Halloween Feed

Two out of three ain't bad

There are three Halloween inspired ideas on this old recipe sheet but I've only posted two. I thought the first idea posed too great a risk of choking someone, especially a child.

Halloween party treats

Ghost Sandwiches
Spread one slice of bread first with peanut butter and then with dark jelly. Cut it and another plain slice in half, diagonally. Cut oval-shaped eyes and mouth in each of the plain halves and then place them over the jelly halves. Make as many Ghost Sandwiches as you need for your guests.

Goblin Cookies
Mix together 2 tbsp. of softened butter, 2 tbsp. of peanut butter, 1 tsp. of milk, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla and a few drops of yellow and red food coloring. Stir in one cup of any dry sweet cereal. Mix well. Drop by teaspoonful onto a piece of wax paper. Put jelly bean in center of each cookie and place cookies in the refrigerator until firm. Recipe makes 12 cookies.


These vintage Halloween masks from the 1960s have a creep factor all their own.

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Even the Davy Jones mask is kind of creepy:



Recipe via And Everything Else, Too
Images: socal72girlebay


Make this Halloween cake with the kiddos

This is such a fun little recipe. I wish I'd come across it when my stepkids were little.

Pumpkin face cake

Pumpkin Face Cake
Recipe from 1950s Betty Crocker advertising

Bake a layer cake as directed on box of Betty Crocker Honey Spice Cake Mix.

Put layers together and frost with Butter Icing (see below) tinted orange (mix red and yellow food coloring for a pumpkin color).

Make a Jack-O-Lantern face with flat black jelly candies and candy corn.

Butter Icing

Blend together:
    1/3 cup soft butter
    1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
    1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
    3 tbsp. cream or milk

Then stir in:
    Beat well to make icing fluffy.

    Add a little more milk or sugar if you need it to make the icing just right to spread.


 Look at this Halloween-themed political advertising from 1968. Nixon/Agnew campaign workers would leave them on people's doorknobs.

Nixon Agnew pumpkin advertising

I have no idea if Charles Schultz, creator of Charlie Brown and The Great Pumpkin, sanctioned the use of his cartoon special's name. 


Recipe via A Nostalgic Halloween
Image via Alan Mays

Easiest pumpkin pie recipe ever

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Impossible Pumpkin Pie
vintage recipe from 1980s Bisquick advertising

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
2 tbsp. butter 
1 can (13 oz.) evaporated milk
2 eggs
1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin
2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp. vanilla

Heat oven to 350˚. Grease pie plate, 9 x 1 1/2 or 10 x 1 1/2 inches. Beat all ingredients until smooth, 1 minute in blender on high or 2 minutes with hand beater. Pour into plate. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes.

High altitude: Heat oven to 375˚. Bake 45 to 50 minutes.


Love this old McCormick spice can.


Recipe via Dying in Downey

Jack-O-Lantern Salad

Trick? Or treat?

Retro halloween salad
Jack-O'-Lantern Salad
retro recipe from 1981 Litton Microwave advertising

2 cups hot water
1 pkg. (6 oz.) orange gelatin mix
2 cups cold water
1 lb. carrots, shredded
curly endive
pitted dates

Pour hot water into medium bowl; cover. Microwave at High 4 to 6 minutes or until boiling.

Stir in gelatin until dissolved. Add cold water. Chill 1 to 2 hours, or until soft set.

Stir in shredded carrots. Pour into 9-in. round cake dish. Chill until firm.

To serve, unmold gelatin onto plate covered with curly endive. Us dates to form pumpkin face and celery for stem.


Here's a cartoon my husband Gary John Reynolds created a few years ago. Enjoy.



Recipe via Retro Food

Retro Cooking with Soda Pop

My husband always marinates ham steaks in Coca-Cola and grills them. They taste great — kids are especially fond of them when they hear about the Coke.

If you prefer, you could easily substitute Coca-Cola for 7-Up in the following recipe.

Ham made with 7-up

Ham Basted with Seven-Up

Gash fat on a 1 1/2-inch center slice of ham. Put in a baking dish and pour 1/2 cup 7-Up over ham. Bake in slow oven (325˚) for 1 1/2 hours. Baste with additional 7-Up if necessary.

Via The Crypt of Wrestling

Retro Halloween: Black Cat Cupcakes

Cat cup cake recipe booklet 1967You could make these for trick or treaters. But they're so cute you might have trouble giving them away.

Today's recipe is from this adorable 1964 Betty Crocker cookbook for children.


Black Cat Cupcakes

Prepare and bake cupcakes of any flavor of Betty Crocker layer cake except toffee swirl or marble.

Prepare frosting as directed on 1 package of Betty Crocker fluffy white frosting mix.

Add 1 or 2 drops of red and 1 or 2 drops of yellow food coloring to the white frosting. Frost cooled cupcakes with the orange frosting.

Slice a 1-inch black gumdrop into 3 pieces, as shown. Use small rounded end slice for head; use largest slice for body. Cut ears and tail from third slice, as shown. Form a cat on cupcake with gumdrop pieces. Repeat for other cupcakes.

 Click here for another retro cupcake recipe.

Via Bunny Hepburn