There’s a line with dishes/treats you make for Halloween parties, and it usually sits right in the middle of cutesy-spooky and all-out gross.
Some of us like to lean toward one side or the other. For our own Halloween get-togethers, we like to try to balance delicately on the line. Which means we’re not really looking for cartoon-y Frankenstein Rice Krispie treats, but we’re not about to make a cake that looks like a cat box, either.
Since we figure there are probably quite a few friends in Nashville who feel similarly, we thought we’d let you in on our planning. Below, a handful of the just-spooky-enough Halloween concoctions we’re thinking about making next month.
Still trying to decide if downing a little brown mouse is gonna be too much, but these are kind of adorable, and sound delicious. With semi-sweet chocolate, sour cream and cookie crumbs (plus little adornments like sliced almonds for ears and vine licorice for tails), it sounds really easy too. Chocolate Mice recipe at AllRecipes.com.
Spooky Halloween Eyeballs
Depending on how involved you want to get with decorating, this little peanut butter balls — perfect for peanut butter cup devotees — can be pretty simple, or super bloodshot and involved. Halloween Eyeballs recipe at AllRecipes.com.
One of the cutest and easiest options on our list. Essentially, pretzel sticks plus mini-marshmallows dipped in white chocolate. Heap on a plate and you have a delicious pile of bones. Funny Bones recipe at Epicurious.
We might get a little creative with these, and make a mix of milk and white chocolate fingers with regular almond “fingernails.” They’d be a little less cutesy, a little more gross that way. Either way, with four ingredients, these’ll be easy to pull off. Witch Fingers recipe at TheSpruce.com.
“Poison” Black Candy Apples
Candy apples are such a trademark fall treat, but these are way more fun, and way more Halloween-y. Making the sugar coating takes a little patience and skill, but the payoff seems worth it. Black Candy Apples recipe at Country Living.
Not everyone’s into super sweet stuff, which makes creations like these — a few apples, a little peanut butter, some mini-marshmallows — a good choice to have in the mix. Apple Teeth recipe at Mom.me.
Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
You could do an easy cheat here, and add red food coloring to regular hot chocolate. But for something extra special, taking the extra steps for red velvet flavor — with dark chocolate and a hint of cream cheese — is worth it. Red Velvet Hot Chocolate recipe at SugarHero.com.
This leans a little toward the all-out gross side, but they’d be fun to drop in Halloween cocktails. Wormy Ice recipe from the Food Network.
Looking for absolutely minimal effort? Love this Jack-o-lantern Pie idea, which can be done with a store-bought pie, some melted chocolate and printable stencils. Jack-o-lantern Pie how-to at MyRecipes.com, video above.
Blood Drip Cupcakes
Between making the cupcakes and the glass candy, this is probably the most effort required on our list. But the result is really cool-looking, and more on the grown-up treat side. Blood Drip Cupcakes recipe on Delish.com.
Think any of these might make it on your Halloween party list? Anything you’re thinking about that you want to share? We’d love to see some more ideas.
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