An Aussie Halloween

by Elizabeth on November 2, 2010 · 3 comments

in Food, Life

Halloween isn’t something that most Aussie kids care about, but I’ve noticed its popularity is starting to grow (at least in the merchandise department). This year Tim and I thought it would be fun to put together a little Halloween party for our friends, and coming up with ideas was lots of fun!

First of all, we had to tell them what was in store. I made these invitations out of glitter card and foil wrapping paper, and included a severed finger in each envelope…

Gross, right? Even worse was the text on the back, which promised delicacies such as “cultured mould” (cheese), “cured epidermis” (prosciutto) and “a boutique brew of swamp water” (lemonade with tapioca pearls, a gummy killer python and a glow stick)

Tim and I gradually spooked up our house throughout the week leading up to Halloween, and hid fake spiders in all sorts of places. Who wants to bet that I find a forgotten spider in an unexpected place two weeks from now, and end up screaming like a girl?


But the best part of all was putting together the menu! We managed to come up with some pretty disgusting stuff, although I had a last-minute failure with my egg eyeballs when I realised that they’d been frozen at the back of my fridge.

Here are some of the gross stuff we enjoyed:

“Witches Fingers” (mozzarella sticks, with dyed shaved almonds for fingernails)

“Blood Worms” – made from gelatin & cream, and set inside bendy straws. These were awesome! Here’s the recipe.

We had jars full of baby teeth, earthworms, brown snakes, frog eyes and artificial eyes.

The “Cultured Mould” and “Cured Epidermis” attracted some fake flies!

Everybody who came was awesome and brought something, but I didn’t think to take photos of their excellent offerings. One person brought cupcakes with M&M spiders on top, another made a spooky pool of green jelly and snakes, and someone else brought brain poppers (pop rocks)! We all had diabetes by the end of the night.

Lastly, here are my owl and witch cupcakes (decorated with oreo cookies and chocolate dipped sherbert cones)

I highly recommend “Drag Me to Hell” for a scary (but silly) movie for a crowd. It gave me dumb nightmares, but it was worth it!

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Elly Owl November 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

This is too good, Elizabeth!! I absolutely love the worms & can’t get over the owl cupcakes for no particular reason ;)! You’re so creative! Can’t wait for next year’s Halloween already!

Also, blogging every day this November sounds like a brilliant idea too! I shall do the same! (although … I think my level of enthusiasm might slowly decreases as the day goes by … But no harm trying, right?) 😉


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