This Halloween Pizza recipe is a perfect treat for little ghouls hungry from running around at a Halloween party. It has all the great taste of a regular homemade pizza, but dials up the frights with Halloween-style toppings.
Oooh, it’s almost Halloween – the scariest night of the year (just kidding, that’s much earlier in the year…when I have to pay my taxes). Are you ready to take your Halloween festivities to another level of spookiness? Here’s a Halloween recipe that will have your adorable little ghouls howling with delight!
This spooky Halloween pizza recipe is not only easy to make, but it’s easy to customize to your tastes.
What’s a Halloween Pizza
Halloween pizzas are as simple as they sound. An easy pizza recipe that you can make at home, decorated (using toppings and a little creativity) to look perfect as a Halloween meal. You can get as creative as you like, and for that reason this is a fun activity to do with your kids (although it’s a fairly simple process, younger children will need a little help preparing and baking the pizza dough).
To make the pizza dough
- All purpose flour
- Warm water
To make the pizza sauce
- Tomato paste
- Olive oil
- Black pepper
For the toppings
- Mozzarella cheese
- Green and black olives
- Red and green peppers
- Red onion
How to make Halloween Pizza
Preparing the pizza dough
Begin by mixing the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add the warm water add to the bowl and mix to create a basic pizza dough. Flour a clean, flat surface, and knead the dough on it, 2-3 minutes, until you have a little dough ball.
Place the dough ball in a clean bowl, cover, and allow it to rise for 25-30 minutes. Divide the dough into three parts (one for each pizza!), and use a rolling pin to roll each one out. The thickness is your choice but I almost always opt for a thin crust.
Prepare your baking sheet by lightly brushing it with vegetable oil. Place the rolled out doughs on the tray.
Prepare your pizza sauce by mixing the tomato paste, olive oil, water, basil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Use a spoon or brush to spread on to your pizza doughs. Your pizza is now ready for toppings! Depending on how you plan to decorate there are slightly different steps.
Adding the toppings
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
For the Frankenstein’s monster pizza only: Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the dough.
Bake all three pizza doughs (one with cheese, two with sauce only) for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
For the Frankenstein’s monster pizza: Uses slices of red onion, tomato, and green olives to make the eyes. Chop up and make the mouth, nose, and hair using bell peppers. And finally, make the ears using mushroom slices.
For the mummy pizza: Use long mozzarella strips to make the bandages and slice black olives for the eyes.
For the spider pizza: Use mozzarella strips to create the spider web, and chopped black olives to make the spiders.
Bake all three pizzas for a further 1-2 minutes at 400 degrees F. Enjoy the spooky season!
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Work with what you’ve got
Homemade pizzas are inherently different from restaurants for the simple reason that typically the kind of oven used for baking pizzas in restaurants aren’t available in homes (at least, not my home. Stanley Tucci has a lovely wood-fired oven. If you happened to be connected, and can get me an invite to Stanley’s next pizza night, I’d be very appreciative).
As such we can’t bake pizzas at the super high temperatures and with the same airflow that restaurants do. We’re not just blasting a super high oven temperature because we want our pizzas cooked to be thin and slightly crispy, not burnt.
Get creative with your toppings
One thing homemade pizzas have no shortness of is topping options. The world is your oyster. Get as creative as you can with toppings and decorations.
Don’t over top your pizza
Avoid the urge to add too many toppings to your pizza. Not only will you not be able to enjoy the flavours, but you might even compromise the integrity of the dough, meaning it’ll tear or fall off too easily. It’s also harder to cook through properly.
A touch of garlic
If you’re feeling fancy, brush your pizza dough with olive oil infused with garlic. It’s a delicious little hit of flavour. (I’ve not included it in this recipe, as it’s generally a less popular option when cooking for kids.)
Play with your cheeses
This recipe uses mozzarella cheese but you can easily swap it out for cheddar cheese or a number of other cheeses, depending on exactly what you’re looking to do.
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While this homemade Halloween pizza doesn’t require a fancy pizza oven to bake, you may want to have a pizza cutter nearby to cut perfect slices.
With this Halloween recipe, I’ve shown three different ways to decorate your Halloween pizza:
- A mummypizza;
- A spider pizza;
- And a Frankenstein’s monster pizza.
But your options don’t end there. With a little creativity you can also make a ghost pizza, or a witch pizza! And if you’re not feeling extra creative, don’t worry. Add a Jack-o-Lantern (or just some pumpkins) to your table to add a more Halloween-y vibe to the meal.
Alternatively, if you’re up for doing al little more work, get lots of green and black olives, and cut them up to make lots of little spider bodies. Grab a large cookie cutter, and turn each one into a mini-Spider pizza.
Heck, I can’t think of how you’d do it. But I’m sure you can figure out a Jack-o-Lantern pizza decoration too.
While this happens to be a vegetarian Halloween recipe, remember that you can always add pepperoni as eyes, or oregano as blemishes. You can even use cheddar cheese for areas where you need a ‘white’.
If you’re looking for a perfect Halloween dessert, check out these Halloween Madeleine mummies!
That’s it for today. That’s pretty much everything you need to know to make this fun Halloween pizza recipe. Have you tried it? Got a spookier idea? Let me know in the comments below.Print