Meaty Eyeballs And Other Gross Halloween Foods

Half the fun of Halloween is the food. From slimy jello treats to pukin’ pumpkins, It’s so easy to create some really gross foods for Halloween. Blood, brains, and guts are a snap to replicate with food.

Check out my meaty eyeballs and other frightening foods for your Halloween party spread this year.

Meaty Eyeballs

Make your favorite meatballs. Spear on a pearl onion with a toothpick and follow with a slice of olive.

 

Bloody Fingers

Use crescent refrigerator dough sheets. Roll into bent finger shapes. The nails are almond slivers.  Brush with melted garlic butter.Beat an egg in a bowl and add red food coloring. Drip on the “fingers” and bake according to package directions.

 

Mummified Franks

 

This is another trick using refrigerator rolls dough. Roll out into strings and wrap around hot dogs and then bake for about 15 minutes.

 

Creepy Salsa

For this creepy Halloween dip, simply toss some black olive slices in salsa. So easy yet so effective. I put mine in an autumn leaf-shaped bowl.

Slime Dip

Fresh homemade guacamole takes on a new look by simply calling it slime dip! Use my favorite guacamole recipe below.

Slime Dip

  • 3-4 ripe peeled, pitted avocados
  • 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced chili peppers
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • cilantro
  • 1 TBS lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Dice or chop ingredients as stated above.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball For Halloween Parties

 

Pumpkin Cheese Ball For Fall

Turn your cheese balls into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! This cute cheese ball will delight your guests, and if you are invited to a fall potluck event, it travels well.

Simply follow a cheddar cheese ball recipe and form the cheese ball into a pumpkin shape. Tinted cream cheese will give your pumpkin cheese ball a jack-o-lantern face. A green bell pepper’s stem become’s your pumpkin’s stem.

Use this same idea all through the harvest season into Thanksgiving by leaving off the jack-o-lantern’s face.

Ingredients for Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, reserve 1/4 cup
  • 1 8 oz. container chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • stem of a green bell pepper
  • black and orange (red/yellow) food coloring

 

 

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Directions for Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball
  1. Mix all ingredients and form into a ball
  2. Chill at least 2 hours
  3. Use a piece of string or yarn to make indentations like on a pumpkin
  4. Dye about a  fourth cup of cream cheese with black and orange food coloring
  5. Put the dyed cream cheese in a sandwich bag and snip the corner.
  6. Pipe on jack-o-lantern’s face.
  7. Insert bell pepper stem at the top
  8. Serve with crackers, veggies, apple slices

What To Do With Leftover Halloween Candy

What to do With Leftover Halloween Candy

Parents with trick or treaters know how it goes with Halloween candy. There is usually candy hanging around until nearly Christmas. Some parents try rationing it out and hiding the rest. Kids usually find it. They can sniff it out like a hound dog tracking a ‘coon. Parents cringe and check up on their dental insurance plans.

My advice to parents of trick-or-treat fanatics and candy feigns is to limit the places they stop at. However, that is easier said than done. This year, try getting rid of left-over Halloween candy in one fell swoop. This cute sunflower cupcake idea uses candy corn to resemble an autumn sunflower. Bake candies inside them for an extra surprise. Use Hersey’s kisses, miniatures, caramels-almost any candy can be used.

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  • One box Cake mix, your favorite
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/3 Cups Water
  • 1/3 Cup Oil
  • One bag Candy corn, or 10-12 pieces per cupcake
  • 24 Assorted, chocolates, caramels, kisses, Reeses minis, etc.
  • Chocolate sprinkles

 

Instructions

  1. Mix the oil, cake mix, eggs and water. Fold in with mixer for 30 seconds.
  2. Beat on medium speed two minutes.
  3. Pour batter in cupcake pan. Bake 10-15 minutes in preheated (350 degree) oven.
  4. Let cool. Ice and decorate.

Candy Corn Trivia

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An estimated 20 million pounds are sold annually.

Brach’s sells enough annually to circle the earth 4.25 times

A 20-piece serving has 140 calories and 0 grams fat.

originally made by hand in the 1800s.

now produced in fully mechanized, computer controlled factory

originally made of fondant and marshmallow

now made with corn syrup, sugar, and gelatin

Nabisco introduced candy corn Oreos in 2012

 

5 Quick And Easy Halloween Crafts For Little Kids To Make

Just in time for Halloween! Here are a few cute craft ideas for kids to make at home or school.These crafts are easy to make and require low-cost, readily available materials.

