Halloween Ideas and Recipes

posted by Sue Freeman 09-18-98 2:32 PM

Glycol Punch

Glycol Punch has two primary ingredients:
Diet Mountain Dew, which has an decidedly evil odd yellow glow to it. Diet is necessary so that you don't over sugar people. BTW, we also tried other sodas, including Squirt, 7-up and Sprite, but none had that evil yellowness.

A flourescent blue liquid. I know for a fact that the raspberry "little hugs" drinks for kids are the perfect color. There is a recent Kool-Aid blue flavor that I'm sure would work well, too.

For the "little hugs" the ratio is about 4-5 barrels to 1 2-liter bottle of soda. Adjust as you think best. I'd start by pouring out the soda and adding the blue. You know you've got it right when you get the sickly yellow-green of many Glycol-based Antifreezes. Plus, when you drink, it fizzes!

3 parts grape juice, 1 part orange juice, vodka optional. If you can find it, you might try Ribena, a concentrated currant syrup that was used for blood when the series was filmed (I hear it's horrid to drink but looks *very* effective in a wine glass).

Potty Jello

Purchase the plastic bowl that fits in a child's potty training chair (they sell them at places like KMart). Wash the bowl and prepare lemon jello per package directions. Float miniature O-Henry bars in it, refrigerate, and serve. Get the picture?

Aquarium Jello

You take blue jello, make it in a clean glass aquarium bowl. Float gummy fish and plastic people for swimmers and plastic plants and stuff. Well, what we'd do for a Halloween party would be to make a Toxic Aquarium. Mix orange and blue jello to get a sickly shade of green.

Lifesavers make old tires and you can toss in other junky things for trash on the bottom of the sea. Something barrel shaped for that illegally dumped toxic waste. Float your fish upsidedown on top, and add a plastic skeleton or two. Haven't figured out a good way to put something on the bottom to represent the sand, tho.

And if you like your jello spiked, here's a recipe:

1 8-serving box of Berry Blue Jello
4 packets Knox unflavored gelatin
5 cups boiling water
2 cups vodka

You can take some ordinary foods and relabel them something creative.
Ribs with lots of barbeque sauce.
Baked potatoes with chili ladled over for shrunken heads with brain sauce.
Spaghetti for your basic guts. A twist on this would be to put brussel sprouts in the sauce instead of meatballs. People won't be able to tell the difference until they bite into them.

Litterbox Cookies

There are two flavors-chocolate, and gingerbread. The cookies are dense and not very sweet, this is necesssary so that they will keep their shape during baking. If you use white flour or sugar they may be tastier but they won't look like poop.

Chocolate ingredients:

1/2 cup honey
2/3 cup (1 and 1/3 stick) butter or margarine
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla or peppermint extract
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
grape-nuts(tm) cereal

Gingerbread ingredients:
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
2/3 cup(1 and 1/3 stick) butter or margerine
1 egg
2 and 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
spices-ginger, cinnamon, cloves to taste(maybe 1/2 tsp each)
grape-nuts(tm) cereal

chocolate chips
butterscotch chips
peanut butter chips

Microwave the honey till it bubbles(about 1 minute). add the butter, and the molasses, if any.Add the egg, mix well, then mix in all the other stuff. Add mix-ins of your choice to some or all of the batter.

Chill 1 hour in the freezer or several hours in the fridge. Roll dough logs of random length and the diameter of cat poops. Roll logs in grape- nuts and bake at 350 degrees till done (10 to 15 minutes).

Serve in a disposable cat litter box on a bed of grapenuts, with a cat litter scoop. I hear you get lovely effects by decorating the box and scoop with melted chocolate or pudding.

This recipe worked especially well at the halloween party where the table was already decorated with plastic flies.

Dirt Cake would be great by itself, but someone on the net came up with a nifty variation. Unfortunately I don't know who, but I wish I had kept the attribution on this one, cause it's a neat idea. What you do is take your basic dirt cake recipe and modify it in this matter: Take another latex glove, fill it up with mashed potatoes and anchor it at the bottom of your flower pot. Fill the dirt cake around it up until just the finger tips are sticking out of the dirt. If you like, you can plunge a knife in the "hand" and add fake blood. I don't know if this one was ever made, to try at your own risk.

