Halloween is definitely all about the dressing up and the decorations, but you don’t want anyone getting hungry, so we’ve collected 10 recipes that’ll make your guests drool like ghouls.

1. Ghostly Ice Lollies

This is great if your guests arrive while the sun is still out. Halloween in South Africa is hot, and these ice lollies will keep everyone hydrated for the evening ahead.

You’ll need:
½ cup water
1 cup of grape juice
¾ cup of lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
12 small watermelon balls, made from half a watermelon
6 halved raisins

What to do:
Whisk together juices, sugar and water until the sugar dissolves. Flatten the raisins with a spoon and press against the side of each melon ball.

Put the melon ball into a mold, pour juice into the mold and insert ice pop sticks. Freeze until solid and serve. Makes six ice lollies.


2. Eye-Scream Balls

Also perfect for summer, these are great for a party beside the pool.

You’ll need:
1 tub of vanilla ice cream
Strawberry syrup
M&M’s (preferably blue, green or brown – just eat the others)
Black icing

What to do:
This takes two ticks to prepare. Scoop out balls of ice cream and drizzle with strawberry syrup to create the effect of a bloodshot eye.

Pop on an M&M to create the iris and squeeze on some icing to form a pupil. Freeze until you need them.


3. “Nobody loves me” Worms

These worms are sure to be a hit for kids and parents alike. Don’t be fooled by their gross appearance – they’re delicious.

You’ll need:
2 packs of strawberry or raspberry jelly
1 pack of unflavoured gelatin
3 cups of boiling water
¾ cup of whipping cream
Green food colouring
Flexible straws
1 tall container, like a tall vase

What to do:
Combine the gelatin and jelly in a bowl and add the boiling water. Let it cool a little and add the whipping cream and a few drops of the food colouring. You’re looking for the colour of an earthworm here, so add your drops accordingly.

Flex the straws out and put them in your vase. Make sure you have enough straws to fit tightly in the container so that the jelly can set properly. Try fastening the straws together with a rubber band to keep them together to help with this.

Add the jelly mixture to the vase and let it set in the fridge. To remove the jelly worms from the straws, hold the straws under warm water, and they’ll slip right out.


4. Bloody Fingers Hotdogs

This very literal take on “finger food” will tickle your guests pink in all its gross goodness.

You’ll need:
As many hotdogs buns as you need
As many viennas as you need
Tomato sauce

What to do:
Use a knife to cut the viennas to look like fingers, see the picture for ideas. Put viennas in the buns, add some blood-red tomato sauce, and you’re good to go.


5. Stuffed Monster Pepper Heads

These will be a hit among your health-conscious or vegetarian guests.

You’ll need:
As many bell peppers as you need
Bolognaise sauce

What to do:
Prepare spaghetti as stated on the packaging. Add bolognaise sauce. Cut the top off the bell peppers and remove the pips in the middle.

Use a sharp knife to carve a jack o’ lantern face into each bell pepper. Stuff with spaghetti and serve.


6. Snap, Crackle and Pop Pumpkin Krispies

Krispies are a firm favourite at any kind of gathering, and these Halloween-themed Krispies are sure to be even more popular than the normal ones.

You’ll need:
6 cups of Rice Crispies cereal
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
Yellow and red food colouring
5 ½ cups of mini marshmallows
Chomp bars to form the stems of the pumpkins

What to do:
Melt and brown butter in a saucepan on medium heat. Add the vanilla essence and marshmallows and stir until marshmallows have melted. Add food colouring to turn the mixture orange.

Add the Rice Crispies to the mixture and stir until everything is combined. Turn the heat off and let the mixture sit until it has cooled enough to handle.

When the mixture is cool enough, use a non-stick spray on your hands to make it easier to handle, and make little balls. Put half a Chomp on top to form the stem of each little pumpkin. Store in the fridge until needed, and enjoy.


7. Slimy Popcorn

Sweet popcorn is also a crowd pleaser, and even though the green colour might look a little more disgusting than the norm, this is still quite delicious.

You’ll need:
8 cups of popcorn, popped
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1 cup of brown sugar
2 cups of miniature marshmallows
½ cup of butter
Yellow and green food colouring

What to do:
Cook butter and brown sugar over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, add vanilla essence and marshmallows and stir until the mixture is smooth.

Add a few drops of food colouring to get the right shade of green. In a large bowl, pour the mixture over the popcorn and stir until all the popcorn is covered. Store in an airtight container until needed. This makes 8 to 10 servings.

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8. Ghoulish Gummy Shot

This sweet treat will have your guests raving, but be careful not to have too many… it has a sneaky trick up its sleeve!

You’ll need:
2 different packs of jelly in the flavours of your choice
Gummy worms
Vodka, if you would like to make an adult version of this

What to do:
Prepare one pack of jelly as the packaging instructs, add the amount of vodka you desire, and pour into shot glasses, filling them halfway. Store in the fridge until the jelly has set.

Prepare the other pack of jelly and add vodka. Put one gummy worm on top of the set jelly and let half of it hang over the edge of the glass. Pour the second jelly mixture into the shot glasses and store in the fridge until the jelly has set.

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9. Zombie’s Delight Shooter

This shooter derives its name from its disgusting appearance, which is not unlike a zombie’s favourite snack – brains!

You’ll need:
1 teaspoon of lime cordial
1 shot of strawberry vodka
1 tablespoon of Amarula Cream
A splash of grenadine

What to do:
Mix the lime cordial and vodka in a shaker and pour into a glass. Slowly add Amarula to create the curdled look that resembles a brain, slowly add grenadine and serve. Makes one serving.


10. Shrunken Head Punch

Keep the Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples alive with this delicious punch.

You’ll need:
8 apples
6 cups of wine of your choice
2 tablespoons of salt
½ cup of lemon juice
1 litre of lemon concentrate like Oros Lemon

What to do:
Freeze the lemon concentrate before making the punch. Peel apples and carve faces into them to make the shrunken heads. Combine all the ingredients and add apples. Add water or other dilutants to taste, and enjoy.


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