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

Cheese and crackers take a decidedly spooky turn when goat cheese is fashioned to look like fingers with sliced almonds taking the place of fingernails. Pair with whole-wheat crackers and flatbreads for a flavor combo that's sure to appeal to guests of all ages.

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

This fun-to-make appetizer will have your Halloween party guests doing a double take. A few simple ingredients make this savory snack a scary-easy addition to your party table.

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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

These scary-looking beetles are ideal for your next Halloween party. Made from roasted fingerling potatoes and creme fraiche, they look as though they could crawl right off the platter.

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

Turn polenta poppers into "hairy eyeballs" for Halloween by frying them and adding a bloodshot appearance with marinara sauce.

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

Black food coloring and branches from your garden in lieu of lollipop or popsicle sticks creates a spooky twist on this classic fall treat. You'll have just as much fun making them as you will eating them!

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

Channel your inner mad scientist to create this creepy-looking shooter. Add chilled vodka and lime juice to a shot glass, then use a straw to drip Irish cream on top. The acidic lime juice will cause the cream to curdle, creating realistic blobs of 'brain.'

©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

Who knew creamy mini cheeses, olives and a little food coloring could look so creepy yet taste so yummy?! Fill up your party guests with these savory little mouthfuls for a fun take on standard cheese and crackers. Get the recipe.

Not-So-Scary Monster Apples

Turn tart apples, dried fruit and nuts or seeds into healthy treats for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the recipe

Photo By: Heather Baird

Easy Mummy Cake Pops

A storebought snack cake gets all dressed up for Halloween with a layer of ooey-gooey chocolate and frosting bandages. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Heather Baird

Candy Corn Brownies

Concentric rings of colored sugar give dense, chocolatey brownies a candy corn makeover for Halloween — our free printable template makes the tricolor effect a snap. Get the recipe and download our template.

Healthy 'Scream' Cheese Sandwiches

Bring kids down off their Halloween sugar high with one of these savory sandwiches. Filled with a tasty cream cheese, cucumber and dill spread, these vegetarian nibbles are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest of palettes. Get the recipe.

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Spooky Candy-Dipped Apples

Looking for a fun Halloween project to do with the kids? Well, look no further! These candy-dipped apples look just like a friendly jack-o’-lantern or ghost and are as much fun to decorate as they are to munch. Get the recipe

Photo By: Heather Baird

Rice Cereal Monsters

These treats definitely won't suck the fun out of your Halloween soiree. With vampire teeth they can keep, your guests will fall in love with these tasty beasties at first bite. Get the recipe.

Lucky Black Cats

Made from salty pretzels and creamy chocolate, there's nothing to fear from these delicious Halloween black cats. Get the recipe

Photo By: Heather Baird

Yummy Mummy Empanadas

Wrap up fun for your Halloween party guests with these pepperoni pizza-style empanadas. Filled with hearty ingredients, they're a kid-pleasing snack for school lunches too. Get the recipe.

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Jack-O'-Lantern Marshmallow Cookies

Fluffy homemade marshmallows (don't worry, they're easier to make than you think) plus crisp chocolate wafers equal irresistible crunchy-meets-gooey goodies Halloween guests won't be able to resist.

Haystack Mummies

Salty, sweet, crunchy and creamy — these white chocolate-wrapped mouthfuls are sure to be everyone's favorite treat. Get the recipe.

Creepy-Crawly Chips and Swampy Guacamole

Sweets are great but your party guests need something a bit more substantial to munch on too. This Halloween take on chips and dip fits the bill and is actually healthy to boot!

Furry Snowball Monsters

Halloween party guests will love these tasty nibbles that combine the favorite flavors of chocolate and marshmallow with a colorful coconut topping. Get the recipe.

Cake Ball Eyeballs

What kid doesn't love a cake pop? It's all the yumminess of a cupcake rolled into an easy-to-munch handful. Take cake pops up a notch and give them a Halloween makeover with our recipe for creepy (but still yummy!) cake ball eyeballs.

