Evolving from the ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain, modern Halloween has become less about literal ghosts and ghouls and more about costumes and candy. The Celts used the day to mark the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter, and also believed that this transition between the seasons was a bridge to the world of the dead. Over the millennia the holiday transitioned from a somber pagan ritual to a day of merriment, costumes, parades and sweet treats for children and adults.
The amount of Halloween party recipes and ideas floating around the Internet is impressive. I want to celebrate the season and have fun like everyone else, but let’s get real. In my opinion, the kitchen is the scariest place in my home. Yikes!
I generally try to keep my culinary adventures easy peasy. Or, I’ll try a recipe once I’ve heard from a few or like 10 people, that it’s really easy. Case in point, I’ve never regretted attempting these slow cooker tacos, but it took a lot of convincing. Eh, but tacos don’t really scream, “Halloween.” I want to try a recipe that is both scary easy and fun.
I’ve compiled a list of Halloween-inspired recipes – featuring dairy, of course! – that I think are less scary and more fun. To help me judge these factors, I’m using the Motion Pictures Association of America’s rating system (to rate scariness) and the typical academic grading scale (to rate the fun factor).My list of 5 (scary easy) Halloween party recipes:
Dairy: Milk and frozen yogurt
Scary Rating: I can’t complain about the simple ingredients list, and the preparation is minimal.G
Fun Factor: I like how you can customize the glasses to your level of spooky, but I don’t think this recipe would be too much fun as a solo project. The fun rating would go up when making it with little ghosts and goblins. A-
Dairy: Greek yogurt
Scary Rating: The ingredients list is longer, but individually, the ingredients are simple. Minimal scary factor at the grocery store. PG
Fun Factor: What a presentation! The salsa cob web makes it special, and hands down, I love black olives. Plus, this recipe comes from my Florida dairy farmer friends too. A+
Dairy: Cheddar and cream cheese
Scary Rating: The Food Network calls this recipe easy, and I tend to agree. The cheese ball needs at least two hours to chill so plan
ahead to maximize this non-scary recipe. I wouldn’t use the minced jalapenos it calls for; another reason this recipe seems pretty easy. GFun Factor: Crushing tortilla chips, or pretty much anything crunchy into bits, is usually pretty fun. The presentation looks nice, plus you get 2 hours for more fun while the cheese ball chills. A
Scary Rating: You can’t be a perfectionist with these mummy dogs. The dough may not cover correctly or the mustard eyes could get lop-sided. This is the
recipe where you just have to go for it, and hope it all works out. Ease any fears and watch video with Pillsbury’s recipe. PGFun Factor: I grew up with “pigs in a blanket” so the fun factor for me is the nostalgia of turning these hot dogs into mummies. A
Dairy: Mozzarella string cheese, Parmesan cheese and sour cream
Scary Rating: This recipe no doubt requires an investment of time. The ingredients list and instructions are lengthy. PG-13
Fun Factor: I’m definitely drawn to the creativity. The string cheese mummy bandages and black olive eyes (I really like black olives) – this recipe was made to be enjoyed at a party. A+Do you have a scary easy Halloween recipe I should try? Share in the comments. And, best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Halloween!