Halloween is right around the corner! Not sure what to bring to the party? Still looking the perfect craft for the family? Look no further! Below is a list of Halloween themed recipes, edible crafts, and crafts that I tried and loved! I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
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I think the name says it all. This is one GIANT finger sandwich. Literally, a FINGER sandwich. This dish is a party favorite. It’s gone in no time. The outside is buttery and flaky and the inside is filled with meat and melted cheese. What’s not to love? It’s kind of like a giant homemade hot pocket! Halloween recipe #5: Giant Bloody Finger Sandwich.
- 10 oz thin deli sliced ham
- 10 oz thin deli sliced turkey
- 10 oz thin deli sliced pastrami
- 2 cups shredded cheese (I used Mexican blend)
- 4 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 can crescent rolls
- flour for dusting
- 1 egg yolk, beaten
Step 1: Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.
Step 2: Lightly dust a flat surface with flour. Remove the crescent dough from the can and roll out into a rectangle. Pinch the seams rightly shut.
Step 3: Spread the Dijon mustard over the crescent dough, leaving a 1 inch border.
Step 4: Divide the ham, turkey, pastrami, and cheese into three piles. You’re going to make 3 layers. Lay down a layer of ham, again leaving a 1 inch border, followed by a layer of turkey and pastrami. Top the meats with a layer of shredded cheese. Repeat for the remaining 2 layers.
Step 5: Starting with one of the long edges, gently pull the dough over the meat and cheese. Repeat with the other long edge. Where the edges overlap, use a pastry brush to brush some of the egg yolk onto the bottom layer and press together the edges together. The yolk acts as glue. Brush the short ends of the dough with yolk and fold over sandwich, sealing the ends.
Step 6: Gently pick up the sandwich and move to the lined cookie sheet. Turn the sandwich over so the seams are on the bottom. Using the flat side of a dinner knife, gently indent lines into the dough for the knuckles and fingernail. Using a pastry brush, brush the ketchup along the bottom end of the sandwich to represent a severed finger, along the knuckle lines, and along the fingernail bed.
Step 7: Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden and cooked throughout.
Recipe created by Me! : D
Who doesn’t love a good layered dip? They’re so versatile and easy to make. They’re crowd pleasers, and this dip will be the hit of the party! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an artist to pull this off. It’s actually quite simple. Halloween edible craft #5: Layered Halloween Graveyard Dip.
Warning: This dip is addictive!
- 1 can refried beans
- 16 oz sour cream
- 1 pkg taco seasoning
- 2 avocados
- 1/2 t lime juice
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 bunch green onions, chopped
- 3-4 tortillas (I used small fajita sized whole wheat tortillas)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Using a sharp paring or utility knife, cut various graveyard shapes out of the tortilla. I made several tombstones of various sizes and shapes, 2 hands (for the zombie), a tree, and a fence.
The tombstones are very easy — just draw a square or half of an oval. They don’t have to be perfect. If you want to get fancy, you can carve a cross, bat, crow, etc., on top of the tombstone. The tombstones should be 3-4 inches tall.
Speaking of being fancy, the fence was pretty fancy. I used an entire tortilla for it. I first outlined the whole thing, then began removing pieces — the slats between the fence posts and the area above the gate.
The tree was also pretty easy. Starting at the bottom of the tortilla, outline the trunk. Continue from the trunk line into the bottom of the first limb. Continue to carve out random branch shapes. Just make sure the branches attach to the trunk. The tree has to be one piece.
And if you want to make it a zombie graveyard, don’t forget the zombie hands! It would also be cool to carve out a skull. Or use red decorating gel to pain blood on the zombie hands.
Step 3: Once you’ve cut out all your graveyard pieces, place them on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm and lightly brown, but not burnt.
Step 4: Open the can of refied beans and spoon into the bottom of a glass 13 x 9 or 11 x 7 casserole dish. Gently spread the refried beans over the bottom of the dish.
Step 5: In a small bowl, combine the sour cream and the taco seasoning. Stir until mixed throughout. Spreadthe sour cream mixture over the refried beans.
Step 6: Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the sour cream.
Step 7: Spread the salsa over the cheddar cheese.
Step 8: Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh into a small bowl. Using a fork, mash the avocados until smooth. Stir in the lime juice. Spoon the avocado into the middle of the dish. Using the back of the spoon, gently spread the avocado over the salsa. It’s okay if there are holes in the avocado layer and the salsa peaks through or mixes with the avocado — it actually gives a cool effect.
Step 9: Starting with the tree, arrange the graveyard pieces throughout the dish. I put the tree in the back, the fence in the front, and arranged the tombstones in the middle. I also placed the pair of hands in front of one of the tombstones to resemble a zombie rising from the dead!
Step 10: Sprinkle the green onions around the graveyard pieces to resemble grass.
