|The spread at my Halloween Birthday Party|
For as long as I can remember, Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. As soon as October hit I would count the days until that amazing night, collecting costume pieces or saving my pennies so I could buy a coveted store-bought costume, crossing my fingers that it wouldn't be too cold or too rainy to go out. I was one of those annoying teenagers who trick-or-treated right up until the first year of college.
|Freshman year of college--can you guess who we were?|
Maybe it was an extension of my love of theater--the night you can totally lose yourself into another character. And, wonder of wonders, you get rewarded with CANDY! It's just absolutely fantastic. No other holiday can compare, in my opinion.
|One of my favorite costumes--under it was a Stars and Stripes bikini, heh...|
As I got older, trick-or-treating was replaced with skimpy costumes and binge drinking, as one is wont to do in college. But even when I was dealing with little fabric, I tried to make my costume as unique as possible--I even refused to break character the entire night. Or I'd bring a strangely colored alcoholic beverage of choice and refer to it as my "blood" or "toxic sludge."
|Also, the Northampton Zombie Pub Crawl|
Cut to the now, when I'm a full-fledged kitchen mad scientist of sorts and what do you have? Awesomely catered Halloween parties by yours truly. Now when October hits, not only am I pulling together costume pieces, but I'm collecting and brainstorming spooky recipes.
|Sigh. So pretty!|
Since I'll be in Rocky Horror the weekend before and after Halloween PLUS on Halloween itself, I made my birthday into a costume/Halloween party. It was fantastic and I made way too much spooky food--spent over $100 on food alone, plus some punch. I've decided that I'll post the recipes every few days or so, so that anyone wanting to have their own Halloween bash can be inspired! I have new recipes, and some already-blogged recipes I will link to with the appropriate captions (example: my spicy pork meatballs became "dragon testes" hehe...) The pictures are kind of crappy since I didn't have the correct lighting, but it makes them a little spooky, no?
|Katniss, a Capitol lady, and Effie Trinket!|
I've been wanting to try to make these eyeballs for YEARS and I finally had the time to put them together. They didn't come out as gorgeous as the original pictures, and I couldn't find the correct circular mold to really make them look like eyeballs, but it was definitely the same idea and they went over well. Almost too well--people were too grossed out to try them! But those I did convince were pleasantly surprised. They're fruity and creamy and a lovely little dessert. I'm sure they could be un-Halloween'd quite easily :)
(Adapted from this recipe, at my favorite go-to site for Halloween food!)
- 2 packets (2 Tbsp) plain powdered gelatin in 1 cup tepid water
- (or 8 sheets plain leaf gelatin)
- 8 oz (one brick) cream cheese (can be Neufchatel)
- 1 10oz jar marshmallow creme (or 1 cup mini marshmallows)
- 1 cup cold pineapple juice
- Lifesavers gummies or similar circular candy
- Small chocolate chips
- 3 tbs corn syrup
- 8 drops red food coloring, 1 drop blue food coloring
- Half-circle candy molds--I couldn't find these so I used mini muffin tins, and then regular sized muffin tins when that ran out
-Spray mold/muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray. Press chocolate chips into lifesavers and arrange in bottom of your mold/muffin tins.
-Bloom gelatin in water. Put cream cheese into saucepan over medium heat and stir until smooth--whisk furiously, it clumps easily. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Stir in the bloomed gelatin until completely combined. Add the cold pineapple juice and whisk until smooth. Pour into molds and chill in fridge until set.
When eyeballs are firm (2 hours or overnight) carefully remove them from the molds--I used a knife to cut around and gently scoop out the eyeballs. Arrange on a plate and refrigerate until ready to serve. Before serving, mix corn syrup and food coloring to make "blood" and drizzle over eyeballs.