Make a big hairy, scary black spider with four things. Collect leaves to trace for witches, ghosts, ghouls and grim reapers. A really cute owl is actually a great math lesson for preschoolers and kindergartners.

Kids will love taking home their very own jack-o-lantern refrigerator magnet game. Lighted luminaries are so cool moms will want to line the steps or walkway with them for trick-or-treaters.

Teachers, daycare worker, and homeschooling moms can use these ideas for free time rewards. Have something cool for the kids to show off that used minimal time, money and materials.

How to Make a Magnetic Jack-o-Lantern Game

 

Craft foam and magnetic strips are all that is necessary to make a magnetic game.

Craft foam and magnetic strips are all that’s needed for a jack-o-lantern refrigerator magnet game. This is also an excellent learning station idea for little ones. The magnets can be used on a whiteboard or file cabinet. Kids can make a scary jack-o-lantern and write a story to match.

Materials:

  • black and orange craft foam
  • scissors
  • magnetic tape

Directions:

Make patterns for jack-o-lantern eyes, noses and mouths from Halloween coloring pages. Trace onto foam. Have kids cut them out, or cut them out for younger kids. Apply magnetic tape to the back.

How to Make a Scary Halloween Spider

Spider craft

Kids love the big hairy black spider! The large Styrofoam ball has a “hairy” texture after it is painted black. Chenille stems make eight hairy legs.

Materials:

  • large Styrofoam ball
  • black poster or acrylic paint and brush
  • googly eyes
  • 8 black chenille stems

Directions:

Paint the Styrofoam ball and let it dry. Bend chenille stems and then stick them in for legs. Glue on the googly eyes. Easy yet impressive! Try dangling him from a string!

Make Halloween Luminaries 

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Light the way for guests and trick-or-treaters with really simple luminaries!

Materials:

  • brown paper lunch bags
  • Halloween templates
  • Black marker
  • colored tissue paper
  • scissors
  • tape

Directions:

Make templates using Halloween coloring pages or buy them. The child can trace them on the brown bags. Help younger children make the cut-outs and tape tissue inside. Send an inexpensive tea light candle home inside with instructions to fill with sand or potting soil and have adults to light the tea light inside.

How to Make Bewitching Leaf Spooks

 

001Have you ever noticed how some leaves look like little spirits? This idea was inspired by Fall Leaf Fairies. Kids can take them home and use them for Halloween tree ornaments.

 

Materials:

  • black, green and white construction paper
  • black yarn
  • black marker
  • glue
  • pencil, white crayon
  • hole punch
  • scissors
  • glue

Directions:

Collect a few spooky looking oak leaves. Trace onto black and white paper. Use a white crayon for the black paper. Add green heads and strands of black yarn for the witches. Draw in faces with fine-tipped black marker. The ghost’s hollow eyes and mouth are black dots done with a hole punch. The black face of the grim reaper is a black oval.

 

 

Make a Paper Bag Halloween Owl

 

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This craft helps to teach simple geometric concepts. It is perfect for a fall or Halloween math learning center idea. The child will cut out circles and identify them as congruent yet different sizes. They will cut out triangles and identify them as same size, same shape. Small, medium, large size words and inside-outside spatial terms are reinforced.

Materials:

  • brown paper bags
  • yellow, white, black, brown and orange construction paper
  • scissors
  • newspaper
  • glue
  • pencils
  • string or yarn

Directions:

Have circle and triangle templates for the kids to trace and cut out. Show them how to create the eyes, beak and ears. Have the kids to stuff the owls with newspaper. Tie the bottom with yarn or string. Then they glue on the owl’s features. Hoot! Hoot!

Happy Halloween!

Savory Pumpkin Dip For Fall Holidays

Pumpkin Dip Recipe

While sweet pumpkin dips are delicious for Halloween parties and other fall events, there is something to be said about a yummy, savory dip To me, a good savory dish will have a hint of sweetness. It all starts with a basic pumpkin dip recipe that is made with pumpkin puree, different cheeses or perhaps Greek yogurt. Adding ingredients then becomes a personalized thing by twisting and tweaking flavors together to suit your mood, accompanying dishes and palette. I played with spices flavors to come up with this pumpkin dip for fall.

  • 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4-6 slices bacon, cooked
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 TBS Worchestershire sauce
  • 5-6 shallots, chopped fine
  • garlic powder and cayenne pepper to taste

A Healthier Savory Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin is a very healthy fruit (although we think of pumpkin as a vegetable). For starters, it’s low in calories; a hundred grams only have 26 calories! 

