It’s Time to do the Mash! The Monster Mash! Halloween Party Recipes and Ideas

Only 20 more days til Halloween! BOO! If you’re like me, you’ll have already started planning what to wear and which spooky treats you’ll be serving your guests. Is it too early to carve the pumpkins? LOL This year I’m also planning to make glowing greentinis (kiwitinis? lol that’s fun to say) and freeze plastic bugs into ice cubes…mwa-ha-haaaa! Here are a couple of my tried and trues to help get your party planning started. I’d love to hear what you’ve all got planned too! :)

Ghosts in the Graveyard

ghosts graveyard


1 pan brownies
cookies, tinted coconut and chocolate for decoration.


Arrange cookies and coconut “grass” to make a cemetary.

Bloody Brain

bloody brain


2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese
1 small packet ranch dressing mix
your favorite salsa
crackers for dipping


Mix cream cheese and ranch dressing mix thoroughly.
Form an oval “brain” shape on a plate.
Using a chopstick, drawn brain on cream cheese.
Drizzle salsa over “brain” and serve with crackers for dipping.

Monster Fingers and Toes

monster digits


1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg (size small)
1 teaspoon vanilla
green food coloring (plus a little blue, to make a darker green)
1 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raw almonds (skin off)


Cream butter, sugar, egg, vanilla and food coloring.
Add dry ingredients and beat until combined.
Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes, wrapped in film.
Heat oven to 325º F (150º C).
Divide dough in half and reserve other half in refrigerator.
Line baking sheets with parchment (I like to use 2, baking one, and forming the other simultaneously).
Roll pieces of dough with your hands into thin fingers–be sure to make them quite thin, as the dough tends to spread quite a bit.
Press an almond onto the end of each finger.
Using a butter knife, make indentations for knuckles (I also squeeze the dough a bit where the knuckle is, to make it bigger).
To make toes, roll small balls of dough, and then roll one side to make the length of the toe, leaving the part for the “nail” a little bigger. Press almonds onto the “toes.”
Bake in a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, until done, but not browned.
Cool on wire racks for 2-3 minutes, then remove to a serving plate.

Ok, and here’s a reeeeeeeeally old pic of the fingers and toes done just a bit differently, same recipe, without the food coloring, and with “painted” nails (I used those tubes of gel frosting for writing on cakes and spread it on with a small paintbrush).

monster digits

Spooky Eyeballs

spooky eyeballs


16 radishes (or an even number according to guests)
16 pimento stuffed olives (or an even number according to guests)


Wash radishes well in cold water.
Using a paring knife, peel some of the skin away from the radish, leaving some as decoration.
Hollow out the center of the radish, taking care not to cut all the way through.
Fill each hollowed radish with an olive.
These can also be frozen and used as ice cubes for martini’s or bloody mary’s.

Pumpkin patch

pumpkin patch

This is a simple little appetizer perfect for a Halloween party…My friend Molli posted it on another site, and I’ve adjusted it a little with the ingredients available to me.


8 ounces orange cheese (I used aged cheddar last year, but it was pretty crumbly, so I’d recommend a softer cheese)
10 pretzel sticks (about)
parsley leaves for decoration


Form cheese into “pumpkin” shapes and arrange on a plate.
Just before serving, insert pretzel stick pieces into the pumpkins for stems, and garnish with parsley leaves.

I just found an old pic of the kiwitinis, so I’m going to throw that on here too:



1 part vodka
1 part apple liquer
1 part Rives kiwi flavoring
2 parts sparkling water


Fill martini shaker with ice.
Add all ingredients and shake it baby.
Pour into glasses.Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl, and refrigerate at least 2-3 hours, or as long as 24 hours.
Serve chilled, or at room temperature.

