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20 Frighteningly Delicious Halloween Recipes

If you’re one of those people that dedicates the entire month of October to Halloween, you’re not alone. Between the scary movies, the never-ending supply of candy, and trips to the pumpkin patch, there’s a lot to love about the spooky season.

So, if you’ve been waiting all month to make some scary-delicious treats, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of our favorite recipes to enjoy at your next costume party or Halloween night.

Halloween Very Veggie Skeleton

halloween veggie skeleton

What’s a better way to prepare for the sugar coma you’re bound to put yourself in later than starting the evening off with some veggies?

Ingredients

  • 1 jicama, peeled
  • 1 head of cauliflower florets
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced
  • 24 green beans
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 5 broccoli florets
  • 1 mushroom, sliced
  • 2 black olives, 1 sliced, 1 diced
  • 1/4 cup arugula
  • 1 cup hummus (for dipping)
  • 1 medium pumpkin (optional)

Directions

  1. Skull
    Pick a platter for the background. Cut peeled jicama in half. Using the peeler, peel the sides of the jicama until it is pear shaped. The wider end will be the top of the skull. It should be full and rounded. Start narrowing the sides about half way down and round off the bottom. This will be the jaw. The narrow end is the jaw of the skull. Carve a flat spot near the bottom for the mouth. Carve two flat spots near the top for eyes. Place the skull at the top of the platter.
  2. Spine
    For the spine, arrange cauliflower florets in a row under the skull. Pile red, orange, and yellow pepper slices on either side of the cauliflower for ribs.
  3. Arms and hands
    Stack 3 beans on each side for upper arms. Stack 3 more on each side for lower arms. Put a cherry tomato half on each side between the upper and lower stacks for elbows. Add zucchini slices for palms. Make fingers out of carrot slices.
  4. The rest of the body
    Arrange 5 broccoli florets at the bottom of the spine for hips. Make upper legs by stacking 3 green beans on each side of the broccoli. Make lower legs by stacking 3 green beans on each side below the upper legs. For knees place half a cherry tomato between the stacks on each side. For feet cut a mushroom slice in half.
  5. Face and hair
    Put round slices of olive on jicama for eyes. Add diced olive for the nose and teeth. Arrange arugula under the jicama for spooky hair.

Recipe and photo adapted from Welcome to the Table

Peanut Butter & Jelly Spiders

peanut butter jelly spiders

Who says you can’t have a Halloween-themed breakfast?

Ingredients

  • 6 whole-wheat English muffins
  • 3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons strawberry jam
  • 48 small pretzel sticks
  • 12 chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Have a platter ready for the finished “spiders.” Split and toast the English muffins, and spread each with about 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a tablespoon of strawberry jam. Arrange 8 pretzels, 4 on each side radiating outward, on the bottom half of each English muffin to make 8 legs.
  2. Top with the other halves of the muffins. Make eyes on top by placing two chocolate chips on each English muffin; they should melt a little and adhere to the muffin. Serve warm.

Recipe and photo adapted from Welcome to the Table

How to Make Jack-O-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

jack o lantern stuffed peppers

Stuffed peppers are a healthy, easy to make dinner that’s perfect for a weeknight.

Here, the peppers are briefly steamed and then cut into the shape of a Jack-O-Lantern!

This recipe calls for a ground beef filling, but feel free to sub in ground turkey, chicken, or Beyond Beef if you prefer.

Find the full recipe at EatingWell

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds With Brown Butter and Sage

roasted pumpkin seeds and sage

Of course, what’s a Halloween celebration without some roasted pumpkin seeds?

If you usually just toss your pumpkin seeds with a little salt and pepper and call it good, we challenge you to get more creative!

In this recipe, dried pumpkin seeds are tossed with a combination of browned butter, sage, and lemon juice to create a rich and flavorful pumpkin seed perfect for snacking on all October long.

Find the full recipe at Serious Eats

Spooky Monster Chocolate Covered Pretzel Brownies

spooky monster brownies

Who can resist a dessert that looks scary but tastes oh-so sweet?

Not only are these brownies made from scratch, they’re packed full of rich chocolate flavor that’s all treat, no tricks.

Let your kids get in on the action of decorating these brownies and let them create their own fun monster faces!

Find the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

Healthy Halloween School Lunch

halloween lunch

Because you can’t serve your kids candy for lunch, here’s a healthy way to get in on the Halloween fun.

Featuring a monster sandwich, pumpkin shaped carrots, and cheese ghosts, this Halloween lunch is as healthy as it is cute.

You can always get creative and let your kids make up their own healthy spooky characters.

Find the full recipe at Pickled Plum

Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

mac and cheese stuffed peppers

Here’s another clever way for transforming orange bell peppers into jack-o-lanterns!

This time, instead of being stuffed with ground beef, the peppers are filled to the brim with mac and cheese!

Follow the directions for homemade mac and cheese or go with your own favorite recipe.

Find the full recipe at Food Network

Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Boo-schetta

boo-shetta

We love a good Halloween pun, so including this boo-schetta recipe was a no-brainer.

In this recipe, baguette slices are topped with fresh mozzarella, red peppers, pesto, and olives to create a creepy eyeball-inspired appetizer.

This boo-schetta would be the perfect appetizer for a jack-o-lantern style pizza.

Find the full recipe at Epicurious

Halloween Ginger Cookies

halloween ginger cookies

Who says decorating cookies is just for Christmas?

Made with crystallized ginger, these halloween cookies are sweet and spicy and easy to make with the kids!

Use some Halloween-themed cookie cutters or let your kids cut out their own fun shapes with a butter knife, under supervision, of course.

Find the full recipe at Bob’s Red Mill

Mini Apple Cider Cakes

mini apple cider cakes

Maybe you’re down for some fall sweets, but are looking for something a little less creepy.

These mini apple cider cakes are absolutely adorable and full of all the craveable fall flavors.

Don’t shy away from this recipe just because it looks complicated! These mini cakes are surprisingly easy to toss together.

Find the full recipe at Half Baked Harvest

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

pumpkin shaped cheese ball

Everyone loves a little cheese and cracker situation.

Here, cream cheese and cheddar are paired with chives, salt, and pepper to create this pumpkin shaped cheese ball.

And what’s the key to that bright orange color you might ask? Cheese puffs!

Find the full recipe at Food Network

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By: Leigha

LeighaLeigha is the Marketing Assistant at the Skagit Valley Food Co-op.