October 15th, 2013
Halloween is in full swing at chez One Hungry Mama. In fact, we’ve already done some celebrating! Check out this Halloween video to see my kids’ favorite Halloween dinner party playdate recipes in action.
I’m a SUCKER for Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays. I’m not into blood and gore, but I do love me a spooky vibe. With little ones, though, I’ve had to choose benevolent ghosts and smiling pumpkins over tombstones and skeletons. Bo-ring!
Now that my boys are getting older, it’s time to start introducing them to Halloween hungry mama style.
No sexy soccer mama for me.
This is how I roll.
Which is why we turned this year’s Halloween party into a Halloween dinner playdate complete with gross out meal. Worms and eyeballs, carrot witch fingers, and a graveyard cake for dessert.
To get in on the fun, you’ll need a few things. For one, black spaghetti, which is colored with squid ink, is essential. You may be able to find it at your supermarket or an Italian specialty food store, otherwise order some through Amazon.
You cook black pasta just as you would regular pasta. Here’s my tutorial on how to perfectly cook pasta. There are also directions on how to perfectly pre-cook pasta, which you’ll need if you plan on hosting a party. Because who wants to cook pasta to order during a shindig? Not you.
You’ll also need bocconcini, mini balls of fresh mozzarella cheese, canned black olives (the one and only time I’ll encourage them), tomato sauce, and a batch of meatballs. Make your favorite recipe or use one of mine: classic meatballs made with beef and pork or turkey meatballs.
Serving carrot sticks with dinner is veggie-lite, I know, but this is a Halloween meal after all. It’ll do. To make carrot sticks festive, turn them into witch fingers using a bit of cream cheese and almond slivers.
Then, dessert. Bake up your favorite chocolate sheet cake and whip up your best chocolate frosting. Top the two with ground up chocolate cookie dirt (confession: I used chocolate Teddy Grahams!) and tea biscuit tombstones (I wrote the sayings on them using food coloring pens).
Food coloring pens?!
Eyeballs on worms?!
Yes, to all of it. Because anything goes every once and a while. And for this mama, that’s especially true on Halloween.
So make your shopping list and watch to learn how to make your very own spooky Halloween dinner.