Recipes to spice up your Halloween season

By Beth Schumacher

You’re not the only one that can get dressed up for Halloween. Impress your party guests with these deliciously spooky recipes that will have them begging for more.

Eyeball Taco Salad

3 pounds of ground turkey or beef

One bag of tortilla chips

1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese

1 bag of shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 package of taco seasoning

1 can of Ro*Tel’s diced tomatoes and green chilies

1 small bag of shredded lettuce

1 finely chopped red onion

10 tomato slices cut into halves (for the eyes)

1 cup of sour cream

10 whole pitted ripe olives (halved)

What to do with all of it:

Cook ground meat on stove in a large frying pan. Once fully cooked, stir in diced tomatoes and chilies, chopped onion and taco seasoning. Cover and reduce heat to simmer. In the meantime, crush tortilla chips in a 13-by-11 inch casserole dish, pour the bag of Monterey Jack cheese into the dish with the chips and bake at 325 degrees for 15 minutes. When everything is finished cooking, pile the cooked ingredients onto your plate of choice (preferably the tortilla chips first), add lettuce and let the eyeball-making begin.

To make them, position two tomato halves on top of the salad. Place a dollop of sour cream on each tomato half for the eyeballs, and place two olive halves on top of that. Kudos to for the recipe idea.

Ghoulish Punch

2 cups of boiling water

1 package of lime Jell-O

2 cups of cold orange juice

1 pint of rainbow sherbet

1 liter of lemon lime soda

Orange slices

Lime slices

What to do with all of it:

Stir the boiling water and Jell-O mix in a bowl until dissolved. Mix in orange juice and soda. Add in scoops of rainbow sherbet. Serve in a fancy glass garnished with a orange and lime slice. This recipe idea came from

Witch Cupcakes

This next recipe involves a lot of creativity, patience and a steady hand.

1 container of chocolate frosting (unless you’re really ambitious and want to make your own. Then you’ll need 1 1/2 cups)

1 container of vanilla frosting

Chocolate ice cream cones

12 cupcakes (I made yellow cake cupcakes with chocolate chips)

Colored sprinkles of your choice

Chocolate sprinkles

Chocolate chips

Green and red tube icing or food coloring to dye vanilla frosting

What to do with all of this:

Place chocolate frosting in a zip-top bag and snip off the corner. Squeeze the frosting out of the hole in the zip-top bag to decorate the base of the cone, and cover with your colored sprinkles.

Tint some of your vanilla frosting green and frost cupcakes. Tint the remaining half the color you’d like to make the smile and other facial features. Use the same zip-top method as before to draw these on. Place two chocolate chips as the eyes. You can also use a Mike and Ike candy for the nose. Almost finished! Tilt the cupcake on its side, place the cone (hat) on top. Viola! Your witch cupcakes are finished and ready to eat. The idea for this recipe came from

And there you have it: three tasty recipes. Whether you’re having people over or staying in, these scrumptious dishes will help you enjoy the holiday. Good luck, and happy Halloween.