Recipes for Halloween and The Nightmare Before Dinner Cookbook Competition *


Do you love Halloween but often find it difficult to look up recipes to impress your guests? Well, look no further as Zach Neil has come up with a book titled The Nightmare Before Dinner where he has shared over 60 recipes from the Halloween-inspired restaurant Beetle House Restaurant. There are 7 Chapters in the book from Sauces & Dips to Main Courses, Snacks, Soups, Desserts as well as Cocktails all presented with stunning photographs, great captions and interesting stories about each recipe. Read on as we have shared some of Zach’s recipes in our post which includes to die for recipes such as Beetle Jam, a scary but scrumptious Butcher’s Stew, an inspiringly juicy Edward Burger Hands and a spooky craft Cocktail titled This is Halloween.  The best part about the book is its perfect even if you are vegan or vegetarian as Zach offers a vegan alternative or ingredient swap for each and every recipe in the book.  If this is all you, then read on to find out how you can win yourself a copy of this book. Competition is open worldwide, read the full terms and conditions below.



The Nightmare Before Dinner is definitely a book for any book collector! Chefs and home cooks will also be thrilled to learn how they can create recipes to die for in their home for their goth-themed party which will be the talk of the town!  The author, Zach also provides a bonus section at the back of the book with inspiration for table settings, decorations, and foods to serve at your holiday or screening party.  Reading through the book, you will quickly discover that many of the recipes were inspired by movies such as The Nightmare Before ChristmasBeetlejuice, and The Evil Dead.   This is the perfect cookbook for the Tim Burton movie buff, Halloween enthusiast, or goth in your life. Here are some of the recipes for you to try at home.

Beetle Jam

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Yield: 1 cup (320 g)

This sweet and spicy jelly recipe comes from Zach’s my mom, who is one of the best cooks in the world. It’s a jalepeño pepper jelly, and it’s great on simple snacks like crackers with cream cheese or slathered on cornbread.

Deadly Ingredients

2 green bell peppers, minced
1 red bell pepper, minced
8 ounces (227 g) canned diced  jalapeño peppers, drained
1 1⁄2 cups distilled white vinegar
6 1⁄2  cups (1.3 kg) white sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 container (6 ounces, or 175 ml)  liquid pectin

To Make It

  1. In a large stainless-steel saucepan, combine the bell peppers, jalapeños, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until the mixture begins to boil.
  2. Stir in the pectin and boil 5 more minutes, stirring constantly. Skim off any foam, then remove from the heat.
  3. Ladle into sterilized mason jars. Seal and process in a boiling-water canner for 5 minutes.


The Butcher’s Stew

(Prep Time: 25 minutes | Cook time: 4 hours | Yield: 12-16 servings)

Deadly Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 large red onions, diced
2 to 4 pounds (907 g to 1.8 kg) ground beef (see headnote)
1 teaspoon crushed garlic or garlic paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 1⁄2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons sriracha sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons sugar
2 large cans (23 ounces, or 660 g each) tomato soup
4 cans (14.5 ounces, or 411 g, each) stewed tomatoes
15 ounces (13⁄4 cups, or 425 g) canned crushed tomatoes
2 cans (15.25 ounces, or 432 g, each) whole-kernel corn, drained
2 cans (15 ounces, or 425 g, each) kidney beans
2 cans (15 ounces, or 425 g, each) black beans, drained
Chopped scallion greens, for serving
Shredded cheddar or vegan cheddar-style cheese, for serving

To Make It

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium for about 3 minutes. Then add the chopped bell peppers and onions. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and sriracha. Continue to cook until the meat is browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the salt, pepper, Cajun seasoning, and sugar. Stir to combine thoroughly.
  4. After the meat and veggies are cooked, add the tomato soup and stewed tomatoes. (Use a large spoon or potato smasher and try to smash up the stewed tomatoes.) Then add the crushed tomatoes, corn, and beans. Cook on low heat for at least 2 hours (or up to 3 hours for maximum flavor).
  5. To serve, divide the stew among bowls. Drizzle with a swirl of Sweet Lime Cream Sauce (page 18), and sprinkle with fresh chopped scallions and a little shredded cheese. Serve with a piece of Hallowpeño Honey Cheddar Cornbread (page 41).

GO VEGAN! Use tempeh or meatless crumbles in lieu of ground beef.


