Halloween party food

by Barry Lewis

Prep time
15 mins
Cook time
30 mins


Finger Hot Dogs:

4 hot dogs

4 hot dog buns



Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats:

50g butter

200g marshmallows

150g rice krispies

1tbsp orange food colouring

Rolos & green m&m’s to decorate


Black lemonade:

3 lemons (chopped roughly with a few slices reserved to garnish)

150g Caster sugar

1 litre water

1.5tsp Black gel food dye or activated charcoal tablets

3 awesome Halloween party recipes for you to try including severed finger hot dogs, pumpkin rice krispie treats and black lemonade – give them a try! Click here for more Halloween recipe inspiration.

Finger Hot Dogs:
This is possibly the easiest recipe I have ever made. But it’s all about the novelty hot dog sliced fingers going on! It reminds me of a Dad doing DIY to be honest too. You can add onion slices too if you wish to make the fingernail go up a notch.

Simmer the hot dogs in a pan of water according to package instructions, you may wish to grill them if you like, the odd scorch mark could look quite authentic! Once cooled slice out at one end a fingernail shape then make two sections of slices with a knife down the hot dog to look like knuckles.

Slice a hot dog bun in half, squirt randomly with ketchup to look like blood, sit the hot dog in the bun and then coat a little extra ketchup on top. Gruesome ish but tastes delish.

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats:
To make the rice krispie pumpkins, the steps are super simple. First up in a large saucepan melt the butter and the marshmallows over a low flame stirring continually. Keep stirring to prevent it sticking to the bottom until you have a nice smooth mixture. Let it heat for a few minutes more but do not let it simmer and especially don’t let it burn the pan!

Remove the pan from the heat and add in the orange food dye, you may want to add more depending upon the strength of orange you are after. Keep mixing until you get a lovely consistent orange colour and pour in the rice krispies. Using a wooden spoon coat the krispies in the mixture, this takes a fair bit of work so keep going until evenly coated. As it cools the marshmallow will get stringy and toughen up slightly. At this stage if you wish you can still add more food colouring if you wish and squirt it on and again mix through.

Using baking parchment, mould the rice krispies into ball shapes compressing as best you can to ensure you get a good shape of pumpkin. Press in a rolo and green m&m on top and continue to work on the rest of the rice krispies – you should get a good 8 or so out of it.

Black lemonade:
Into a blender add the water, sugar and the lemons. Blend up until a smooth cloudy mixture has been created. Don’t worry there will be some bits of lemon seeds / pith floating but it is all good! Squirt in the food dye and whizz again, watch as it magically turns black! Pour the black lemonade through a sieve into a glass and garnish with a lemon slice – yummy!