DIY Ghoulish Goodies and Terrifying Treats

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Carved apple "alien" in watermelon filled with red Jello

There is no time quite like Halloween to create something creepily cute and dangerously delicious all at once. Get in touch with your DIY dark side and craft a batch of scary-good treats for a monstrous feast.

Edible Slime

Pink slime with gummy eyeball being stretched
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Part Halloween, part science experiment, this edible slime features gummy body parts. Stretch your imagination...and an eyeball or two!

Eyeball Pizza

Pizza with fresh mozzarella and black olives
credit: Trisha Sprouse

A truly eye-catching but not-too-scary Halloween party dish younger kids will love.

Blobfish Pate

Blobfish molded from chopped Spam

The blobfish is called the ugliest creature on Earth, but that's no reason not to invite it to the party. Whirl several teaspoons of olive oil with three cans of Spam in a food processor until the meat is smooth. Mold the pate into the basic blobfish shape. Use food coloring gel to define the lips and add black olives for the eyes. No need to bake -- Spam comes fully cooked.

Spider Web Dip

Guacomole topped with a sour cream spider web

Trap your guests in a web of deliciousness with a basic seven-layer dip topped with a sour cream web. To make the thin lines of the web, place the sour cream into a plastic sandwich bag and snip off a small corner. Use a round dish to spin the perfect web as you draw three or four circles with the sour cream. Lightly drag a knife or toothpick out from the center across the lines of sour cream to give the web a more dramatic effect.

Frogs in Formaldehyde

Jars filled with clear gelatin with gummy frogs floating inside
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Straight out of a mad scientist's lab, these creepy gelatin shots are totally tasty.

Eye-Popping Cookies

Sugar cookies topped with candy eyeballs

It only takes one wide-eyed wafer to give your guests the heebie jeebies. Top vanilla wafers with white chocolate, add irises (white chocolate with blue food coloring) and chocolate chip pupils. And don't forget the fine details: Dip a toothpick into a small amount of red food coloring and add the too-real blood veins.

Snot Fondue

A nose made from bread dough with nostrils filled with cheese and spinach fondue
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Delicious boogers served in a bread nose.

Fake Scabs You Can Eat

Beef jerky "scabs" served on a tray with bandaid garnish
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This freaky and festive dish will freak out your guests in the most delicious way.

Five-Finger Punch

Ice hand floating in punch bowl

Nothing should be boring on Halloween, not even the ice in the punch bowl. Fill a clear plastic glove with water, tie the end with a rubber band and place it in the freezer. Give it shape before freezing by adding a small wad of paper towels underneath the glove, letting the fingers droop down slightly. Fingers that break off in the punch add to the creepy dynamic!

Beanie Weenie Popsicles

Beanie weenie frozen into popsicles
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Everybody's favorite campfire food, frozen into creepy treats.

Brain Hemorrhage Shots

Clear gelatin shots floated with grenadine and Bailey's.
credit: Trisha Sprouse

What do zombies drink after a fleshy meal? Brain hemorrhage shots, of course.

Devilishly Handsome Head

Skeleton shaped cheese ball

Who doesn't love a good cheese skull? Oops...we mean spread. Line a skull mold, available at many crafts and Halloween pop-up stores, with plastic food wrap and fill it with your favorite spreadable cheese. Place the head on a bed of roasted red peppers, add black olives for eyes, and you have one delectable dish.

Specimen Jello Shots

Lemon Jello shots in specimen cups
credit: Trisha Sprouse

Try these lemony treats. Ull B Sorry if you miss them!

Puking Pumpkin

Small pumpkin with guacamole on one side and salsa on the other

This poor pumpkin is spewing out some grotesquely simple guacamole and salsa for party-goers. The sight may cause sore eyes, but the delicious dips will leave your guests pleased.

Otherworldly Treat

Carved apple alien floating in watermelon filled with red jello

Give your guests goosebumps with this eerie extraterrestrial fetus. Carve an alien head and body out of apples and place them in a hallowed-out watermelon, using toothpicks for support. Add jellybean eyes and pour in a red gelatin mix for the complete out-of-this-world effect.

They’re-All-Gonna-Laugh-at-You Cake

Barbie doll standing in center of blood-splattered cake.

Cake is no laughing matter when you add a fashion doll and plenty of "blood" splatters a la Carrie. Place the doll in a simple homemade cake before you dress them both in fondant and icing. Use red food coloring for the signature blood. This super-sweet treat is sure to delight, gore and all.

Panicked Poached Pears

Poached pears with faces made of cloves

Class up your Halloween spread with sophisticated (and a bit panicked) poached pears. Craft facial features with cloves and set them on a sweet bed of caramel. These are so ghoulishly good, your guests will make them vanish before your very eyes.

Send in the Clowns

Demented clown cake with cotton candy hair

Impress your blood-and-gore-loving friends with this rundown clown. Mold crispy rice treats to roughly resemble a flattened face. Cover it with fondant and get creative. Stringy sours and cotton candy make the perfect guts and matted hair for this clown.

Bento Monster

Rice, eggs and seaweed arranged in a Bento box

Mold a monstrously delicious masterpiece out of rice. Add quail egg eyes, seaweed hair, a roe tongue, red pepper lips and egg white teeth. Make a monster-size plate for a party, or pack a spooktacular surprise for lunch. Either way, it's frighteningly nutritious!

Zombie Platter

Food fit for zombies

Bring the undead to life with a zombie platter: sausage puff eyeballs, spinach artichoke dip with hot dog worms, witch finger bread sticks, cauliflower brains, and fried rats…err...chicken.

Not-So-Clean Sweep Cotton Swabs

Mini marshmallow Q-tips dipped in caramel candy

We know not to use cotton swabs in our ears, but no one said anything about using them in the kitchen. Stick small marshmallows on white sticks and swirl the marshmallow ends into sweet butterscotch for an icky earwax touch. For dramatic decor, place them in an old cotton swab box.

Killer Cupcakes

Cupcakes topped with bloody "glass" candy

Dust off that cauldron and boil up some hard candy. Add blobs of red food coloring and shatter the candy into jagged pieces. Splatter icing-covered red velvet cupcakes with bright red food coloring and stab each with a shard of "glass."

Beating Heart

Anatomical Jello heart

Add some dark romance this holiday with a sweet anatomically-correct heart. Up the ick factor by serving it on a bed of pureed strawberries. Stir plain Greek yogurt into red gelatin and pour into a flexible mold, available at many crafts and Halloween pop-up stores.

Eyeballs and Brains Galore

Brain and eyeball candies

Kids brave enough to bite into these brains and eyeballs find a sweet surprise: chocolate sandwich cookies. Use candy, chocolate melts and inexpensive molds to make these.

No-Bake Spookiness

Oreos transformed into creepy treats

No time to bake? No problem. Trick and treat your guests with ready-made cupcakes, sandwich cookies and frosting. Add your favorite festive candies to set up a spooky scene perfect for any Halloween feast.

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There is no time quite like Halloween to create something creepily cute and dangerously delicious all at once. Get in touch with your DIY dark side and craft a batch of scary-good treats for a monstrous feast.