Here's the dirt cake recipe:

Dirt Cake

1 medium-size flower pot (about 8 inches in diameter works well, or use two small pots about 6 inches in
1 garden trowel.
3 large gummy or plastic worms (optional [optional? no way!]).
Plastic flowers.
1 16-ounce bag Oreo cookies.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened.
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened.
1 cup confectioners' sugar.
1 teaspoon vanilla.
2 4-serving-size boxes instant chocolate-fudge flavor pudding [a penciled-in note on the recipe claims
vanilla is better]
3 cups milk.
1 12-ounce tub whipped topping, thawed.

Crush cookies until they resemble potting soil, set aside.
Cream butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Set aside. Combine pudding mix and milk until well blended, then fold in the whipped topping. Gently fold cream cheese and pudding mixtures together.

To put the cake together, layer 1/3 of the cookie crumbs followed by 1/2 the pudding mixture, 1/3/ of the crumbs, the rest of the pudding mixture and topping with the remaining cookie crumbs. Refrigerate 10 to 12 hours. About 1/2 hour before serving, remove from refrigerator and decorate with flowers. Serve by digging out portions with the trowel. Serves 10 to 12.

Another good cake. I would modify this one by using two round pans, cutting a smaller circle out of one and using it as the head and filling the hole left over. Place the other layer on top, and trim to shape.

Spider Cake (once made as a tease for a woman who HATED spiders)

Take your average cake mix. Bake it up in 2 metal bowls--1 bigger than the other. One unmolded, cut the bigger one (the "body") in half, horizontally. CAREFULLY scoop out an adequate cavity in each half.

FILL with well-whipped set green Jello, and reattach the halves. Frost black, arrange on serving platter. Use licorice stix as legs. Use 2 BIG green gumdrops and 6 little ones as eyes. When the cake is cut into, it spurts green goop, just like a real spider when stepped on.

Black Cat Cupcakes

1 1/4 c Reduced Fat Oreo. cookie crumbs
18 1/4 ozs reduced fat chocolate cake mix
24 pcs Halloween Oreo. cookies
16 ozs reduced fat milk chocolate frosting
black string licorice
jelly beans
semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 24-2 1/2" muffin cups with cooking spray and flour; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions; stir in cookie crumbs.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

Make cat faces on each of the remaining cookies: using some frosting, attach 4-1 1/2" licorice strings for whiskers, 2 jelly bean halves for eyes and 2 chocolate chips for ears. Let set at least 30 minutes.

Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Stand cat faces on edge on each cupcake. Place 3" piece licorice string on back half of each cupcake for tail.

Title Cheese Eyeballs

2.00 cups grated Cheddar
0.50 cup butter
0.50 teaspoo n salt
1.00 teaspoo n paprika
1.00 cup flour
6.00 ounce bottle pimento-stuffed green olives

Combine cheese and butter. Add salt, paprika, and flour and mix well.

Measure approximately one tsp of this mixture and form an "eyeball" around an olive. Turn the olive in the "eyeball" so that it is "staring" outward.

Line up the eyeballs on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 400F oven for 15 minutes.

Another eyeball recipe: Make devilled eggs, smooth out the filled yolk part so it lays flush. Set a slice of pitted black or green olive for an iris and draw red lines on the white part with a toothpick and red food coloring (for bloodshot eyes).

Yet another eyeball recipe: Make yellow jello, fill ice cube trays with. Drop a blueberry in center of each ice cube well, chill and unmold.

Dead Men's Legs (cookies)

1.00 egg
0.50 cup sugar
0.33 cup finely chopped blanched/skinned almond
0.50 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 325F. Beat egg lightly and gradually add sugar. Beat with mixer until light and foamy--about 20 minutes. Add almonds and flour; mix well.

Roll dough into finger-thick ropes on a very light floured surface. Flatten slightly with fingertips and cut into 3 inch lengths and place on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake in oven until light brown--about 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely before storing in airtight containers. Stores 1 to 2 months.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Eerie Witch's Brew

4 cups Cranberry juice cocktail
1 cup Chopped candied ginger (1 jar)
3 Oranges
1 can (12-oz) thawed frozen apple juice concentrate
1 can (6-oz) thawed frozen limeade concentrate
2 cups Seedless grapes
4 cups -Water
2 Bottles (32 oz each) ginger ale
1 lbs Dry ice -up to 2 lbs

A smoking cauldron of punch made with grapes and orange peel
masquerading as eyeballs and worms.