24 Responses to “It’s Time to do the Mash! The Monster Mash! Halloween Party Recipes and Ideas”

  1. A super post and great ideas for a kiddy or adult Hallowe’en bash. My only complaint is I’ll now be humming “monster mash” all day! ;(

  2. Deliciously spoooooky! Love all of it, Nik!

  3. Oh I love these!!!

  4. I love the cheese pumpkins! Cheese is one of my major food groups (and chocolate!) We are having Thanksgiving early this year since my Dad moved out of the country and will be visiting in Oct. I want to make these for the family get together. I cooked with aged cheddar this week and your right, it was very crumbly. Even crumbled on the shredder.
    What cheese do you suggest using? I’m also wondering if there would be a way to put a pattern on the pumpkins, to create little “ridges.” Hmmm.
    Also- what camera do you use? Your pictures are always great. I want to start taking photos of all of my food. I have a panasonic lumix…I think 8 mega pixels. Don’t think I could take such high quality pictures!

  5. What amazing Halloween treats!!!

  6. I am for sure going to have to make those drinks! They sound super good and I love the brains!

  7. Sorry about the ear-worm, Peter! ;) LOL I have been singing it ever since I posted, if that makes you feel any better. LOL

    Thank you, L! :)

    Thank you, Flutter! :)

    Hi Colleen! So nice to “meet” you! :) I’d suggest either deli American, or regular cheddar (not aged) for the pumpkins…those cheeses are still firm, but not crumbly. My camera is also a Panasonic Lumix, but only 6 mp’s. I’m sure you could take great pictures too. Give it a try! :)

    Thank you, Kevin! :)

    Thanks, Sara! I bet you guys would love them…they’re sweet and tart all at once, they kind of taste like apple jolly ranchers. The brains are SO easy to do, and go great with crackers or plain Doritos. Are you having a party this year? I need to plan out our costumes. I can’t decide whether to be the bride of Dracula or Madonna. lmao Maybe a dead Madonna? lmfao Mwa-ha-haaaaaa

  8. The kids would have so much fun helping you prepare all of these “goulish” treats Nikki!!!On another site that I have I have some recipes for my “goulish” friends. Let me know if you are interested snd I will tell you how to get there in an e-mail.

  9. Everything looks beautiful and delicious, as always Nikki!!! I am def making the ghosts in the graveyard again and I found a few other recipes to try this year (bugs in a blanket and/or mummy dogs…let’s discuss!) I think I have to make your brain one too!!!! xoxox

  10. Great ideas! I have never seen “your” brain suggestion…will do it for sure (and then pick DH up off of the floor). =)

  11. Valli hi! Yes, I’d love to check out your goulish treats, please! :) You can email me at canarygirl [at] canarygirl [dot] com. Thanks so much! :)

    Hi Molli! Yes!! Let’s discuss! What are bugs in a blanket? I think I know the mummy dogs (those sound awesome, btw). That brain is *so* easy, and really tasty, too. It’s so funny to see people’s reactions to how gross things look and how good they taste! LMAO

    Hi Karen! Thanks! :) LOL I hope you like it! :)

  12. I love those monster fingers, they turned out great. You are very creative, really nice job.

  13. omg, what a great post! You seriously need to this. Folk will love it!

    They’re all so cute, I can’t decide upon a favourite.

  14. Thank you so much, Julie! :)

    S’kat, hey! Thank you!!! What the heck does “ this” mean? LMAO I keep thinking about your kitty litter cake for this year’s pa-tay. I need some type of main though…I was thinking maybe various types of “bat” wings? (green mojo wings, chinese sticky, buffalo, bbq)

  15. I stumbled across your blog and must say you sure know how to cook! I made your chocolate lava cakes and they came out perfectly, and you have given me so many great ideas. Thanks!

  16. Thanks so much, Samantha! I’m so glad you liked the cakes! That is one of my favorite recipes. :) So nice to “meet” you, I truly appreciate your comment! :)

  17. great halloween photos. Looking forward to seeing your 2008 creations

  18. So many great Halloween treat ideas… so little time! At least I know I now I have Halloween covered ;) . Thanks again for sharing all of these ghoulishly delicious (and somewhat scary) recipes with us. We are proud to feature them in this week’s FoodieView Recipe Roundup!

  19. oh Canary Girl, your blog is deluxe. Pickles! Gory entrees – can’t wait to do the intesine cassarole for the holiday and maybe the brain app and those cheese pumpkins…perhaps the kitty litter cake that is just too for words!!!!
    You’re always fun!

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