Last weekend my daughter attended a Spook Dinner hosted by a friend who has boundless creativity and a gift for entertaining that would make Martha Stewart jealous. Six girls (and their mothers) were invited and presented with this menu.
The girls were instructed to order their four course dinner from the menu. Three ones, three twos, three threes and three fours. The only rule was each girl had to complete her menu and give it to her waitress before anything would be served.
But, if you look at the close up of the menu you'll see it wasn't entirely clear what they were ordering. For Child #1's first course, she ordered a Jack the Ripper, a Grave Digger and a Spooky Spider Egg. She received a knife, a spoon and a hard-boiled egg decorated with olive spiders.
Some girls ordered Moldy Rat Brains, Mummy Wrap and Harvest Rot with Sweet Corn, only to receive cooked cauliflower, a napkin and a pumpkin bar. There was lots of giggling and swapping of Spooky Spider Eggs for Moldy Rat Brains. In between courses we abandoned the dining room to the girls and took over the kitchen where we enjoyed some delicious Witches Brew.
Don't worry, the girls were served the Witchette version. Next year, the girls are hoping to find some other lucky group of younger girls and reenact another Spook Dinner where they are the waitresses in on the spooky secret. Which makes me suspect a new Halloween tradition has been borne. Now who would like a Crispy Creature in Werewolf Drool?