Quit the Candy: Savory Ways to Celebrate Halloween


Though you (and your kids) may disagree on whether pillowcases should be stuffed with candy rather than slept on, we’re here to tell you that Halloween is — gasp! — about more than the sweet stuff. No, your dentist didn’t send us to get you to nosh on more than candy ropes and chocolate bars this year. Instead, we’re just plain excited about these ghoulishly good recipes.

Feast on these substantial-yet-spooky dishes we scared up for your Halloween party, like mummified hot dogs (pictured above) and ghost-shaped pizzas, or snack on them while you’re handing candy out to the neighbors.

For a party bite that will stop guests dead in their tracks, make these to-die-for Crispy Phyllo-Wrapped Hot Dog Mummies. The phyllo gives the little dogs a bandaged look and offers a buttery flakiness to every bite.


When you’re fiddling with costumes, painting your face with makeup and doing all the things that someone needs to do on Halloween, think of pizza as a dream food. Not only do these Individual Spooky White Pizzas come with a ghost-white appearance, they’re also super-quick to make thanks to speedy prepared pizza dough.


Quick to make when you cook them under the broiler, these Spicy Juicy Lucy-fer Sliders will definitely fill you up before a night of trick-or-treating. Take one big vampire bite and these meaty beauties will ooze with cheese.

Tasty for adults and creepy for kids, these Deviled Ham Eyeball Sandwiches are bloodshot in all the right ways and made for Halloween grazing.

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