Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, it’s the one day of the year you can be anybody you want. Not to mention all the fantastically spooky decorations that bring out the utmost creativity in even the most unhaunted of houses. If you’re throwing a party, you’ll want to try out these recipes. They’re sweet, savory and visually appealing to everyone from kids to adults. Serve these up on a long table with festive candles for a terrifyingly good spread.
Poison Candy Apples– There’s no real poison in these, but they sure do look scary. Serve this up as a sweet treat at your next Halloween party.
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
¾ Cup Water
½ Teaspoon Purple Gel Food Color
12 Small Apples
- Wash, dry, and remove stems from apples.
- Insert wooden skewers (or rustic sticks for an authentic feel) into the center of each apple.
- Assemble ingredients. Make sure to have a small cup of water and a basting brush nearby. You’ll also want to have a sheet of parchment paper next to the stove to set your apples on after dipping.
- Add the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a medium saucepan.
- Add about ½ teaspoon of purple gel icing color to the pan and stir lightly.
- Fix a candy thermometer to the side of the pan and turn the heat on to medium-high. While the mixture heats up and begins boiling, continuously brush down the sides of pan with water using the basting brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Do not stir the syrup once it has started to boil!
- When the syrup reaches a temperature of 290 degrees F (143 C.), remove from the heat (remove the thermometer as well).
- Working quickly, tilt the pan to the side to concentrate the syrup and dip each apple into the mixture, turning to coat all sides.
- Hold the apple above the pan and let the excess syrup drip off for a few seconds. *Let the candy cool for 30 seconds and stir to break up the bubbles before dipping for a smoother finish.
- Hold the apple upside down for a few seconds before placing on the parchment paper to help prevent excessive pooling of the candy.
- Once the apples have hardened and cooled they are ready to eat!
Vampire Floats– These are fun, fancy, and fierce. Perfect for the seasonal vampire, you might just want to brush your teeth afterwards so you don’t raise any eyebrows!
½ Cup Red Soda
3 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
2 Tbsp. Strawberry Syrup
Plastic Vampire Fangs
Red Gel Food Color
- Set ice cream out until its reached room temperature. Scoop into large milkshake glass and add red cherry soda. Be careful to pour slowly so the glass doesn’t overflow.
- To with whipped cream and drizzle strawberry syrup over the top. Allow it to drip over the rim of the glass for a dramatic “bloody” effect.
- Finish with plastic fangs using the gel food color to add little drops to the tip of each fang. Hot Dog Spiders -These mini bites are creepy, crawly and delicious. They’re the perfect appetizer for a spooky celebration or a sneaky way to feed picky eaters.
1 Package of Mini Cocktail Franks
1 Package of Refrigerated Crescent Dough
1 Tsp. Black Sesame Seeds
Ketchup for Serving
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut each hot dog in half lengthwise, and then cut each piece in half crosswise (each hot dog will make 4 treats). Keeping the middle intact, use the tip of a knife to make 3 slices at either end of each hot dog piece (this will make 4 legs on either side).
- Once all the hot dogs are cut, cut the dough into strips, about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long (you may not use all of the dough). Wrap a piece of dough around the middle of each hot dog, pinching to seal the dough, and place, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet.
- Press 2 sesame seeds into the middle of each “spider” to make eyes.
- Bake until the dough is golden brown and the hot dog “legs” are sizzling and twisted, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm with ketchup on the side.
Graveyard Parfaits– this is one cemetery you’ll want to sink your teeth into. If you’ve got a chocolate craving, these sweet treats are for you. Topped with crushed Oreo cookies, your guests will definitely be back for seconds.
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 can pumpkin puree (1¾ cup)
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ container cool whip
- 1 package Oreos, crushed
- 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
- 8 Milano cookies
- Handful chocolate chips
For the pudding:
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine evaporated milk, pumpkin puree, and pudding, and beat until mixture is smooth and well combined, about 2 minutes. Refrigerate for 5 minutes. Stir in cinnamon and the cool whip. Refrigerate mixture until ready to serve.
- In a bowl, combine melted butter and crushed Oreos. Set-aside until ready to serve.
For the RIP cookies:
- Line the Milano cookies up on a baking sheet or wax paper.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave then place it in a plastic bag. Cut a teensy tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag then the chocolate to the corner.
- Use the melted push chocolate to write out RIP on the top of each of the cookies. Allow time to dry.
- To serve, layer Oreos in the bottom of the glasses. Spoon pudding to about ¾ of the way full then finish with another layer of Oreos. Stake the Milano cookies in the pudding mixture, with the RIP on top. **This will serve different amounts depending on how big your glasses are. This will be enough for 8 juice size glasses or 4 large drinking glasses.
Why not make this Halloween party the best one yet and serve up these delicious and creative themed recipes? Try pairing it with a cobweb inspired motif or really amp up the ambience with a black light and glow in the dark tablescape. Don’t forget the haunted music! Wishing you a happy and safe Halloween from our ghouls and goblins at Appliance World!