19 Halloween recipes for petrifying party food

Updated January 24, 2018

Halloween is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to start thinking about decorations, costumes and, of course, food. This year, impress your guests with disgustingly easy recipes to get into the Halloween spirit. Don’t worry, these tricks and treats are just as tasty as they are disturbing!

Rosemary's Baby

Who says healthy can't be scary? This Halloween, shock your dinner guests with this creepy take on a chicken salad. Take a full, cooked chicken and place it on a bed of your favourite lettuce blend. Dress up the chicken with veggies, a stuffed avocado and macaroni that looks like maggots. Last but not least, add a clean doll’s head to the top of the chicken and cover with your favourite hot sauce. This bloody baby makes the creepiest salad you've ever tried to eat.

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Poison Toffee Apples

Play wicked witch and whip up your own batch of poison apples. This classic treat can be made by bringing 600 grams (3 cups) of sugar, 235 ml (1 cup) water, 120 ml (1/2 cup) light corn syrup to a boil and cook until it reaches 140ºC (290 degrees F). Stir in 1/2 tsp cinnamon extract and 1/8 tsp black food colouring and dip the apples in one at a time. All the little kiddies are sure to enjoy their fruit this year... muahaha!

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Feasting (On) Cockroaches

Impress your thrill-seeking friends with this "Fear Factor" inspired snack. Using pitted dates as the shell, fill each “cockroach” with sweet almonds and arrange them atop of an alluring chocolate cream pie. Watch onlookers cringe as the brave few chow down on a delicious roach covered pie.

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Aneurysm Cupcakes

Take your guests for a flavourful loop with these deceivingly delicious cupcakes. Make a batch of vanilla cupcakes and scoop out a hole from the top. Fill the hole with a dollop of strawberry filling. Then, turn your traditional buttercream into a brain-coloured grey by adding some black food colouring. Make a rounded dome with the first layer of buttercream and use a piping tip to make the squiggly brain details. Watch tasters squeal as they bite into a sweet, bloody centre!

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Cannibal Pudding

Intestines for dessert? Only on Halloween! Don't be surprised if this treat makes your dinner guests cringe. To make this disgusting delicacy, roll out dough and add chocolate pudding and chocolate chips to the centre. Fold the dough so the chocolate is tucked inside and bake for 14-16 minutes. To add the fresh-from-the-flesh look, smear some strawberry rhubarb on top and dig in!

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The Pie from Hell

Scare the life out of anyone trying to take a bite out of your pumpkin pie. To make this unearthly recipe, knead dough into the shape of a face and bake the bread until it’s golden brown. Add texture to the face by adding cracks and bumps while it’s still warm enough to mold. From there, place the face in the centre of your mushed up pumpkin pie. Fill in the empty spaces on the face with pumpkin filling so it looks like it’s coming out of the pits of hell, through the pie, and directly at your hungry guests!

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Brain Cupcakes in a Jar

Zombie hipsters will love this Mason jar treat! To make these brain cupcakes in a jar, use strawberry cake rounds, seedless strawberry jam and buttercream frosting. This dessert is sure to be a hit for the walkers and mortals alike.

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'Til Death Do Us Part Pudding

Whip up a deathly adorable scene with these simple-to-make gravesite pudding cups. Use chocolate pudding and crushed chocolate cookies to make the dirt. Make a tombstone by icing a cookie and placing it in the dirt. As for the heads, give them a wrinkly texture by drying the apple slices in the oven. Make two or make twenty! Make sure you keep the couples together -- 'til death to they part!

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The Gutter Rat Pack

Nothing would make our mothers scream louder than seeing a rat anywhere in the house, especially on the dinner table. Craft this rotting wasteland by molding mice out of cream cheese and sweetened cocoa powder. Arrange the mice onto a platter of eye balls made with doughnut holes, plasters made from graham crackers, and other “trashy” foods. We can hear the shrieks from here!

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Wicked Sick Witch

There’s nothing disgusting about guacamole, right? Even if it’s coming from a large, green rice crispy nose? Disgust your guests with this sneezy appetiser. Mould a basic crispy rice treat into a nose and place it over a bowl of guacamole and salsa to create a sickening scene. Step up the ick-factor by adding in untrimmed nose hairs – a.k.a pieces of dried and burnt ramen noodles to the snot coloured dip.

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Silky Salmonella Spiders

Trying to maintain your ghoulish figure? Or maybe you’re too dead tired to bake? Make this crawly (and healthy) appetiser using hard-boiled eggs and canned olives. Add some hot sauce for an extra touch of creep.

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Wet, Wiggly Worms

No one wants to eat worms, right? Wrong. Make this crawly dessert using red-coloured jelly mixed with water and heavy cream. Fill bendy straws with the mixture and let the jello set in the straw. Once they've cooled and hardened, run the straws under warm water and gently squeeze the worms onto a plate of crumble chocolate cookies.

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Graveyard Shift

Grab a tray of brownies and cover them with chocolate graham crackers and green-dyed coconut shavings to look like dirt and grass. Decorate the scene with white chocolate covered gravestones, also known as marshmallow pumpkins. Using a skewer, thread yogurt-covered pretzels and top it with a marshmallow head for the skeletons. Decorate with icing for scary faces and you've got your very own graveyard party!

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Rotten Love Cheesecake

There's nothing rotten about a cheesecake, even if is topped with gummy worms and chocolate spiders. To make this fall favourite, simply bake your favourite cheesecake in a heart shaped pan and decorate it using gummy critters. Add cherry pie filling on top for an even creepier effect.

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Pick of the Litter

You’re going to need a strong stomach and a wicked sense of humour for this cake that looks a bit too much like a real litter box. Simply crumble up cake donuts to look like a cat litter box and twist tootsie rolls to resemble… well, you know. Cat-lovers, beware!

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Fried-Up Critters

If it looks like a rat… it might be a jalapeño! These deep-friend critters are nothing more than fried, pretzel-stuffed jalapeños. Add details like a tail with cooked spaghetti. Carefully place the breaded and prepared jalapeños into a heated oiled pot until they crisp to your satisfaction. The resemblance is uncanny, yet completely vegetarian-friendly!

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Bowl Full of Brain

If you believe the saying “You are what you eat,” grab a plate and pile it up with some brain. Using a gelatin mold in the shape of a brain (these are sold in most Halloween stores), pour your favourite gelatin flavour and let it cool for at least 4 hours. This classic Halloween dessert is quick, easy and sure to impress.

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Wide-Eyed Aliens

Satisfy your sweet tooth while channeling your inner nerd with these decorated cupcakes. Mix-and-match your favourite frosting, dyes, and candy to make a variety of edible aliens. This makes a perfect Halloween craft for the kids.

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Brownie Graves

Time constraints are no excuse to get in the Halloween spirit! Brownie squares can be decorated with frosting and cookie tombstones for a quick and scary touch-up. If you’re taking these to a party, get creative with the names on the tombstones. Your friends are sure to get a kick while enjoying the deadly delicious treat.

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