Pumpkin contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant, is abundant in pumpkin. It’s also an excellent source of B-complex vitamins and vitamins C and E.

Pumpkin benefits your skin, mucus membranes and vision. 

Finally,  pumpkin is a tasty source of several poly-phenolic flavinoids, those super-food things  food research scientists have identified as being important for great health,  and to help fight against disease and delay aging. Those antioxidants are:

  • B carotenes
  • Crpytoxanthin
  • Lutein
  • Zea-xanthin

We don’t think about the importance of these nutrients enough!

Making a Pumpkin Serving Bowl

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   Pumpkins are magical fruits. Old tales and nursery rhymes honor the healthy fruit that we consider to be a vegetable. Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother turned a pumpkin into an elegant coach for her to ride to the prince ‘s ball in. Not bad considering the horses were mice, and the footman a big, fat rat.

Peter the Pumpkin Eater kept a watch over his unruly wife by keeping her in a pumpkin shell. And pumpkins have been used for carving jack-o-lanterns ever since the European settlers were introduced to them by the American Indians. They had been using potatoes and turnips, so they were thrilled with the superior results of using pumpkins.

Making a pumpkin serving bowl is much easier than carving a jack-o-lantern. You don’t have to scrape it so thoroughly,  and a smaller pumpkin will do.

History of Pumpkin Pie

The American Indians roasted pieces of pumpkin on an open fire. I’ll bet it was a real treat for them. And they didn’t add marshmallows. Pilgrim wives cooked a concoction of cream, spices and honey together with the meat of a pumpkin inside the shell of the hollowed-out pumpkin. They baked these early pies in hot ashes. I’ll bet the Indians loved that at the first Thanksgiving! That’s what I call collaboration! 

Don’t Throw Away Those Pumpkin Seeds!

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Roasted pumpkin seeds are easy to make. Well, not. The hard part is separating that gooey pumpkin. Place the scrapings in a colander, and run under warm water. You’ll have to pick out the rest, but it gets easier. It’s worth it. Roasted pumpkin seeds taste great and are so good for you!

Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein.minerals, iron, niacin and zinc.They have no cholesterol, are rich in dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids. Brush them with some melted butter and olive oil. Sprinkle them with garlic powder, or any spice you would like really, and toast them in a slow oven (200-degree) for an hour or so.

Scary Dippers for Your Halloween Dip

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I made monster claws as dippers for my savory pumpkin dip.  Using crescent roll dough,  I cut the dough into fat triangles and added an almond sliver “fingernail” that had been dipped in red food dye. I mixed a little red food dye in egg white and painted it on the monster claws. It looked really gross, but a brushing of olive oil, melted butter and garlic powder made for some tasty dippers, and all yucky magically disappeared. Oh those magical pumpkins!

 

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Fun Halloween Dinner: Healthy Meal Before Trick or Treat

Have a Healthy Meal Before Trick or Treat!

This Halloween, fill the kids up with healthy Halloween food before trick or treating. Impress your family or perhaps some friends with a spooktacular supper.

This spooky-looking meal is simple to put together and pretty quick to prepare.

Halloween can be a hectic holiday. It’s pretty much celebrated on the 31st no matter what day of the week it falls on. On school nights, it can be tough getting a good meal in before trick or treating. Follow the steps for this quick and easy spooktacular supper.

Halloween Simple Spooktacular Supper Menu

  • Monster Meatloaf with Ghostly Mashed Potatoes

  • Creepy CrawlyTossed Salad with Slime Dressing

  • Bloody Fingers Garlic Breadsticks

Step 1.

The night before, get kids involved in preparing the spooktacular supper. Have them tint almond slivers with red food dye and sliced mushrooms with black. Refrigerate the mushrooms and store the almonds in an airtight container

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Next, have them create tomato flies with plum tomato heads, baby Gerkin tails and cucumber slice wings. Attach parts using toothpicks.

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Step 2:

On Halloween night, make the monster meatloaf. Use your favorite recipe for the meatloaf. Meanwhile, boil 2-3 eggs. Crack lightly and soak in beet juice or red food dye.

 

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Step 3.

Ghostly Mashed Potatoes

While the meatloaf cooks, peel and boil 4-5 potatoes. Drain and add butter, salt, pepper, and a little milk. Mash with hand mixer or food processor. Put the mixture in a pastry bag, or even a plastic Ziplock bag with the corner cut out. Pipe the potatoes onto a cookie sheet in mounds to resemble ghosts.

