e Web. Some are healthy, some are indulgent, and some are just too disgusting to stomach. But they’re all perfect for Oct. 31.
1. Mummy Pretzels
Mummies never looked so adorable — and delicious. All you need to make these delicious pretzels are white almond bark and candy eyes.
2. Halloween Hot Cocoa
This is super easy, but will delight anyone on a cold Halloween night. Simply buy a food color marker and start creating some ghostly faces on mini marshmallows.
3. DIY Candy Corn Marshmallows
If you’re tired of actual candy corn, skip the sugary confections this year and make your candy corn marshmallows.
4. Adam’s Scary Apples
Candy apples get a spooky makeover with red and black food coloring. And for a twist, this recipes calls for cinnamon-flavored oil.
5. Frankenstein Chips & Dip
Step up your guacamole game with this Frankenstein-inspired display. It won’t be creepy at all when you start to dig into his mushy, green face.
6. Candy Corn Popsicles
Who says you can’t have a frozen treat in October? The top is yogurt, the middle is orange juice, and the bottom layer is pineapple juice.
7. Shrimp Cocktail Brains
Straight from Martha Stewart’s very own blog, shrimp cocktail brains look gross but pack a hearty serving of protein.
8. Guacamoldy Eyeballs
We are not ashamed to admit our obsession with all things avocado a million times over. So let us introduce you to these super clever apps made of egg whites filled with a mix of avocado and creamy taco sauce.
9. Pumpkin Veggie Tray
Easy to make and super healthy, this pumpkin face made entirely of veggies will be a hit at your Halloween party — at least after the cupcakes are all gone.
10. Funny Bones
These adorable, delicious-looking bones use only three ingredients: white chocolate chips, pretzel sticks and marshmallows.
11. Chocolate Covered Cockroaches
Ugh, it pained us Manhattanites to include a recipe with anything reminiscent of cockroaches, but we couldn’t pass up chocolate-covered dates, which are a great source of various vitamins and minerals. (And yes, we always thought they looked like cockroaches.)
12. Worms in Dirt
It is seriously disturbing how realistic this looks. The worms are hot dogs cut lengthwise, and the dirt is made of chopped black beans. Cringe-worthy, but full of protein!
13. Thai-spiced Deviled Eggs
These deviled eggs are almost too cute too eat. Except that they’re too delicious not to eat. The filling is a unique mix of eggs, coconut milk, Thai curry paste, paprika, ketchup, spicy mustard and sriracha.
14. Black and Orange Halloween Pasta
This festive pasta uses black linguine or spaghetti, which is made with squid or cuttlefish ink. Throw in some orange veggies, including butternut squash and orange bell peppers, and you’ve got an easy Halloween-ready dinner.
15. Double-Decker Coffin Sandwiches
These coffin sandwiches are not only perfect for Halloween, but delicious and healthy as well. This double-decker calls for pesto, an apple, cheddar, almonds and pumpernickel bread cut into coffins.
16. Ghoul’s Punch
Give your Halloween brews a hand with these disturbing icy digits. All it takes is a clear plastic glove. This recipe calls for cranberry juice cocktail, but you can use plain old water as well.
17. Red Wine Caramel Apples
Not your typical candy apples, these delectable treats get their red coating from a red-wine-and-caramel mixture. Just remember to keep them away from the kids.
18. Brain Dip
Is it just us, or does this look a little too close to the real thing? The brains are a mixture of mayo (substitute with the low-fat version for a healthier option), cream of mushroom soup, cream cheese, unflavored gelatin and shrimp, which are poured into molds.
19. Invisible Pops
These lollipops are so incredibly striking, it’s hard to believe you can make them yourself. Candies and seeds suspended in the clear canvas confection turn these suckers into works of art.
20. Pear Witch Project
We think this witch is the perfect solution for fruit-averse kids. The witch’s head is a pear, the hair is grated carrots, the hat is a cookie and ice cream cone, and the wart is a chocolate chip (our favorite part)!
