Not only does Halloween give us an excuse to pull on a silly costume, it is also the perfect opportunity to get creative in the kitchen! When else is it acceptable to use copious amounts of food colouring or not worry if it all looks a bit unappetising. That’s all part of the fun of trying some Halloween recipes. Whether it is the annual trick or treat around the neighbourhood, or a chic but scary soiree, your guests will want to be fed. So here are some terrifying but tasty treats to try this Halloween!
Chocolate Dipped Clementines
First up, a healthy alternative to traditional Halloween trick or treat candy. This easy Halloween recipe will have the kids coming back for more. To make it even more fun, you can swap the dark chocolate for a full white chocolate covering to make some spooky ghosts!
- 6-8 medium clementines
- 100 g dark chocolate bar (60-70% cocoa solids), finely chopped
- Sea salt (optional)
- Peel your clementines, break them into segments and set aside in a bowl.
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Place your chocolate into a microwavable bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds.
- Dip your segments one by one into the melted chocolate, then transfer to the baking tray.
- Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
- Place your baking tray into the fridge for 10 minutes until the chocolate sets, then enjoy!
Pop your chocolate orange treats into some cute personalised Halloween favour bags to hand out to guests or trick or treaters.
Spooky Spider Devilled Eggs
This nutritious Halloween recipe could be served as canapes at a Halloween drinks party or equally as an after school scary snack.
- 6 hard-boiled eggs, halved
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- ½ tsp ground mustard
- 12 black olives
- Sprinkle of salt and pepper
- Cut the eggs in half lengthways and transfer yokes to a separate bowl.
- Add the mayonnaise, mustard, salt and pepper to the yokes and mash to form a paste.
- Transfer the paste back into the egg halves, just slightly overfilling the hole.
- Cut the whole olives in half. Place one half, centre down, on one devilled egg half.
- Finely cut the other olive half to create spider legs, then arrange.
Serve your spider eggs on a spider’s web with these fun paper plates.
Rice Krispy Brains
This cheap, easy recipe is perfect to make with kids. The spooky brains can be handed out to trick or treaters, or even make a statement at a Halloween school bake sale.
- 45 g butter
- 350 g mini marshmallows
- Red food colouring
- 180 g Rice Krispies cereal
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Red gel icing
- Melt the butter in a microwave for 30 seconds
- Add the marshmallows and heat until melted, stirring frequently.
- Add red food colouring to the mixture until you achieve the desired brain colour.
- Add the mixture to the cereal in a large mixing bowl, then mix until the cereal is evenly coated.
- Immediately spray your hands with non-stick cooking spray and scoop out balls of mixture to form brain shapes.
- Place your brains on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper.
- Let them cool completley, then drizzle with red gel icing for a frightful finish and store in an air-tight container.
If you are selling these treats at a Halloween bake sale, why not hand them out on custom Halloween napkins? Zazzle paper napkins can be created from scratch with the name of a charity, or you can choose a cute design like this one.
Brownie Bat Truffles
These terrifying truffles are a little trickier than the previous recipes, however they are an undoubtedly a cool addition to any Halloween party snack table.
Makes 12-14 pieces
- 34 cm x 20 cm tray of chocolate brownies, baked and cooled
- 120 g chocolate buttercream icing
- 7 Oreo cookies, halved and stuffing removed
- 300 g milk chocolate
- Red M&Ms
- Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, roughly crumble the brownies by hand.
- Mix in the chocolate icing and gently knead mixture until evenly moistened.
- Divide into 1-tablespoon portions and roll into small balls.
- Insert two halved Oreo cookies on either side to create wings.
- Place brownie balls on the prepared baking tray and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Remove balls from the fridge and let come to room temperature for around 15 minutes.
- Heat chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl in 10-second bursts until melted. Dip bat brownie truffles in chocolate.
- Create eyes using your red M&Ms, and enjoy!
Give your Halloween party a comic-book theme and serve these bats on a retro Batman plate. They will look super cool against the electric blue background.
Halloween Jelly Cups
This easy recipe puts a funny twist on the traditional adult jelly shot, or can be served without alcohol as a colourful
- 3 packs of jelly in different colours and flavours.
- Malibu rum (for the adults only!)
- Jelly snakes
- Paper cups
- Select your first jelly colour, and make the jelly in a jug, following the packet instructions. Add a spash of rum if desired.
- When the jelly mixture is completely liquid, fill a third of each party cup, then place in the fridge to set.
- When the cups are set, repeat steps one and two, layering the next colour of jelly over the previous colour.
- Repeat step three with last flavour if desired, decorate your cups with a gummy worm, and enjoy!
If serving these at an adults’ drinks party, have a laugh with these funny Halloween paper cups.
Monster Hot Chocolate
This weird-looking but warming drink is perfect after a chilly night of trick or treat fun!
- 2 pints semi-skimmed milk (substitute with almond milk for a healthy twist)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 225 g white chocolate chips
- 2 drops of green food colouring
- Whipped cream
- Green sprinkles
- Dip the rim of your cups in water, then in green sprinkles.
- In a saucepan, stir together the milk, vanilla, food colouring and white chocolate.
- Heat the mixture, stirring often, until the chocolate is melted.
- Serve immediately and top with your whipped cream and more green sprinkles.
This delicious drink is perfect for a scary kid’s sleepover. Why not delight the kids even more by serving the hot chocolate in these fun Halloween monster mugs!
So there you have it, our selection of dishes to die for this Halloween. Which one will you dare to try first?