Mini Candy Corn Layer Cakes

Fall's favorite candy gets reinterpreted as a colorful mini cake that's just the right size to satisfy even a monstrous Halloween sweet tooth. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Sweet-and-Salty Snack Mix

Pretzels and white chocolate-covered popcorn combine with M&M's for a crunchable snack your Halloween guests won't be able to get enough of. Add our free printable labels to cut-down brown paper lunch bags then fill with this addictive mix for a budget-friendly (and crowd-pleasing!) party favor.

Black Heart Candy Apples

Black food coloring gives this fruity fall snack a sinister twist. Get the recipe

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Mummy Cupcakes

Surprise your favorite ghouls and ghosties with this sweet Halloween treat that's fun to make and even more fun to eat. They're easy enough to whip up that the kids can even help with the mixing, baking and decorating. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Baby Potato Beetles

These fingerling potatoes topped with creme fraiche may give bug-phobic adults the creeps, but kids will have no problem gobbling them up.

Chocolate-Dipped Pumpkin Madeleines

These fall-flavored pumpkin cookies are the just-right treat to serve at a Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner or any fall get-together. They're also the not-too-sweet complement to a cup of tea and party of one. Get the recipe.

Goat Cheese Fingers

Halloween party guests of all ages will enjoy these creamy fingers topped with a sliced almond fingernail. Get the recipe.

Quick and Easy Pudding Pumpkins

Treat your smallest Halloween guests to a snack size cup of pudding that looks like a mini jack-o'-lantern. They're a snap to make so the kids can even help whip them up before gobbling them up. Get the recipe.

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Edible Creepy Crawlies

These gelatin worms and cupcake spiders may look scary but they're so tasty that Halloween guests will be sure to gobble them right up. Get the recipe

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Mix

Combining the best of both worlds, this sweet-meets-salty snack is just too good to pass up. Mix up big batches for Halloween get-togethers, school functions or to pass out to your favorite trick-or-treaters. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer

Witch's Hat Cookies

Top rich homemade chocolate cookies with an easy-to-magic-up orange frosting and a chocolate kiss for a sweet snack that kids will make disappear. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Mummy Hot Dogs

Wrap hot dogs in flaky, ready-made dough to create a Halloween party snack kids will love helping to make before gobbling them up. Get the recipe.

Frankens'more Treat Pops

Looking for a fun party favor to hand out to your favorite trick-or-treaters? Well, look no further: Dip marshmallow-filled graham crackers into green-tinted white chocolate and milk chocolate to create these Frankenstein-themed twists on the campfire favorite. Get the recipe.

Cupcakes a Go-Go

Perfect for making in advance to take to school events, pack in kids' lunches or for parties, these portable treats are sure to please Halloween fans big and small.

Candy Bar Cookies

Can't decide which Halloween chocolate candy is your favorite? Then these cookies are just the ticket. Chock-full of snack-sized faves, chocolate lovers will definitely want to give this recipe a try.

Witch's Hat Sandwich Wraps

Turn ready-made dough and homemade chicken, tuna or ham salad into a hearty sandwich wrap you can make a day or two before serving. Get the recipe.

Hairy Eyeballs

Turn homemade polenta poppers into these gruesome (but tasty!) nibbles by topping them with corn silk before frying. Add a bloodshot appearance with a few dribbles of marinara sauce. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Salted Caramel (and Bacon!) Popcorn Balls

Gather the ghouls to enjoy this tasty update on the seasonal favorite. Package the balls in a cellophane bag embellished with one of our free printable templates for a homemade party favor. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Courtesy Matt Armendariz ©2012

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

Toasted pumpkin seeds and cinnamon bring the taste of fall to classic nut brittle. Get the recipe

Photo By: Photo by Mick Telkamp

Chile Lime Cashews

These flavorful nuts have just the right amount of spicy kick to make them the perfect salty counterpoint to all the Halloween sweets. Get the recipe.

