"Spookey" Halloween Treats
Halloween is my least favourite holiday that is celebrated in the US. Many pumpkins are carved for this holiday. Halloween is the second most popular holiday after Christmas. Sales of decorations, customes, treats and such are only second to Christmas.
This being said, children love this day of fantasy horrors, trick or treating and fun with friends going house to ask yelling Trick-or-Treat when the doors open for them. Decorating homes with fake spiders, witches, black cats, dragula, and other goary things is very popular. Some people really go all out creating elaborate Halloween decorations in their yards including graveyards, ghosts flying from trees, bats every where and other such nightmarish things.
Many adults dress up and attend parties as well as children. It is truly a crazy holiday.
Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of October 31. Traditional activities include trick-or-treating, Halloween festivals, bonfires, costume parties, visiting "haunted houses", viewing horror films, and going on haunted hayrides.
The reason we go door to door saying "Trick or Treat" and asking for candy is, on October 31, the Irish lit bonfires to scare off wandering ghosts and held a feast in honor of the Lord of the Dead. They went door to door seeking food and wood for a festival. Donors received their blessing while misers were given a curse.
According to superstition, you will see your future spouse over your left shoulder in the mirror at midnight on Halloween.
Did you ever wonder why we wear masks and costumes on Halloween. The ancient Celts thought that witches and ghosts roamed the countrside on the night of October 31. In order to frieghten and confuse then, they wore masks and costumes while walking outside at night.
Halloween originated from the Pagan festival Samhain, celebrated among the Celts of Ireland and Great Britain. Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century.
Halloween is now celebrated in several parts of the western world, most commonly in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and sometimes in Australia and New Zealand. In recent years, the holiday has also been celebrated in various other parts of Western Europe.
Now back to Petals' request for Halloween recipes.
A favourite gross recipe for Halloween is Kitty Litter cake.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
- 2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 (12 ounce) package vanilla sandwich cookies
- 3 drops green food coloring
- 1 (12 ounce) package tootsie rolls
Halloween Mud Pie
Nothing is more tantalizing than a mud pie -- except maybe one with worms.
16 Oreo cookies or chocolate graham crackers
4 tbsp. butter, melted
1 pint ice cream
5 to 10 gummy worms
1 cup fudge sauce
Whipped cream, optional
Put cookies in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Empty into a bowl and stir in the melted butter. Press the mixture into a 9 inch pie plate to form a shell and freeze for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, soften the ice cream slightly. Drop in a few gummy worms (that's the Halloween part) and spoon into the pie shell. Top with a thick layer of fudge sauce and freeze for at least 1 hour before serving with optional whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.
Surprise your little goblins with monster-headed cupcakes filled with a slimy surprise-green pudding.
Bake and cool 2 dozen cupcakes from your favorite recipe. Prepare a 3.4-ounce box of vanilla-flavored instant pudding. Stir in drops of green food coloring until you have a shade you like, then place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Next, microwave 1 cup of green melting candy (we used Wilton Candy Melts, available at party supply stores) for 1 minute at 50 percent power, then stir. If necessary, heat in 15-second intervals until completely melted. One at a time, spear 24 large marshmallows with a skewer and roll them in the melted candy, coating the sides. Set them on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet, add M&M's Minis for eyes, and place them in the refrigerator to chill.
With a small serrated knife, remove a 1-inch-wide chunk from the center of each cupcake. Fill each hole with a tablespoon or so of the pudding, then spread chocolate frosting around each pudding hole.
Cover each pool of pudding with a chilled marshmallow. Add black gel facial features and 2 green Tic Tac mints for bolts.
Finally, top each monster head with a bit of frosting and muss with your finger or a fork. Keep the cupcakes chilled until serving time.
- 1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
- 2 (16 ounce) packages vanilla frosting
- 3/4 cup chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs
- 24 chocolate covered graham cracker cookies
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