Carve the pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. Check. Pick out – and pick out again – costumes. Check. Load up on pounds of trick-or-treating candy. Check. What next for your Halloween celebrations? What about making a creepy cool Halloween dinner? You can – using these recipes. To keep it cute instead of scary, make spooky sliders, adding cut-out slices of cheese in Halloween shapes. Go for the gross-out by making worms in dirt aka black beans and pieces of hot dogs. Or, make blood and guts potatoes (the blood is ketchup). For something a little sillier, make up a batch of bloodshot deviled eyeballs or up the yuck factor by making spooky and creepy guacamole.
Turn regular hamburgers into spooky sliders with this idea from MyRecipes. Season ground beef with Worcestershire sauce and salt before shaping into patties. Cook the patties in a skillet and then place in slider buns. Use Halloween cookie cutters to make shapes like pumpkins and ghosts to put on top of the patties.
Worms in Dirt
Eww, how about a second helping of this worms in dirt recipe from Martha Stewart? The “dirt” is chopped up black beans. And for the worms? Cut hot dogs into strips and then cook. To help your kids understand exactly what they’re eating, make a sign to put next to your groan-inducing dish.
Blood and Guts Potatoes
And what kind of side dish do you serve with your Halloween meal? These blood and guts potatoes from Cooking Channel TV, of course. Bake the potatoes until they’re tender on the inside then slice in half. Scoop out the potato flesh and mix with diced mozzarella and ketchup before putting it back into the potato skins. To complete the look, drizzle with ketchup.
Bloodshot Deviled Eyeballs
Ever thought of making a sandwich bun into a coffin? Use that as a prop next to a big platter of bloodshot deviled eyeballs from Woman’s Day. Once you’ve made the deviled eggs, use strips of roasted red pepper and black olive slices to make the eye pupils and blood.
Spooky and Creepy Guacamole
To start this spooky and creepy guacamole recipe from Modern Mom, carve out a pumpkin to make it look like its mouth is open. Next, make a fresh batch of guacamole by mashing avocados with salsa. Spread the guacamole from the open jack-o-lantern onto a platter.
Bloody Good Cheesecake
The best way to finish off your Halloween meal is with this bloody good cheesecake recipe from Sugar Dish Me. As you’re whipping the cream cheese, add in cocoa powder and red coloring to get the batter just the right color. Bake the cheesecake and serve in slices, spooning extra red sauce on top to look like blood.