My love of Halloween…

We all have our favorite time of year. Halloween isn’t for everyone. People either love it as much as I do, or they think it’s creepy how much I actually love it. Either way, It’s my most favorite time to be creative.

Pineapple jack o’ lanterns smell delish!!
Another favorite carve, watermelon! Smells delish!

Just a bit of Halloween history… It’s said to have begun in the Celtic speaking countries and also believed to have had pagan roots.

Ok, well, maybe not this type of pagan. My favorite witch costume

The word Halloween dates back to nearly the 1500’s and is of Christian origin meaning “Saints evening”. Without getting into the religious (or shall I say, not so religious) beliefs in the holiday itself, what about the costumes??

Immigrants from Scotland and Ireland brought the holiday to the U.S. where the commercialization of the holiday started in the early 1900’s. Costumes were simple, yet absolutely terrifying then!!! They were initially made to be warn to ward off any bad spirits and ghosts. I’d say it probably worked!!

Early 1900s get up… Now that’s creepy!

As with anything, as time moved on, popularity of costumes had begun selling big in stores and just becoming part of Halloween life.

My sisters and I (strawberry shortcake) in your classic 80’s Halloween fashion..
Hungry Melly herself (my sister Michele) always loved to join in on the costume fun 🕷

Aside from all of the ghosts and goblins, spooky movies, cozying up on those crisp creepy nights, comes my favorite part of it all… The Halloween party food of course!!!

I’ve always had an obsession with creating fun looking food since I was little. The days well before Pinterest when all we had to look at were food magazines. Getting into social media, I had seen the passion others had as well and I became even more obsessed… Here are some of my much more earlier creations.

Great for parties with lots of kids! Place shredded cheese onto frozen chicken nuggets in mummy form, add olive eyes and toss them into the oven.

Most of the time, any ideas that I get online, I like to add my own original twist to them. I was starting to notice one year people were making princess Barbie birthday cakes. Of course, I had to toss a bloody spin onto mine. This Barbie “Carrie” cake, as in the bloody movie, was a fun one to make for a Halloween party.

I used a red velvet cake mix, poured into a Bundt pan. Baked as directed. Wrapped cellophane around barbies legs and stuck her in the middle. Topped with cream cheese icing and drizzle with bloody food gel.
Another kid favorite! Mini monster sandwiches
This was actually a cookie recipe that I use to make “S” cookies with at Christmas time. Everyone’s favorite basic cookie, in finger form.
Who doesn’t love a good pig in a blanket!?! Especially ones that look like spiders!!
Cream cheese filled ghost peppers are just addicting!
Wrapping them up in crescent dough is even MORE addicting..

Some of my more recent years of fun with food…

A Jack Skellington cherry pie
How about just a creepy pie
Yes, pinhead…
Of course he turned into a pinhead charcuterie. He also has a raw foot which is prosciutto wrapped around mozzarella, roasted pepper and drizzled with balsamic glaze.
Pumpkin charcuterie always makes for fun pickings!

A lot of times these can be time consuming, some not so much…

Cmon, how much more simple can you get?? And yummy!!!

The end results and the reactions of those who see them, are just priceless. I will always continue this fetish I have with food. Why?! Cuz it’s good for the soul, that’s why… Happy Halloween everyone!!!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    You are so creative! Love it all

    1. tmartino says:

      Awe!!! Thank you so much! So glad you enjoyed it all… 🙂 Happy Halloween 🎃

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great ideas you’re so clever

    1. tmartino says:

      Thanks so much!!! 😊

  3. Dawn says:

    Ur awesome. Keep the great ideas coming!

    1. tmartino says:

      Thank you so much!!! 😊

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