Fun Halloween food is just one of many ways to enjoy the spooky holiday with friends and family. Whether you are looking for ideas for a healthy family dinner before trick-or-treating, or an entire buffet to entertain costumed friends, the following illustrated recipe sites will surely satisfy your Halloween recipe cravings.
"Halloween food is largely about the visual appeal, that's why all of our recipes come with pictures. Every spooky, gross, creepy, and healthy recipe has been tested and given thumbs up by our panel of ravenous ghouls (a.k.a. hungry friends and family) so you know it will be good." Web developers Lauren and Sean share their passion for Halloween with this fun site. Visit to snag recipes for stuffed intestines, bleedy cake, spooky slaw, and spicy bruised bugs.
Britta: Halloween Recipes5 stars
Britta ("Webmistress of the Dark") reveals recipes for dozens of her Halloween specialities, along with a photo archive of her annual Halloween shindigs. "You can see in the photos that over the years of being a Halloween Hostess, I have not only created more recipes, but also added spooky signs describing what my eerie edibles are, which I think add to the fun. How else would anyone know they were eating scabs, not just dried cranberries? ;)"
Family Fun divides their Halloween recipes into snacks, cakes, party food, meals and treats. But I'm not sure why some recipes are in one category, and not the other, so if you are looking for something specific, you'd best scan the entire list. If you sign up for a free Family Fun membership, you'll get access to a personal recipe box, where you can save your favorite recipes, and a printable shopping list (I love this feature!)
"Cast a spell on your Halloween party with a spooktacular spread of frightfully fun eats that will have everyone screaming for more!" Published by the Oriental Trading Company, this site is chock-full of illustrated recipes such as Monster Munch Popcorn, Eyeball Donuts, Spiderweb Cookies and Apple Monster Mouths. They are available online as well as in a printable PDF format that includes a 3x5 inch recipe card.
Ewww! Bloody band-aid cookies! Actually, I love them. Very clever, and so easy to make. To round out her Gross-ology collection, photographer Katherine Marie also brings us A Pint of Blood, Rat Tails, Scabs + Pus, and Toe Jam. These spooky treats are so easy to make, they don't even include instructions, the photos explain it all.
Feldman, Barbara. "Halloween Recipes." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 23 Oct. 2012. Web. 17 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/halloween-recipes/ >.
By Barbara J. Feldman. Originally published October 23, 2012. Last modified March 9, 2014.
The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!