Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Gruesome food and decorating ideas for your Halloween party

A few years ago, we hosted a Dead Man's Diner party for Halloween and I felt like a mad scientist in my kitchen bringing body part shaped food to life. I found it particularly easy to transform ordinary food into eyeballs and decorated a store bought pumpkin pie to look like a P-Eye.

I know some people would be totally grossed out when served body part shaped food, but we found that the majority of our 80+ guests gleefully gobbled up this creepy cuisine.

Waitresses dressed in old fashioned diner uniforms served up Bone Calzones, Hand-Burgers Dripping in Blood with Finger Fries, Cannibals Chowder in Skull Shaped Bread Bowls, Grilled Feet with a side of Bone Chips, and hot Open Face Sandwiches.

If you'd like to serve up some of this gruesome grub, you can find all of the recipes in my cookbook, Hungry Halloween featuring Movie Monster Munchies, Bewitched Buffet, and Dead Man's Diner which is available on (here.)

For the party, our kitchen served as the diner complete with a classic lunch counter.

Are you thinking of hosting a Dead Man's Diner party yourself? If so, you can find decorating information here at Hungry

We knew that three waitresses weren't going to be able to handle all of our hungry guests at one time, so we also offered a buffet of Appet-eye-sers including pizzas, chicken dip, artichoke dip, Madeira Mushroom dip, bean dip, and meatballs all decorated to look like eyes. Check out this post over at Hungry to learn how to make the Pizza P-Eye and to see how we created all the other eye shaped foods. 

After all the appet-eye-sers were devoured, and I do mean devoured, we removed the empty dishes and replaced them with lots of Deadserts, including a Pumpkin P-Eye which is hiding at the back of the table.

One of the most popular Deadserts was the Creme Brulee P-Eye. It looked and tasted fantastic. You can find the recipe and even a video here at Hungry Halloween.

Now, I know you are just dying to find out how to make your own Pumpkin P-Eye, so here it is.

Pumpkin P-Eye

You'll need:

1 baked and cooled or store bought pumpkin pie
Cool Whip Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed 
Green or Blue Sparkle Gel or Decorating Gel
Black Sparkle Gel or Decorating Gel
Red Sparkle Gel or Decorating Gel


Spread an even layer of whipped topping on your pie, it can be thick or thin, depending on your preference. Draw a circle in the center of the pie using the green gel. Pipe a larger circle around the first and fill in with the green gel.

Fill in the center circle with the black gel. To make the eye more realistic, pipe in some black streaks on top of the green gel. Pipe on bloodshot veins using red gel. 

Your Pumpkin P-Eye is ready to serve, but can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few days. 

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful time! Love the "creepy cuisine!" Really, really fun - thanks for a very entertaining post.

    1. I'm happy you appreciate the humor in the creepy cuisine!

  2. The "body parts" food at that Party was AWESOME!!!!!
    I can't wait until this year's party. I will get off the airplane and come to your party as a zombie traveler.

  3. The body part food at that party was AWESOME!! Your book is an amazing guide to doing it all yourself.
    I will come to your party this year as a Zombie Traveler right off the airplane. Can't wait!

    1. Thanks! I do hope you can make it to the party. It wouldn't be the same without you there.

  4. As always Beth, your creativity never ceases to amazes us! Love, love, love the spooky diner theme. :)

    1. Have you two started planning your Halloween party yet? I look forward to seeing what you come up with this year.

    2. The planning has begun! We just need to narrow our menu down from a million things to something a little more do-able :) Of course we have stolen *eeermm* borrowed tons of your ideas! :)

    3. Steal as much as you want, I'll just make more =) Have fun planning and cooking!

  5. How awesome is this party - LOVE the body part food - you made everything look so real, no wonder you felt like a mad scientist

  6. That's so cool. I'd love to have you link up to the Fall Into the Holidays blog hop.

    Katie @ Horrific Knits

  7. This is so cool. Would love to have you hook up to our Pumpkin Party with your unusual EYE pumpkin. Too funny. And all the other stuff, too. Hope you can make it. It's open all month and I'm promoting it, too. Best wishes, Linda

  8. I love this! I hardly ever see quirky/fun decorated pies- such a fun idea for those (like my best friend) who prefer pies to cakes and cookies. I found you via Mop It Up Mondays- I'm #171!


  9. What a great group of ideas for Halloween. Thanks for sharing. Jodi @

  10. Creepily delicious, I am sure! I know some kids who'd really like this pumpkin pie. Certainly makes my pie look boring. lol

  11. So creepy, yet fabulous at the same time! I would love for you to come link up your awesome blog to my Get Social link party that's live right now!

  12. Love this eyeball! Such a great idea. Love the party as well!

  13. That is an awesome pie! Love these ideas. Megan

  14. Cool! I love serving creepy food at my Halloween parties and this is a quick and easy idea I can even use. Thanks.

  15. I'm hosting an It's Fall Y'all ~ Linky Party. I would love for you to share this, and any other Fall projects you have! Hope to see you there :)

  16. This is the creepiest kids think your party looks great. Please share this on foodie friday.

  17. Ha! "Eye" love this pie! Great idea, Beth!


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