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I am going to throw a Halloween party this year for both adults and older 9,10 yr children. Kids party will be on Halloween, and then Friday night we are having a real party for all of our adult friends. (kids will be with Dad) I have downloaded some recipes off MasterCook, but I don't have time to try them all.
So, does anyone have recipes for good, creepy cuisine ?
Party game ideas appreciated also. Thanks !

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  1. I know people hate her, but Martha Stewart is ALL about the Halloween parties: food, decoration, you name it. Lots of recipes on her site and in this month's issue of MSL I'm sure.

    Link: http://www.marthastewart.com

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    1. re: budino

      I have to agree that Martha is the authority on Halloween entertaining. I am going to make her pasta w/ roasted pumpkin pancetta sauce - or at least my highly revised, much lower fat version - for Halloween. It's really tasty and easy to prepare the sauce a head of time. A very adult dish that goes along with the theme of the holiday without being too cutesie or time consuming.

      1. re: JesseLou
        Caitlin Wheeler

        My favorite Martha Halloween Idea --
        punch (something red is best.)
        Take one of those generic plastic masks and coat the inside lightly with oil. Fill with water and freeze.
        Fill two rubber gloves with water and freeze.
        Place ice sculptures in punch bowl. Looks like a drowning guy pushing to get out. Cool!

        1. re: JesseLou

          dittos re: Martha

          There is a chocolate cake in the shape of a pumpkin on her website that looks pretty good. Two chocolate chiffon-ish bundt cakes sandwiched together with chocolate and glazed orange.

          A few years ago I made faux wine lables on my computer (a Martha idea also) Murky Merlot, etc. with bat and skeleton graphics and some babble on the back lable about "earth" and "hints of blood", etc. It's fun to do a spoof of silly wine lables. Soak off the real lable and apply.

      2. Twister is always a hit.

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        1. re: GG Mora

          Especially Naked Twister

        2. I was just looking at cake ideas for Halloween just yesterday on the Internet for about 10 minutes. Many of the magazine ideas I've seen are for kids parties (which may be okay for you adults? I don't know). There are some websites that I found with a "Halloween Cakes" search on google where you can order the decorated cake. There are pictures, too, if you find one you like - you can take it to your local bakery.

          One that both kids and adults like is the dirt cup.
          You get paper Halloween cups and make a no-cook cheesecake recipe and layer it with a pumpkin mixture. Start with the cheesecake recipe on the bottom, and end up on the top with a layer of pumpkin. Then stick in a couple of gummy worms so they are hanging up and out and over. Then add dark cookie crumbs (simple to make in a food processor or a blender) to the top.

          Oh, and just for the night, put a lamp with a black light in it in your bathroom.

          1. Saw this website. The busy bug (cookies) sound really good because its salty and sweet.

            Also, take a look at the strained eyeballs.

            Also, for snacking, put out little paper bags (with rolled down edges, that you've decorated, like you use to take trick or treating with you when you were a kid. Put in some T o T candy and let your kids resupply it for you with theirs!

            Also for snacking, mix those little sesame sticks in with a few gummy worms. You can even add some whole cumin seeds in with them.

            Link: http://showcase.netins.net/web/medea/...

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            1. re: kc girl

              Here's the strained eyeballs from the Mastercook collection.

              Strained Eye Balls

              Recipe By : Creepy Cuisine, Lucy Munroe
              Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
              Categories : Halloween Horror

              6 egss
              6 ounces whipped cream cheese
              7 ounces green olives -- with pimentos
              red food coloring
              Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover them with cold water. Cook over high heat until the water begins to boil. Then turn the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

              Place the cooked eggs in cold water. When they are cool enough to touch, crack the eggshells all over by rolling them on a hard surface. Peel away the shells carefully and cut the eggs in half widthwise.

              Remove the yolks from the eggs and fill the holes with
              cream cheese. You won't need the yolks for this recipe.

              Press an olive into each cream cheese eyeball, pimento facing up, for an eerie green iris and startling red pupil!

              For a final touch, dip the tip of a toothpick in red food coloring and draw broken blood vessels in the cream cheese.

              Penny Halsey

            2. My favorite one is to take baby carrots, use cream cheese for glue and apply sliced almonds for finger nails, and a dish of salsa for the dip.

              Another one I like to to make deviled eggs and put a slice of black olive in the middle to make an eye.

              1. We have a small party before trick or treating begins on Halloween night for the neighbors and kids. We have a pretty big turnout, so we try to keep it simple and inexpensive, but still creepy.

                This year we are serving

                Bloody fingers in bandages - plain and puss-filled (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, some with a slice of cheese in them - cheap and easy and the kids love them.)
                Fresh blood for dipping (ketchup)
                Bat Wings (chicken drummettes in a sauce)
                Bile for dipping (ranch dressing)
                Flesh sandwiches on moldy bread (roast beef and turkey sandwiches on homemade bread with green food coloring added)
                A bean dip with a sour cream spider web on it
                Clotted blood (salsa)
                Tortilla Chips (mixture of blue and white corn)
                Brain dip (any kind of white dip tinted pink, served in a hallowed out cabbage and formed to look a little brain-like)
                Potato chips
                Pumpkin bread

                We make sure to label everything with its gross-out title for full effect.

                I think I will try that strained eye ball recipe, too, and serve them on a platter with green and black olives.

                Have you seen the kitty litter cake? Totally disgusting. I have a friend who is a cat lover and am saving that one for her birthday!

                Good Luck with your party!

                1. Here is what I did for our Halloween party:

                  Cold eyes – plum tomatoes, halved and hollowed; mini-mozzerella ball inside; iris from green olives, pupils from black olives. Use drinking straw to punch out pupils. Can put pesto in tomato halves if desired.

                  Hot eyes – Sweet-n-sour mini-meatballs. Cut circles from sliced mozzarella; pupils from olives. Put under broiler or oven until melted.

                  Snake – refrigerated dough, rolled out; line with salami and ham and grated cheese; roll up. Make S shape; 2 egg washes, one with green food coloring, one with yellow. Can use blue too. Bake 350 for 25-30 min.

                  Butternut squash ghosts – paint white then paint eyes and mouths black. (Decoration only.)

                  Black pasta (squid ink) with orange (vodka) sauce.

                  Butternut squash and pumpkin ravioli.

                  Worms – sliced hot dogs with blood (ketchup)

                  Here are some photos of how they came out: