The big day- or night- is upon us! I’ve heard plenty of stories from my friends living in the States about how excited their little brothers and sisters are for trick-or-treating (and though they don’t admit it straight out, they like baby-sitting on this particular evening as well). I can only imagine how fun it would be to put up all those creepy yard decorations to give trick-or-treaters in their cute costumes a little thrill before they come knocking at your door. (I am reminded of the Modern Family Halloween episode, from two seasons back I think. That looked like a heck of a party!)
I’m in a particularly festive/Halloween-y mood this year so I’ve been looking around the web for all the fun stuff that’s been popping up in all the blogs– crafts, pastries, finger-food. It’s all that I can do to quell this strange desire to at least witness the typical Western Halloween eve. The amount of creativity that greeted me as I clicked the countless number of links is astounding, truly. Here are a couple of my favourites, also known as the recipes I’m planning to try in the coming years.
- It doesn’t get any easier than these Frozen Boo-nana Pops. It’s so easy it’s literally something you can do at the last minute. The pun in the name is very clever too! These would be great as snacks for tired little trick-or-treaters.
- Ah, a recipe I’ve been eyeing since the beginning. I was planning to make these Witch Fingers this year, but due to my poor planning, I didn’t manage to squeeze it into my schedule. I must make them next year!
- This is the one I’m particularly excited about and cannot wait to make next year! I’ve been looking for recipes that break away from the usual Halloween-themed desserts that pop up like daisies around this time of year, and all I’ve been seeing are takes on deviled eggs and alcoholic beverages. But with these Pasta-Stuffed Jack-o-Lanterns, looks like I’ve found the one. Plus, I have never carved a jack-o-lantern before and this seems like a good chance to try my hand at it.
- My masterpiece last year was a play on a Dorie Greenspan recipe. These Graveyard Pots de Creme were not only spooky, but they were absolutely delicious! It can induce some heavy spoon and bowl-licking.
- This year’s creation was a ton of fun to make! Ghost-shaped meringues were placed atop deliciously moist chocolate cupcakes to form these Ghastly Cupcakes! A sprinkling of crushed chocolate cookies were placed for added effect, as if the ghosts were drifting out of a graveyard.
- I’ve been wanting to make these Mummy Sausage Rolls using my favourite recipe, but I keep forgetting about them! I want to kick myself for forgetting again this year. Pretty sure these would go faster than the speed of light in our house.
- This is a clever way to portray Devil’s Food Cupcakes in its literal sense. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of it! You have to admit, these are too cute not to try!
- I’ve seen several versions of this kind of cheesecake, but what intrigued me the most is this Spiderweb Cheesecake Tart, mostly because I don’t like to be overwhelmed by a very thick cheesecake and a thin crust. This looks like a perfect balance between crust and filling, with the very prettily-shaped crust holding the cheesecake all-around. I’m pretty excited to give piping the web a go, and I’d probably also try to make some sort of edible spider so that each person who has a slice of the cake can also have a chocolate spider!
- These Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars have some similar elements with my cupcakes. The only difference is the colourful and yummy-looking bottom. I’ve never tried Pumpkin Cheesecake before so I’m looking forward to making this. I’m considering what else to top them with though, since I’ve done the meringue ghosts already.
If you’ve got any more fun Halloween food ideas, please do share them on the comments section below! I’m compiling recipes for next year you see, and I’d love to have a chance to give your favourites a go!