Beyond the Black Hamburger Bun: 7 Ways to Spookify Your Food This Halloween

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Unless you've been living under a pumpkin, you've probably heard about the major fast food chain that's offering a special black hamburger bun for Halloween (and about the bun' side effects). Reactions around the web were mixed: "I'd try it!" to "No way!" Whichever stance you took on the black bun, we've found a few more creepy takes on your favorite foods for you to consider this season. Would you dare serve these sinister-looking snacks at your next Halloween bash? Get the recipes below.

Goat Cheese Fingers

Spooky Goat Cheese Fingers

Spooky Goat Cheese Fingers

Yikes! Using goat cheese, roasted red peppers and almonds, you can create these surprisingly realistic "fingers." Serve them with an assortment of crackers and flatbread.

Cheesy Eyeballs

Halloween Party Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

Halloween Party Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

©Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

All it takes is a few olives and red gel food color to transform unassuming mini cheese rounds into eerie-looking eyeballs that will have your Halloween party guests doing double takes. Despite their unnerving appearance, they're a healthy snack option when paired with fresh veggies and whole wheat crackers.

Make This: Cheesy Eyeballs

Potato Beetles

Halloween Potato Beetles

Halloween Potato Beetles

If they don't crawl off the platter first, your Halloween party guests will love these tasty fingerling potato beetles. Use cream cheese to create the eyes and stripes, and wild rice for creepy-crawly legs.

Make This: Potato Beetles

Hairy Eyeballs

Fried Polenta Poppers

Fried Polenta Poppers

Photo by: Beryl Cohen

Beryl Cohen

Corn silk lends a "hairy" appearance to these fried polenta poppers. Garnish them with marinara sauce for a bloodshot eyeball effect.

Make This: Hairy Eyeballs

Black Candy Apples

Spooky Homemade Candy Apples

Spooky Homemade Candy Apples

Photo by: Melissa Caughey

Melissa Caughey

We've all enjoyed a classic red candy apple during the fall months, but would you try these lethal-looking alternatives? Complete the "poison apple" look by using branches from your garden in lieu of lollipop or popsicle sticks. (Maple, birch and fruit tree branches are all safe to use.)

Make This: Black Candy Apples

Bloody Brain Shooters

Bloody Brain Halloween Cocktail

Bloody Brain Halloween Cocktail

©Photo by Steve Murello

Photo by Steve Murello

Channel your inner mad scientist and mix up this bloody brain shooter. When you combine acidic lime juice with Irish cream, the cream curdles and creates brain-like strands in the shot. Weird, huh? Add a splash of grenadine for a bloody finishing touch.

Healthy Black Hamburger Buns

Finally, if you wanted to try the infamous black hamburger bun but were deterred by the unpleasant side effects, try making your own. This healthy recipe uses takesumi (or bamboo charcoal) for coloring, which is popular in Japan as a food additive and detoxifying supplement.

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Easy Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

Not-So-Scary Monster Apples

Photo By: Heather Baird

Easy Mummy Cake Pops

Photo By: Heather Baird

Candy Corn Brownies

Healthy 'Scream' Cheese Sandwiches

©Sam Henderson

Spooky Candy-Dipped Apples

Photo By: Heather Baird

Rice Cereal Monsters

Lucky Black Cats

Photo By: Heather Baird

Yummy Mummy Empanadas

©Sam Henderson

Jack-O'-Lantern Marshmallow Cookies

Haystack Mummies

Creepy-Crawly Chips and Swampy Guacamole

Furry Snowball Monsters

Cake Ball Eyeballs

Mini Candy Corn Layer Cakes

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix

Black Heart Candy Apples

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Mummy Cupcakes

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Baby Potato Beetles

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Madeleines

Goat Cheese Fingers

Quick and Easy Pudding Pumpkins

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Edible Creepy Crawlies

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mix

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Witch's Hat Cookies

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Mummy Hot Dogs

Frankens'more Treat Pops

Cupcakes a Go-Go

Candy Bar Cookies

Witch's Hat Sandwich Wraps

Hairy Eyeballs

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Salted Caramel (and Bacon!) Popcorn Balls

Photo By: Courtesy Matt Armendariz ©2012

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Chile Lime Cashews

Halloween Peppermint Patties

Honey + Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Photo By: Mark Fonville/Hortus Ltd.

Cucumber Snake

Curse of the Mummy Mushrooms

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Homemade Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Sauce

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls


Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookies

"Poisoned" Candy Apples

Beer Cheese Dip

Coca-Cola Cupcake With Peanut Butter Icing

Edible Candy Topiaries

Maple-Nut Popcorn

Photo By: Courtesy Kelsey Nixon ©2012

Homemade Candy Apples

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Potato Chip + Candy Bar Cookies

Photo By: Courtesy Claudia Sidoti ©2012

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Spicy + Sweet Popcorn Snack Mix

Photo By: Courtesy Andrea Albin ©2012

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