You can have fun with Halloween food through October. There are Halloween-themed foods of all kinds, including meals, healthy snacks and sweet treats. You can have a few each week, all month or serve them all on the big day.
Meals: Severed fingers with eyeballs and bloody brains. To make this cut chicken breasts in thin strips and cook until done. Garnish one end with a red pepper strip fingernail and dip the other in ketchup “blood”. Serve three or four on each plate. Eyeballs are mashed potatoes served with an ice cream scoop and topped by a green olive. You can make them bloodshot eyeballs by painting ketchup on the potatoes. For the bloody brains serve a scoop of cottage cheese mixed with salsa. Drizzle a bit more salsa over the top. For a simpler meal, make swamp monsters. Add green food coloring to boiling water and cook one or more packets of ramen soup noodles. The noodles will be tinted green when done. Spread a serving of noodles on each plate. For the monsters, cut a hot dog lengthwise about halfway up its length. Cut again so you have four “legs” on your hot dog. Boil for five minutes which will curl the monster’s legs. Arrange one monster on each swamp and add eyes, mouth or other markings with mustard or ketchup.
Healthy treats: Witch’s hands. To make these get plastic food service gloves. Place a piece of candy corn in the tip of each finger and fill the glove with popcorn. Close the glove with a twist tie and decorate with an orange or black ribbon bow. Citrus jack-o-lanterns. Cut the top fourth off an orange and scoop out the insides. Save to make juice or fruit salad. With a sharp paring knife carve a simple jack-o-lantern face on the orange. Fill with lowfat lemon sherbet and replace top. Prepare these ahead of time and store in freezer until ready to serve. Spiced cider. You can use apple cider or if you prefer plain apple juice. Just warm it up and a cinnamon stick to each cup to stir and flavor the drink.
Sweet treats: Haunted houses: Make a simple house shape with graham crackers using icing to cement sides and roof together. After the icing has set, decorate with candy corn roof shingles, marshmallow ghosts, and dead trees of black licorice. Use your imagination to add other embellishments. Witch’s hats. Lay striped shortbread cookies upside down on a tray so the solid chocolate side is up. Get some chocolate sugar cones and pipe a bead of dark chocolate icing along the edge. Place them on the cookies. With orange icing pipe a hat band or other designs on the hats. Spicy spiders: Use large black spice drops or gumdrops for the spider’s body. Make legs with licorice laces and press in two cinnamon “Red Hots” for eyes. When making your treats, also remember the classics like caramel apples.
These are just some of the many interesting ways to serve familiar foods and make it fun for Halloween. Once you get started, who knows what you’ll think of yourself.