The dip can be chilled for an hour before serving or served immediately, with your favorite tortillas chips.
Tip: If you choose to chill the dip before serving, don’t perform steps 9 or 10 until you’re ready to serve. The graveyard pieces can get soggy in the fridge.
Based off of the recipe found on Chickabug.
I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these window silhouettes and I managed to find a tutorial this year! They’re so adorable that I wish I had tried them sooner. Next year, I’m going to make an entire graveyard silhouette for the big window at the front of the house. Halloween craft #5: Halloween Window Silhouette!
My cat once again decided to be “helpful” while I was putting the template together. When paper is within 100 yards of her, she feels it is her duty to sit or lay on it. This makes crafts tricky.
- 13 sheets white printer paper
- 12 sheets black card stock
- Glue stick
- Silhouette Template
- 6 sheets of orange tissue paper
- Measuring stick/tape
Note: The window I used had two 29″ x 25″ window panes, so the template I used and the supplies listed here are for a silhouette of those dimensions.
Step 1: Print the Silhouette Template onto the white printer paper.
Step 2: Cut out the template. Note that the pieces you want to keep are numbered. You do not need to cut out the first page of the template, that page is to guide you when you start assembling the template.
Step 3: Place the template pieces on top of the black card stock and trace around them. Cut out the pieces. Keep your template pieces in case you need to identify where the silhouette pieces belong.
Step 4: Starting with piece number 1, arrange the silhouette pieces in order on a flat surface. Use the first page of the template to guide you if you aren’t sure where a piece goes.
Note: The pieces will overlap slightly. This is a good thing.
Step 5: Use the glue stick to attach the pieces where they overlap. The silhouette is now assembled!
Step 6: Use the measuring stick/tape to measure the height of your window. Once you have the measurement, locate that spot on the silhouette. Draw a straight line across the silhouette and cut along that line.
Note: If the line is in a bad place (like in the middle of the owl or through a tree branch), you can add an extension to the bottom of the silhouette which will push the rest of the tree up, above the split in the window panes.
Step 7: Use the tape to secure the silhouette to the window pane and frame. Don’t worry, you won’t be able to see the tape on the window pane from outside.
Step 8: Tape the orange tissue paper to the window frame, over the silhouette. Try not to overlap the pieces of tissue paper because the overlap will be evident from outside.
I saw a similar chair cover for sell online a few weeks ago and decided to try to recreate the chair cover, though my design is prettier (in my totally biased opinion). Halloween craft #4: Skeleton Chair Cover.
- 1 large black cotton t-shirt ($3.99 at Michael’s)
- Ribbon, any Halloween color
- Needle and thread, any Halloween color
- Straight pins
- 1 can silver Simply Spray Soft Fabric Spray ($5.99 at Michael’s)
- Skeleton Template
- 1 sheet white card stock
- X-ACTO knife
- Cardboard (at least 8 1/2 x 11)
- 6-8 sheet of paper (I used ones in the recycling bin)
- Scotch tape
- Paper towels
Note: If you plan on covering a chair that has a straight back, you can skip steps 3-6 and omit the ribbon from your supplies list. Step 3-6 are only necessary if you’re covering a chair that has a neck, like an office chair, which is what I did.
Step 1: Turn the t-shirt inside out. Lay the t-shirt open on a flat surface. Cut a straight line from one armpit to the other.
Step 2: Use the straight pins to pin a straight line 1/4 inch from the edge you just cut. Make sure the pins go through both layers of fabric. Using the needle and thread, sew along the straight pin line. The t-shirt will now have 3 sewn sides and 1 open side. The open side will be the bottom of the chair cover. The side you just sewed will be the top of the cover.
Step 3: Measure enough ribbon to run around the bottom of the shirt plus 10 inches. Starting at one seam, lay down the ribbon in a straight line along the bottom of the shirt. Pull the bottom of the shirt over the ribbon to form a pocket. Use the straight pins to pin the pocket shut. Leave about 1/2 inch wide pocket for the ribbon and 1/4 inch on the other side of the pin. Pull 5 inches of the ribbon out of the pocket. Leave this part of the ribbon out of the pocket.
Make sure you’re only pinning the one side of the shirt, you don’t want to seal the shirt shut, that would be bad. Continue creating the pocket for the ribbon and pinning the pocket shut until you’re back at where you started. You should have 5 inches of extra ribbon on each side of the seam. Check the position of your pins and make sure the ribbon isn’t exposed, like the image below. If you see exposed ribbon, remove the pins, push the ribbon into the pocket and pin the pocket shut.
Step 4: Turn the shirt right-side out. Find the seam that that you started with in step 3, where the extra ribbon is. Remove the pins on either side of the seam. Carefully cut a small slit in the steam, along the bottom on the shirt, wide enough for the ribbon to slide through. Thread the ribbon through the hole. Replace the pins.
