Celebrations of Halloween, or All Hallows’ Eve, date back to ancient times, originating from the Celtic festival “Samhain” (sah-win) — a harvest festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the “season of darkness and cold.” While the festival itself was one of joy, the Celts believed “Samhain” to be the “Lord of Death” who allowed spirits to return to their former homes on earth, only on October 31. Many of today’s Halloween traditions stem from these early beliefs.
For a special Halloween treat, I’ve tracked down some of the best spooky recipes and linked up over two dozen below. Need additional Halloween inspiration? Stop by my Halloween Treats Pinterest board for over 200 tantalizing recipes gathered in one convenient place.
Panna Cotta Brains with Raspberry Blood Sauce
Red Velvet Zombie Brains
Chocolate Spider Cupcakes
Melted Wicked Witch Cupcakes
Spooky Strawberry Halloween Cheesecake
Shrek’s Dirty Q-Tips
Easy Eyeball Cookies
Candy Corn Cheesecake
Gut Spilling Savories
Zombie Head Cheese
Halloween Deviled Spider Eggs
Halloween Ghost Flatbread
Witch Hats Pizza
Pumpkin Patch Spicy Cheeseball
Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers
Mummy Hot Dogs
Avocado-Wasabi Spider Eggs
Halloween Safety Tips
Before sending your little goblins out, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure costumes are flame-retardant and light or bright in color. Dark costumes should have strips of glow-in-the-dark tape along the back.
- Use face paints rather than a mask which can obstruct both breathing and vision.
- Make sure your child has (1) a name tag complete with your address and phone number, (2) change to make a phone call and/or a cell phone, and (3) a flashlight.
- Young children should be accompanied by an adult, and no child should go out alone.
- Trick or treat only in familiar neighborhoods, and set a time for when your children should return home.
- Children should never accept rides from strangers (If they need a ride, they should use the phone or change you gave them to call!)
- Treats should not be eaten until the child is home so that you can inspect everything first.
- Check all treats for signs of tampering and discard all loose and homemade treats (unless you know the person who provided them)
Special Note To Drivers: Please be EXTRA CAUTIOUS in residential areas!