A SERIOUS CAUTION: never touch dry ice; use tongs to handle

In a 1 to 2 quart pan, bring 1 cup of cranberry juice and candied ginger to a boil over high heat. Boil, uncovered, about 2 minutes, set aside.

With a vegetable peeler, pare peel (colored part only) from oranges; cut peel into thin 2-inch-long worms; or use an Oriental shredder to make long shreds. Add orange peel to cranberry mixture. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or as long as overnight.

Juice oranges; put juice in a 6 to 8 quart pan or heavy bowl. Stir in cranberry-ginger mixture, the 3 cups cranberry juice, apple concentrate, limeade, grapes and water. If made ahead, cover and chill up to 2 hours. Add ginger ale and about a 1 pound piece of dry ice (DO NOT put small pieces in punch or cups); ice should smolder at least 30 minutes.Ladle into cups. Add any remaining ice when bubbling ceases.

Makes 5 quarts; allow about 1-1/2 cups for a serving.

Wormy Baked Apples

6.00 lg Golden Delicious apples
0.50 c *each* raisins and chopped walnuts
0.50 c Firmly packed brown sugar
0.25 c Water
0.25 c (1/2 stick) butter/margarine
0.50 ts *each* ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg
6.00 Wiggly candy worms ("Gummy Worms")
1.00 c Whipping cream, optional

Core apples from blossom ends, leaving stem ends intact. Mix raisins and walnuts and stuff into cavities of cored apples. Set apples, stems up in a 7x12-inch pan.

In a 1 to 2 quart pan, mix brown sugar, water, butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg; stir over high heat until mixture boils. Pour hot syrup around apples. Bake, uncovered, in 350~ oven, basting occasionally with syrup, until apples are tender when pierced and skin begins to crack, 30 to 35 minutes.

Remove apples from oven; cool in pan at least 10 minutes or let cool to room temperature. Set each apple in a small bowl and spoon syrup around fruit. In the top of each apple, cut a hole large enough for one of the candy worms and tuck one end into each apple, leaving most of the worm dangling. Offer cream to pour over apples. Makes 6 ghastly servings.


1 c Boiling water
1 pk Jell-O orange flavor gelatin -4 serving size
1 pt Vanilla ice cream; softened -(2 cups)
1 Prepared chocolate flavor -crumb crust (6 oz)
Thawed Cool Whip
Candy Corn
Black licorice, cut into -1 inch pieces

Stir boiling water into gelatin in medium bowl 2 minutes or until completely dissolved. Spoon in ice cream, stirring until melted and smooth. Refrigerate 10 minutes or until slightly thickened (consistency of unbeaten egg whites). Spoon into crust.

Refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. Just before serving, make jack-o-lantern face on pie with whipped topping, candy corn and licorice. Store leftover pie in refrigerator.

Categories: Personal, Kids, Halloween, Gross
Yield: 1 Servings

12 oz Can frozen lemonade
12 oz Can frozen pink lemonade
12 oz Can frozen limeade
1/2 ga Rainbow sherbert

About 45 minutes before serving time, set cans of lemon and limeade and the container of sherbert out to thaw. After 15 minutes, scoop out half of the sherbert's containers contents and place it into a brownish color. Place the remaining sherbert back in.

Prepare lemon and limeades according to the package directions and pour into the punch bowl.

Carefully float spoonfuls of the brown blended sherbert on top of the lemnade mixture, spreading it around to look like dirty brown suds. Do not stir. Use a ladle to serve punch in cups. Serves about 30 dirty, nonbathing buddies.

Sicko serving suggestion: Float a handful of green, yellow and white tiny after dinner mints (tiny bars of soap), on top of your scummy punch.

From the Book: Gross Grub by Cheryl Porter Random House ISBN

Categories: Blank, Kids, Halloween, Gross
Yield: 1 Servings

6 English muffins
1 Jar pizza sauce
2 c Shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tb Grated Parmesan cheese
Yellow, green and red food

Split muffins and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, making sure they don't touch.

Spoon a thin layer of sauce on top then cover the sauce with a layer of shredded cheese. Set aside.