Step 5: Turn the shirt inside out. Use the needle and thread to sew the ribbon pocket shut. Sew on the side of the pins that you left 1/4 of fabric, not on the side of the pin that the ribbon lays on.
Step 6: Gently tug on the exposed ends of the ribbon. If you feel any resistance, the ribbon was sewed to the fabric somewhere. Check the seam to locate the ribbon. Once located, rip the seam out, push the ribbon into the pocket, and stitch the hole shut. The sewing (read: hard part) is now complete. Yay!
Step 7: Print the Skeleton Template on the sheet of white card stock.
Step 8: Use the X-ACTO knife to cut out the bones in the template. Discard all of the bones except the 2 two hip sockets.
Step 9: Find a well ventilated area (I’d suggest outside, on the driveway). Lay the template on the shirt, find the middle, and use the scotch tape to secure the template to the shirt. Don’t forget to tape the hip sockets down! I rolled the tape into balls and stuck them between the shirt and card stock. Liberal use of the tape means less chance for the spray paint to get under the edges of the template, which can cause a huge mess. Place the cardboard inside the shirt and position it behind the template. This will stop the paint from bleeding through to the other side of the shirt.
Step 10: Lay the sheets of scrap paper around the template to protect the rest of the shirt from the spray paint. Tape the sheets together. If it’s windy outside (it was when I did this) use rocks or other solid objects to weigh down the scrap paper.
Step 11: Shake the spray paint can for a few minutes. Starting at the top-left of the template, squeeze the trigger and paint a slow, solid line to the right side of the template. Continue the same motion until you’ve painted the entire template. Leave the template on and examine the paint. Check to see if there are areas that need more paint. If so, lightly spray those areas.
Step 12: Do not remove the template yet. Paint will probably have pooled in certain areas of the template. Use the paper towels to remove the excess paint. Gently blot at the paint, do not scrub or swipe. Once the excess paint has been removed from the template, you can then remove the template to reveal the skeleton.
Step 13: Lay the shirt on a flat surface and let the paint dry for 3-4 hours, or until it is dry to the touch and the glitter does not come off.
Note: You’ll notice in the picture above that the paint leaked under the template and caused undesirable spots. To get rid of those spots, use a black Sharpie or marker to blot out the spots. It takes some time and patience, but you can eventually blot them out.
The chair cover is now complete! Pick your chair, put the cover of the back of it, pull the drawstrings close, tie off the drawstrings, and you’re done!
Created by Me! : D
This is a great casserole to take to a themed office or dinner party. It tastes amazing, looks great, and reheats perfectly. Halloween recipe #4: Baked Eyeball Breakfast Casserole.
Note: You can also adjust the cooking time to allow for your preference of cooked eggs, such as decreasing the time for eggs over easy.
- 1 bag (20-30 oz) frozen shredded hash browns, thawed (or substitute southern style)
- 1 can condensed cream of potato soup
- 8 oz sour cream (I used light)
- 1 c shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 slices Canadian bacon
- 10 eggs*
- Small Ziploc bag
* Note: If you use large eggs, they will spill over the Canadian bacon cups. Use small eggs to avoid over flow.
Step 1: Heat oven to 350. PAM a 13 x 9 glass casserole dish.
Step 2: Quarter the onion then slice into thin 1/8 inch wide slivers.
Step 3: In a large mixing bowl, combine the hash browns, onions, cream of potato soup, sour cream, cheese, and salt. Pour into the casserole dish and spread evenly.
Step 4: Place the Canadian bacon over the top of the potato mixture, do not overlap if possible. Gently press the Canadian bacon into the potato mixture, forming cups. Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
Step 5: Carefully crack 1 egg into each Canadian bacon cup. Bake 20 minutes or until eggs are set.
Step 6: Pour 1/4 cup of ketchup into a small plastic Ziploc bag. Cut 1/8 inch off of one of the corners. Pipe the ketchup onto the eggs to resemble veins.
Based off of the recipe found on BettyCrocker.com
The original tutorial is for a complete 360 degree spider web. However, I wanted to make a spider web that could be placed in the corner of a bookshelf or door, to give locations you don’t usually decorate a nice Halloween flare. Halloween craft #3: Paper Spider Web Tutorial.
- 12 x 12 black card stock (one sheet per spider web)
- X-ACTO knife
- Glue Stick
- Heavy book
Step 1: Starting at one end of the card stock, use the ruler to measure off 1 inch. Bend the card stock along the 1 inch line. Continue bending, creating an accordion of 1 inch wide segments.
Step 2: Fold the accordion in half, creating two equal rectangles. You will work on one half at a time because the paper is so thick.
Step 3: On one half of the accordion, use the pencil to draw the lines you will cut around. Draw a slight curve at the top, and 3 rectangles along the edge, leaving space in between. See the template below or the original tutorial for an example.
