1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip
Chocolate sprinkles
Black or chocolate licorice candies

Frost upside-down cupcakes with Cool Whip. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Insert licorice pieces into tops of cupcakes to create spider legs. Top with candies for the creepy eyes.


1/2 C peanut butter
3 T butter, softened
1 C sifted powdered sugar
4-oz vanilla-flavored candy coating
20 candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (M&Ms)
Red and black decorator gel icing

In a mixing bowl stir together peanut butter and butter. Gradually add powdered sugar, stirring until combined. Shap into 1-inch balls; place on waxed paper. Let stand about 20 minutes or until dry. In a small saucepan melt candy coating over low heat. Dip balls, one at a time, into coating. Let excess coating drip off peanut butter ball. Let stand until coating is firm. Add a dot of black get to the center of candy pieces for pupils. Drizzle red gel onto balls for bloodshot eyes. Makes about 20 eyeballs.


12 ounce Can frozen lemonade
2 liters 7-Up
1/2 gallon Rainbow sherbert

Thaw sherbert for approximately 15 minutes and place in a plastic tub. Add lemonade (prepared according to directions) and 7-up. Sherbert will melt and turn mixture day old bathwater grayish-brown. Float a handful of green, yellow and white tiny after dinner mints (tiny bars of soap) on top of the punch.

(When cake is cut, it spurts green goop.)

18-1/4 oz box white cake mix
4-serving package green gelatin

Black Frosting
Blue food coloring
Chocolate frosting
Decorations 4 black licorice whips
2 big green gumballs
6 little gumballs

Prepare cake using two 9-inch round cake pans. Cool. Prepare the gelatin according to package directions. It works best if it is just a little on the soft side. On a foil-covered cookie-sheet, place one cake layer for the body. Cut a smaller circle out of the center of the layer. Place this smaller round of cake as the spider's head. Fill the hole left in the body layer with gelatin. Place the other cake layer on top of the body and trim cake slightly to shape, if desired. To prepare frosting, in a mixing bowl, add blue food coloring to the chocolate frosting until black in color. Frost the entire cake black. Cut the black licorice whips in half and insert for the eight legs. Position the gumballs as eyes.
(Linda Glenn)


1 18-oz roll refrigerated sugar-cookie dough
4 3.5-oz containers vanilla pudding
2 cups chocolate cookie crumbs or 20 chocolate sandwich cookies with white filling, finely crushed
Assorted whole vanilla wafers, graham crackers, and/or chocolate-filled oval shortbread cookies
Black, green, red, and white decorator gel icing
Assorted candies, such as fruit-flavored jelly worms, candy-coated chocolate-covered peanuts, and gumdrops

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 12-inch pizza pan or 3 baking sheets. With lightly floured hands, pat the cookie dough into prepared pizza pan. If using baking sheets, divide dough into thirds and pat each third into a 7-inch circle onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes for pizza pan or 8 to 10 minutes for smaller circles of dough, or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on wire rack. Spread vanilla pudding over baked cookie. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Cover and chill. Meanwhile, decorate cookie tombstones. Press cookies into pudding lay of pizza. If necessary, support back of cookies with some of the candies. Decorate "graveyard" with candies. Create peering eyes with candy-coated chocolate peanuts make shoes, feet, and hands with gumdrops; and arrange jelly worms. Cover and chill up to 4 hours before serving. Makes 16 to 20 servings.

3 cardboard boxes can be painted or covered in crepe paper to look like Draculas Coffin. Make sure you have a lift up lid. This can be made from extra cardboard. Don't forget to decorate the inside. This coffin can be used in several ways. As a place for the food buffet, balloons or prizes for your guests, or just as a decoration complete with Dracula and a wooden stake through his heart.

Fill rubber gloves with water and freeze. Take blindfolded guests into a closet and tell them they must shake hands with a dead man before they can eat. (Or make up any story.) Imagine their shock when the hand they shake is cold as ice.

Hang plastic or pompom spiders and bugs from the ceiling using black thread. Hang lots of threads with nothing on them so that they go across your guests' faces like spider webs when they cross the room.

Peel grapes and freeze. Hand two to people and ask if they would mind holding your eyeballs for a moment. Or you can have a bowl of eyeballs. Or if your guest in the closet doesn't fall for the dead hand, give him your eyeballs as a reward.

Use only candlelight or light from a Jack'O'Lantern.

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