Category Archives: Halloween

Spooks ‘N Goblins Party


Carve a pumpkin, play spooky games, or come for an early support and go on “tricks-or-treats” together. Masks or made-up faces and costumes are essential for this party.

Bake any flavor of our layer cake mixes in paper baking cups as directed on package. Prepare our fluffy white frosting mix as directed on package or Fluffy Frosting (below). Tint orange with 1 to 2 drops each red and yellow food color. Frost cupcakes.

Decorate each with a gumdrop cat: Slice 1-inch black gumdrops horizontally into 3 slices. Use small rounded slice each for head, largest slice for body; cut tail and ears from third slice.

Fluffy Frosting

2 egg whites (1/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine egg whites, sugar, cream of tartar and water in top of double boiler. Beat on high speed 1 minute with electric mixer. Place over boiling water (water should not touch bottom of pan); beat on high speed 7 minutes. Remove pan from boiling water; add vanilla. Beat 2 minutes longer on high speed.

Serve Witches Cauldron Soup (and vegetable soup) from a large bowl set inside a kettle covered with black paper. If served in mugs, children can drink broth and spoon out vegetables.

©Copyright 1971 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Halloween Pumpkin Punch & Goo-Ga-Loo



This is an early American recipe calling for catfish, the pride of the Mississippi River; sole or flounder may be substituted when catfish is not available.*

Whether children will be present at the Halloween Party or not, be sure to have trick-or-treat goodies on hand; the assorted goblins and gremlins and witches and ghosts who call on you during the evening ensure the success of the party.

3 pounds catfish*
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
1 cup celery
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (24-oz size) whole, canned tomatoes
2 cups mashed potatoes
4 bay leaves
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Skin and fillet fish, taking care to remove all bones. Sprinkle with lemon juice and set aside. Heat oil in heavy skillet or Dutch oven; sauté onions, celery, and garlic until tender.

Add tomatoes, mashed potatoes, bay leaves, thyme, salt, butter, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to boil. Add fish and stir gently; cook over low heat 25-45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves. Serve in soup bowls with garlic bread and tossed green salad.

Yield 4-5 servings.
* In some areas in the U.S. catfish may be purchased canned (like tuna or salmon), and represents a considerable saving. Use 3 cans (12-oz size) canned catfish instead of 3 pounds fresh fillet.

Copyright ©1977 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Halloween Pizza/Orange Whirl


Halloween Pizza

1 loaf (1 pound) frozen bread dough, thawed
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
1 can (15 ounces) tomato pace
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
4 ounces sliced pepperoni or salami
Green pepper strips
Ripe olive slices

Heat oven to 425°. Divide thawed dough in half. Roll and stretch each half into 10- to 12-inch circle on lightly floured baking sheet. Turn up edges 1/2 inch and pinch or pleat. Brush circles with oil; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Mix tomato sauce, onion, salt, oregano and garlic powder; pour on circles. Top with Cheddar cheese. Decorate with overlapping pepperoni slices, green pepper strips and olive slices for eyebrows, eyes, noses and smiles as pictured. Bake until crust is brown, 20 to 25 minutes. 2 Pizzas.

Orange Whirl

Prepare 1 can (6 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate as directed in blender container. Add 1 medium banana, sliced. Cover and blend on medium speed 10 to 15 seconds. 4 servings.

© 1975 by General Mills, Inc. All rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A.

Hallowe’en Cake


Cooking time: 1 3/4 hours
Preparation time: 40 mins.
Main cooking utensils: saucepan, 7-in. spring form pan
Oven temperature: 350°F

For 12-14 servings you need:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
6 tablespoons shortening
6 tablespoons brown sugar
scant 1/4 cup corn syrup
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1/2 cup currants
1/3 cup seedless white raisins
1 tablespoon preserved ginger

Fudge icing:
6 tablespoons butter
scant 1/4 cup milk
1 tablespoon strong black coffee
3 1/2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar

Almond paste
little confectioners’ sugar
chocolate buttons

1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.

2. Add ginger and baking soda.

3. Heat the shortening and sugar with corn syrup until melted, then cool.

4. Beat egg and milk together.

5. Add fruit and chopped preserved ginger to the flour.

6. Pour in melted sugar mixture, the egg, and milk, stir well.

7. Transfer at once to the pan lined with wax paper.

8. Bake in center of oven for time and temperature given until firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack.

9. For the fudge icing, put butter, milk and coffee into a saucepan, stir over low heat until the butter is melted. DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.

10. Pour over the confectioners’ sugar and beat thoroughly until nearly cold and thick. Coat cake with the icing, swirling it with the blade of a knife.

11. Roll out almond paste on surface sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
Cut out witches’ hats, etc.

TO SERVE: Put cake on serving dish arrange chocolate buttons in icing. Decorate almond paste shapes, tinted with gravy coloring, if wished.

Printed in Canada. ©Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967

Hallowe’en Punch and Party Fare

Cooking time: 10 mins.
Preparation time: 10 mins.
Main cooking utensils: saucepan, punch bowl

For 12 servings you need:

2 2-in cinnamon sticks
6-8 cloves
little ground nutmeg
grated rind of 2 oranges
1 1/4 cups concentrated lemon drink
1 1/4 cups concentrated orange drink
5 cups cider
soda water (optional)

2 apples, thinly sliced
1 orange, thinly sliced

Savory boats:
2 French loaves
1 lb ham, 1 head celery
4 dessert apples
1 green sweet pepper
1 red sweet pepper
3 firm tomatoes, mayonnaise

orange slices, grapes

1. Simmer cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and orange rind in mixed concentrated fruit drink for 10 minutes

2. Strain through cheesecloth, add the cider

3. Add soda water if used.

TO SERVE: In a punch bowl on ice, decorated with apple and orange slices

Savory boats: Scoop out some of the center crumb from the loaves. Dice the ham, celery, apple, peppers, tomatoes. Mix with the mayonnaise. Fill the loaves. Garnish with slices of orange and grapes.

Party cake: Sandwich two layer cakes together with jam; cover top and sides with your favorite frosting. Decorate with crystallized orange and lemon slices and walnut halves.

Party ideas: Cut faces in rosy apples, top with witches’ hat and candles; fix black paper cat onto punch bowl.

Printed in Canada © Copyright Paul Hamlyn Ltd. 1967