I’ve always loved Halloween.
I’m not exactly sure why I love it so much – the childhood memories? (for instance a lovely memory of going trick or treating and having my old cat Bedford follow us the whole way) The treats? The decorations and costumes? The parties? (there’s one actually happening this year-hurrah!) Or it could easily just be because of Strictly Halloween week…ahem.
Whatever it is, I can’t help but get excited. However I know that if you’re having a party, or maybe even have a younger sibling/child that loves all things scary, Halloween can become a bit of an unnecessary expense. I mean…Christmas lasts for a few weeks at least, and Easter doesn’t really require any parties (shame really, I’d quite like a chocolate egg party), but Halloween is one night of having to spend money/time on costumes, decoration and food. I personally love Halloween, I can understand why most people want an easy, cheap celebration.
So, I decided to think of some very easy, very cheap edible treats for any party you may be going to/hosting. I mean, ridiculously easy. They shouldn’t even really be in my ‘recipe’ category. But hopefully they will help you.
1. Eyeball Cake Pops
Eye love these cake pops (haha)
Cake pops do sound pretty tricky, and they are really, but this is the beauty of doing eyeball cake pops…they don’t need to be perfectly round! In fact, the worse standard the better. They’re meant to be gross – so it’s a great way to experiment with cake pops if you haven’t tried them before.
You will need:
100g self raising flour
100g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 big bar of white chocolate
m&ms or smarties
red writing icing
silicone cake pop mold
Now, if you don’t have a cake pop mold and don’t want to buy one, I suggest you try this technique.
Pop your ingredients into a mixer and mix until silky smooth.
Grease both sides of your mold with butter and then pop the batter into each curve on one side only – going right up to the edge.
Put them into the oven on gas mark 4 for 25 minutes.
Leave the silicone to cool before you try to pull out the pops.
Whilst the actual cakes are cooling, melt some white chocolate. You then need to skewer each ball and rotate the cake in the white chocolate. Spoon more white chocolate over any bits of cake you might have missed, then press an m&m or smartie into the chocolate to form the pupil.
You could of course stand the cakes on sticks so none of the chocolate gets wiped off, however to add even more of a ‘ripped out eye’ feel I just plonked the cakes back onto a plate. Some of the chocolate ripped off at the bottom but it made them look more eye-like, I think.
Pop those cakes into the fridge and let the white chocolate set.
Once it’s set, use the red writing icing to draw veins around the eye ball – and then you’re done! Easy peasy, kinda scary looking, and delicious too!
If you wanted to really go all out, I would suggest getting one of these and piping jam into the middle – then once you bite into the eyes ‘blood’ will ooze out! So gross.
2. Candy Floss Webs
By far the easiest of the bunch.
All you need to do is find some candy floss (white, if you can). Then take it out and use your hands to stretch it a bit.
Add scary spiders into it, or even buy some Halloween sweets and pop them on top to make it completely edible!
The only thing with this is that the candy floss tends to harden once it’s out of the packet – but it’s still yummy! Try not to get it wet though, or it will just turn into hard sugar.
3. Witches Jelly Potion
Again, amazingly easy. I won’t lie…it looks pretty gross. But if you’re like me and love jelly and sweets, well, get ready for a sugar overload!
You will need:
Jelly squares (I used two packets)
A large bowl or measuring jug
Sweets of your choice (I recommend Halloween sweets and laces)
A scary bowl/basket
Get yourself enough jelly to fill up your pot – my pot it quite medium sized, so I got two packets of jelly squares.
Make your jelly up like it says on the packet (it’s slightly different for each brand), then put it in the fridge to set.
When it’s starting to firm up, but isn’t completely jelly-fied yet, grab your sweeties and push them into the mixture. I used foam bananas and cut them up, as well as strawberry laces to look like snakes/intestines/something gross. The foam bananas did tend to float up to the top…so get yourself some heavier sweeties!
Once it’s all set, it’s done! Tip it from your normal bowl/jug into your Halloween bowl and gross out your friends. Incredibly easy, and you can be as inventive as you want! Green jelly and jelly snakes maybe? Or a deep purple filled with squidgey spiders! Your pick.
4. Fingers and Mash
So simple yet so effective.
Make this for your child/niece/nephew/uni mates/humorous family members for their Halloween dinner. Just don’t feel disheartened if they’re too scared/grossed out to eat it!
I wanted to make the effect of a dead hand coming out of it’s grave, and I was pretty pleased with the results.
You will need:
10 mini sausages
potatoes – peeled and cut into chunks
For the sausages, try and find cocktail sausages that are still connected in a chain – you can find them in Tescos and probably any other supermarket.
Keep them all connected when you put them into the oven, and for every other sausage, lightly cut the middle and push out some of the sausage meat.
Then put them in the oven at gas mark 7 for 25-30 mins.
Meanwhile, put your potatoes on to boil in a pan of water. Once they’re cooked how you like them, strain out the water and get mashing! (want delicious mash? Pop in a dash of milk and a knob of butter)
Don’t make the mash too smooth, you want big chunks to make it look more like a grave.
When your mash is done, make a pile of it in the middle of the plate. Cut your sausages into two’s.
Grab the sausage that doesn’t have the meat spilling out and dig it into the mash. Move the top sausage around to make it look as life like as possible, the cut you made should look like finger joints. Do this with the other five ‘fingers’ (you can just use one sausage for the thumb/little finger) Then spread ketchup over your fingers to look like blood.
And there you have it! A spooky dinner for your guests…or your prey.
I had so much fun creating these – I hope you get stuck in too! If you do, hashtag #hazelshalloween and show me your freakiest eyes!