Weâ€™ve been giggling madly over Sharon Bowers’ clever new cookbook, â€śGhoulish Goodiesâ€ť (Storey Publishing, $14.95), and its scary-fun recipes for peanut butter monsters, Cheddar eyeballs and pretzel rod toes. We’ll share her darling recipe for chocolate spiders tomorrow, but first, here’s a handful of Bowers’ quickie party ideas, in case you still need inspiration for those classroom parties tomorrow:
Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats: Make your usual krispie treats, but after you melt the marshmallows with butter, remove a small portion and tint it green. Tint the rest orange, then add Rice Krispies separately to orange and green mixtures. (Donâ€™t try to tint after adding the cereal as the mixtures wonâ€™t dye properly, cautions Bowers.) With buttered hands, mold orange pumpkins and add green stems.
Screaming Red Punch: Rinse a new surgical rubber glove thoroughly. Fill it with cold water and tie the wrist with a twist tie. Freeze solid. In a large punch bowl, mix up a batch of red punch. Just before serving, cut off the glove with scissors and drop in the frozen hand.
Unblinking Eye Halloween Meatloaf: The perfect gruesome fare for that pre-trick-or-treat dinner. When you make meatloaf, fill the pan halfway, place a row of peeled, hard-boiled eggs down the middle, and top with more meatloaf. When cut, says Bowers, â€śeach slice looks like a big monster eye on the dinner plate.â€ť Yum.