Tuesday, October 25, 2005


I have to make snacks for the Boy-child’s school Halloween party next week. And me being me, I want them to be gross. Fun. But Gross above all.

Problem is, the only ideas I’ve seen are for diddly-flippin’-squat for H’ween fun food, the new thing is geeking about spending 5 minutes to decorate the top of a cupcake to look like a vampire (while the adults think it’s ‘cute’, the kids don’t care, they just eat the frosting and throw the rest away).

So far the idea bin is limited to:

** Cupcakes with orange frosting and plastic spiders
** “Witches fingers”, made by cutting knuckle-lines in a string cheese and cutting a green fingernail from a pepper and sticking it on the end
** “Brains”…red jello with fruit inside
** Black and orange tortilla chips and ‘bloody’ salsa

FAAAACK. I’m not motivated by ANY of these. I need help, people! Pretend you’re eight years old. What would make you go home from your school Halloween party and tell yer mom, “We had the grossest thing at the party today…it was SO COOL!” (Or whatever the kids say nowadays.)

Short of feeding the little waifs REAL calves brains, I mean.


At 3:29 PM, Anonymous melanie said...

How much time do you want to put into this? Because I did a brilliant project of edible art in my college sculpture class, years ago...

e-mail me if you want info. It would be a n alld ay project. meloknee(at)gmail(dot)com

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Rose said...

I am going to steal two ideas from Michael Chiarello for you.

1) Green Slime-Due -- white chocolate "fondue" colored green with food coloring, to dip fruit or cookies in.

2) Vampire's Blood Punch -- half orange juice, half cranberry juice, splash of seltzer water... with green ice-cube "body parts" floating in it (think filling a latex glove with green-colored gatorade and freezing, or taping up the eyes and nose in one of those creepy plastic masks and lining it with plastic wrap and then filling it with green gatorade and freezing it)

I like the witch's fingers idea, but you'd almost need to make them even creepier somehow. What about something with gummy worms or gummy rats in it?

At 6:03 PM, Blogger Rose said...

Here's one from Emeril:


Brain Cookies:
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup very finely chopped walnuts, or pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
About 5 drops red food coloring
About 9 drops blue food coloring
Blood Glaze:
2 cups confectioners' sugar
35 to 40 drops red food coloring
2 to 4 tablespoons milk, as needed for thinning glaze

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Into a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Alternating with the eggs, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after the addition of each. Fold in the nuts, vanilla, and red and blue food coloring, being careful not to overmix the dough. (The food coloring will make the dough a grayish color, resembling the color of brains.)

Place the dough in batches in a potato ricer and push the dough out onto the prepared baking sheets in long tubes of dough. With your fingers, loosely pat and arrange the dough strands into clumps resembling brains, pushing to form 2 hemispheres and shaping into a walnut-like shape. Bake until golden brown on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

To make the "blood glaze," in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar with the food coloring to make a thick glaze, whisking together. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the glaze is a good consistency for drizzling. Drizzle the "blood" onto the cookies and serve either warm or at room temperature.

At 6:54 PM, Blogger Cynical Girl said...

Anything with a booger theme is both gross and scary to me.

At 7:24 PM, Blogger Ms. Sheila Whotiger said...

You know I am not sure if this is halloweeny, but my eight year old loves that dirt cup thing.
It's chocolate pudding, oreo cookie crumbles, and gummy worms. I am thinking you could add plastic spiders too, oh and put little grave marker on them (did I just get too creepy for 8 year olds).

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Pisser said...

I am creeped out by the witches' fingers (put me right off my string cheese!) and am still thinking of fried oysters as kitty snots thanks to a New England-hatin' friend...

Anything with JellO Jigglers always goes like hotcakes with our kids. Also black olives, which they eat 'til they puke. Gross.

At 9:34 PM, Blogger SVN, prn said...

You like pictures?

The current copy of "Kids" a full color magazine (by Martha Stewart, of course) has great photos of ideas INCLUDING cupcakes :o)

I have to admit they are superdupper kid cool.

and I found a link too (with pics) .... :o)


At 10:16 PM, Blogger Michele in Michigan said...

Try these sites for some ideas:



I saw a picture of the witches fingers cookies (actual cookies) with sliced almonds as the fingernails. The dough was tinted green. You could probably use canned sugar cookie dough and add a few drops of green food coloring. Pinch some off, roll into a shap of a finger, squeeze a bit around the knuckle area & lightly slice some finger creases.

Have fun!

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Michele in Michigan said...

oh, press the almond slice onto the dough finger before you form the knuckle & creases :)

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Mona Buonanotte said...

You all ROCK! Thanks so much!

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Blank Postcard said...

Kids love "Worms in dirt". You make a cake, any cake, frost it and the top is crumbled oreo cookies (you have to scrape the middles out, pain in the ass) then you put gummi worms coming out of the "dirt".

At 10:53 AM, Blogger Orange said...

What the hell? It's turned into Good Housekeeping over here.


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