Seasonal Recipes

Spooky Recipes for Halloween

Halloween is a great time for serving creative and “gross” foods. Kids’ parties and adult get-togethers can both benefit from some creepy food. Of course this year will definitely “look” different because of the pandemic but you can still have fun, just do it safely and keep social distancing in mind. Here are some spooky recipes for Halloween, from classy and fun to ghastly and delicious!

Cheese and Deli Meats

Cheese and deli meats are not that scary, but can be cut into flat foods and Halloween-theme shaped, i.e. ghosts, pumpkins, and cats. The more orange the cheese, the better! Then layer them on crackers and add details with black olive slices for spooky hors d’oeuvres.

Crepes with Strawberries N Cream


Use your favorite pig-in-a-blanket recipe, but wrap a full-sized hot dog with dough rather than the small weenies. Press peppercorns into the top of the dough for eyes. If you don’t have a favorite pig-in-a-blanket recipe, it’s quite simple. Just use store-bought breadstick dough and wrap one breadstick’s worth of dough around each hot dog. Press in the peppercorns and bake at 375 degrees F for 12 minutes. For a gory effect, dollop ketchup on the mummies-in-a-blanket right before serving.


Witches’ Brooms

Party guests of all ages will love these! Here is what you’ll need to make these witchy treats.

  • Sliced cheese (the American kind works best; it holds up a bit better without crumbling)
  • Scallions
  • Cream cheese
  • Straight pretzels, or pretzel rods (you’ll need the large variety)

Cut the cheese into ribbons about 1/4-inch wide and 4 inches long. Cut the green part of the scallions into ribbons about 4 inches long; place these in a bowl and pour boiling water over them. Steep for 1 minute and remove (this makes the scallion ribbons limp).

Use the cream cheese to make a “glue” for the cheese strips – cover about 2 inches of one end of the pretzel rod with cream cheese. Then press on the cheese strips all the way around and wrap a green onion strip around the top of the cheese strips to make it look like a broom. Refrigerate until right before serving.

Cheesy Eyeballs

Have you seen those mozzarella balls in the grocery store? Grab some and make them into eyeball snacks. In addition to the mozzarella balls, you’ll need sliced pimiento-stuffed green olives and cream cheese. Put a small blob of cream cheese on each mozzarella ball and press on an olive slice. Instant eyeballs! Serve on a tray with crackers and sliced tomatoes.

These recipes are great to try with your special needs son or daughter as well or anytime you would like to try and create using food.