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10 Brilliant But Creepy Halloween Recipes To Spook Out Your Friends

Jessica Cam Wong 26-10-2011

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We’ve accumulated some Halloween recipes that can help expand your repertoire of culinary pieces and can decorate your table 10 Techie Halloween Decorations, Gadgets, and Toys With the 31st of October lurking, consider ordering a few Halloween decorations and gadgets to terrify your friends and family. We've gathered some of the most chilling gear around -- read on if you dare! Read More this October 31st. Check out the creepy-looking winners, sorted by level of difficulty.

Super Easy: Worms in Dirt

Got a pack of hot dogs or wieners sitting in your fridge? Cut them lengthwise and boil them till they curl. Mix them with some black beans and you’ve got yourself an easy appetizer.

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Easy: Brain Jello

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If you get yourself a brain mold from Amazon, you have an easy shortcut for a Halloween dish. For ideas, check out this jello shot recipe on Allrecipes or this simpler one for dessert.

Easy: Bloody Eyeballs [No longer available]

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Here’s an easy Italian-inspired recipe that’s suitable for Halloween if you cube some well-seasoned chicken, place black olives on top and bake the pieces in tomato sauce. It’s up to you to arrange the chicken cubes in as eyeball-like shape as you’d like.

Easy: Witches Brew

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Here’s an easy drink that you can prepare without much effort. The spooky part is in the hand made from gelatin and molded from a disposable glove. Follow this link for the simple recipe.

Easy: Bat Wings

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Got soy sauce? Perhaps some black coloring agent as well? Toss them on some chicken wings, put them in the oven and you’ll have some bat wings in no time! The link in the title leads to Martha Stewart’s recipe that uses a few more ingredients such as oyster sauce and black bean sauce, which you might or might not have. In the latter case, you might want to look at this 3-condiment bat wing recipe on AllRecipes.

Medium: Bloody Baked Rats

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These are cute mini-meatloaves shaped in, you guessed it, rats. These little rats actually hold Cheddar cheese inside so gooey cheese will ooze out when you slice them. Ingredients include ground beef, dry bread crumbs, meatloaf seasoning mix, tomato sauce and other common pantry items. Find the recipe on Allrecipes.com.

Medium: Jell-O “Blood” Worms

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Since Jell-O is so versatile, people have got very creative. This is another example using plastic straws and raspberry- or grape-flavored gelatin. You can find a copy of the recipe here.

Medium: Spooky Eyeballs


Here’s another version of Halloween eyeballs that can even be for dessert. Anyone want to try some eyeball-shaped peanut butter cups? A commenter suggested in the recipe page to top cupcakes with these babies. They’re also pretty fun to make with others, especially if you have children.

Medium: Bloody Broken Glass Cupcakes


Sugar and water can be just as versatile as jell-o.  You can make come up with interesting textures such as caramel, glass shards, etc. Combine them with corn syrup, red food coloring, and cornstarch and you’ll have the broken glass pieces that you can place on top of your favorite cupcakes (the recipe uses white cake mix for the cupcakes).

More Time-Consuming: Witches Fingers

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Apparently these treats are pretty popular as there are many versions of the recipe in different websites. The fingers above on the left are made from this recipe (it’s basically a modified Christmas cookie recipe) while you can find the ones on the right on Martha Stewart. You can find additional versions here and here.

Let us know in the comments what you made this Halloween!  Have you tried out any Halloween recipes on this page?  If so, how did it work out for you?  Did you persuade anyone to eat it?

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  1. freddie
    May 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    the jello worms are hard and labor intensive to get out of the straws. the recipe does not tell you that you need to oil the straws before you add the jello. it would work better with extra large flex straws which I have not found yet.

  2. freddie
    May 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    the worms are a pain to get out of the straws. you need to oil the straws before you pour in the jello. not worth the time and effort. unless you can get extra large flex straws and I have not found those yet.

  3. Yrcyrcyrcyrcyrcyrcyrctrc
    November 2, 2011 at 3:37 am

    Just vomit into a bowl, and boil it. Feed it to your loser friends.

  4. Slywlf
    October 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks - there are a couple ideas here I hadn't seen before - and that takes some doing since I love Halloween and I'm always on the lookout for fun food ideas ;-)
    Here's a couple I've either done or seen at parties; green jello (flavor of your choice since there are several options) served in a (clean new) goldfish bowl, with Swedish fish and various gummi critters imbedded in it; The infamous litter-pan cake; chicken legs with red BBQ sauce served on a platter with foil 'manacles' around their ankles; eyeball devilled eggs (too many ways to do that to mention here - but one time I used food coloring to make the yolks blue or green or brown). Happy Howloween ;-)

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 29, 2011 at 12:05 am

      Haha, those sound great too! Thanks for the detailed descriptions! 

  5. Anonymous
    October 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    This is a great collection!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 28, 2011 at 3:52 am

      Thank you! Feel free to share it with your pals!

  6. Gratefulhoo
    October 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    We made hot dog worms and jello worms a couple years ago. My older daughter was the only one who ate the jello worms - the other girls were too creeped out. We have also done the eyeball cakes. This year, we're going for the broken glass cupcakes, hot dog worms, ice skull in the punch, and a puking pumpkin veggie tray.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 28, 2011 at 3:51 am

      Haha, "puking pumpkin veggie tray" sounds interesting! Would love it if you could share pictures of your creations here! All those dishes sound like quite a table! 

  7. dreamy
    October 27, 2011 at 2:45 am

    I'm glad I'm not celebrating Halloween coz I don't want to be treated to these er....'disgusting' treats!

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 28, 2011 at 3:46 am

      Well, I don't celebrate Halloween per se, but don't these sure look fun? :)