Ran to the store for last minute Halloween candy because — FAIL!
Welp! James and I are officially failing as adults on Halloween. The first trick-or-treaters came and we had zero candy! Luckily we live right across the street from the grocery store, and I was able to pop out for a few bags before the next ones came to the door. I got home and had just enough time to dump the candy into a bowl before a little Donut Princess came knocking (not sure if that's what she was, but that's what I'm calling her since she was dressed in a fluffy gown with a donut crown on her head). As the rest of the trick-or-treaters came Nightmare Before Christmas blasted through our tv speakers, and we felt redeemed. I do wish I had it in me to dress up, but with everything I've got going on, playing it low key was quite perfect for us this year. Either way, the Halloween spirit is alive and well! Seeing all the costumed kiddos, masked teenagers, and even adults with no kiddos come to the door with their bags of candy singing trick-or-treat made me melt. I especially love seeing all the big kids trick-or-treating because they deserve to be out there collecting candy just as much as the little ones do. In fact, it really does pain me to see a look of embarrassment on their faces when they come to my door for candy. The apprehension they show, as if to apologize for being here, breaks my heart. People need to stop being so jaded and let these kids be kids as long as they can — and that goes for all the kids at heart too! Let the people trick-or-treat!
Anyway, I hope everyone is having an awesome Halloween! I know it's last minute, but I still wanted to share our ghoulish treats! I didn't carve any pumpkins or get dressed up, but I made a few things festive this Halloween. 😊
In case you're wondering:
Edible Blood: I used this for the cupcakes and the Monster Punch. Simply mix light or dark corn syrup (I used light) with a few drops of red food coloring and use to decorate your creepy treats.
Monster Punch: Mountain Dew (how much you use depends on the size of your serving pitcher), a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream (to make it opaque), a few drops of green food coloring (this is optional, I just wanted it more green). Dressing it up to serve: rim the glass with the edible blood and be sure to drip some down the insides of the glass, next dip the rim in Halloween sprinkles or festively colored sugar, then pour in the punch and top it with a couple scoops of sherbet.
Hot Shots: Butterscotch schnapps with hot coffee (1:1 ratio)
Brain Hemorrhage Shots: Peach schnapps (I know — like literally asking for a hangover with all these sweet schnapps) with Irish cream liqueur and a tiny drizzle of edible blood.
Ham & Cheese Face: Mix 2 blocks of cream cheese with 2-3 (chopped) green onions and 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce. Using food prep gloves or clean hands, mold the cheese into the shape of a face and then cover it with layers of ham. Roll up a couple pieces for the lips and get creative with the eyes! We didn't have olives or grapes to use so I dumped some relish into the eye sockets with a little piece of an orange pepper.
BRAINS! Cupcakes: We used a pink velvet cake mix and I made strawberry buttercream frosting using the Sprinkles recipe. I put the frosting in a ziploc bag and cut the corner off so I could pipe the brains out onto the cupcake tops. At first I went kinda random, but then I wanted to be a little more realistic so I started making distinct halves. Once I had enough frosting layered up to the effect I was happy with, I let them dry for about 15 minutes. When they were dry and no longer sticky, I used a toothpick to color in the bloody crevices of the brains. 😈