RECIPE: Fun Halloween Food for the Kid in All of Us

worm pumpkin

Halloween is a fun and festive time of year, and what better way to celebrate it then with some fun and spooky food?

Last October I wrote about my favorite Halloween food, cheddar eyeballs, which are always a big hit. This next food item is quickly becoming my second favorite food to serve on Halloween night: spaghetti “worms” in a jack-o-lantern.

This is so easy to make, and it looks incredibly spooky on a solid black or black lace tablecloth.

Take a large orange bell pepper and cut the top off horizontally so it looks like a hat. Remove seeds and membrane. Then, with a sharp paring knife, carefully cut out two triangle eyes, a nose and a mouth.

Place your carved “pumpkin” on a bed of greens. I used Swiss chard, which is still growing in my garden. The greens serve as the pumpkin field and leaves. Prepare spaghetti as you normally would and mix with a red sauce of your choice. Carefully spoon the spaghetti into the pepper. With a fondue fork or small pick, pull strands of the spaghetti through the eyeballs, nose and mouth. It doesn’t have to be neat. In fact, the messier the better. It will look like your “pumpkin” is alive with crawling worms. Rest the top of the pepper next to or on top of the jack-o-lantern.

Kids and adults alike will love this fun-to-eat dinner. And maybe you’ll be able to get your kids to eat the vegetables too!

Happy Halloween!