We love autumn, the harvest, the fall – plus the ghoulish gourds that go along with this time of year!
And since Halloween 2021 is swiftly approaching – we’re seeking the best spooky fruits and veggies to help us celebrate.
We’ve come up with the creepiest collection of the spookiest fruits and veggies ever put in one place.
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These spooky fruits and veggies are perfect for:
- Home decor during the fall!
- Sprucing up your kitchen – big time!
- Celebrating the fall fruit and veggie harvest!
- Making a great talking point for your next party!
- Having tons of fun with your kids!
- Surprising anyone who enters your homestead!
- Creative expression during the bewitching hour!
- Celebrating Halloween!
Whether you want a creative way to utilize your 2021 fall harvest – or if you wish to shock and awe your dinner guests during your autumn pizza parties – peep these scary fruits and veggies!
Top 8 Spooky Fruits and Veggies for Your Next Halloween Party!
Behold – and beware!
These are the creepiest fruits and veggies we could find.
Proceed at your own risk!
# 1 – Green Apple Ghoulies!
Who else wants to serve a delicious, healthy snack while also spooking your friends and family?
These spooky green apple ghoulies will do the trick – and they’re delicious to eat – so it’s worth going out of your way to make them.
The best part is that you probably already have everything you need if you want to make something similar.
By the way – here’s an epic apple monster recipe I found on Food Network. These are so delicious – and easy to make!
Green Apple Ghoulie Ingredients:
- Green apple slices
- Peanut butter
- Strawberry slices
- Banana slices
- Candy eye wafers
When you’re creating your green apple ghoulies – you have flexibility when making the creature’s teeth.
You can use Apple Jacks, peanuts, oats, sunflower seeds, – or any cereal you have that fits the job.
I recommend using peanut butter for the mouth! It adds tons of flavor and also holds the creature’s strawberry tongue in place.
Read More – 23 Creepy Garden Gnomes for Halloween!
# 2 – Pumpkins and Jack o Lanterns!
Pumpkins are still one of the creepiest vegetables (gourds) – and one of the best ways to help celebrate fall and Halloween.
Jack o Lanterns are a ton of fun to carve – and pumpkins are one of the easiest gourds to grow. And – when your pumpkins are ready to harvest, Halloween is usually right around the corner.
Talk about perfect timing!
You get to relax, celebrate your season, and carve a frightening Jack o Lantern that will spook your neighbors – and all who dare pass!
(Also, if you decide to carve a spooky pumpkin, then read these Jack o Lantern preservation tips. They can help you get the most from your spooky veggies!)
Jack o Lantern Ingredients:
One more thing about pumpkins! When you begin to carve and clean your pumpkin – whatever you do, don’t toss the seeds!
You can roast the pumpkin seeds in your oven for 15 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Season your pumpkin seeds lightly with olive oil and salt.
Enjoy your pumpkin seeds fresh from the oven as you light your Jack o Lantern for an epic evening of Halloween frolic!
Add a pumpkin-flavored ale or two to the mix for bonus points.
(Now that’s how you celebrate your harvest. In style!)
# 3 – Mandarin Orange Spider Bites!
Who says spooky fruits and veggies need to be unhealthy? Not us!
Here’s a fun way to turn your mandarin oranges into a spooky (and delicious) treat that your entire family will adore.
These Mandarin spider bites are also perfect for toddlers who love Halloween – but hate eating fruits and veggies.
(They’re also excellent for all spooky fruit-loving homesteaders like me!)
Mandarin Orange Spider Bite Ingredients:
- One bag of mandarin oranges
- Or, you can use blood oranges!
- Candy wafer eyes
- Optional – plastic spiders (for ambiance.)
I remember when I was a kid, I used to love gummy worms – and gummy spiders!
These mandarin oranges look just at neat – and they’re probably much better for you.
They’re also one of the easiest spooky fruits to prepare if you’re looking for a fun project or way to surprise your fellow homesteaders without much fuss.
# 4 – Baked Pear Monsters!
Fans of horror – gather around and feast your eyes on these unsightly critters!
These frightful baked pear monsters easily top the spooky fruits and veggies agenda as the most unsettling fruit on this entire list!
They also rock for shocking your colleagues during this year’s Halloween party – and for showcasing your eerily impressive artistic talent.
I also found an easy-to-follow pear ghosts recipe perfect if you want to bake your very own batch!
Baked Pear Monsters Ingredients:
- Four fresh pears
- One cinnamon stick
- Blueberries or blackberries (for the eyes!)
- Red grape juice
I think you could achieve a similar effect using a skinned apple instead of a pear. But, I think the pear shape resembles a ghost or a ghoul almost perfectly.
Also – these pears are some of the most spooky fruits on this list. Perfect if you’re a horror fan.
Food for thought!
# 5 – Chocolate Strawberry Ghosts!
These strawberry ghosts top the list as the most delicious spooky fruit – by far. I want to eat them all!
One of the only problems with creating these strawberry ghosts is that you’ll probably devour all of them before you get a chance to share with friends.
That’s a real shame because these strawberry ghosts look so adorable – you’re going to want to show them off. So, make extra!
