Fun Halloween Inspired Food

Happy October 1st! A few days ago I shared several of the fun with food we had last October, and although things look different this year, we are determined to make it a great holiday season for our kids! I had several requests for the recipes so here are our faves! We will be remaking several of these since they were a hit!
Every Oct 1st, I try to make a 'spooky' inspired dinner + dessert (small treat) - usually really simple with things I already have on hand! Last year we did pumpkin quesadillas (no pumpkin involved! just the pumpkin shape!), mummy pizza, and bats for dessert!
Mummy Pizza
•bagel or english muffin
•jarred marinara/red sauce
•string cheese (or shredded mozzarella - the string cheese makes it more 'mummy-ish'!)
•black olives

•Reeses peanut butter cups
•icing pen
•candy eyes
Dissemble Oreo cookies, take 1 end of the cookie and break it in half to make 2 wings. Use icing pen as 'tacky glue' to place wings onto the body (Reeses cup) and eyes.
Spooky Popcorn (I eyeball everything- sorry! You can do more or less to your family's liking)
•1 bag of your popcorn of choice
•Several cups of salted pretzel sticks
•<1/4 cup of yellow + orange M+Ms
•<1/4 cup of candy corn
•<1/4 cup of candy eyes
•1 1/2 cup of peanut butter chex
•1 brick of white chocolate (melted)
•OPTIONAL: seasonal/festive sprinkles! I found a fun 'monster mix' with Halloween colored sprinkles at HomeGoods and threw it on top last year.
Place all of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl *EXCEPT for white chocolate and candy eyes* and carefully stir to combine. Take the mixture and spread it evenly on parchment paper or aluminum foil. Melt chocolate per package instructions and drizzle it over the mixture evenly. Top with candy eyes and (optional) festive sprinkles.
Mummy Pretzel Snaps
•1 bag of snap pretzels (NOT butter)
•1 brick of white chocolate
•Candy eyes
Melt chocolate to package instructions, lightly drizzle white chocolate while its still hot in a horizontal motion making it look like mummy wrappings. Place candy eyes on while still hot! 
Frankenstein + Halloween Colored Pretzel Rods
•1 bag of large pretzel rods
•2 packages of white chocolate
•1 package of assorted color food coloring (make sure there's green in there!)
•Black icing pen
•Candy eyes
Melt chocolate to package instructions, add in food coloring to make the green for Frankenstein. Use icing pen to attach eyes and add black hair! For the rest, I just made different color chocolate and drizzled and mixed them up to make spooky combos!

Graveyard Scene Brownies
•1 box of brownies (or you can make from scratch!)
•10 oreos (crushed up)
•Ghost Peeps
•Icing pen
•Milano cookies
Bake brownies, let cool. Add crushed oreos (for the 'dirt'), add milano cookies and write RIP (tombstones) and add ghost Peeps on top! SO simple!

Donut Vampires
(I purchased Krispy Kremes the morning of but you can grab whatever- I think glazed are best!)
Add vampire teeth and candy eyes - even more simple lol
Spooky Baked Ziti
1 lb. Italian sausage (whatever type your family likes, we usually do mild)
•Your favorite marinara/red sauce
1 lb. ziti
15 oz. ricotta ($1.69)
1 cup Italian cheese blend
2 cups shredded mozzarella
•1 package of mozzarella balls
 Black olives

Brown the sausage in a large skillet until it's brown and crispy on the edges.
Add the marinara/red sauce skillet with the sausage and stir to combine. Place a lid on the skillet and allow it to simmer. Once simmering, turn the heat down and allow it to continue to simmer while you cook the ziti. Stir the sauce occasionally.
After sauce is cooking, start the ziti. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add the ziti, and cook to package instructions (usually 8-9 min).

For cheese filling:
Add the ricotta, Italian cheese blend, and some freshly cracked black pepper to a bowl and stir to combine. Begin to preheat the oven to 350ºF.

After draining the ziti, return it to the pot and add 1 cup of the red sauce. Stir to combine pasta with sauce.
Then pour half of the ziti to a 9x13" baking dish. Add half of the ricotta mixture on top of the ziti in small dollops. Finally, spoon half of the red sauce and sausage over the pasta and ricotta. Repeat these layers with the second half of the pasta, ricotta mixture, and sauce. Once that’s finished, top with 2 cups shredded mozzarella.

Cover the baking dish with foil - bake for 20 min
After 20 min, remove the foil, and turn the oven on to broil for 5 min, or just until the cheese is a little brown. 
Add mozzarella balls staggered, cut a tiny piece of the black olive as a pupil. Serve with salad or garlic bread!

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