Creepy Halloween Party Food

When you plan your Halloween party, the food must be front and center. Since we published Gruesome Halloween Party Food two years ago, many more creepy and delicious treats have surfaced. Try serving these, and your guests will be talking about your party for years. Warning: some images may be disturbing.

Mummy Rolls

Holly Klein calls these mummy rolls "Morning Mummy!" They are constructed from bread dough, nutella, and frosting eyes. Unlike many Halloween recipes, these look good enough to eat!

Eyeball Cupcakes

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There are many recipes for eyeball cupcakes, but this is the only decoration job I've seen that includes eyelids and lashes for a very creepy effect. Jayne at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch made these eye-catching cupcakes with chocolate cake and strawberry-marshmallow filling. The steps she took for the icing are illustrated in pictures in the post.

Headcrabs

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AnnaTheRed makes wonderful bento meals in which every piece of food looks like something else. In this project, she uses potato, bacon, and cheese to make headcrabs. Sounds like a delicious side dish for a Halloween feast, if you can get past thinking about what they look like.

Bloody Brain Cupcakes

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Flickr user xsomnis posted a set of pictures called the Zombie Food Guide that shows how to make these brain cupcakes from red velvet cake, complete with dark red caramel blood. They sound so delicious and look so...  Halloweeny!

Oven-baked Tarantula

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Unlike most of the recipes here, the Oven-baked Tarantula is a real tarantula, collected from Cambodia and cooked to perfection. It is shipped ready-to-eat. One spider will run you £14.95, but a portion of the proceeds go to endangered species preservation projects in Cambodia.

Spider Cakes

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Megan at NotMartha made Crawly Cakes and Spider Cakes in a variety of styles that look good on a Halloween party table and no doubt taste better than the real spider.

Melting Head Cake

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Barbara Jo, who made the famous Killer Rats Cake also made this Melting Head Cake. As if the cake itself isn't awesome enough, it was designed with flesh made of icing that melts as the party goes on, eventually revealing the sugary skull underneath. What's more, there was raspberry jelly between the skull and the melting flesh to give it a gruesomely bloody appearance as it melted.

Flayed Skin Cheese Ball

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If you like the idea of a head on a platter, the Flayed Skin Cheese Ball is your appetizer. The head-shaped cheese is wrapped in thin slices of ham, giving it the look of skinless flesh. Be sure to have plenty of crackers ready.

Naked Mole Rat Cake

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There are no recipes or instructions for the collection of Creepy-crawly Cakes posted at Cake Wrecks, but I couldn't resist including them. Of particular interest is the Naked Mole Rat Cake, created by professional baker Cristy B.

See the earlier post Gruesome Halloween Party Food for a bleeding heart gelatin dessert, white chocolate sugar skulls, a fleshworm entree, and more for your Halloween dinner party.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Guide to Life, In 20 Quotes
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Though he made his living as a writer, Ernest Hemingway was just as famous for his lust for adventure. Whether he was running with the bulls in Pamplona, fishing for marlin in Bimini, throwing back rum cocktails in Havana, or hanging out with his six-toed cats in Key West, the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning author never did anything halfway. And he used his adventures as fodder for the unparalleled collection of novels, short stories, and nonfiction books he left behind, The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea among them.

On what would be his 119th birthday—he was born in Oak Park, Illinois on July 21, 1899—here are 20 memorable quotes that offer a keen perspective into Hemingway’s way of life.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING

"I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen."

ON TRUST

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

ON DECIDING WHAT TO WRITE ABOUT

"I never had to choose a subject—my subject rather chose me."

ON TRAVEL

"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."


Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. [1], Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTELLIGENCE AND HAPPINESS

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

ON TRUTH

"There's no one thing that is true. They're all true."

ON THE DOWNSIDE OF PEOPLE

"The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness, except for the very few that were as good as spring itself."

ON SUFFERING FOR YOUR ART

"There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed."

ON TAKING ACTION

"Never mistake motion for action."

ON GETTING WORDS OUT

"I wake up in the morning and my mind starts making sentences, and I have to get rid of them fast—talk them or write them down."


Photograph by Mary Hemingway, in the Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston., Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON THE BENEFITS OF SLEEP

"I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?"

ON FINDING STRENGTH 

"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."

ON THE TRUE NATURE OF WICKEDNESS

"All things truly wicked start from innocence."

ON WRITING WHAT YOU KNOW

"If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water."

ON THE DEFINITION OF COURAGE

"Courage is grace under pressure."

ON THE PAINFULNESS OF BEING FUNNY

"A man's got to take a lot of punishment to write a really funny book."


By Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. - JFK Library, Public Domain, Wikimedia Commons

ON KEEPING PROMISES

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut."

ON GOOD VS. EVIL

"About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after."

ON REACHING FOR THE UNATTAINABLE

"For a true writer, each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed."

ON HAPPY ENDINGS

"There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it."

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