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Add a black olive slice for the mouth and bits of black olives for eyes. Toast lightly under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, watching carefully.

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Step 4.

Bloody Fingers Garlic Bread Sticks

The meatloaf is done now. While it cools, it is time to do the bread sticks. Use sheets of refrigerator crescent roll dough. Roll them up into finger shapes. Stick on an almond sliver fingernail. Brush with melted garlic butter

Beat an egg in a small bowl and add a few drops of red food color. Brush the “fake blood” over the top of the fingers. Bake according to package directions.

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Step 5.

Creepy Crawly Tossed Salad with Slime Dressing

While the bread sticks bake (11-13 mins.) put the salad together. Wash and toss mixed greens in a bowl. Add the tomato flies and black mushrooms. The slime dressing? It’s just Green Goddess renamed. How simple is that!

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Step 6.

Back to the Monster Meatloaf

The meatloaf has cooled on a bed of greens. Now it’s time to add some spooky bloodshot eyes and other gross stuff. Secure pieces of the roasted red peppers on top with toothpicks.

Peel the eggs and slice in half. Slice a bit off of each tip and secure a green olive slice for the iris and pupil. The bread sticks are done. Now it is time to eat a fast, healthy meal of healthy Halloween food before trick or treating.

 

Five Little Pumpkins:Make Pumpkin Puppets

Finger plays are an important part of the early childhood classroom. The flow and rhyme of the words help develop important language skills such as reading and writing. They are useful for introducing certain concepts like counting and ordinal numbers to children.

Five Little Pumpkins has been a favorite October finger play for generations. Delight preschoolers, kindergartners and first graders with teacher-made pumpkin puppets to use with Five Little Pumpkins.

They are easily made from real miniature pumpkins. Slits cut in the bottom for inserting a craft stick is the trick to turning these mini pumpkins into puppets!

Using Pumpkin Puppets

Use the pumpkin puppets at circle time as a reward for five children to hold as the group recites the rhyme. Pumpkin puppets are a great addition to the creative dramatics center during the month of October.  They also make a cute table decoration at home!

Materials Needed For Pumpkin Puppets

  • 5 miniature pumpkins
  • 3 green chenille stems
  • 5 craft sticks
  • 2 sheets of 11/2 x 9 green construction paper
  • green glitter
Directions For Making Pumpkin Puppets
  1. Draw a jack-o-lantern face on each mini pumpkin with a black permanent marker
  2. Cut a slit in the bottom large enough to insert a craft stick. (Use the wide craft sticks.)
  3. Draw and cut out 5 leaves and stems.
  4. Cut a one-inch wide strip from a sheet of the green construction paper. Cut this in half to use for the pumpkin stem.
  5. Score one side of the strip to form tabs. Roll into a tube and glue ends together. (see picture below)
  6. Add a little green glitter to the edges of the leaves for a frosty look.
  7. Attach stems, leaves and vines with a hot glue gun and glue sticks.
  8. Coil half of a chenille stem around your finger to form a vine.

 

A slit in the bottom for inserting a craft stick is the trick for making pumpkin puppets.

Now place these near a chart size copy of  Five Little Pumpkins for lots of learning fun!

Cute Follow Up Project!

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Spooky Trees: How To Make A Halloween Tree

Have you ever noticed how spooky a dead tree looks? A walk through the woods or a country neighborhood will likely let you find at least one dead tree.  For some reason, probably disease or insects, these poor trees kicked the bucket. Maybe, like humans, trees grow old and die. Old dead apple and pear trees are common, their gnarled branches knotted up like an old witch’s extremities.

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These spooky looking limbs are the arms of a dead pear tree.

With some imagination, these spooky looking branches could turn into some really cool Halloween decor. Spray paint the branch with black spray paint.Tuck them into vases or incorporate them in Halloween-themed floral arrangements. The twists and curves of the gnarled branches would add interest and dimension to so many different arrangements.

This old dead branch is anchored in a plastic jack-o-lantern with rocks. This is the least expensive and most sustainable way to do this. Covering the opening with floral moss, Spanish moss or even dried leaves will hide the rocks.

Simply twist strands of purple and orange mini-lights among the branches of the old dead tree. The kids can decorate this Halloween tree further with paper cut-outs of bats and ghosts.

Use your imagination and create variations on the Halloween tree!