Alright, all our little ghosts and goblins are ready for a night of Trick-or-Treating and we need to figure out what to cook for dinner. It has to special, it has to be tasty and it has to look gross. Halloween night is the night where we let their diet of vegetables and healthy food move to the side in favor of gorging on sweets and balls of popcorn glued together by caramel. Don’t let the little ones go out without a good old fashioned frightful dinner.
Dead Man Meat Loaf
Do you know what’s great about meatloaf besides being easy family dinners? It’s pliable. It’s a mound of meat that we shape into a loaf, but we don’t have to. We can make it any shape we want, so lets have some fun. Get a large cookie sheet and line it with tin foil. Use your regular meat loaf recipe and then instead of loafing around…see what I did there…mold the meat into the shape of a body. Create a head, arms, chest, legs, etc. and put it in the oven. Depending on the thickness of your body, you might want to keep an eye on it. When it’s finally done, cut an olive into halves for eyes and you can get creative for the mouth. The key is the murder wound. Spurt some ketchup on the chest and drive knife right through it. Voila, a murder scene.
Spaghetti and Ratballs
There are few animals that can put fear into a person’s heart like a rat. Once again, the recipe requires the malleable qualities of meat. Take your favorite meatball recipe and instead of forming them into standard sized balls, make one set of larger balls and one set of smaller balls. The large ball will be the body and the small ball the head. Cook the pasta, but keep a few strands uncooked. Plate the pasta and put on the sauce. Place the balls on the center in the rate shape. Break the uncooked strands and place them in the head for whiskers and add a cooked strand to the rear as a tail. You can get creative with the eyeballs and ears. I’ve always found sliced jalapeno peppers are great ears and a few corn kernels for eyes.
One word of warning I have for all those dads who love to scare the bejesus out of their kids, remember age appropriateness. These are easy recipes, but little kids may not take the jokes as well, so make something a little more normal for them.
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