Features Gross Halloween Party Recipes for the Whole Family

Find Halloween Pumpkin Cookies Recipes, Monster Brains, Spooky Halloween Drink Recipes and Vampire Soup

Oct 06, 2010, 07:00 ET from

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- has all the recipes needed to host a fun, spooky Halloween party. At, the recipes are easy-to-make and involve the whole family. And it's not just sweets as one would normally expect for Halloween recipes, there are plenty of healthy recipes, too.

"We've selected our favorite Halloween recipes in hopes that our readers will find the perfect one-stop recipe site for Halloween," said Kristina Vanni, host of Better Recipes and celebrity cook. "We love Halloween because it allows us to be very playful, and a little bit gross, with the recipes we choose to post. We've even come up with Halloween brews and, my personal favorite drink, Witches Brew, a floating hand in a mixture of ginger ale and sparkling apple cider."

Of all the gross recipes, the one that is sure to be the biggest hit is Chocolate Spiders. Kids will love to make these treats from Oreo cookies and attach chocolate covered pretzels for the legs and M&Ms for the eyes. Another fun recipe for children is Monster Brains. It's easy to make by dropping an egg into boiling water, making sure the shell cracks as it hits the pan. As the egg cooks the white oozes out and solidifies. When the egg is cooked, the children can decorate the ooze using a paintbrush or q-tip and food coloring to make it look like a scary monster with its brains hanging out.

Instead of throwing away the seeds after carving the pumpkin, provides step-by-step instructions for how to cook pumpkin seeds. Kids will love being encouraged to get messy and strip the seeds from the stringy pulp, rinse the seeds in water and dry them for baking.  Then the whole family can decide what to do with them, eat them for a snack or mix them up in a pumpkin recipe.

There are lots of choices for Halloween party food, including the Hand-Burger Dripping in Blood, which is made from ground sirloin, bread crumbs and, of course, ketchup. And for something completely different, there is a very spooky "Cappello di Strega," which is a witch hat cheese ball.

For cooks wanting to concentrate on pumpkin recipes, there are all kinds of choices: frosted pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread and pumpkin cake. Now that the weather is getting chilly there are also pumpkin soup recipes including two spicy recipes: Spicy Pumpkin Tortilla Soup with chipotle pepper and Spicy Pumpkin Soup with red pepper flakes.

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Greg Jarboe

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