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Any clever ideas for a Halloween Brunch?

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I'm doing it for neighbors and I want it all done ahead of time, just a few things to reheat in the morning. I would love one or more clever "spooky" dishes/punches. I threw away my old Martha Stewarts...any ideas? Thanks!!!!

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  1. A pumpkin soup served from a hollowed out baked pumpkin.

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    1. re: todao

      Or, you could fill the pumpkin with mac and cheese and then bake...

    2. You can do the blood red punch with the hand sticking out. Freeze water in a plastic glove & then peel it off & put in punch bowl--maybe some dry ice. Also, make that "dirt cake" that uses crushed oreos or chocolate wafer for the top & put worms & tombstones all over the top.

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      1. re: sparkareno

        Or gummy worms in it.

      2. http://www.foodnetwork.com/halloween/...

        http://www.marthastewart.com/hallowee...

        1. Bloody marys or if you don't drink maybe a red colored smoothie in test tubes. Muffins, pudding, anything that can be topped with meringue or cream or frosting (preferably white) with small eyeballs near the top so they look ghostly. Some kinf of fried fritters can look like spider webs esp if you garnish with fake spiders. A baked french toast with a light orange glaze. Pastries or breads with powdered sugar dusting over a stencil in Halloween shapes (bats, witches etc)

          Or to make it even simpler, festive settings and table decorations will give you that Halloween vibe!

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          1. re: Yes Please

            You can make spiderwebs from melted chocolate, just put in a ziploc or pastry bag, using a tiny tip, and pipe out design on waxed or parchment paper, then freeze. Use to garnish cupcakes, cheesecake, etc.

            Some of these suggestions are cool, but don't know if you're looking for gory or cutesy.

          2. Cheesecake with a knife sticking out the middle and raspberry sauce oozing from the wound.

            1. Here's a link to witch's finger cookies, but I would make them savory by using a cheese straw dough.

              http://www.canadianliving.com/blogs/s...

              Great link to Martha Stewart's page, Jennalynn.

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              1. re: nemo

                Thanks everyone, these are great! I haven't had time to search online or in books/mags for ideas so I knew you guys would come through! Keep them coming! I want it to be a nice fall brunch w/a few subtle (...maybe a few over the top) items that catch peoples attention (i.e. - I love the frozen hand in the punch bowl and chocolate websl!) I need to visit the sites people sent too...THANKS....and as I said...keep them coming!

              2. A Pumpkin French Toast Casserole or Strata
                http://www.kwwl.com/Global/story.asp?...
                http://www.blisstree.com/bakingdeligh...

                Brains Frittata
                Use cooked spaghetti squash, ricotta, herbs, tomatoes, onions, garlic...

                Bloodied Fingers
                Biscotti with dried cranberries

                Eyeballs
                Deviled Eggs topped with an olive or caper for the pupil

                Vampire Blood Tomato Soup
                Served in individual test tubes

                How cute are these Witches' Broomsticks?
                http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.a...

                1. Pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins.

                  1. You can make a black risotto with tapenade. I have a recipe if you want.

                    Eyeballs by stuffing canned lychees w/ cut prunes.
                    Make chocolate cupcakes or cake (w/ Hershey's black magic cake) but fill center w/ pudding colored red so it oozes when cut.
                    Devil's breath (Spicy v8, chili pepper vodka, lime juice, tabasco)
                    Witch's Kiss (chocolate liquor w/ cream on top, kids version use coke)

                    1. http://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holid...

                      I thought these deviled eggs were very clever!

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                      1. re: HillJ

                        So cute and easy! Love them! And to the OP, just noted that Epicurious has a few cute/scary sweet treats up today.

                      2. Not very original, but attached is a cake I made one Halloween for a pot luck at work. It's a Queen of Sheba cake.

                         
                        1. I think these pumpkin-shaped mini-pies from Bakerella are adorable and can't wait to make them:

                          http://www.kartme.com/recipe/pumpkin-...

                          1. http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Pu...

                            Here's another brunch recipe I thought was clever for a party.