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Spooky Halloween Recipes To Try this Year

Spooky Halloween Recipes To Try this Year

By California.com
October 30, 2020

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

Halloween Appetizers To Get The Party Started

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.

Set the mood on Halloween with these simple yet festive pumpkin deviled eggs.

Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

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.)

Serves 12

Ingredients

12 large eggs

½ cup of mayonnaise

Juice of half a lemon

1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons paprika

4 chives, finely chopped


Directions

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s about 1 inch of water above the eggs. Bring the water to a boil. Once the water begins to boil, reduce heat to low and cook for about 1 minute. Remove eggs from heat, cover, and let sit for 14 minutes.
  2. Drain the hard-boiled eggs and rinse under cold water before peeling.
  3. Halve the eggs lengthwise, then carefully spoon out the yolks and place them in a bowl. 
  4. Mash yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add the mayonnaise, lemon juice, Dijon, salt, and pepper, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  5. Carefully spoon mixture evenly into the egg whites.
  6. Dust the eggs with paprika 
  7. Using a sharp knife, make ridges down the egg mixture and place a piece of chive to make it look like a pumpkin.
Make a mini ghost pizza to impress your guests. Trust us, it's easier than it looks.

Ghost Pizza Bagels

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. 

Serves 8

Ingredients

8 slices mozzarella

8 mini bagels

½ cup marinara sauce

4 black olives or green olives, minced

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. Using the knife skills you learned from that online cooking class, cut the mozzarella slices into small ghost shapes (or use a ghost-shaped cookie cutter).
  3. Cut each bagel in half, and spread a thin layer of marinara on every piece. Top each half with a slice of the ghost-shaped cheese.
  4. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is starting to melt (roughly 10 minutes).
  5. As soon as the pizza bagels are out of the oven, place the olives on top of each slice in such a way to create eyes on the ghosts. 

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Halloween Dinner Ideas To Spook Your Guests

Top off your creepy appetizers and kick-start your dinner bash with spooky main dishes from prime California cookbooks.

Get creepy and creative with this Halloween-inspired take on spaghetti and meatballs.

Eyeball Spaghetti

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.

Serves 4

Ingredients

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

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Mozzarella, cut into rounds

Black olives, sliced into rounds

1 pound spaghetti

1 ½ cups marinara, warmed


Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the beef, onion, panko, garlic, parsley, and egg in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper and mix together. Shape the meat into medium-sized balls and place them on the baking sheet.
  3. Bake the meatballs in the oven for about 13 minutes, then remove them and adorn with the cheese and olives to create the eyes. After doing so, stick them in the oven again for about 2 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  4. Fill a medium pot at least halfway up with salted water, and heat to boiling on high. Once the water is boiling, add the spaghetti to the pot and cook according to your preferences.
  5. Drain the pasta and transfer to a platter. Top it off with the marinara sauce and eyeballs.
Flex your culinary skills by crafting jack-o'-lantern stuffed peppers for a healthy Halloween dish.

Jack-O’-Lantern Stuffed Peppers

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. 

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 orange bell peppers

Extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 onion, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 pound ground beef

1 can fire-roasted tomatoes

1 cup low-sodium chicken broth, divided

1 cup cooked white rice

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack, divided


Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut off (but don’t throw away) the top of each pepper. Remove the core and seeds, and using a sharp knife, carefully carve jack-o’-lantern faces. Drizzle each pepper with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, then place upright in a large baking dish along with the tops.  
  3. For the stuffing, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add the beef and cook until brown, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Season once more with salt, pepper, and chili powder (to taste). Add fire-roasted tomatoes, ½ cup chicken broth, cooked rice, and ¾ cup of cheese. Stir until well combined.
  5. Stuff the rice and beef mixture evenly into the hollowed-out peppers and top with ½ cup of cheese.
  6. Pour remaining chicken broth into the baking dish, cover peppers with foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until the peppers are tender and the cheese has melted.


Easy Halloween Desserts
To Spice Up Your Party

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.

Sink your teeth into these delectable Dracula cookies. The count himself would be a fan.

Dracula Teeth Cookies

Possibly one of the most delicious sets of teeth you will ever taste, this easy Halloween dessert will easily spook your guests.

Serves 12

Ingredients

1 tube chocolate chip cookie dough

1 can vanilla frosting

Red food coloring 

Mini marshmallows 

Slivered almonds 


Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Roll the cookie dough into small balls and place them on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until golden. 
  3. Let cookies cool completely before cutting them in half.
  4. Place the frosting in a large bowl. Add a few drops of red food coloring, and stir until thoroughly combined. Spread a thin layer of red frosting on each halved cookie.
  5. Place the mini marshmallows around the cookies’ outer edges, and top with the remaining halves. Create the fangs by sticking almonds on each side.


Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Bats

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.

Serves 12

Ingredients

2–3 tablespoons peanut butter

12 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

12 Oreo cookies

1 pack candy eyes


Directions

  1. Spread a small amount of peanut butter across the top of each Reese’s.
  2. Halve the Oreo cookies. Place each half atop the peanut butter cups and press into the peanut butter to create wings.
  3. Stick one, two, or three candy eyes on each bat to complete the look.

Bummed about not being able to make it to Disneyland Park’s Halloween party? Recreate the magical Disneyland recipes at home this year.

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