Halloween used to be a holiday geared toward children. Parents would choose costumes for their little ones, host block parties and set up the best haunted houses in the neighborhood. As the years have gone by, Halloween has turned into a holiday that adults love almost more than children. In fact, the holiday rivals only Christmas in its popularity.
Your children may be long grown and moved into homes of their own, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give up the Halloween festivities. Empty-nesters can enjoy the holiday just as much as anyone else. You don’t need little ones in the home to have a celebration of your own. Here is a small collection of some of the best recipes for this Halloween night.
1. Candy Corn Parfait
Candy corn is a much-loved Halloween treat, but it can be too sugary for some people. A few pieces of candy corn and you are ready to put the bag away. The same can’t be said for this amazing adult treat.
Grab a bowl and toss the pieces of one large orange with 2 tablespoons of orange liqueur. Spoon 3 tablespoons of lemon curd into the bottom of a wine glass, top with a thin layer of whipped cream, fill the remainder of the glass with your orange slices and top with whipped cream. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips, actual candy corn or any other treat you like.
2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
If you’ve never tried roasted pumpkin seeds, you don’t know what you’re missing. Sure, you can buy pumpkin seeds in a bag, but they are nothing compared to what you can make at home. Have a bit of fun carving a pumpkin and save the seeds instead of scooping them into the garbage.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, toss the seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a layer on a baking sheet, and pop them in the oven for about 45 minutes. Stir them around at least once to ensure even cooking. For added flavor, sprinkle them with cinnamon before they are done baking.
3. Baked “Rats”
If you are looking for something fun for dinner, try baked rats. No, you aren’t going to cook real rats, you’re going to make miniature meatloaves. Prepare your favorite meatloaf recipe and form balls of meat into rat-body shapes. Add peas for the eyes and carrot slices for the little ears. Before you serve, break spaghetti into small pieces and use the uncooked pasta for whiskers and the tails. You’ll have a difficult time deciding if the meal is too gross or too cute to eat!
4. Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Peppers
This is another take on a much-loved autumn meal. Make your favorite stuffed pepper recipe. Before you stuff the peppers, carve them like you would a jack-o-lantern. Stuff the meat inside and bake as usual. You’ll have an amazing dinner that is fitting for any Halloween table. If you want a truly authentic pumpkin look, use orange peppers instead of green.
5. Slime Punch
This has got to be one of the easiest punches to make and is the perfect complement to your Halloween meal. Carve out a pumpkin, scooping out the seeds and pulp (set the seeds aside to bake later, of course!). Rinse out the inside of the pumpkin with water and scoop a container of lime sherbert inside. Fill the pumpkin with your favorite lemon-lime soda. That’s it. We told you it was easy!
6. Monster Munch
If you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, make sure to grab a bit extra so you can make this delicious treat. Make a batch of popcorn and mix it with spoons of peanut butter, peanuts and candy corn. Melt some almond bark in the microwave and pour it over your popcorn mixture. Stir until all of the popcorn is coated and then spread it all onto a flat surface lined with parchment paper. Once the mixture is dry, break it into pieces and serve.
Halloween isn’t just for kids. With the recipes above, you can make a Halloween feast for two or ten… it’s really up to you. There are hundreds of amazing recipes online that can turn your Halloween table into one that is more treat than trick or incredibly spooky — the choice is yours!
Empty-nesters can live well. At The Holbrook of Decatur, we have tips and ideas that can help you live your life to the fullest. Reach out to our community today and discover how we can assist you as you enter the best years of your life.