Spooky decorations, pumpkins at the supermarket, scary monster masks, cheap candy at every corner, and Christmas lights…? It is officially October and Halloween is HERE! This year Halloween lands on Sunday October 31st which means that we have a whole weekend to celebrate this fun and creative holiday.
And what better way to start the celebration than by inaugurating the series Autumn in Madrid on the Stork website? These months, many talented students will be publishing a variety of content revolving around Autumn, so make sure you’ll be checking the inspiring and creative content being published soon!
For now, we shall jump into the delicious spooky foods you can easily make at home in case you feel like throwing your own Halloween party or simply just for fun, after all they are all quite appetizing.
Before we begin, here is a little history lesson. Originally Halloween was known as All Hallows Eve and traditionally came with the ancient Celtic festival named Samhain. The Celts lived around 2,000 years ago in Ireland, The United Kingdom, and the north of France. They would celebrate their New Years on November One as this date marked the end of the harvest summer season and meant that the cold, dark winter would come. During this time, the Celts would associate this time of year with death and believed that the world of the living and the dead became a bit bleary. This is how this festival was born! At the time, Halloween used to be celebrated much like how we do today: in fact, everyone would wear costumes, light bonfires, and most importantly ward off ghosts or evil spirits.
Now, let’s get to the most important thing: food! There is a variety of different snacks one can make which can truly bring out your inner creative chef. Here’s some of the most iconic yet simple snacks one can serve:
1. Bat Oreo Cupcakes
This is the easiest recipe out there. All you need are chocolate cupcakes, frosting (it’s optional but could make it look cuter), some oreos, small reeses, and small eyeballs. All you have to do is cut one side of the oreo in half to make the bat wings, put one on each side of the Reeses cup, place the eyes on the center, and finally place your little bat on top of the cupcake.
2. Green Popcorn Witch Cauldron
Okay I may have lied. This one is probably the easiest one to make.You just need to grab some popcorn, white chocolate, and green food coloring. First mix the white chocolate with the green food coloring, then make the popcorn, mix those two together, and place it in a black cauldron bowl.
3. Apple Inspired Spooks
For those who try to be healthy this Halloween, lucky you! You get to have an apple this year… completely covered in sugar. There are many ways to go with the decoration. You can go with the traditional red syrup, red gummies, caramel apple or you can make a chocolate cat-apple. All you need is to cover the apple in melted chocolate, grab some white food coloring for the whiskers, eyes, and nose and finally add some chocolate pieces shaped like cat ears.
4. Dracula dentures
What is better than one chocolate chip cookie? Two chocolate chip cookies. Which is exactly what you will need for this next snack. You will also need a few marshmallows, vanilla frosting, red food coloring, and silver or white almonds. First start off by cutting the cookies in half, then add a few drops of the red coloring food into the vanilla frosting and place a delicate amount on the cookies. Finally place the marshmallows around the edges to create a teeth look, and last but not least place the almonds to create fangs.
5. Pumpkin Pie Skeleton
This one is a much more elaborate halloween dessert. There are multiple pumpkin pie recipes online that you can find. Just choose your favorite to follow, but don’t forget to draw a skeleton face at the top of the pumpkin pie!
6. Strawberry ghosts
This spooktacular snack is by far one of the best. All you need are strawberries, white chocolate, and some chocolate chips. You only have to place the melted white chocolate in a large bowl with some coconut oil and mix them together. Next, dip the strawberries into the mix and place each strawberry on a tray which will later go into the refrigerator. Before that, place the chocolate chips to create two eyes and a mouth. Let the strawberries sit in the fridge for 10 minutes and you are now ready to serve.
These are one of the most creative recipes for Halloween munchies, but in truth there are hundreds of different types of cakes, pies, cupcakes, brownies, cookies, sweets and so many more foods to choose from. You can decorate your food as scary as you may like. The overall goal is to make something fun and creative all while enjoying something sweet and celebrating one of the most exciting holidays of the year with the people you love or by yourself!
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