Welcome to the 13 Days of Halloween: Zombies
This week’s theme is the zombie–soooo creepy, right? But before I get too far into this post, I want to make one thing clear: if you’re going to be a zombie for Halloween, you must fully commit to the look. This is not a zombie.
Zombies don’t do pretty.
So if you see a tutorial on how to do “hot zombie” makeup–move on. It’s a waste of your time and your friends’ time because they’ll be the ones trying to sound convincing when they say you look scary. This is scary. This is not. Moving on . . .
So here, I’m going to show you how to have a zombie-themed day of Halloween fun by providing examples of the following:
- song of the day
- dinner, beverage, dessert
Song of the Day
Michael Jackson’s Thriller has become an all-time classic and a must have addition to your Halloween playlist. And let’s not forget the perfection of Vincent Price’s monologue and chilling laugh. Outstanding! For your listening and viewing pleasure, I have chosen the video in its entirety. The inclusion of the mini-movie is truly the only way to enjoy the evil of the thriller . . . Muahahaha!
Here’s a bonus just in case you find “the soul for getting down”:
You are welcome!
Movie: classic and current
Classic: Night of the Living Dead (1968), George Romero -Director
This movie was the original zombie movie. It spawned the whole legend of zombie movie craze. Don’t be too hard on this movie by comparing it to the horror movies of today. Keep in mind that this movie was a trail blazer of its time.
Current: World Z (2013), Marc Forster -Director
This American apocalyptic horror movie will seriously freak the shit out you.
I mean . . . I can’t even . . .
Dinner, Beverage, Dessert
The key to remember when cooking for visual effect is that it still needs to taste good. It has to mess with your mind but not your palette, otherwise, the whole point of Halloween cuisine is lost. So what I’m going to suggest you make for dinner is not necessarily a recipe, but some tips on presentation.
- Bloody Brain
- Gangrene Beans
- Zombie Tonic
- Oozing Brain
The first item on our menu is Bloody Brain, which is actually a meat loaf that I make to look like a bloody brain. So for this, go ahead and use gram’s recipe for kick ass meatloaf or whatever favorite meatloaf recipe you have on hand. The trick here is to make the meatloaf look like a bloody brain, and yet, still be delicious.
Here are some tips for creating a realistic Bloody Brain:
- Mold and shape it into a brain shape
- Work a deep groove in down along the center and give it some bumps and lumps
- Don’t worry about perfection — it’s a bloody brain
- Place in the oven, poke at it every once in awhile to make sure it retains its brain-like shape (only during first 30 min of baking)
- Recommend using end of wooden spoon for sculpting tool.
- Half way through baking add a tomato glaze and work it into the lumps and bumps
- Make tomato glaze is thick enough to keep a coagulated effect
- When done baking, pull it out of the oven and let it sit for a few minutes
- Add a little more glaze it gives your meatloaf that “fresh” look — nice touch
Notice the detail in the separation of lobes and how the surface is lumpy and bumpy. This is what you’ll be working at creating during that first half hour or so of baking.
Once you have your Bloody Brain looking just right, you can place it on a serving platter and surround it with your Maggots (white rice) and Gangrene beans (string beans). I recommend sprinkling a few grains of rice on your meatloaf for added visual effect.
Next, we have our beverage: the Zombie Tonic. The recipe I’m sharing with you is more of a one-punch-fits-all-themes type of beverage. This simply means you can name it whatever you want to fit the theme.
Zombie Tonic AKA Halloween Party Punch
- 2 pkgs. lime Kool-Aid
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 qts. water
- 1 (46 oz.) can pineapple juice
- 1 qt. ginger ale
Dissolve sugar in water. Mix in Kool-Aid and pineapple juice. Add ginger ale before serving. Pour in punch bowl with decorative ice ring or cubes. Makes 50 cups.
Now of course, on the average, you’re probably not going to have 50 people sitting down to dinner. My suggestion to you would be to either scale down the recipe as needed–but that would involve doing some math — or make a full batch and have it on hand throughout the week for sipping. However, if you decide to have it on hand, I would suggest not adding all the ginger ale at once, as the recipe calls for. Instead, simply add as needed.
And now, for dessert: Oozing Brain. In my opinion, this recipe has an 8.2 degree of difficulty because getting the gelatin to hold shape can be tricky. The recipe I’m sharing with you comes from Kraft and I have had the most success with this one. Plus it’s yummy.
ADD boiling water to peach gelatin mixes; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in evaporated milk and 3/4 cup cold water; pour into Halloween Brain Mold sprayed with cooking spray. Refrigerate 1 hour or until gelatin is set but not firm.
MIX strawberry gelatin mix and cornstarch in small microwaveable bowl. Stir in remaining cold water. Microwave on HIGH 3 minutes, stir. Drizzle 1/2 cup strawberry gelatin between peach gelatin and edge of mold, gently pulling peach gelatin from side of mold as needed. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Refrigerate remaining strawberry gelatin until ready to use.
UNMOLD gelatin from brain mold onto plate just before serving. Microwave remaining strawberry gelatin 1 min. Spoon over the unmolded brain.
If you’re having problems getting the gelatin to hold shape, my suggestion would be to add a spoon or more of Jell-O or unflavored gelatin.
And there you have it — a zombie-tastic day of celebrating.
Until next time . . .