This time of year is so much fun because you are allowed to add a little bit of creepy and a little bit of quirky to your home and it’s acceptable. Recently, I had some friends over for a dinner/pumpkin decorating party. Here are some of the spooky treats we indulged in:
For the guests, I made custom goodie bags with vintage Halloween images. They were filled with truffles, green & purple rock candy and other sugary treats. I dressed up plain candy corns and made individual bags, calling them “poisonous witch teeth.”
This creepy dessert was made by dipping pretzel sticks into melted-down white chocolate candy melts (Wilton makes them in green). The finger nails are almond slivers. I’ve seen this done before but I think they used caramels and pressed them onto the pretzel to create knuckles and then dipped it in the chocolate. You can also paint the finger nails with food coloring!
I was so excited when my friend Mamata showed up with these adorable cupcakes. They were delicious! She also made these “Gingerdead Men” with icing. You can get one of those cookie cutters here. She used a thick, soft sugar cookie instead of gingerbread. They were devoured. Mamata is a Pastry Chef and owner of Pomegranate Sweets & Savories – she does wedding cakes, jams, sauces and more!
After moonshine and cocktails, it’s fun to throw a bunch of glitter, paint, fabric and glue on a table and watch how the pumpkins are decorated….
Making a mess is fun.
This is the pumpkin that I did – an 80′s pumpkin. It’s sitting on my porch and it cracks me up every time I walk by because it’s so terrible! Decorating the pumpkins was a nice alternative to carving -plus, they last longer. If you are carving pumpkins and looking for some creative things to do with the seeds, there are some great ideas at MarthaStewart.com.
Wishing you all a scary Halloween!