Pour the Parmesan into a small bowl and add five drops each yellow, red and green food coloring until it's an even shade of mold green. (Use plastic bag to prevent your fingers from staining.) Set aside.

With an adult's help, broil the pizzas until the cheese has melted and begun to brown. Remove from oven and let cool
about 1 minute.

Carefully sprinkle mold on top of hot pizzas. Allow pies to cool slightly before you slip on a lab coat and serve. Serves 6 peaked patients.

From the Book: Gross Grub by Cheryl Porter Random House ISBN

Categories: Beverages, Halloween
Yield: 12 Servings

1 pk Blue Jelly Powder
8 c Lemonaide
1 1/2 c Boiling Water

Lemonaide or "Goulade" really packs a punch when you float a frightening , ghostly blue hand in your serving bowl. For an even scarier effect, use red jelly powder to make a blood red hand and tint the lemonade green. If you want, just let the gelatin set in a flat container, then cube it and serve with lemonade in dishes.

Dissolve powder in 1-1/2 cups boiling water; let cool slightly.

Meanwhile, thoroughly wash and dry inside and outside of new, medium-size stretch latex (medical) glove. Spray outside with baking spray; turn inside out. With 6-inch or longer skewer, puncture glove just below 1 side of opening; push skewer through to pierce opposite side, leaving wide opening. Suspend in tall pitcher.

Carefully pour gelatin mixture into hanging glove. Close top with twist tie between gelatin mixture and skewer. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until firmly set. [Glove can be refrigerated for up to 48 hours.]

Categories: Dips, Halloween
Yield: 2 Cups

10 oz Frozen Spinach, Thawed
4 oz Cream Cheese
1/2 c Sour Cream
1/3 c Mild Salsa
2 ea Green Onions, Chopped
1 ea Garlic Clove, minced
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 ts Pepper

Drain spinach; squeeze dry. In food processor, pure spinach, cheese, sour cream, salsa, onions, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until thickened slightly. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Serve with "Halloween: Skeleton Bread"

Source: Canadian Living magazine, Nov 95 Presented in article "Kids & Fun: Happy Halloween" Recipe by
Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Categories: Breads, Halloween
Yield: 1 Small loaf

1/2 pk Frozen Bread Dough
1/2 of 1lb pkg (8oz)
1 ea Egg, Beaten
1 tb Water
1 tb Poppy Seeds

Thaw and let bread rise according to manufacturer's instructions. Punch down dough; divide in half. Set 1
half aside.

Cut remaining half into thirds. With 1 of the thirds, form head shaped like a light bulb. With scissors, cut eyes, nose and mouth. Place heat at end of greased 17x11-inch rimmed baking sheet. Shape second third into 3-inch long triangle; place, point down, below heat to form body. Divide remaining third of dough into 7 pieces; roll into sausages. Arrange 3 on each side of upper body for ribs. Use remaining piece for neck.

Halve reserved dough. With 1 half, make 4 logs for upper and lower legs; attach to body. With two-thirds of the remaining dough, make 4 logs for upper and lower arms; attach at shoulders.

With remaining dough, make 2 small and 2 large triangles for hands and feet. With scissors, make 4 cuts at broad ends of triangles for fingers and toes; attach to arms and legs. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Whisk egg with water; brush some over joints, pressing to seal. Brush entire skeleton with remaining egg wash; sprinkle with poppy seeds. Bake in 375F 190C oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.

Title: Eyeball Potion
Categories: Posted/mm, Kids, Halloween, Unusual, Format/may
Yield: 10 Servings

8 oz Frozen whipped topping; -thawed
Blueberries or raisins
1 1/2 c Boiling water
1 lg Pkg gelatin - any red flavor
1 c Cold water
Ice cubes

Using a small ice-cream scoop, place 2 scoops whipped topping into each of 10 dessert dishes for "eyeballs." Place a blueberry or raisin in each scoop for the "pupil." Freeze 30 minutes, or until firm.

Meanwhile, stir boiling water into gelatin in large bowl at least two minutes until completely dissolved. Mix cold water and ice cubes to make 2-1/2 cups. Add to gelatin, stirring until slightly thickened. Remove any remaining ice. Pour about 1/2 cup gelatin around the two "eyeballs" in each dish, leaving the top of the "eyeballs" exposed. Refrigerate 1-1/2 hours, or until firm.

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