You’ve already sent out your haunting Halloween party invites, your corpse bride costume is nearly complete, and your spooky table settings are planned out to the very last creepy detail. Now all you need to really freak out your guests are some scary food recipes, like human-torso appetizer platters, meat heads, and witch fingers + dip. Get ready for some seriously spooky Halloween foods that’ll have you doing a double-take. Sorry, we’re not sorry.
3. Green Monster Shot: That’s not Halloween trickery you’re looking at: This recipe calls for real octopus (or go for squid) to take a dunk in a homemade green tomatillo bloody Mary shooter. Spicy, delicious… and creepy crawly! (via Barman’s Journal)
8. Spider Deviled Eggs: These deviled eggs get two haunted treatments in one: Marbled eggs make the whites look like spider webs and a hot avocado and wasabi filling looks positively rotten… but in a delicious way. (via Family Spice)
13. Artisan Meat Skull: And here’s our second meat skull, this time made with artisan meat. Creeped out yet? Your guests will be — but they’ll also be Instagramming the salami out of it. (via Gourmet Underground Detroit)
26. Ned Stark Cake Pops: (Spoiler alert!) We were so sad when Joffrey had Ned Stark beheaded, but his (cake pop) head on a stake certainly makes one heck of a Halloween treat. (via Not Your Momma’s Cookie)
32. Blood Spatter Cookies: Create a blood spatter Dexter would be proud of on sugar cookies by using a paintbrush to splatter thinned dark red icing over the white portions. Using pre-made dough, this could be an easy last-minute dish to bring to a party (or two) during Halloween. (via Annie’s Eats)
34. Buried Alive Cake: Talk about a rude awakening. This cake (or turn it into cupcakes!) will keep you up at night. Make yours by burying baby doll hands inside your cake batter. (via The Food Librarian)
35. Monster Claw Cupcakes: This Halloween, you might just want to find yourself in a hairy situation. That is, if you’re planning on serving these kinda-scary, kinda-cute “fuzzy” monster claw cupcakes for dessert! (via Bakingdom)
36. Vampire Cookies: You’ll feel positively fang-tastic biting into one of these jam-filled almond cookies. With just a peek of the bloody-good filling inside, you’ll be dying to bite in. (via Baking Bites)
44. Dracula’s Dentures: You won’t know if you should scream or laugh after spotting these fanged cookies on the dessert tray. Made with marshmallow teeth and almond sliver fangs, you can consider these chocolate chip cookies a spooky step up from a classic s’more. (via The Girl Who Ate Everything)
47. Slasher Brownies: Whatever your favorite brownie recipe, or right out of the box, you can give ’em this slasher-film upgrade using strawberry filling and some easy knife skills. (via Happy Food Healthy Life)
50. Voodoo Doll Cookies: And for every person who has wronged you this year, why not create voodoo doll cookies in their likeness to get some sweet Halloween revenge? Dastardly, no? (via Not Quite Nigella)
51. Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese: Who *doesn’t* want to consume toxic waste on Halloween? Uh… well, don’t worry, this ooey, gooey stuff is just mac and cheese, and it’s actually pretty delish. (via Cooking With Curls)
52. Graveyard Taco Dip: Like many of the recipes on our list, this recipe will really give you an opportunity to show off your creative chops. Basically, whatever shapes you can make out of tortillas, you can turn into graveyard paraphernalia. (via Chickabug)
53. DIY Halloween Monster Apples: These monster apples are scary, but they’re also kinda cute, making them totally kid-friendly. Use your imagination to shape these bad boys out of green apples, peanut butter, strawberries, corn, and candy eyes. (via Unicorn Hat Party)
55. Halloween Spaghetti: You’d be surprised how easy it is to make this seasonally spooky spaghetti. Just add some food coloring while cooking your noodles, then strategically place green olives to look like eyeballs. (via The 36th Avenue)
56. Mini Mice Cakes: To make these scary mice cakes, you’ll need to invest in a mouse-shaped mold (yes, they actually make these things). Red velvet cake makes the insides bright red, perfect for Halloween parties. (via The Cake Blog)
58. Spooky Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Casserole: There’s nothing particularly difficult involved in making this creepy Halloween casserole. All you need to do is spread the sour cream in the shape of a spider web, add a fake spider, and voila! (via Neighbor Food)
59. Broken Glass Cupcakes: Wondering what on Earth is masquerading as broken glass that’s actually edible? It’s caramel! It’s just cooked for a shorter amount of time than usual so it stays clear. (via Martha Stewart)
60. Marbled Red Vinasse Eggs: This Chinese Tea Egg may look disorienting, but it’s actually a marbled egg snack, and a common novelty item in China and Malaysia. For our Halloween purposes, it looks like creepy strung-out eyeballs. (via Pig Pig’s Corner)
Which of these treats do you find the creepiest? Tell us in the comments.
Additional reporting by Allyson Dickman and Maggie McCracken.