with a spoon.  Then, I add some mayo, mustard, salt & pepper and some pickle juice.  I placed a blob in the center and then created some spiders out of olives.  Again, next time I do this, I will actually pipe my centers and spend a bit more time on my spiders.

Orange Pumpkins

I am definitely making these again this year.  These are so simple and one way to get some healthy food in your kid’s bellies before they eat all that candy.  To make them, you just peel the orange and use a chive or some celery to make a stem . Easy Peasy!

Mummy Dogs

I have been looking all over trying to find the pics of the finished mummy.  I have made these twice.  Basically, I just got some pre-made biscuit dough and cut it in strips.  I have also used pizza dough.  Then I wrapped it around the hot dog and baked.  You can use sour cream and a piece of an olive for the eyeballs. When I made these last, I just cut the hot dog length wise in half about half way up.  Then, I used the other half and cut the arms. Pillsbury has their own way of making this.  Here is their link.  https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/crescent-mummy-dogs/d52a57d7-ab8a-4a1c-8dae-f9f90d03b912?src=sh&pp=1

Meatloaf Mummies with Frankenstein Brains

I loved this one.  At the time, I should’ve used more onion to make this supreme.  Also, I used some rice to make it look like maggots were coming out of the face.  Use your favorite recipe to make meatloaf and make yours today.  Serve with pasta sauce and some dyed spaghetti noodles. I found another place that may give you some inspiration.  https://fabulesslyfrugal.com/recipes/halloween-dinner-idea-meatloaf-zombies/

Edible Worms

I LOVE the looks of this!  This was a lot harder than we anticipated.  Haley and I were squeezing and squeezing to get the worms out of the straws.  Here is a link to another blog with a recipe.  Enjoy!

Bowl of Worms: How to Make Jello Worms

Jello Jigglers

These are super simple to make.  I try to keep my eyes open for molds that become available in the Jello isle.  Here’s a link to a recipe to make those…https://www.food.com/recipe/knox-blocks-281669

Dirt Cups

These are an oldie, but a goodie.  Anyone can make these.  I used two different flavors of pudding to make mine.  First I put in some crushed Oreos.  Then, I filled it up half way with my first pudding, then sprinkled some crushed up Oreos on top.  Then, I repeated the same layer with chocolate pudding and Oreos.  Then, just put in some gummy worms and voila’ …… a perfect kid dessert.

Hand pies with eyeball center

Hand Pies

I loved this idea and want to try it again.  All I did was trace my hand on some pie crust.  Then, I used a piping bag to put in the filling.  I sealed the edges and baked them.  Next time, I will make these larger so I can get in more filling.  The eye is made using a cherry and a little bit of frosting.  Here is a link to another website with their instructions.  Enjoy!  https://blendermom.com/easy-halloween-hand-pies-recipe-giveaway-halloweentreatsweek/?fbclid=IwAR01oeEL-sLuFLIi_PE5nUsqIfcr-hIMqRQeYTQw_6ITFlGEwXPMM_zh_jg

Eye Pie

I pretty much just tried to make something with the ingredients I had on hand.  I found these little pie tins at the dollar store and decided to use them.  I really struggled with the crimping and wish I would’ve done that differently.  Next time, I would like to make smaller ones.  I found a great website that shows how this process is done.  I LOVE the looks of this lady’s pies.  https://www.notquitenigella.com/2017/10/13/scary-halloween-pies/

Candied Apples

I love the look of these.  I call these my poisoned apples.  These are true candied apples.  I’m talking hard tack candy.  These are so simple to make.  Here’s a link to the recipe I used.  Enjoy!  https://simply-delicious-food.com/poison-toffee-apples-halloween/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+simply-delicious+(Simply+Delicious)

Guts

Guts before rising

This is my new most favorite recipe for Halloween ever!!!!  I loved making these.  This was the first time I have ever used a cake mix to make bread.  I think it turned out amazing.  Enjoy!  Here’s the link to the recipe.  https://www.inthekidskitchen.com/holiday-fun/zombie-guts-halloween-cinnamon-rolls/

I thought these were so cute.  They were pretty simple to make.  I just purchased some Twinkies, candy melts, eyeballs, chocolate sprinkles and used some leftover black frosting for the mouth. This was one of the first times I have done dipping.  It’s a lot harder than it looks and my stick kept trying to come out of the Twinkie.  Make sure you follow the directions on this website if you need a little help.  https://bullocksbuzz.com/frankenstein-twinkies-frankenstein-treats-for-halloween/

You have to check out the website I got this idea from.  My snakes do not even come close to doing them justice.  I loved making these and will do them again next year with a few changes.  I will definitely make my own dough next time and not use the refrigerated kind from the store.  This went super well with our Frankenstein brains (purple spaghetti) and blood sauce (marinara) . https://keepingupwiththekings.com/2019/05/03/best-ever-homemade-spaghetti-marinara/ . Here is a link to the site.  🙂 http://www.livingly.com/The+Best+Spooky+Halloween+Food+on+Pinterest/articles/qwgb8z-epHD/Breadstick+Rattlers

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