With cobwebs, skeletons, and a cute pumpkin, you can decorate your home, bedroom, or living space, but what about the table? Sure, candy of all kinds is a favorite when it comes to treats, but let’s face it: homemade stuff will always be better than store bought on a spooky, scary scale.
I’ve shared a fun way to spice up your Halloween with the kids before, but now I’m here with some more fun ways to make the simpler things a little more spooky.
I like to do everything from scratch and am not too keen on using dyes, but here you are free to do whatever you want. You can of course use a cake mix or even buy a ready-to-decorate cake like this. Do whatever you feel comfortable with!
- 3 eggs
- 250 grams of sugar
- Vanilla extract
- 200 milliliters of oil
- 200 milliliters of milk
- About 350 grams of flour
- 10 grams of baking powder
- Morello cherry juice / sauce or red icing
- 1-2 teaspoons of starch
Whisk the eggs and sugar until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Gradually introduce the oil and milk into the mixture and the flour as well as the baking powder. Add the vanilla and mix until just incorporated. Pour the mixture into the mold of your choice, but be sure to grease it beforehand or line it with parchment paper. Bake at 170 degrees Celsius (340 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 30 minutes, depending on the depth of the dish. While the cake is baking, you can prepare the “blood” for the cake. If you have sour cherry sauce the consistency should be good to get a drizzle around the edges of the cake, but if you have juice you will want to thicken it by mixing the starch and cooking it over low heat. Simmer a little and, if necessary, do not hesitate to add a little more starch. Another alternative could be jelly or jam depending on their consistency.
Once the cake has cooled, pour the “blood” on the cake and put a knife in the middle. You can even dip it in the sauce beforehand for an even more spooky effect!
If you don’t like plain vanilla cake, you can of course also do it with chocolate. Just add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and squeeze out some flour so it doesn’t lose consistency. The red in the sour cherry sauce might not look as intense on the dark chocolate cake, but this can be corrected by covering the cake, at least partially, with a little whipped cream.
I mean who can say no to pizza? It’s universally loved, and given that you can add so many toppings, it also makes sense to spice it up in a scary way. Again I’m making it from scratch but of course you can use ready-made pizza dough, and I have to admit I bought bread dough from bakeries here as well. This is one thing in Turkey and it can save you time if you want to have something fresh guaranteed.
- 250 milliliters of lukewarm water
- 10 grams of dry yeast
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- pinch of sugar
- 500 grams of flour
- Crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce
- Lots of spices, thyme is a must
- Mushrooms and many other garnishes
Dissolve the yeast in a little water with the pinch of sugar and work the rest of the water, flour and salt into a paste. You might want to add a little more flour if it’s too sticky. Once done, cover with a damp cloth and let sit in a warm place for about an hour. Meanwhile, mix your tomato sauce by adding all kinds of spices. My favorite version has a lot of thyme and garlic, fresh or in powder form. The sweet red pepper also gives a little spice, but ultimately that is entirely up to you. For those who like it spicier, feel free to add black pepper, red pepper flakes or a little hot sauce to the mixture. You can therefore continue to prepare the toppings. For the scary little spiders, cut the olives in half and cut out a few legs. Long strips of cobweb cheese are also an interesting way to decorate it, and just like the gardens created on focaccia bread, you can let your imagination run wild.
Once the dough has risen, knead it again and distribute it according to the size of the pizza you want to have. Spread the dough on a floured surface, add the sauce and decorate as you wish! Bake in an oven preheated to 200 degrees Celsius (390 degrees Fahrenheit) until the crust begins to turn a golden brown color. Usually about 20 minutes should be enough.
Size doesn’t matter! Make a huge pizza (if your oven allows it) or make several small ones. The possibilities are limitless!
Some other little ideas
Banana ghosts are a tiny little idea that can make all the difference on the Halloween table. Simply cut the banana in half, not lengthwise, and stand it upright. With a little melted chocolate, make two points for the eyes and a screaming mouth and you can populate your own ghost town.
While pumpkin lanterns are great, you can still use small tangerines. Peel them without breaking their shape and again, using a little melted chocolate, draw your pumpkin-lantern face on them. They look absolutely adorable! Or – if you’re not so artistically inclined – cut a piece of green apple lengthwise to make a pumpkin stalk and place it in the middle of the fruit. Even unpeeled, it will look great. Alternatively to the apple, you can also opt for a thin stalk of celery.
Cookie monsters can be easily made by taking any type of cookies you can and turning them into sandwiches by attaching the flat sides to each other with chocolate spread. Make teeth and eyes with marshmallows and secure them on top of the cookie sandwich with a little chocolate. Making the cookies from scratch and baking them directly with your eyes in mind will make the creations even more fun!