Halloween Roundup and Eyeballs recipe

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Happy almost Halloween!! I’m totally in the spirit. Halloween is my all-time favourite holiday. Growing up, I have the best memories of helping my dad decorate our house. We would walk around town scoping out potential competition and then brainstorm ideas. We would fill hazmat suits from his work with leaves and hang them from our tree. We would take red spray paint and leave “blood spatters” everywhere. We had black lights and creepy music. The whole 9 yards! I loved very minute of it. So it’s not surprise as an adult, I still like to go all out.

One of the things I enjoy most aside from decorating, is making fun holiday-themed food. I’ve made similar recipes the past few years, so I wanted to make some different things this year. On the menu were the amazing Gut-sy Spider Cupcakes from Lazy Vegan Baker (complete with green pudding in the middle for brains!). I also made these Witches Fingers:

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And my some Chocolate Graveyard Cups (I put crushed Newman O’s for dirt & vegan gummy worms):

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Not pictured is the Nacho Dip from the OhSheGlows cookbook (because it’s orange and INSANELY delicious) and a veggie tray with purple carrots and orange pepper slices with black bean hummus. Guests brought some cute things too:

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Cute pumpkin cookies with vegan nutella in the middle.

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And Robin made these adorable little BATs (Bacon Avocado Tomato bites). She even made them gluten-free for me. Sorry for the bad picture quality… I was too excited to eat some!

There were some great costumes too! Can anyone guess who I was????

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Would you believe this is the ONE PICTURE that turned out(ish) out of the 12+ pictures my husband took? Darn.

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Sunny even dressed up.

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“I’m BatDog.”

And now that I’ve spammed you with pictures… on to the recipe! How cute are these little eyeballs???

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I was at a party store, checking out all of the fun things they had and came across some edible eyeballs. I was SO EXCITED as I normally just use skittles or vegan m & m’s. They were actually vegan too. But they had some scary sounding ingredients. Things I couldn’t pronounce, things I have never heard of and a bunch of number and colour combinations. Talk about scary food! That’s not the kind of scary I want for Halloween. So I thought I’d try my hand at making my own.

Vegan Eyeballs (adapted from Fork and Beans Googly Eyes)

1/2 cup of icing sugar
1 tsp of arrowroot
1 tsp of agave (or liquid sweetener of choice)
1 tsp of almond milk
20 chocolate chips

Combine all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, in a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a ziploc bag, cut a tiny opening in a corner and carefully pour a bit of the mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet in little circles. Add your chocolate chips. Freeze until ready to use. I found they broke when I tried to remove them, but if you use a butter knife and carefully use it to separate the eyeball from the parchment paper, it will remain intact. Voila!

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Perfect for Spider Cupcakes!

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What fun recipes are you trying out right now?

15 thoughts on “Halloween Roundup and Eyeballs recipe

  1. Paint splatters on the house – did it come off easily? That aside, your halloweens sound really special. I have mixed feelings about halloween, it not being part of our traditions but I think there is some fun stuff that I can embrace – and those eye balls are really cute

    1. Haha come to think of it, I seem to remember my mom not being very impressed with the paint splatters… I don’t think they came off easily at all haha. I LOVE Halloween, but it’s because I was raised to love it. I couldn’t help but adopt my father’s enthusiasm for it. And my sister’s birthday is just a few days from Halloween, so that was always fun timing too. I’m not sure how I feel about the commercialism of it, or the tons of junk food involved. But it can be fun. Thanks Johanna =)

  2. Your dad’s Halloween ideas sounded amazing! No wonder you love Halloween so much! I was also wondering how hard it was to get the blood splatters off the house lol.

    Those eyeballs look tasty and not hard to do at all! And your party looks so much fun! I know what you were and the costume looks so good! I don’t want to ruin the surprise for anyone else if they’re still guessing!

    1. The eyeballs were surprisingly easy to make. I thought they weren’t going to turn out as they were so easy haha ;p The party was fun – I wish you lived closer Mary Ellen. I don’t think anyone guessed my costume. No one seems to know it. Ah well.

  3. I find it fun to look at other peoples’ posts about Halloween, though I myself am not a Halloween partaker. I’ve been to a couple of parties, but as mentioned above it isn’t really an Australian thing. Though it is becoming a bit more popular, but certainly not part of my growing up. However, if I was in the US for Halloween, then I would definitely partake and enjoy the experience. 😀

    1. If you were in the US, I would have invited you to my party – I think you would have had lots of fun =) I find it interesting that many parts of the world didn’t really have Halloween until recent years. In some ways, it’s kind of a silly holiday, but I think growing up and my parents making such a big deal of it, it just made it really fun and memorable for me and carried into adulthood =)

  4. What a fun Halloween party. I love those Witches Fingers!
    There’s nothing like eating vegan Halloween treats! Thank you for sharing your fun and festive Halloween Roundup and Eyeballs recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party. I’m Pinning and sharing this!

  5. I love halloween! But this year was a little disappointing! I wasn’t in much of a spooky mood and we had no trick or treaters. Bummer.

    All your food looked so yummy and spooky!

    1. Just think how different your halloweens will be starting next year. It’s going to be awesome dressing up your little one =)
      ps. Babadook still creeps the hell out of me, so thanks for that haha 😉

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