Piece of Cake Halloween Party

Halloween is the perfect time for one of The Kitchen's Piece of Cake Parties! We've got 3 super simple party ideas that'll scare your ghouls and goblins away. Some of the best tricks come together with very little planning, so try these tricks and spook out the crowd!

Episode: Spooky Surprises

Jeff Mauro makes Graveyard Pudding for a Piece of Cake Halloween Party, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Graveyard Pudding

For a simple dessert treat you can pull together for a crowd of zombies, whip up this easy Graveyard Pudding.

What you'll need:

  • 2 large boxes instant chocolate pudding mix (plus required ingredients)
  • 13-by-9-inch cake pan
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Gummy worm candies
  • Candy bones
  • Rectangular cookies, such as tea biscuits, graham crackers, almond thins, or chocolate covered tea biscuits and/or vanilla wafer sandwich cookies with chocolate inside, such as Pepperidge Farm Milano 
  • One 1.5-ounce can silver spray food coloring, such as Wilton Color Mist
  • Green sprinkles
  • Candy skulls

How to:

  1. Make the chocolate pudding, then add a layer of it to a 13-by-9-inch cake pan.
  2. In a ziptop bag or food processor, crush the chocolate sandwich cookies and sprinkle them over the top as dirt.
  3. Decorate the top by adding gummy worms and candy bones.
  4. Add the tombstone cookies, using the technique we showed last year on our Spooky Pumpkin Patch. Check it out at http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/pumpkin-cake-graveyard-0261853.
  5. Add green sprinkles to represent the grass and finish with candy skulls.

Now you have a "Boo"-tiful dessert, perfect for your own Piece of Cake Halloween Party!

Katie Lee shares her Severed Finger Hot Dogs for a Piece of Cake Halloween Party, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Finger Hot Dogs

Halloween is full of gross outs and scares. This party serving idea is not for the faint of heart. Make your favorite hot dogs into severed fingers.

Before you boil them, use a paring knife to create the fingernails and knuckles on the hot dogs. At one end of each hot dog, slice the 2 sides of a fingernail, then straight across the top, making sure not to cut all the way through. Make a slightly curved slice for the bottom of the nail bed or cuticle and remove a thin layer of nail with the knife.

For the knuckles, make one slit along the middle with 2 crescent-shaped slits directly above and below. Repeat the same process just below the fingernail and at the very bottom of each hot dog. For the finishing touches, tear or cut the end of each hot dog to mimic a severed end.

Boil the hot dogs until plump, about 5 minutes. Serve them in buns and garnish with blood (ketchup) on the ends.

Head in a Jar

If you're looking to play a trick on your guests this Halloween, this Head-in-a-Jar craft is frightfully easy. You can put it inside the fridge like we did, or have it on the table next to the Halloween candy bowl.

What you'll need:

  • Downloaded printable image (two options, available below the instructions)
  • 8 1/2-by-11-inch photo paper
  • Green, yellow and red food coloring
  • 1 large (approximately 1 gallon) glass jar with a lid

How to:

  1. Download our printable images of Jeff and Katie (available below instructions) and print on photo paper. Alternately, you can make your own custom head using a photo editing program.
  2. Take to your local copy shop/office supply store and have them laminate the piece of paper.
  3. Trim any white border from the edges of the head.
  4. Next, create the creepy liquid for the jar. Add 4 drops green, 4 drops yellow and 2 drops red food coloring to the jar, then fill with water.
  5. Roll up your photo, slide it into the jar and replace the lid on the jar.
  6. Put your Head in a Jar in the fridge to give your family and friends a spook when they open the door!
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