Edward Burger Hands

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 15 Minutes | Yield: 1 serving

­Deadly Ingredients

  • Egg, Sunny-Side Up
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • Burger
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 burger patty (8 ounces, or 227 g)
  • 1 slice Pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 burger bun
  • 2 strips bacon, fried
  • 1 piece romaine lettuce
  • 1 slice tomato
  • 2 slices avocado
  • 2 large pieces roasted red peppers
  • Veruca Sauce – See page 20, to taste


Edward Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Yield: 4 cups

Ingredients for Edward Sauce

  • 2 cups (460g) sour cream
  • 2 cups (450g) mayonaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juise
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) sriracha sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle-cinnamon spice rub, such as Lawry’s

To Make the Edward Sauce

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk the shit out of them. Your finished sauce should have the consistency of mayonnaise

GO VEGAN! Use vegan sour cream instead of sour cream, and vegan mayo instead of mayonnaise.


To Make It

  1. To make the egg, sunny-side up: In a small frying pan, dissolve the butter on medium heat. Then crack open an egg and add it to the pan, cooking until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to desired doneness, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. To make the burger: In a small bowl, mix together equal parts salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, add the burger patty and the seasoning mixture, pressing the mixture into the patty until it is seasoned. Don’t overdo it here, just make sure the patty is coated.
  3. For a rare patty, cook in a small frying pan over medium heat for 2½ minutes per side. For a well-done patty, cook for 5 minutes on each side. Then add the cheese and cook until it is melted. Remove from the heat.
  4. Brush the inside of both the top and bottom bun with a hearty amount of Veruca Sauce, then toast the bun in the pan or in a toaster oven for about 3 to 5 minutes, or cook until it is golden brown.
  5. Spread the Edward Sauce on the inside of the bottom bun, and the place the patty on top. On top of the burger, place the egg, and then the bacon. Using a squirt bottle, decorate the top with Edward Sauce.
  6. On the top bun, add the lettuce, tomato, avocado, and roasted red peppers. Serve with sides of your choosing.



This Is Halloween Cocktail

Yield: 1 serving

With autumnal flavors like cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, and ginger, this drink is like fall in your mouth! A terrific cocktail for Halloween parties, Thanksgiving celebrations, or a Friday night treat for all of your pumpkin-obsessed friends who eagerly devour pumpkin spice everything!

Deadly Ingredients

11⁄2 ounces (45 ml) Fireball
Cinnamon Whiskey
1⁄2 ounce (15 ml) DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker
1⁄2 ounce (15 ml) pumpkin liqueur
1 ounce (30 ml) apple cider
Ginger beer
Serving Vessel
Rocks glass


1 lime wheel

To Make It

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Then add the whiskey, Sour Apple Pucker, pumpkin liqueur, and apple cider.
  2. Shake the ingredients for about 5 seconds.
  3. Dump the drink into a rocks glass and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with the lime wheel.

How to win yourself a copy of this book?

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How much is the book and where can I purchase a copy?

The paperback book retails on Amazon for £11.08 and you can get yourself a copy here.



About Zach Neil

Zach Neil is an American entrepreneur, artist, and chef. He has been featured multiple times on the Food Network and has gained additional notoriety through his popular chains of themed restaurants, which have been featured on Watch What Happens Live with Andy CohenGood Day New YorkMSNBC, and ABC World News Tonight, among others. Zach combined his artistic pursuits with his culinary skills to create the eclectic, Halloween-themed Beetle House restaurants, which have broken media records in the restaurant space. The celebrated menu caught the attention of Quarto Publishing Group, who collaborated with Neil on his first cookbook The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For, which features all of the Beetle House recipes, plus a selection of brand new, never-before-seen dishes with seasonally-inspired flavours and a dash of Gothic insanity. In addition to his restaurant franchises, Neil is considered an authority on pop-up bars and restaurants with his own television programming and lifestyle brands in the works.



About the book

Title: Zach Neil’s The Nightmare Before Dinner
ISBN Number : 978-1-63106-578-1
Size: 22.2 x 1.9 x 25.1 cm
Number of Pages:  160 pages
Retail Price: £11.08


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* We were given a copy of the cookbook for free in return for a feature. All opinions are our own. Photos courtesy of Zach Neil.


  1. October 21, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    I always look forward to your post, this is so good that you entered and shared what you have done.

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 22, 2018 / 11:32 am

      Oh thank you Juli for taking the time to pop by and share your kind words with us

  2. October 21, 2018 / 4:47 pm

    Sounds like tons of fun! i wish I could use that for myself! Halloween food sure is the best!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 22, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Yes so befitting the season and makes the whole party even more super

  3. October 21, 2018 / 8:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love this! I want to try and make Edward Burger Hands this Halloween, what a concept!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 22, 2018 / 11:29 am

      That burger looks so cool doesn’t it? I loved the show and the burger looks so good

  4. Preet
    October 22, 2018 / 9:24 am

    My kids would absolutely love this. This would disappear in no time at our house! This is my kind of weekend treat.