Step 4: Unfold the accordion, creating one long rectangle. Using scissors, cut along the curved line at the top. Next, cut the lines that make up the sides of the rectangles. Using the X-ACTO knife, cut the final edge of the rectangle. I cut through 2 folds at a time, pausing to remove the cut out rectangles.
Step 5: Fold the accordion in half again and use the pencil to trace around the areas you just cut out. The second half of the accordion is now ready to cut. Repeat step 4.
Step 6: All the cuts should be complete. Fold the accordion in half and use the glue stick to attach the two halves. Press firmly together and hold in place for 5-10 seconds. Place the spider web folded in half on a flat surface. Cover with a heavy book and let it set for 10 minutes.
Step 7: Remove the book and gently open the spider web. The glue should now be set. Use the tape to attach the spider web to the underside of a bookshelf or door frame. I placed a roll of tape every inch or so along the two edges of the spider web, then gently pressed onto the underside of the bookshelf.
Based off of the tutorial on This Heart of Mine.
I saw these adorable little things on Pinterest a few days ago and absolutely HAD to make them. Who doesn’t love stuffed foods? Jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions then wrapped in crescent dough. Yummmm. Who could resist that? Once roasted, the jalapenos are crisp and have a little kick, though not too much. I will definitely be making this recipe again. Halloween recipe #3: Jalapeno Popper Mummies!
- 1 container crescent rolls (I use reduced fat)
- 7 fresh jalapeno peppers
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces (I used Oscar Meyer maple cured turkey bacon)
- 1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and greens
- Candy eyeballs ($3.99 at Walmart in the Halloween or cake decorating isle)
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Rinse the jalapenos, cut off the tops, slice in half lengthwise, and remove all seeds. Set the jalapeno halves aside.
Step 3: In a small mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions. Stir until combined.
Step 4: Spoon about 1 tbsp of the filling into each jalapeno half. Gently press the filling into the jalapeno with the back of the spoon and spread to fill the cavity.
Step 5: On a flat, nonstick surface, layout the crescent dough. Separate the dough into 4 rectangles. Pinch together the two triangles that make up each rectangle so they don’t separate once cut. Using a pizza slicer, slice the dough lengthwise into 1/4 inch wide strips.
Step 6: Pick up one of the stuffed jalapenos. Gently pick up one of the crescent strips. Starting underneath the top of the jalapeno, gently wrap the dough around the jalapeno, overlapping slightly. I used 3 crescent slices per jalapeno: one at the top and two at the bottom, leaving a gap for the eyes between the top and bottom layers of dough. Place the completed jalapeno on the cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining jalapenos and crescent slices.
Step 7: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the crescent dough is golden brown on top.
Step 8: Place 2 of the candy eyes in the space between the top and bottom layers of crescent dough. Serve immediately.
Note: while these are best served hot and fresh, they do reheat in the microwave very nicely. Microwave 2 at a time for 30 – 45 seconds.
Recipe created by Me! : D
This edible craft was HOOT to make. Too much? I couldn’t resist. They were also a bit messy, but quick and easy to put together. I bet kids would love this one. Halloween edible craft #3: Owl S’mores!
I apologize for the horrible photos. I made the mistake of placing the marshmallows too high up on the cracker, and once I microwaved them, them became cemented to the paper plate. So I could not move them to a pretty platter. There was A LOT of trial and error. So below are some helpful tips..
Some helpful tips:
- Only microwave the marshmallows for a few seconds (mine took 8). Remove them immediate when they begin to puff up. Pull them out early and they’ll still feel tough to the touch and wont flatten. Cook them too long and they turn to goo, very sticky goo. It’s a delicate balance.
- Place the marshmallows about 1/2 – 1 inch from the top of the graham cracker or else the melted marshmallows will stick to whatever you place them on and it will be nearly impossible to move them.
- You may want to use a bit of chocolate frosting to stick the chocolate chips to the yellow candy melts, otherwise, they won’t stay on.
- Graham crackers ($2.18 at Wal-Mart)
- Yellow candy melts ($2.99 at Wal-Mart, Michael’s, and Joann’s)
- Chocolate chips
- Candy corn ($1.00 at Dollar Tree, $1.99+ everywhere else)
Step 1: Break the graham crackers in half, forming 2 squares.
Step 2: Cut the marshmallows into 2 equal halves, creating the eyes. Place the marshmallows 1/2 – 1 inch from the top of the cracker. Gently press down on the marshmallows until you feel them squish.
Step 3: Place the yellow candy melts onto the marshmallows. Microwave for 3-8 seconds or until the marshmallows begin to puff up.
Step 4: Place the chocolate chips in the middle of the yellow candy melts. Add the candy corn just below the eyes and gently push the candy corn up.