A spooky Halloween party menu

It's nearly Halloween, nights are drawing in and at Pig Row our thoughts turn to ghosts, ghouls and bumps in the night.  

Drovers our last home was haunted we used to meet the previous occupants on the stairs, they were quite harmless and not at all spooky really.  This house can be a little creepy at night as we have so much stuff waiting to be found a home, it casts shadows and things are forever falling over and making us jump out of our skins, but we are yet to meet anyone after midnight.

We enjoy Halloween and think it is great, especially for children, and so we have been dreaming up some fantastic suggestions for an atmospheric seasonal after dark party. Here are some of our evilest ideas...

Devilish Decorations

Carved pumpkins or gourds, black tea lights and a spooky soundtrack (think Evanescence or Mike Oldfield) all set the scene. Send out your invitations written in blood (red pen) and seal with wax.

Sand-witches and Sinful Savories

Why not try dirt and worm sandwiches aka prawns in marie rose sauce served in German black bread.

Or serve deviled egg eyes - cut 6 cold boiled eggs in half, mix yolks with 1tsp dijon mustard, 4tbsp mayo and mash with a fork, refill eggs. Make pupils out of black and green olives by cutting a ring of green olive and placing a dot of black olive in the middle and placing on the egg yolk.Aprinkle with paprika for a bloodshot look.

Poisonous puddings

Devils food cake would go down a treat. Alternatively spiced pumpkin cake is a great way to use up all your lantern inners.

Yummy halloween pumpkin cake with luscious lemon cream-cheese frosting
Pumpkin cake ingredients
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 medium eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups cooked mashed pumpkin
Lemon cream cheese frosting (see below)

To make the pumpkin cake
Combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix well.
Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl; stir into oil mixture, beating well.
Stir in pumpkin puree.
Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans.
Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes.
Turn out onto racks to cool.
Make lemon cream cheese frosting

Lemon cream cheese frosting ingredients
250g cream cheese at room temperature
Rind of 1 non waxed lemon
Juice of one lemon
Sifted icing sugar (to taste)

To make the lemon cream-cheese frosting
Combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl; beat well until smooth.
Fill pumpkin cake with lemon cream cheese frosting.

You can also make ghoulish cupcakes by making mini-cakes with this or your favorite cake recipe and smothering them in white roll out icing, decorate with black icing to make ghosts and spiders etc.

The Beast's Beverages

Hot or iced tea with a few drops of red food colouring served without milk can be substituted for blood for the Vampires amongst you, serve in goblets for authenticity.

Alternatively make a witches brew by mixing cranberry and orange juice and popping in a few jelly lizards, frogs and snakes.

Don't have nightmares, do eat well! Mwa ha ha haaa ...

Tell us about your Halloween plans are there any special recipes you would like to share, do you have any traditions or memories?