JELL-O Ween Poke Brownies

Submitted by Trish
Yields 32


19.8 oz. brownie mix 1½ c. cold milk
1 package (4 serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding red food coloring
yellow food coloring


  1. Prepare & bake brownie mix as directed on the package for 8″ or 9″ square baking pan.  Remove from the oven.  Immediately use round handle of a wooden spoon to poke holes at 1″ intervals down through the brownies to the pan.
  2. Pour cold milk into a large bowl.  Add the pudding mix.  Beat with a wire whisk for 2 minutes.  Stir in a few drops of each color food coloring to tint the mixture orange. 
  3. Quickly pour about ½ of the thin pudding evenly over the warm brownies & into the holes.  Let remaining pudding mixture stand to thicken slightly.  Spread the remaining pudding over top of the brownies to “frost”.
  4. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until ready to serve.  Cut into 2″ squares.  Cut each square diagonally into triangles.

Pumpkin Stew

From Taste of Home’s Halloween Food & Fun, 2003
Serves 8-10


2 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into 1″ cubes 3 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1 c. water 3 large potatoes, peeled & cut into 1″ cubes
4 medium carrots, sliced 1 large green pepper, cut into ½” pieces
4 garlic cloves, minced 1 medium onion, chopped
2 tsp salt ½ tsp pepper
2 tbsp instant beef bouillon granules 14½ oz. diced tomatoes
1 pumpkin (10-12 lbs)


  1. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in 2 tbsp oil.  Add water, potatoes, carrots, green pepper, garlic, onion, salt & pepper.  Cover & simmer for 2 hours.  Stir in bouillon & tomatoes.  Wash pumpkin; cut a 6-8″ circle around top stem.  Remove top & set aside; discard seeds & loose fibers from inside.
  2. Place pumpkin in a shallow sturdy baking pan.  Spoon stew into pumpkin & replace the top.  Brush outside of pumpkin with remaining oil.  
  3. Bake at 325°F for 2 hours or just until the pumpkin is tender (do not over bake).  Serve stew from pumpkin, scooping out a little pumpkin with each serving.

Creepy Crawler Party Punch

From Favorite Brand Name Recipes, Vol. 7, No. 70, October 12, 2004.
Makes about 10 cups


10 oz. gummy worms 4 c. lemon lime soda, chilled
64 fl. oz. V8© Splash Tropical Blend Juice, chilled


  1. Arrange 2 pieces of candy, draping each over opposite sides of each cube section in ice cube tray.  Fill each section with soda.
  2. Freeze 1 hour 30 minutes or until frozen.
  3. Combine juice & remaining soda in punch bowl just before serving.
  4. Un-mold cubes & float in juice mixture.  Serve immediately.


Baked Eyeballs Casserole

From Favorite Brand Name Recipes, Vol. 7, No. 70, October 12, 2004.
Serves 8


1 jar (27.5 oz.) Prego© Hearty Meat Sauce – Authentic Italian Sausage 15 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese
¾ c. grated Parmesan cheese 8 c. hot cooked bow tie pasta (about 7 c. uncooked)
8 oz. small fresh mozzarella balls (about 1″) 2 tbsp sliced pitted ripe olives


  1. Spray 3 qt. shallow baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Mix 1½ c. sauce, ricotta cheese, ½ c. Parmesan cheese & pasta in prepared dish.  Spread remaining sauce over pasta mixture.  Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.  Cover.
  3. Bake at 400°F for 25 minutes or until hot.
  4. Arrange cheese balls randomly over pasta mixture.  Place sliced olive on each cheese ball.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Chef’s Note: If fresh mozzarella balls are not available, substitute 1 package (8 oz.) fresh mozzarella.  Cut crosswise into thirds.  Cut each third in 6 wedges, for triangle shaped eyes.

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