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.
[Editor's Note: An updated version of this topic can be found here: Halloween Recipes]
"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)â€¦ 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!)
Food Network: Halloween4 stars
The Halloween recipes here at the Food Network are organized into beautiful photo slide shows. When you see something that intrigues you, simply click on the photo for the recipe. Often the trick to Halloween treats is all in the presentation. For example, plain old tomato soup becomes Vampire Blood Soup when served (are you ready for this?) in test tubes! Of course, this is the Food Network, and they are suggesting that you make tomato soup from scratch, but I bet I'm not the only mother who might consider using a canned soup. Am I?
Hersheys: Trick or Treats5 stars
Although the recipes here are not as ghoulish as some of the independent sites, there is a good selection of chocolate desserts and treats. In particular, the Brownie Cemetery Cake caught my eye. It uses chocolate bars and candy bars as headstones (very clever!) The main reasons I included this site, however, are the Classroom Resources and the Creepy Downloads. Click on over for printable Halloween word games and free Halloween clipart.
Feldman, Barbara. "Halloween Recipes." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 14 Oct. 2008. Web. 19 Sep. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/halloweenrecipes08/ >.
By Barbara J. Feldman. Originally published October 14, 2008. Last modified April 19, 2014.
The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!