These spooky brownies are super-easy to make! I learned about them from Delish – Cobweb Brownies You basically just make up any boxed brownie recipe or use your favorite brownie recipe, then melt marshmallows in a small pan, stirring constantly. Warning! Don’t put marshmallows in the microwave – they enlarge and enlarge and then they explode! These brownies are boo-tiful, and the kids absolutely love how the marshmallows are thin, gooey, and stretchy.
Stove-top Buttered Popcorn
Whether it’s Halloween, or just a night when you want to curl up with a great big bowl of popcorn to watch your favorite movie, this popcorn is to die for! My family absolutely loves it when I make stove-top buttered popcorn. The secret to making it is to clarify your butter first. Clarifying butter is a fast process, and is well-worth the small amount of effort it takes. Put an entire stick of butter in a microwave-safe bowl and melt the butter on high 30 seconds at a time until it is completely melted. Let the butter sit for 5 minutes to congeal a bit, allowing the “fat” to rise to the top. Then, scrape the fat off the top and wait another 5 min. Keep letting the butter cool and then scrape off the fat until the butter is all clear. Now, you’re ready to make your popcorn. Put 1 Tbsp. oil in the bottom of a pan and turn the stove top on to medium. When a tiny bit of water dances on the oil, then the oil is ready for the popcorn. Add 1 cup of popcorn to the oil in the pan, and put the lid on the pan. Once the popcorn starts popping, you can turn the heat off the stove and continue allowing it to pop until the popping slows. Then, remove the popcorn from the burner, pour your clarified butter over the top, and add salt to your liking. I generally need to make 2 or 3 batches of this to feed my family of five because they love this so much!
Octopus and Seaweed
Octopus and seaweed is a fun, inexpensive meal to make anytime. It is made from Ramen noodles, green food coloring and hotdogs, and mustard. Make Ramen noodles according to package directions and then remove the noodles from the broth and drain them. Add green food coloring to the noodles until it is a dark enough green for it to represent seaweed. To make the octopus, just cut the bottom half of a hotdog lengthwise in half, and then cut each of those halves in half the same way. One more time, cut each half into half until you have 8 very thin legs. Very carefully, dot mustard on to the hotdog to create a face. Two mustard dots for the eyes, and a mustard line for the mouth. Then carefully, set the octopus on top of the seaweed.
Boogers on a Stick
Want a fun Halloween appetizer that completely grosses out your guests? I found this on Pumpkinnook and believe it is a great idea if you want to truly gross someone out. My kids thought it was a gross idea, and were unsure about whether they would want to try it, or not, but ultimately decided they wanted me to make it. I guess gross is still something fun!
Eyeball Taco Salad
This is a fun, main meal dish that can be whipped up quickly with just a few ingredients. Found at Kraft Recipes, this recipe is PERFECT for entertaining. It’s just spooky enough to get people talking, while filling enough to keep them from leaving hungry.
Monster Faced Salami
This is SUPER EASY and such a blast! Just take a beef salami log cut into very thin pieces and then use mustard to dot on eyes and a scary face.
Spider Mac N Cheese
My kids absolutely LOVE macaroni and cheese. This recipe is a great way to fill the tummies of the people you care about while having fun at the same time. Check it out at Kraft!
I hope you have a great time at your Halloween party! Leave a comment if you have more inexpensive Halloween food ideas, or if you have a suggestion for a future article. As for me and my family, we will be enjoying all of these recipes on Halloween night! If you decide to try them, too, I hope you will have a spooktacular event! 🙂