Halloween isn't always sugary sweetness. Sometimes it's savory, sometimes severed (see Witches' Fingers), and occasionally creepy...but always scary good.
With these 18 recipes, we start off cautiously, with adorable appetizers and only slightly spooky main dishes. But WARNING: You will not be able to un-see some of these ghastly, ghastly dishes. They will haunt your dreams of dinner.
1. Monster Ball
"This ghoulishly good cheese ball has become a part of our family's Halloween tradition," says LINNBENN. "It's as much fun to make as it is to eat."
"Made this for my daughter's Halloween party," says krista1925. "It was a big hit! Not only was it 'creepy,' it was yummy."
"What a FAB presentation -- my daughter flipped out over this clever idea," says Marsha.
"A great snack for Halloween parties," says NomNomDelicious. "Very versatile and easy to personalize for your own tastes."
"Yummy biscuit cups filled with spicy beef mixture and topped with Halloween pumpkin faces," says Luvlee.
"Our whole family loved this cute idea," says mohawkblonde. "We floated ours in a sea of chili."
Rock_lobster shares her Hot Dog Mummies haiku: "Gourmet food, it's not. But serve to younger diners? They'll scarf them down!"
A.k.a. the Devil's Dentures. Turn pearly whites into a dreadful fright. Ripe red apples form the devil’s gums with slivered almonds as the frightening fangs. If you like, drizzle your disturbing dentures with El Droolo del Diablo, also known as “slightly thinned-out honey.”
"The bow-tie pasta is the bats and the stringy, gooey mozzarella cheese is the cobwebs," says Kristin McNeil.
"Love! Kids had a great time making the dough and then decorating their own spooky designs," says happysoupandrice.
11. Dragon Eggs
"Love the technique," says Misty Campbell. "A huge hit at my Halloween dinner."
12. Mummy Pizza
Easy to make, and so yummy. Save a slice for your mummy.
And in the not-for-the-squeamish category. "Realistic, creepy, AND yummy," says Cammie. "Make it the day before your Halloween party so it has time to set."
"So gross and yet SOOOooo good," says Tara. "Arrange crackers, pretzels, or any snacks you want around the face and serve with a knife!"
These creepy appetizers are actually yummy string-cheese sticks. You’ll be deeply, deeply disturbed by how delicious they are.
Too far? Or just far enough? "Making the zombie was surprisingly easy," says eli3leg.
"These spooky little morsels will have everyone talking and doing double takes," says gopintos. "Looks can be deceiving; they taste absolutely delicious."
"What's better than gooey warm rat guts on Halloween? The layer of crushed French-fried onions resembles burnt fur," says Deborah. "When you slice it, the 'guts' should ooze out and make quite an impression."
Check out our collection of Halloween Main Dish Recipes.
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