While some people think that the “holidays” start at the end of November, in my house the holidays begin with Halloween. The house is covered in spider webs (we haven’t cleaned in weeks) and grandma has stopped putting on make-up (it’s scarier than any costume!). The only thing left to decide is what to serve at our Halloween Hootenanny. Time to turn your motley crew of “tricksters” into happy ghosts and ghouls, with Spook-tacular Halloween Treats!
Halloween Spooky Spider Deviled Eggs
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, halved
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon pepper
- black olives
- 1. Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Slip out yolks and mash.
- 2. Stir in mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper.
- 3. Cut whole olive in half.
- 4. Put one half of olive for the spider’s body.
- 5. Thinly slice the other half for the spider’s legs. Put four legs on each side.
Recipe by Lighthouse Rita
Crescent Mummy Dogs
- Prep: 30 MIN
- Total: 50 MIN
- Servings: 10
Wrap up a hot dog in true mummy fashion in this fun Halloween take on classic Crescent Dogs.
Recipe by Pillsbury Kitchens
1 can (8 oz.) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz.) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet SAVE $
2 ½ slices American cheese, quartered (2.5 oz) SAVE $
10 large hot dogs
Mustard or ketchup, if desired
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
- With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half).
- Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog and 1/4 slice of cheese to look like “bandages,” stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” On a non-greased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
- Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot. With mustard, draw features on “face.”
Halloween Candy Apples
1 hr 34 mins
- 8 apples, firm and medium sized
- 8 wooden sticks
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1⁄2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red food coloring
- Wash, dry and polish apples.
- Remove stem.
- Insert wooden stick in stem end.
- Remove blossoms.
- Set aside.
- Put sugar, syrup and water into saucepan.
- Heat and stir to dissolve.
- Boil without stirring until it reaches 300 degrees on candy thermometer.
- A bit of syrup dropped into cold water will separate into brittle threads.
- Remove from heat.
- Stir in cinnamon and food coloring.
- Dip apple to cover.
- Hold above saucepan to drain.
- Place on greased pan or tray stick side up.
- Quickly dip remaining apples.
- Return syrup to heat long enough to liquefy if it firms too much.
- Let stand at least 1 hour before serving.
Recipe by Chef Dee
Tart Cherry Eyeball Punch
Prep time: 10 Min
- 2 15 oz. cans of lychees
- 6 oz. of blackberries
- 4 cups tart cherry juice
- 1 cup fresh orange juice
- 3 12 oz. cans of sparkling water
Drain 2 (15-oz.) cans lychees, reserving 1 ½ cups of syrup. Carefully stuff blackberries (from a 6-oz. container) in each lychee; chill. Stir together reserved syrup, 4 cups tart cherry juice, and 1 cup fresh orange juice in a large pitcher; chill. Add stuffed lychees and 3 (12-oz.) cans chilled sparkling water to punch. Serve over ice. Makes 12 servings
*For a sweeter drink, substitute ginger ale for sparkling water. Adults only: Stir 1 ½ cups vodka or light rum into punch.
Recipe by County Living Staff
Pumpkin Patch Pudding Cups
- Clear plastic cups
- Chocolate pudding
- Chocolate cream cookies
- Green sugar crystal sprinkles
- Mellow creme pumpkins
- Green gel (optional)
- Fall leaf sprinkles (optional)
- Paper straw
- Craft sticks (5 each)
- Hot glue
- Paint or paint pen
- To begin the pumpkin patch pudding cups, prepare soft-serve chocolate pudding (I just used instant pudding) and fill the cups about 3/4 full.
- Crush up some chocolate cream cookies using your fist, a spoon, or a food processor. This is a fun activity to get kids involved in, especially if you use a hammer.
- Sprinkle a decent amount of cookie crumbs onto the top of the pumpkin patch pudding. This will be the “dirt.”
- Most pumpkin patches have a little bit of grass still with the pumpkins, not just dirt, so add some of the green sprinkles around the top of your pumpkin patch pudding cup. I did some spots with none, some with very little, and others with a decent amount so it looks more like grass would.
- Place a few mellow creme pumpkins on the top of your pumpkin patch pudding and push them down gently into the “dirt” like they are sitting in a pumpkin patch. If you can find different sized/shaped pumpkins, that would be even better! I just went with whatever was in the Autumn Mix Mellowcreme and candy corn package that I purchased. You can also add some green gel for vines and sprinkle on some leaf-shaped sprinkles if you wish!
- While the pudding sets, make the pumpkin patch signs! Start by gluing the craft sticks onto the paper straw. Make sure these are centered and that they each touch. Leave a small amount of the straw poking out from the top and a good amount below as it will be sticking into the pudding.
- If you would like to make the signs sturdier, flip the sign around and add some more glue around where the straw meets the craft sticks. I reinforced my sign this way.
- Flip the sign back around. Using the paint or paint pen, write “Pumpkins $1.00” onto the sign. Let dry.
- Once the Pumpkin Patch Pudding has set, carefully stick the sign in near the back. If needed, place the pudding cup back into the refrigerator for a bit so the sign does not fall over.
- Serve chilled.
Recipe by Arts and Crackers
With all of these awesome spook-tacular Halloween treats you might not even have room for any candy…maybe. But your guests will be scared stiff by how amazing the spread is at your next Halloween party. Don’t take it from mummy, your delicious treats will be the talk of Halloween town till the next full moon. Enjoy! And Happy Halloween from all of your friends at Temple Display!
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