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Fall season demands pumpkin-spiced everything, and Halloween dictates ghoulish goodies. So, between visiting the scariest haunted houses and the spookiest destinations in the Golden State, ramp up the fear factor in the kitchen this Halloween—nothing says eerie more than a punch bowl full of eyeballs, a tray of ghost cupcakes, and scary-looking spider cookies. As the nights get longer and the spirits come out to play, celebrate All Hallows’ Eve by donning spooky-good costumes and making festive foods. From bloody-good treats to creepy-cool entrées, these simple Halloween recipes are perfect for pairing with your freaky flicks.
Whether you’re hosting a small Halloween gathering or just enjoying a night in with your partner, nothing gets the ball rolling like a good selection of spooky appetizers to set the mood.
What better occasion to bring the devil to the table than Halloween? These paprika-garnished deviled eggs are bound to spice up your Halloween dinner table. (P.S. No pumpkins were harmed in the making of these eggs.)
12 large eggs
½ cup of mayonnaise
Juice of half a lemon
1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
4 chives, finely chopped
Eat your ghosts today, worry about the calories tomorrow. With a total of 20 minutes from prep to table, these tiny pizzas are sure to impress. No need to create a fuss with making your own bagels, either; simply use store-bought bagels or grab some from your local bakery.
8 slices mozzarella
8 mini bagels
½ cup marinara sauce
4 black olives or green olives, minced
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Top off your creepy appetizers and kick-start your dinner bash with spooky main dishes from prime California cookbooks.
Halloween dinners are anything but regular — you have got to spook it up a bit. Instead of creating a new dish idea from scratch, work with what you got. Spaghetti dinners are the perfect makeshift eyeballs to freak out your guests. Prepare your traditional family spaghetti recipe and add mozzarella cheese and black olives for the eyes — don’t forget to pair them with the delicious fall drinks.
1 pound ground beef
½ medium onion, finely chopped
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 large egg, well beaten
Mozzarella, cut into rounds
Black olives, sliced into rounds
1 pound spaghetti
1 ½ cups marinara, warmed
Stuffed peppers are always a hit, and these jack-o’-lantern peppers surely won’t disappoint. Make use of everyone’s favorite fall vegetables and get your guests talking with this delicious and healthy Halloween snack before releasing the spooky sweets.
4 orange bell peppers
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 can fire-roasted tomatoes
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, divided
1 cup cooked white rice
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, divided
No Halloween dinner is complete without a mouthwatering dessert. Let’s face facts: Halloween is all about candy and spooky sweets. You can even include your favorite theme park foods to take things up a notch.
Possibly one of the most delicious sets of teeth you will ever taste, this easy Halloween dessert will easily spook your guests.
1 tube chocolate chip cookie dough
1 can vanilla frosting
Red food coloring
Come Halloween, the bats creep out of their cages and onto your dessert plates. With no extra cooking required, these are possibly the easiest desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
2–3 tablespoons peanut butter
12 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
12 Oreo cookies
1 pack candy eyes
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