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Halloween's Savory Side Is a Total Scream

Halloween isn't always sugary sweetness. Sometimes it's savory, sometimes severed (see Witches' Fingers), and occasionally creepy...but always scary good.

Halloween Shows a Savory Side

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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."

Monster Ball

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2. Spooky Calzone Snake

"Made this for my daughter's Halloween party," says krista1925. "It was a big hit! Not only was it 'creepy,' it was yummy."

Spooky Calzone Snake

Photo by Sugarplum

3. Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Bell Peppers

"What a FAB presentation -- my daughter flipped out over this clever idea," says Marsha.


4. Witch Hat Dippers

"A great snack for Halloween parties," says NomNomDelicious. "Very versatile and easy to personalize for your own tastes."

Witch Hat Dippers

Photo by Denise Sakaki

5. Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Beef Pies

"Yummy biscuit cups filled with spicy beef mixture and topped with Halloween pumpkin faces," says Luvlee.

Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Beef Pies

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6. Octodogs

"Our whole family loved this cute idea," says mohawkblonde. "We floated ours in a sea of chili."


Photo by KGora

7. Hot Dog Mummies

Rock_lobster shares her Hot Dog Mummies haiku: "Gourmet food, it's not. But serve to younger diners? They'll scarf them down!"

Hot Dog Mummies

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8. Monster Bites

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.”

Monster Bites

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9. Bats and Cobwebs

"The bow-tie pasta is the bats and the stringy, gooey mozzarella cheese is the cobwebs," says Kristin McNeil.

Bats and Cobwebs

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10. Creepy Mini Pizzas

"Love! Kids had a great time making the dough and then decorating their own spooky designs," says happysoupandrice.

Creepy Mini Pizzas

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11. Dragon Eggs

"Love the technique," says Misty Campbell. "A huge hit at my Halloween dinner."

Dragon Eggs

Photo by Jaana Smith Bauman

12. Mummy Pizza

Easy to make, and so yummy. Save a slice for your mummy.

Mummy Pizza

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13. Halloween Shrimp Cocktail Brain

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."

Halloween Shrimp Cocktail Brain

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14. Flayed Man Cheese Ball

"So gross and yet SOOOooo good," says Tara. "Arrange crackers, pretzels, or any snacks you want around the face and serve with a knife!"

Flayed Man Cheese Ball

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15. Severed-Finger Cheese Sticks

These creepy appetizers are actually yummy string-cheese sticks. You’ll be deeply, deeply disturbed by how delicious they are.

Severed-Finger Cheese Sticks

Photo by Shearone

16. Halloween Zombie Meatloaf

Too far? Or just far enough? "Making the zombie was surprisingly easy," says eli3leg.


17. Halloween Black Bat Wings

"These spooky little morsels will have everyone talking and doing double takes," says gopintos. "Looks can be deceiving; they taste absolutely delicious."

Halloween Black Bat Wings

Photo by mis7up

18. Ratloaf (Halloween Meatloaf)

"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."

Ratloaf Halloween Meatloaf

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