What's up guys and ghouls — October has arrived, and Halloween is only a few weeks away. If you're hosting a Halloween extravaganza or just looking to make your dinner table seasonally spooky in the days leading up to All Hallow's Eve, you should probably have some creepy Halloween recipes up your sleeve to trick and treat your friends and family. I'm talking about guts and spiders and ghosts galore, because nothing says Halloween like eating something sweet that looks like something sinister.
Dressing up your food and beverages is just the next iteration beyond a Halloween costume for yourself and/or your pet, and I can't get enough of the creepiness. I want your Halloween party vibes to fall somewhere between the wrap party of a Tim Burton movie and the last day of a Hogwarts potions class. And with the help of some of the most creative food minds on the internet machine, you can get your double, double toil and trouble on just as your Halloween playlist hits the speakers for a night of feasting upon something that looks suspiciously like an eyeball.
So put that bowl of individually wrapped candy by the door for the kiddos, and get ready to host your creepiest Halloween dinner party yet.
1. Apple Bites
You don't have to be a chef to take a bite out of Halloween with these three-ingredient monster mouths from Oh She Glows.
2. Eye Pops
These eyeball cake pops by Bakerella are the perfect balance of playful and creepy and are totally Instagram-worthy.
3. Poison Toffee Apples
I would almost believe these were dipped in a witch's brew if I didn't know better. Head over to Simply Delicious to find out how to make this surprisingly simple, ominous looking snack.
4. Braaaaaains Cupcakes
These cupcakes from The Simple Sweet Life totally look like bloody little brains ready to be feasted upon by the zombie masses.
5. Vampire Bat Cake
This three-layer red velvet cake is topped with butter cream frosting, a red candy ganache for the blood, and chocolate bats. Cookies & Cups has a thorough step-by-step tutorial of how to create this centerpiece for your Halloween table.
6. Ouija Board Cookies
Calling all you steady-handed artists out there — these adorably intricate Ouija Board cookies have it all. They're interactive, they're super original, and they flat-out look amazing. Head over to The Simple Sweet Life to find out how to make these at home.
7. Melted Witches
I dare you to eat these Instagram-worthy creations from Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen rather than stare at them, take pictures, and show everyone you know. I dare you.
8. Monster Doughnuts
I want to eat one of these eyeball-covered doughnuts from The Simple Sweet Life right now. These are pure sugary fun.
9. Creepy Sweet Potato
So I found this terrifying thing over at The Kitchn. I wouldn't necessarily recommend eating it as-is, but since it's technically food, I decided to include it in this list. Now excuse me while I have nightmares for the next week.
10. Deviled Egg Eyeballs
Eyeballs! Eyeballs everywhere! These are just realistic enough that I would be taken aback by their eyeball-ness for at least 10 seconds before diving in to enjoy their deviled egg-ness. Head over to Food Fanatic to check out the recipe.
11. Goblin Goo Parfaits
There's something so disconcerting in the lack of specificity in the word "goo" that makes these sweet treats from Baked By Rachel a little spooky. But really, they're made from vanilla pudding and crushed up chocolate cookies, so count me in.
12. Bloody Manhattan
Would it even be Halloween without a blood-inspired cocktail? I don't think so. The Kitchn will show you how to make these blood-rimmed beverages for all of your guests.
13. Ghostbusted Cocktail
These ghostly drinks are rimmed with what looks like freshly turned graveyard dirt, but keep your eyes and tastebuds peeled — these drinks from Jelly Toast are as sweet as they are spooky.
14. The Grave Digger Cocktail
Basically a whiskey ginger with dry ice, this fantastically fall beverage from The Kitchn works perfectly with the classic Halloween additions.
15. Meringue Ghosts
The guest of honor of any Halloween party is obviously the ghosts that live it up on the spookiest night of the year. Check out these fluffy treats at My Baking Addiction.
Images: Oh She Glows; Bakerella; Simply Delicious; The Simple Sweet Life (3); Cookies & Cups; Confessions Of A Cookbook Queen; The Kitchn (3); Food Fanatic; Baked By Rachel; Jelly Toast; My Baking Addiction