- Use candy corn or pumpkins to decorate orange or black cupcakes.
- Use plastic spiders or vampire teeth to decorate a Halloween cake (be sure the kids don’t eat them, though!).
- Take an opaque stein or tall mug that a child can stick his or her hand into, and fill it with gooey eyeballs. To do this, you need 1 can of lychees (available at many Asian markets) and 1 jar of pimento-stuffed olives. Drain the juice from the lychees into the stein. Stuff the olives into the lychees and pour them into the stein. These not only feel slimy and slick, they also look like eyeballs in case one of the kids pulls one out.
- Trim carrot sticks to round, finger-length size and take a diagonal slice off the tips for fingernails. You can use cream cheese to make the “nails” or stick sliced almonds on the ends (use a little cream cheese for sticking) to make the fingernails. Make your favorite dip or guacamole and stick 5 of the fingers, nails up, to look like a hand coming up out of the dip.
- Borrow an idea from Timbo’s burger joint on Broadway, which serves the famous and original Shypoke Eggs. Make Scary Hairy Eyeball Nachos using the same idea, with nacho rounds, white and yellow cheeses, and olives for eyes. (Link to instructions below.)
- Grown-ups like Halloween, too. A Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting is easier to eat and almost as good as a caramel-covered apple. (Link to recipe is below.)
- For a gruesome drink, float a frozen “hand” in a bowl of punch. (Recipe follows.)
This punch will give people both a trick and a treat, if you float a frozen hand in it.
1 non-latex glove
1 gallon pineapple juice
1 (3-ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
1 liter seltzer or club soda
1 liter lemon-lime soda, such as 7-Up
2 pints orange sherbet, cut into 2-inch cubes
Take a non-latex glove. Fill it with just enough water to look like a hand. Tie the end with a rubber band. Place in a plastic, zip-top bag and freeze.
Shortly before serving, mix pineapple juice with orange juice concentrate, then add club soda and lemon-lime soda. Float in pieces of sherbet. Float in frozen hand and serve.
From John Griffin