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« Topic Start: September 14, 2009, 05:10:49 am »

I am having an 'all out' 18th Century fancy dress party for Samhain this year, which also includes celebrating 3 birthdays. I am trying to get as many 'cheesy' food ideas as possible i.e. amputated finger shaped biscuits, swamp punch with lychee eyeballs etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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« Reply #1: September 14, 2009, 11:11:53 am »

I am having an 'all out' 18th Century fancy dress party for Samhain this year, which also includes celebrating 3 birthdays. I am trying to get as many 'cheesy' food ideas as possible i.e. amputated finger shaped biscuits, swamp punch with lychee eyeballs etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Thanks all!

Off the top of my head, the only thing I can think of is a punch that looks like blood.

This is not so much a food idea, but a decorative one:  If you have one or more cauldron around, fill it with water and put it on the table with the punch bowl.  Then drop some dry ice into it and it would produce a fog effect.  You could also do this with the swamp punch, but I'm not sure how it would affect the taste.
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« Reply #2: September 14, 2009, 11:57:49 am »

I am having an 'all out' 18th Century fancy dress party for Samhain this year, which also includes celebrating 3 birthdays. I am trying to get as many 'cheesy' food ideas as possible i.e. amputated finger shaped biscuits, swamp punch with lychee eyeballs etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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You should check out the Family Fun website.  They always have a ton of creepy Halloween party food ideas.  Off the top of my head, I know last year we did a "monster brain" which is just a peeled small watermelon, then use a pumpkin carving tool to make squiggly lines in it to look like a brain.  We also did "bats and cobwebs" which is bowtie pasta with lots of melty mozzarella cheese.
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« Reply #3: September 14, 2009, 11:59:05 am »



You could always do a bread type thing, but add in some food coloring to make it look moldy. Or a sweet cake. Buy some cheap fake eyeballs (Halloween section of any store) and scatter them about the banquet table. If you are going to have children there, the dirt/mud/ and bugs/worms desert cups works wonders. Chocolate pudding, crushed oreos or chocolate graham crackers, and gummi worms/ bugs. There's always alfredo or some other pasta with white sauce served out of a skull shaped bowl (make it look like brains). Uhm... There's also Litter Box cake. I haven't used that in a while, so if you're interested, I'll have to dig through the recipes to find it.

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« Reply #4: September 14, 2009, 01:29:46 pm »

You could always do a bread type thing, but add in some food coloring to make it look moldy. Or a sweet cake. Buy some cheap fake eyeballs (Halloween section of any store) and scatter them about the banquet table. If you are going to have children there, the dirt/mud/ and bugs/worms desert cups works wonders. Chocolate pudding, crushed oreos or chocolate graham crackers, and gummi worms/ bugs. There's always alfredo or some other pasta with white sauce served out of a skull shaped bowl (make it look like brains). Uhm... There's also Litter Box cake. I haven't used that in a while, so if you're interested, I'll have to dig through the recipes to find it.

Sounds good, so if you could find it, I would love to give it a try!
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« Reply #5: September 14, 2009, 04:32:12 pm »


I saw these the other day and thought they were really fun.  It's just apple slices with slivered almond teeth.  Fun and healthy (while everyone's loading up on candy).

There are many good ideas on The Food Network website.

We don't do Halloween at our house.  Dia de los Muertos is our thing.  And I always make a couple loaves of Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead--a sugary egg bread flavored with anise and orange peel) and have lots of sugar skulls for the kids to decorate.

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I'll seconded Caomi, I've seen recipes for Litter Box Cake floating around.  Graveyard pudding - chocolate pudding, gummi worms, ground up oreos on top and oval cookies to make headstones. You can used those icing tubes to write on the "headstones".  (Ah, girl scouts, such fun.)
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« Reply #7: September 16, 2009, 09:50:13 pm »

I am having an 'all out' 18th Century fancy dress party for Samhain this year, which also includes celebrating 3 birthdays. I am trying to get as many 'cheesy' food ideas as possible i.e. amputated finger shaped biscuits, swamp punch with lychee eyeballs etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Thanks all!

deep fried mice

large sage leaves eith stems still attached.
Favorite beer batter or tempura batter for deep frying.

wash and dry the sage leaves, dip in the batter, deep fry til golden brown.  With hthe stems, they look like deep dried small mice.  Serve with favorite dipping sauces, my kids like the seafood sauce.

homemade seafood sauce

Ketchup
prepared horseradish to taste

mix small amounts of horseradish into the ketchup to taste, serve.
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« Reply #8: September 16, 2009, 11:51:16 pm »


Some ideas that I've heard of include blood soup (tomato soup served in a gutted, washed pumpkin) and "bat wings" (any kind of chicken wings and sauce). You could make a rice dish of some kind, and call it maggots instead... Umm, if I think of anymore I'll post later when my brain actually works!
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« Reply #9: September 17, 2009, 12:09:17 pm »


Thanks guys! Please keep the ideas coming-I'll make use of most of these so far. At last count, I have at least 40 people coming to the party so far, and that doesn't include the kids! It should be fun....(I hope!)
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« Reply #10: September 17, 2009, 10:24:09 pm »

I am having an 'all out' 18th Century fancy dress party for Samhain this year, which also includes celebrating 3 birthdays. I am trying to get as many 'cheesy' food ideas as possible i.e. amputated finger shaped biscuits, swamp punch with lychee eyeballs etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

Thanks all!

These aren't gross-outs, but they are sooo freaking cute. They are, as someone on my lj put it when I posted a link to them, 'morbidorable'.

Maya's Day of the Dead Cookies

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Ghost Meringues
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« Reply #11: September 17, 2009, 10:31:19 pm »

These aren't gross-outs, but they are sooo freaking cute. They are, as someone on my lj put it when I posted a link to them, 'morbidorable'.

Maya's Day of the Dead Cookies

Here is more cuteness:
Ghost Meringues

Awwwww, they're adorable!

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Here is more cuteness:
Ghost Meringues

Those look like Peeps gone to seed.
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Those look like Peeps gone to seed.
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« Reply #14: September 18, 2009, 04:07:23 am »

These aren't gross-outs, but they are sooo freaking cute. They are, as someone on my lj put it when I posted a link to them, 'morbidorable'.

OK-they look like flattened alien heads! Brilliant!
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