21. Candy Corn Trifles
A perfect substitute for real candy corn, this trifle features angel food cake, vanilla pudding tinted orange with food coloring, and lemon gelatin.
22. Green Pepper Frog
Another cool way to turn your vegetables into a Halloween masterpiece, this green pepper frog has a carrot tongue and green olive eyes.
23. Spooky Fingers
These creepy pretzel fingers are dipped in chocolate and then given a pumpkin seed fingernail.
24. Creepy Coconut Kiwi Panna Cotta
Yup, this looks like an actual eyeball. In reality, it’s panna cotta with raspberry coulis.
25. Spooky Spinach Dip in Bread Bowl Cauldron
Everyone loves a bread bowl. Take it one step further this Halloween with a witchy bread bowl cauldron.
26. Melon Brain
Practice your carving skills with this melon brain. This one-ingredient project involves removing the green rind of a watermelon with a vegetable peeler and carving channels into the white ring to created the folded surface of a brain.
27. Sweet Bones
These meringue bones only call for two ingredients: egg whites and sugar. Delicious, not overly unhealthy and perfect for Halloween.
28. Triple Dipped S’mores Apples
Almost too boo-tiful to eat — yeah, we went there — these apples are covered in marshmallows, milk chocolate and crushed graham crackers. Choose dark chocolate for a little health boost.
29. Veggie Skeleton with Double Dip
We are big believers in playing with your food — especially if it will get you (and your kids) to eat your vegetables. For Halloween, turn your veggie spread into a clever skeleton. The creative minds behind this idea used cauliflower as the head, carrots for the arms, celery for the legs and olives as the eyes.
30. Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats
Who doesn’t love a good Rice Krispie Treat? Not the worst — in terms of diet damage — choice for dessert, these take advantage of the festive season with orange food coloring, a Tootsie Roll stem and green icing leaves.
31. Jack-o-Lantern Sweet Potato Fries
We all know sweet potatoes are chock-full of wonderful nutrients and fiber. And because they wear a wonderful shade of orange, they’re the perfect food to turn into Halloween fare, like these Jack-o-lantern sweet potato fries.
32. Deviled Green Goblin Eggs
The recipe calls for Betty Crocker’s Potato Buds, but we say throw in your own mixture — say, maybe something avocado-inspired. The cool marble effect is created by gently tapping the hard-boiled eggs until they are finely cracked and then letting them sit in food coloring for one hour.
33. Black Widow Goat Cheese Log
This is maybe the only time we will welcome a spider into our homes. This delicious-looking arachnid is made with goat cheese, feta cheese, cream cheese and shallots.
34. The Haunted Graveyard
Never has a graveyard looked so appetizing. Broccoli and celery act as trees, pretzels create a fence, hard-boiled eggs become ghosts and crackers serve as gravestones.
35. Petite Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts
Pumpkin + Doughnuts = Pure Halloween Heaven. Of course we know doughnuts are not the most health-conscious choices — BUT they are BAKED. And have cinnamon. And pumpkin. You have our permission to add this to your cheat day.
36. Cheese Witch’s Brooms
To create the fringe of the broom, cut a string cheese in half and press a pretzel stick in the uncut side; then cut the bristles into the other side. Voila! Witch’s broom.
37. Broken Glass Cupcakes
Although these cupcakes require a bunch of ingredients, we think they’re worth the time — and calories. The frightening topper is a broken piece of glass, made of caramel, with candy blood.
38. Spiderweb Snacks
These easy-to-make spiderwebs call for pretzel sticks, chocolate and raisins — and are probably the only arachnids we wouldn’t mind inviting to our party.
39. Pumpkin Patch Side Dish
Super healthy and super cute, this mini pumpkin patch is made with sweet potatoes. You can also add butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper or leave it plain.
40. Jack-O-Lantern Sandwich
All you’ll need to create this adorable sandwich is a pumpkin cookie cutter. It’s easy as (pumkin) pie.
41. Vomiting Pumpkin
All you need to creat this gross appetizer from Amee’s Savory Dish is a carved pumpkin and some guacamole.