Halloween Peppermint Patties

A candy-corn-colored mint filling is the sweet surprise inside these homemade candies. Get the recipe.

Honey + Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Delight guests at your next fall or Halloween get-together with this sweet-meets-savory light bite. Get the recipe

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Cucumber Snake

At Halloween, it's okay for kids to play with their food. And, this colorful snake isn't just playful, cucumbers and carrots ensure it's also healthy. Get the recipe

Curse of the Mummy Mushrooms

Stuff cremini mushrooms with Italian sausage, garlic, walnuts, cream cheese and fresh herbs for a hearty, savory appetizer that both kids and adults will love. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Beryl Cohen

Homemade Pub-Style Pretzels and Beer Cheese Sauce

Adult Halloween guests will flip for these soft and chewy pretzels dipped in smoked Gouda beer cheese. Serve them with one of our 13 signature Halloween cocktails to bring the bar experience home. Get the pretzel and beer cheese recipes.

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Sweet, gooey, salty and crunchy, this popcorn ball recipe has a little something for everyone.


Chocolate Lover's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whoever said you can have too much of a good thing hasn't tasted these cookies. Gooey, classic chocolate chip cookies dipped into smooth chocolate ganache — this recipe is a must-try for anyone with an insatiable sweet tooth.

"Poisoned" Candy Apples

Don't worry, these apples aren't really deadly — but they certainly look it. To make them, you'll need: apples, twigs that have been washed and trimmed, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, water, cinnamon-flavored oil, red food coloring, black food coloring and a candy thermometer. Thoroughly wash each apple, remove the stem and insert a twig (you may need to sharpen the end first). Next, stir sugar, corn syrup and water together in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring. To coat the apple, dip completely in the syrup and swirl it. Hold the apple above the saucepan so the excess coating can drain off. Place candied apple onto a baking sheet that's been greased or lined to allow it to cool.

Beer Cheese Dip

A few savory options are always a good idea at a Halloween party. This tangy and spicy cheese dip gets its kick from horseradish sauce. Serve with pretzels or on toasted crostinis to keep the party's adults happily munching.

Coca-Cola Cupcake With Peanut Butter Icing

These dense, moist chocolate cupcakes are a walk down memory lane for anyone who ever dropped a few peanuts in their Coke. Topped with thick peanut butter icing, the cupcakes' salty-meets-sweet flavor is always a crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe.

Edible Candy Topiaries

Cover inexpensive foam topiary forms with fondant and candy to create a sweet Halloween decoration or centerpiece that kids will love helping to craft. Learn how to make your own.

Maple-Nut Popcorn

Savory, sweet and crunchy, this fall favorite really satisfies with pure maple syrup, mixed nuts and a kick from cayenne pepper. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Courtesy Kelsey Nixon ©2012

Homemade Candy Apples

This fall tradition is as sweet as they come and a lot of fun to boot. Dipping the apples then rolling them in a variety of salty or sweet treats is a fun Halloween activity for kids of all ages. Learn how to make your own.

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate lovers take heed: There are three types of chocolate — Valrhona, bittersweet and dark — in these gooey, decadent little morsels. Whip up a batch to keep chocolate-craving beasties at bay. Get the recipe.

Potato Chip + Candy Bar Cookies

These chewy-meets-crunchy cookies are endlessly customizable to suit your taste. Add any combination of nuts, Halloween candy or dried fruit. The potato chips add a salty finish that really works for salty-sweet lovers. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Courtesy Claudia Sidoti ©2012

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don't scoop, then dump your pumpkin innards. Salvage the seeds then toss them with your favorite spices to put a new spin on a healthy fall favorite. Get the recipe

Spicy + Sweet Popcorn Snack Mix

With lemon zest, cayenne pepper and chili powder, this popcorn packs a lot of flavor for a crowd-pleasing snack you can whip up with very little prep time. Get the recipe.

Photo By: Courtesy Andrea Albin ©2012

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