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Halloween

Anything to keep the children happy, and to counteract at least some of the sugar-shock induced by all that trick-or-treating… 

My children, when little, loved the Halloween food that follows, relishing most the grossness of the recipe names. But don’t be put off by the disgusting titles – these recipes are just the thing to set children (and accompanying adults) up for a night of marauding through the chilly streets, or to warm them up once they get home.

Slime Soup is not only extremely easy to make, but – as any pea and cheese soup would be – is addictively wonderful, especially if served with some Cheesy Feet cut into a Halloween shape of your choosing. Black spaghetti provides a very convincing Witches’ Hair, and as for Blood Clots and Pus – which I am inordinately proud of – you could hardly ask for a simpler or more hideously child-pleasing Halloween dessert.

Goo is most definitely good as far as my Devil’s Food Cake is concerned – the crumb is tender, the filling and frosting darkly, stickely luscious. But if it’s a Halloween knockout you are after, let me point you in the direction of Ghoul-Graveyard Cake. It’s not subtle - but, really, is this the night to be worrying about that?  If you feel so inclined, you can use the cake batter and icing to make Halloween cupcakes – you should get 12 out of the mixture – and feel free to decorate with ghoulish abandon. 

Which brings me to Creepy Cookies. These sugar cookies are easy to make and very forgiving – so get those Halloween cookie cutters out again and set to work. Add some instant royal icing and tubes of lurid decorating icing and unleash the dark recesses of your mind…

If your Halloween gathering is more a grown-up affair, I’d steer you towards Thai Yellow Pumpkin and Seafood Curry – easily whipped up after work – or the vegetarian-friendly showstopper Roast Stuffed Pumpkin with Gingery Tomato Sauce. Perhaps followed by Toblerone Fondue – afterall, why should the children have all the fun?

Blood Clots
Photo by James Merrell
Blood Clots
By Nigella
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Cheesy Feet
Photo by James Merrell
Cheesy Feet
By Nigella
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Creepy Cookies
Creepy Cookies
By Nigella
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Devil's Food Cake
Photo by Lis Parsons
Devil's Food Cake
By Nigella
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Ghoul-Graveyard Cake
Photo by James Merrell
Ghoul-Graveyard Cake
By Nigella
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Pus
Photo by James Merrell
Pus
By Nigella
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Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce
Photo by Lis Parsons
Roast Stuffed Pumpkin With Gingery Tomato Sauce
By Nigella
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Slime Soup
Photo by James Merrell
Slime Soup
By Nigella
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Thai Yellow Pumpkin and Seafood Curry
Photo by Francesca Yorke
Thai Yellow Pumpkin and Seafood Curry
By Nigella
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Toblerone Fondue
Photo by James Merrell
Toblerone Fondue
By Nigella
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Witches' Hair
Photo by James Merrell
Witches' Hair
By Nigella
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Recipe by Glitters

Batty Baked Potato Skins
By Glitters
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Recipe by Blankfrack

Bode's Scary Halloween Cat Poop Cookies
By Blankfrack
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Recipe by Raha Lane

Halloween Cookies
By Raha Lane
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Recipe by Glitters

Little Pumpkin Pies
By Glitters
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Recipe by mrs.m

Monster Cookies
By mrs.m
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Recipe by Community

Orange-Ooze Cupcakes for Halloween
By Community
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Recipe by aussiefifikins

Pumpkin Coriander Salad
By aussiefifikins
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Recipe by charlie&henry's_mom

Pumpkin Donuts
By charlie&henry's_mom
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Recipe by tootsievalentine

Pumpkin Pie
By tootsievalentine
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Recipe by mallomars

Pumpkin Tian
By mallomars
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Recipe by Suelang

Pumpkin and Green Bean Thai Curry
By Suelang
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Recipe by LittleChef123

Red Onion Relish
By LittleChef123
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