Recipes to BOOst Your Halloween Menu

By Suzy Biever

Graveyard Hummus Dip

With Halloween fast approaching, now's the time to start putting the final touches on your big event. But are you noticing that your Boo Bash is turning out to be a sad apparition rather than a raging banshee? Do you think you need to add a little hair-raising, bone-chilling excitement? Well, add some vampire-biting, werewolf-howling, mummy-resurrecting thrills to your menu!

You don’t need to let your Halloween fling drop dead - Just spice it up a little bit with some of these frightful ideas! Your bar, restaurant, cafe, or catered events will be the place to be on All Hallows’ Eve with these memorable twists added to your traditional display.

Graveyard Hummus Dip

Make a great first impression with a haunting appetizer – This one is especially ghoulish and is perfect if you have a hummus dip on your menu which you’d like to feature, or are looking to add something new and unexpected.

Just place your hummus in a dish or on a sheet pan. Use pretzels or pretzel sticks to create a fence around the perimeter, and broccoli and celery to serve as trees and other vegetation. To create lurking ghosts, insert pieces of black olives into hard-boiled eggs as eyes and mouths to create twisted and petrified faces. Finally, stick crackers in so that they stand up in the dip, creating the tombstones. You can even use edible markers to write witty and pithy sayings on them, like “Rest in Peas,” “Ule B. Next,” “Al B. Back,” and “Barry D. Alive.”

Carved Oranges

Carved Oranges

If you want to tone down the horror-factor a bit, these carved oranges are great for the kids…as well as adults! Gut and carve an orange just as you would a pumpkin. Once it’s all emptied out, you can put anything from jello to fruit salad inside, making for an absolutely scrumptious treat!

Mummified Pork Tenderloin

Hot Dog Worms

Hot Dog Worms

If you want something to serve as a side which is as equally fearsome, these hot dog worms are a quick and easy side dish.

Simply take a hot dog and cut it into long strips. Place these strips on a grill until they’re cooked to your liking. On the grill, the heat will make them curl and shrivel, giving them their squirmy, slithery look. Serve them with a variety of sauces or garnishes and make them your own spellbinding concoction!

Secret Surprise Cupcakes

Top those dreadful starters and terrifying main course by transforming your favorite cupcake or muffin recipe into a twisted dessert.

Start by preparing your recipe as you usually would. For this dessert, spice cupcakes would be great, or red velvet would be perfect for Halloween with their dark, burgundy color.

Secret Surprise Cupcakes

Once your cupcakes/muffins are baked and cooled, take a knife and cut a 1 inch deep by 1 inch wide circle in the top. Empty out the opening that you created and fill it with a fruit spread and spooky gummies or other creepy candies. Top your pastry with your choice of icing, sprinkles, or other decorations.

Now when your guests go to bite or cut into their end-of-meal “treat,” they’ll get a Halloween “trick” they didn’t expect!

Lychee Eyeballs

As one final Halloween recipe, we give you a stupendously chilling and nightmarish drink garnish which will make your patrons feel like they’re being watched. Whether you want to serve them with sodas or martinis or any other Halloween, seasonal cocktail, these little eyes will definitely horrify and please your guests.

Lychee Eyeballs

Just take lychees and fill the centers with one or two blueberries. Or, for red eyes, use cranberries. Let them float in your guests’ drinks and spy on them as they enjoy the rest of their meal!

And now, with all of the suggestions and ideas I have flooded your way, it’s time to spookify your already chilling and blood-curdling Halloween menu! Give your restaurant, cafe, or party a seasonal, holiday flair with these eerie yet mouth-watering treats and dishes with some little “tricks” mixed in. And now, as Macbeth’s witches say, it’s time to “double, double, toil and trouble.” Get that cauldron cooking!

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