the neighbor's meat head at their Halloween party
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Are you ready to take the spook factor to the next level for this year’s Halloween party? Today, you will learn how to make an ultra-realistic “flesh” covered head that will serve as a scary guardian for your snack tray. Believe it or not, you only need a handful of common ingredients and about 10-15 minutes of your time to create this visually stunning party creature! Let’s get started…

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 Plastic skeleton head from your local Halloween store (you can also find them at Target or Walmart)
  • 1 Tub of cream cheese or soft goat cheese
  • Spoon
  • 1/4 pound of freshly sliced lunch meat (you can use anything but ham or prosciutto work best)
  • Olive slices or a hard boiled egg (for the eyes)

 How to make it:

Step 1: Start by washing your skeleton head with warm water and a mild soap. Rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely. You can do this the night before to save time if you’re on a tight schedule.

Step 2: Scoop out several spoons full of cream cheese and stick them to the skull. Using the back of the spoon, spread a thin layer of cream cheese over the entire surface of the skull. If you have some disposable plastic kitchen gloves, you can also use your hands to help cover your creature.

Step 3: Take your ham or prosciutto slices and tear them into 1-2 inch strips. Don’t try to be fancy here! Uneven and odd-sized strips with dangling ends help to give you the fleshy look you’re after.

Step 4:  Stick your meat strips to the skull until it is completely covered. Be sure to slightly overlap each piece for full coverage.

Step 5:  Add your olive slices or hard boiled egg slices for eyes and you’re done!


1. You can use candy eyeballs or freeze your olive slices into ice cubes for more authentic eyes.

2. Stab toothpicks into each meat slice when you’re finished to create a spiked skull and make it easier to serve your guests.

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