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 22, 2018 / 11:29 am

      Oh how fun Preet!! We can’t wait for Halloween too to cook up these amazing dishes

  5. Monidipa Dutta
    October 22, 2018 / 9:37 am

    So yummy! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! I’ll have to try them!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 22, 2018 / 11:21 am

      Yes please do Monidipa, and remember to join the competition too x

  6. Nicole Vick
    October 22, 2018 / 3:48 pm

    Very cool recipes! My favorite is the cocktail, lol!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 11:53 am

      Yes that looks so befitting for Halloween

  7. October 22, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    i’ll have to give this a try. perfect for the Halloween holiday!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Yes absolutely, so much to do with just a week to go.

  8. Liza Perry
    October 22, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I’m so happy to find that kind of post ahead of Halloween! I want to try asap the Edwards Hands burger! My twins are gonna love it!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 11:52 am

      Oh my, we can’t imagine the look on their faces. Hopefully it will be a kids friendly scissors you stick into their burgers

  9. Meagan
    October 23, 2018 / 4:26 am

    All those recipes look amazing! I love the nightmare before christmas, so now I’m definitely going to have to try these out.

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Yes please do check out the recipes and give them a go

  10. Tracy Nixon
    October 23, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Looks a great recipe book – We decorate our home for Halloween and I bake Halloween themed cakes/biscuits with my children but I have not cooked a Halloween themed meal before so would love this book for inspiration x

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 11:51 am

      Sounds like a great reason to have this book Tracy, hope you join the competition to win a copy too x

  11. Heather Haigh
    October 23, 2018 / 1:04 pm

    Sounds like enormous fun doing proper halloween fayre

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 1:36 pm

      Absolutely Heather, if you are doing a party, it has to be super good!

  12. nicola dean
    October 23, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    wow! Id love to make these dishes for the kids they would love it.

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      Yes they would love it Nicola

    October 23, 2018 / 5:26 pm

    This looks amazing would be good for when i’m making dishes for our halloween party

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 23, 2018 / 8:03 pm

      There are so many inspiring dishes in the book and we are sure you would find lots of dishes there for your party

  14. Jo McPherson
    October 23, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    The recipes look great, tasty and lots of fun too

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 24, 2018 / 8:13 am

      Yes, especially if you like to be creative in the kitchen and impress your guests

  15. Katie b
    October 23, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Love new recipe ideas, these would be great for when the kids come to visit!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 24, 2018 / 6:54 am

      Yes, making Halloween even more exciting

  16. Solange
    October 23, 2018 / 9:51 pm

    My kids would absolutely love this. Perfect for Halloween.

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 24, 2018 / 6:53 am

      Yes it is, and so many recipes for adults as well

  17. Helen Tovell
    October 26, 2018 / 2:41 pm

    So I could really impress my daughter and her friends

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 26, 2018 / 3:59 pm

      Yes you could Helen x

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 28, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      Oh yes they certainly look amazing!

  18. Carole Nott
    October 27, 2018 / 10:17 pm

    love to learn and try out new recipes and ideas

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 28, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Yes always nice to learn new recipes x

  19. Kay Broomfield
    October 28, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    I love the idea of food as theatre so this would give me some great inspiration for my favourite time of year – Halloween!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 29, 2018 / 9:23 am

      Yes it is, just a few more days to Halloween and we are so excited! We will be heading out to do our shopping in a bit for decorations

  20. Lorna Ledger
    October 28, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    Awesome ideas, love the burger with the scisors in!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 29, 2018 / 9:22 am

      Yes that photo is so stunning and everyone wants to try the recipe for it

  21. Tina H
    October 30, 2018 / 1:18 pm

    I’d love to win because I just love cooking and halloween.

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 30, 2018 / 3:11 pm

      Good luck to you Tina x

  22. Richard Tyler
    October 30, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    For all the amazing dishes!

    • yeahlifestyle
      October 31, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Absolutely! Why not…Happy Halloween

  23. Natalie Crossan
    October 31, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    I’d love to try and learn some new recipes – jacket potatoes and cheese get awfully boring!

    • yeahlifestyle
      November 1, 2018 / 8:13 am

      Yes great recipe ideas and great Halloween themed decorations for it too

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