During the week prior to Halloween, we like to scare up some serious grub in my household, but we do so with the festive feel of cobwebs, spiders, mummies, skeletons, bats, and cats.

Infuse a little scare-tactic spirit into your meals this week to celebrate Halloween…

1. Cobb Web Nacho Bites

There’s nothing scary about a one-meal bowl—when you can also eat the bowl! These Cobweb Nacho Bites are fashioned from flour tortillas baked in muffin tins until golden and crispy. The centers are then filled with a creamy combination of cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole, spicy beans, and lettuce with a crafty sour cream cobweb on top!

2. Mummy Mini Pizzas

Kids will scream (with delight) when you serve them a pre-trick-or-treating dinner of yummy mummy mini pizzas! And you can prepare this ghoulishly tasty concoction in a matter of minutes, using Naan bread or store-bought pitas, add bloody-red pizza sauce, layer on the mozzarella string cheese, and pop in 2 black olive slices for monster eyes.

3. Skeleton Cupcakes

There is no doubt that these chocolate cake and vanilla iced cupcakes are bad right down to the bone! You’ll get toothy grins all around, by topping velvet chocolate cupcakes with a scary blob of vanilla icing, use a row of mini marshmallows for a bone-shaking grin, a pair of brown M&M’s for eyes, licorice whip pieces for the nostrils, and a thin chocolate wafer and a mini cake topper for the delectable hat.

4. Pumpkin Squash Risotto in Mini Pumpkins

It shouldn’t be difficult to get in the Halloween spirit while spooning a creamy risotto dish from a mini pumpkin. Just pop the top to reveal a creamy-nutty pumpkin and butternut squash risotto with crumbled spicy sausage.

5. Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

Flavors of German chocolate, marshmallow cream, and orange extract don’t sound so scary, but remember that’s what Hansel and Gretel thought of the wicked witch’s gingerbread house. Proceed with caution when you gobble up these vibrantly colored mini cake sandwiches with their ghostly green, witch-hour violet, and pumpkin orange centers—they are sinfully delicious!

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6. Tentacle Pot Pies

Serve up potpies that won’t soon be forgotten—especially when the top features a monster starring from the deep (or a spider body depending on your creativity). The puff pastry top is crowed with a pair of eerie black eyes (olive slices) and brushed with egg whites to give it a pale appearance when baked. The scary exterior slyly covers a warm and comforting, classic chicken potpie filling…made with love.

7. Black Cat Dippers with Pumpkin Pie Dip

Want to make the hair on your family’s back stand on end? This recipe for black cat dippers with a creamy pumpkin pie dip will have them trembling with Halloween excitement when you serve a platter of cat-shaped cookie dough cutouts brushed and baked with cinnamon sprinkles. Serve your scaredy-cats with a side of cream cheese, canned pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and honey dip.

8. Creepy Chilly

If those bones are chilled, no worries, this creepy chili, despite the name, will warm you from toes and nose after a night of trick-or-treating. The classic three-bean chili recipe is served in small bowls topped with Colby-jack and cheddar cheese spider and bat cutouts.

9. Jack O’Lantern Shepherd’s Pie

What’s better than a Jack O’Lantern? Edible ones filled with a delicious supper!

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10. Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

Finish your ghoulish meal with a sweet and scary treat! This hand pie is fresh and absolutely scrumptious.

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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