Eerie Eats and Ghostly Treats For Halloween
Halloween is a great time to play with your food. Create ghoulish appetizers, drink recipes and desserts that are both scary-looking and downright tasty!
Give a classic dish a Halloween twist with this “maggot-infested” potato salad. Or try a creepy take on coleslaw, studded with candy eyeballs. This cheesy snack mix is sure to scare up the kids and adults alike.
After you’ve put in the time to find a great Halloween costume and decked out your house for a spooky party, don’t forget about the food. Whether you’re hosting adults-only trick-or-treaters or little ones, these bewitching recipes will feed your crowd.
Creepy and tasty, these finger-licking good smoked chicken wings are served with a Nashville hot sauce to give them a spooky twist. This recipe is sure to please at any Halloween bash or game day gathering.
You’ll have to use a little imagination to figure out the body of this creepy crawler, but it’s worth the effort. This appetizer combines crescent roll ring bodies and beefy taco-spiced filling to playfully represent spider legs.
A black tea marinade gives these deviled eggs a crackling spider web effect that’s sure to scare up the crowd. The recipe also includes a hint of spice from pepper jack cheese and tangy mayo.
If you’re planning on having a spooky soiree for your guests, be sure to include some of these hauntingly delicious eats. Ghoulish dips, grave desserts and apples in blood are a few of the creepy cool treats that will make your Halloween party extra spooky (and mouthwatering).
Ghoulish Black Tea Deviled Eggs
Give this classic appetizer a Halloween twist with the addition of spiders made from black olives. This is one of the easiest spooky foods you can whip up.
Ghoulish Black Tea Deviled Eggs: A Spooky Twist on a Classic
Deviled eggs are a classic party snack, but Halloween calls for a sinisterly fun twist on tradition. Enter Ghoulish Black Tea Deviled Eggs, a spooktacular appetizer that combines the creamy goodness of deviled eggs with the haunting flavors of black tea and herbs. These eerie delights are the perfect addition to your Halloween spread. Here’s how to create these chillingly delicious treats.
For the Deviled Eggs
- 6 large eggs
- 2 black tea bags
- 1/4 cup (60ml) mayonnaise
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Salt and black pepper to taste
For the Spooky Garnish
- Fresh chives or scallions (for a slimy appearance)
- Black olives (for a spider or eerie creature appearance)
- Paprika or cayenne pepper (for a dash of color)
- Boil and Peel the Eggs: Start by boiling the eggs until they’re hard-cooked, which takes about 10-12 minutes. After boiling, immediately place the eggs in an ice water bath to cool. Once they’re cool, peel the eggs carefully to ensure they remain intact.
- Steep the Black Tea: Heat a cup of water to near boiling and steep the black tea bags for about 3-5 minutes. Let the tea cool completely.
- Create the Deviled Egg Filling: Slice the peeled eggs in half lengthwise. Gently remove the yolks and place them in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, salt, and black pepper to the yolks. Gradually add the black tea, starting with 1 tablespoon and adding more as needed to reach your desired flavor. Mix until the filling is smooth and creamy.
- Fill the Eggs: Spoon or pipe the deviled egg filling back into the egg white halves. You can use a pastry bag with a star tip for an elegant appearance.
- Spooky Garnish: To make your deviled eggs look ghoulish, use fresh chives or scallions to create a slimy effect around the edges of the egg white. Slice black olives to make eerie eyes or spiders and place them on top of the deviled eggs. You can also dust the eggs with paprika or cayenne pepper for a dash of color.
- Chill and Serve: Refrigerate your Ghoulish Black Tea Deviled Eggs until it’s time to serve. They’re best served chilled.
Serving Up the Chills
Your Ghoulish Black Tea Deviled Eggs are ready to make their eerie appearance at your Halloween celebration. These chillingly delicious treats are sure to delight and surprise your guests. The infusion of black tea gives them a unique flavor that complements the holiday theme perfectly. Enjoy your spooky twist on a classic appetizer, and may your Halloween gathering be filled with culinary enchantment and a dash of spooktacular charm!
Get a little creative with this dessert idea by decorating it with ghoulish faces and a witch’s hat. These bite-sized treats are easy to make and perfect for a Halloween party.
For the Cookie Dough
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the Royal Icing
- 3 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 2 large egg whites
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Black and orange food coloring
- Mini chocolate chips (for eyes)
- Mini M&M candies (for spooky decorations)
- Orange candy melts (for witch’s hats)
- Black licorice laces (for witch’s hat bands)
- Candy eyeballs
Making the Cookie Dough
- In a mixing bowl, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. This usually takes about 2-3 minutes.
- Add the egg and pure vanilla extract to the butter-sugar mixture and continue mixing until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until a dough forms.
- Divide the dough in half, shape each half into a disc, and wrap them in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Baking the Cookies
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll out one of the dough discs on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a haunted house-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies and place them on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Making the Royal Icing
- In a mixing bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, egg whites, and lemon juice.
- Beat the mixture until it becomes smooth and forms stiff peaks.
- Separate a small portion of the icing for piping details, and dye it black using food coloring. Leave the rest white.
- Use the white icing to create a border around the edge of the cookies and allow it to set.
- Fill in the cookies with white icing and use black icing for spooky details like windows, doors, and eerie faces.
- Add mini chocolate chips for eyes, mini M&M candies for other spooky decorations, and candy eyeballs for an extra creepy touch.
- To create witch’s hats, melt the orange candy melts according to the package instructions and dip the ends of black licorice laces into the melted candy for hat bands. Allow the candy melts to set.
Enjoying the Spooky Delight
For the sweet-toothed among us, there are plenty of frighteningly delicious smokehouse desserts. Smoked desserts are gaining popularity for a variety of reasons, including the increasing availability of specialized smoking equipment and wood chips. These foods add a distinct flavor and texture to many traditional dessert recipes, which makes them a tasty addition to any dinner or party.
This sky-high dessert is sure to impress your Halloween guests with layers of spice cake, whipped pumpkin filling, and gingersnap cookies topped with a dollop of whipped cream. The smoky effect is created with the use of applewood and hickory chips, which gives this recipe a savory twist that goes perfectly with the sweet caramel sauce.
Get the party started with boozy treats that are as spooky as they are tasty. This smoked whiskey cocktail features a blend of bourbon, a honey liqueur, and hefeweizen-style beer. It’s finished with a glycerin-based smoked bitters mixture made by boiling Fee Brothers Aztec chocolate and cardamom in a Turkish coffee pot, also known as an ibrik.
These creepy kiwi pops will be a hit with kids and adults alike. The green jelly and custard filling resembles slime, while the ghostly meringue tops are sure to scare up a smile.
These edible intestines are a gory Halloween food pun to pair with skeleton-like candy apples and gingerbread skeletons. They’re also easy to make with rolled-out cinnamon rolls and raspberry jam. Spread melted white chocolate over chocolate cookies to create these spooky treats. Or, turn your popcorn into spidery sweets with a simple dusting of melted semisweet chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. Also, bake up these spooky forest cupcakes with chocolate pudding and crushed sandwich cookies.
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