With Halloween just around the corner the blogosphere has been abuzz with cute and crafty Halloween snacks and drinks. After a two week hiatus my Friday shout-out is back along with the blog hop so you all can share your best Halloween recipes.
Although Israelis do not celebrate Halloween, we (meaning myself and my lovely student-based expat community) insist on honoring it nonetheless. Last year my friend and fellow food blogger Beth threw a full-scale costume party. We imported candy corn and cobwebs from loved ones in the US and made finger-shaped cookies, orange-sprinkled cupcakes, and put eyeballs in the hummus. We marched to our friendâ€™s house dressed as zombies and American television characters, Mormons and Ninja Turtles, Minnie Mouse and Mr. T.
While Israeli Jews celebrate Purimâ€”a similar dress-up holidayâ€”they react to costumed people in October the same way Americans would in March: with more than a little bewilderment. So itâ€™s no surprise that we were met with amusement when we pranced into the dance club late at night, make-up smeared and costumes askew. The Israeli revelers asked, earnestly, if one girl dressed as a female pharaoh was a Bedouin. They asked another friend, also sincerely, if we were part of a psychology experiment. No one was sure what to make of us. But we all had a great time and dance dance dance danced the night away.
Tonight it’s time once again for our Halloween party in Be’er Sheva. I’m sure we will get the same strange looks, but we’re used to it. As usual I’ve left my costume to the last minute, but I’m thinking I will be a hipster chef: thick, black-framed glasses, jeans, undershirt, Crocs, apron, and lots of tattoos (drawn on with marker) on my arms. Eh? What will you be for Halloween? And, more importantly, what will you be eating?
Here are some cute ideas I’ve seen on the web this week. Won’t you share yours?
Hot Polka Dot made adorable Almond Witch Finger Cookies, which are a great Halloween treat. They’re simply cookies formed to look like fingers, with an almond sliver to act as the nail but the effect is simply spooky. Beth and I actually made these last year for Halloween, but I have to say Hot Polka Dot’s rendition looks even better.
I love The Mom Chef‘s Bittersweet Chocolate Skeleton Cookies because she’s found another use for gingerbread man cookie cutters! To make them look like skeletons, simply add some bones with royal icing. I also like that these are “grown-up” cookies with a deep, bittersweet flavor that’s not too sweet.
Over at Cookin’ Canuck Dara has come up with an adorable Vampire Punch with Lime Sherbert. The glasses are rimmed with oozing fake blood made from corn syrup and red food coloring, which is a nice, creepy touch. And the punch sounds delicious! The recipe is for virgin punch, but Dara suggests spiking it with vodka for a more adult beverage.
Manu of Manu’s Menu came up with all kinds of quick and easy Halloween treats – not bad for someone who didn’t celebrate Halloween as a child! Check out her Marshmallow Ghosts, Strawberry Ghosts and Marzipan Pumpkins. I especially love the white-chocolate dipped strawberries that are decorated to look like ghosts. How cute is that?!
Finally, Serious Eats‘ Carrie Vasios cooked up some fun Halloween entertaining ideas, with Deviled Egg Eyeballs, Pumpkin Shaped Cheddar Crackers, and Ghostly Cupcakes. I particularly have my eye on those cheddar crackers, just for whenever.