Halloween is all about the decor, the costumes, and the candy for your local trick or treaters. Enjoy some tasty, healthy alternatives so when you have some leftover candy you can freely indulge on November 1st! One of my favorite things to do this time of year is taking orange peppers and carving them to look like little jack-o-lanterns. These “pumpkins” can be perfect for stuffed peppers or containers holding some other veggie treats.
Want to use some actual pumpkins? Roast a mini pumpkin, carve out the inside and use it as a serving bowl! The seeds do not have to go to waste either. Season them as you would your favorite holiday pie for a different take on such a classic treat. You can find nine amazing seasonal recipes here: https://www.sunset.com/food-wine/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-recipes#halloween-pumpkin-soup
The best part of the main course for a party is when you can make it ahead of time! You can prepare this before your guests arrive, and keep warm in a crock pot through out the evening until it is time for dinner. Pumpkin is not just for October, but something to make as we get into the colder month of November as well.
- 2 lbs. lean ground beef
- 1 onion diced
- 2 – 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 – 15 oz cans corn, drained
- 2 – 14.5 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 1 – 15 oz can pumpkin
- 1/4 cup Del Diablo Merlot, or similar red wine
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt
- Beef broth, optional to do chicken or water instead
- Serve with Corn Chips, Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream, and Green Onions
- Cook beef in a skillet all the way through, drain, and transfer to slow cooker. (5-6 quart size)
- Stir in remaining ingredients: corn, pinto beans, pumpkin, seasoning, onion, and wine.
- Cook for 4-6 hours, only add broth if you want a thinner soup like consistency. Serve with desired toppings!
The best part of this centerpiece? You can make it your own! I loved the aesthetic colors of this piece with just the Orange, Black, Yellow and Whites. The layers are as follows: mini marshmallows, black licorice, pumpkin peeps, mini marshmallows, Whoppers, Candy Corn, ghost peeps, colored gumballs, and topped with colorful candy lollipops.
Purple and Green would be another spooky combination together. Containers could be anything from a vase to a mason jar to champagne flutes! Another touch you could add is a colorful ribbon tied around the center of the glass. Whatever you decide to layer, we would love to know what you used and how it came out.
In addition to some delicious snacks, you need to make sure the house looks the part too. There are classics for every Halloween party; pumpkins, orange and black, bats, and Spider Webs! You can utilize some webbing in a different form to add to the atmosphere. All you will need for this one is some fake spiders from the Halloween Store, spider webbing, white string lights and mason jars.
Turn the lights on and put the battery pack in first, the webbing should cover it up. Lay the webbing out and place the lights inside, wrapping them up. Add the webbing into the jar. Last, but not least, place your 8 legged friends front and center! These are perfect as center pieces, additional decor through out the house, or even table accents.
Cary and Apex host a lot of annual Halloween events for all ages. If you are looking for something fun to finish out your month, we have a couple suggestions! You can check out more by heading to the town pages linked under each.
Goblin’s Groove: Friday, October 26th. Apex’s Annual event at Halle Cultural Arts Center. Costumes are not required, but strongly encouraged. There will be goodies, a costume contest, art gallery and more. All youths must be accompanied by an adult. Couples tickets are $5.00 and additional are $2.00 each. Contact the Arts Center for more!
Trick or Treat on Salem Street: Friday, October 26th is Witches on Salem and Sunday, October 28th is Businesses Treat the Kids. Bring the whole family to Salem Street the weekend of the 26th for some amazing discounts and spooky treats for everyone!
Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve: Saturday, October 27th in Downtown you can purchase a pumpkin from our patch and decorate! Use one of the carving stations and enter your work into our carving contest.
Ghost Walk: Saturday, October 27th after you carve your pumpkin, walk on over to the Page Walker Arts & History Center to join a ghost tour. Performance of local spine chilling tales will be put on by the Cary Players.
Up until now we have shared a lot of really simple recipes for the Holiday season, this one looks like it is more complicated but it really is not that bad! A lot of it revolves around referencing the image to correctly place the pieces. Definitely something to try at your next get together. Do you already have a go-to recipe for guacamole? If so then you can pull that out and star to work on that! You could also cheat and get some pre-made and only have to worry about the decorating.
You are going to want to Freeze it if you are not planning to use it right away in order to hold the shape. Sliced olives are used to create the stitching anywhere on the face you want them, as well as some hair. Green Olives are used for the eyes. Sun dried tomatoes create the bloody scars. You can be creative in the elements you use as well! Let us know what alterations you made.
What You Need:
Dash of Salt
Garnish with blue corn chips.
We were going to put Mummy Dogs as the title, but we figured on Wednesday we scared you enough with the Teeth Snack! These hot dogs can be preserved for a special dinner or another snack at your Halloween Party. All you need for this one is a pack of your preferred hot dogs, crescent roll dough, mustard, and your favorite hot dog toppings!
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Cut crescent roll dough into strips to wrap around each hot dog. Lay on a baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes. Finish them off with some mustard yellow eyes!