(That’s why I always recommend making these in batches of two dozen. Have lots of friends? Better make it three dozen!)
Chocolate Strawberry Ghost Ingredients:
If you’re looking for instructions to help make these spooky fruits – I found an easy strawberry ghost recipe from the Delish blog – don’t worry, it’s easy to follow!
If you don’t plan on eating your strawberry ghosts right away – you might want to chuck them in the fridge.
They’ll last a lot longer in the fridge – and they also offer an excellent crunch as you bite into them if they’re chilled!
(They’re also delicious and soft when eaten at room temperature. But – I prefer slightly chilled.)
# 6 – Halloween Citrus Lanterns!
I love these adorable (and spooky!) mini citrus pumpkins as a quick and fast way to decorate or transform nearly any citrus into a pumpkin.
Here’s the best way to surprise your kids if you pack their school lunches!
Or, if you want to spruce up your dining room table this Halloween – try assembling an entire army of these Halloween lanterns!
Halloween Citrus Lanterns Ingredients:
- One bag of tangerines, oranges, or blood oranges
- Food grade marker
- Jack o Lantern Stencils
The main thing I love about these mini Jack o Lanterns is that they’re so quick and easy to make.
Yet – they look adorable! (And, spooky!)
Whoever you make them for – will likely appreciate the gesture very much.
Avoid the temptation to use a magic marker! Instead, always use food-grade coloring markers when decorating food.
# 7 – Creepy Pepper Jack o Lanterns!
We’ve all seen creepy pumpkin Jack o Lanterns and gourd Jack o Lanterns – but what about pepper Jack o Lanterns?
Turning your peppers into scary ghost lanterns might be one of the best (and most unique) ways to celebrate Halloween.
Not only is this a borderline-genius way to surprise your friends – but it’s also much less intimidating than carving a pumpkin.
Peppers are smaller, lighter, and cheaper than pumpkins. (So, if you mess up when carving – no big deal.)
Creepy Pepper Lanterns Ingredients:
- Several large bell peppers
- Sharp knife (be careful when carving!)
- Jack o Lantern stencil or design ideas
Once you see your first pepper Jack o Lantern – you may realize that you’ve been missing out. Who knew peppers were so spooky?!
That’s why we took the next step and found another spooky pepper variety – the spooky stuffed bell pepper!
These are much more significant – and more delicious.
(They’re also more spooky. Proceed with caution!)
# 8 – Spooky Stuffed Bell Peppers!
When New Englanders think about October and Halloween – they think of pumpkins.
But – I always think about bell peppers – especially during All Hallows Eve.
Most crops die early in New England. Usually, come late September, only a few vegetables remain.
The peppers tend to grow insanely fast once the weather cools down at the end of the season. They love the cool weather.
That’s why I end up with massive baskets stuffed with thick, plump, juicy leftover peppers.
But – what do you do with five, ten, or twenty pounds of leftover bell peppers during the late September harvest?
Well – one idea is to make stuffed peppers. But – not just any stuffed peppers. Spooky stuffed peppers! Here’s the ultimate way to celebrate the harvest – and Halloween!
Spooky Stuffed Bell Peppers Ingredients:
- Several large bell peppers
- Your choice of stuffing (ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken, onions, olive oil, cheese)
- Jack o Lantern designs
One of the best things about spooky stuffed peppers is that you can fill them with anything you want!
Here’s a perfect Jack o Lantern stuffed peppers recipe I found on Food Network. They use macaroni and cheese to stuff the peppers. Yum!
Here’s another Jack o Lantern peppers recipe from The University of Arizona. They use quinoa, black beans, and corn as stuffing. They look so good!
My mouth is watering as I imagine the aroma from these deliciously stuffed bell peppers.
I never knew spooky veggies tasted so good!
Spooky Fruits and Veggies – Honorable Mentions
These fruits and veggies were so scary – that we had to mention them. We didn’t want to risk getting on their negative side!
Blood oranges are one of the few spooky fruits that need no further hype – the name is freaky as is – without fanfare or ballyhoo!
While blood oranges are savory and delicious – they sound like something Count Dracula would offer to his unsuspecting dinner guests!
Luckily, blood oranges have a ludicrous amount of antioxidants – so they can help rejuvenate your cells. They’re not so frightful after all.
There’s something a little freaky about finger limes. Maybe the name seems like an ominous threat – but I’m not sure!
Maybe it’s the idea that they aren’t round! One of the freaky aspects of finger limes is that they don’t grow like regular limes.
Instead, finger limes grow in the shape of a finger. They don’t look right!
Spooky Fruits and Veggies – Which is Your Favorite?
One of the only things I love more than fruit and vegetable gardening – is Halloween!
That’s why I love to celebrate the October harvest with these spooky fruits and veggies.
I hope you had fun exploring with me – and let me know which scary fruit or vegetable is your favorite?
Also – please share what type of spooky fruits and veggies you serve during Halloween (and fall holiday) get-togethers?
We love to hear your thoughts – and your creepy gardening stories about spooky fruits and frightful fall veggies!
Thank you so much for reading.
And – happy Halloween!