Most holidays I spend a large number of hours cooking and baking. This Halloween I had to forego much of the holiday food festivities, due to a ghoulish work schedule. I did manage to help my mother make some Halloween Food.
My mother works at an Independent and Assisted Living Facility. One of the things she does is throw theme parties for the people who reside there on holidays and occasions. Together we selected the menu and I assisted her in putting on some of the finishing touches. The people she served the treats to enjoyed the food more than either one of us had anticipated.
The first item on the menu was a cheeseball. My mother has been making the same amazingly delicious cheeseball for probably thirty years. It is a hit everywhere she takes it. This year we saw a Halloween cheeseball idea on Pinterest. I didn’t even read the recipe included, because we used moms. The difference was that it was shaped to look like a skeleton or ghoul head, with green olive eyes and almond teeth. Success!
Next, we found Halloween Deviled Eggs. This was super easy. Use your favorite Deviled Egg recipe, add red food coloring until the filling is orange. Fill the whites with the yolk filling, making sure they are very round then snip off a piece of green onion to make a pumpkin stem.
My mother also found a recipe for Halloween Snack Mix. I don’t know that she was a big fan of it after the fact, but I know that what I got to try was tasty. The leftovers went home to my own family to taste. They also thought it was good stuff.
Naturally Mother served some of the obligatory Halloween fare: donuts, popcorn balls, sugar cookies, and punch. The Halloween food that we made were a great addition!
If you are looking for some ideas for your Halloween party next year I highly recommend these. They are all very easy to make, not very time consuming, but make a big impact!
- 2 8- ounce packages cream cheese (softened)
- 6 ounce package wafer beef (Buddig, diced (*do not use chipped beef))
- 3 Tablespoons diced green onion
- Mix all ingredients (I use my hands) until thoroughly combined. Form into a ball. Serve with crackers or crudité.
For the Halloween cheeseball, it was formed into a skeleton face.
Halloween Snack Mix
- 8 ounces white chocolate baking bars or almond bark (broken / chopped into pieces)
- 4 cups Corn or Rice Cereal Squares
- 2 cups pretzel twists (we used squares)
- 1 cup candy corn
- ¼ cup candy decorations (sprinkles, bats, eyes, etc)
In a large glass bowl, microwave baking bars uncovered on High 1 ½ – 2 ½ minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth.
Gently stir in cereal and pretzels until evenly coated. Stir in candy corn and decors.
Spread on waxed paper or foil until cooled and set.
Break into chunks.
Store loosely covered.
This mix can be made scarier or more fun, depending on what you add to it!