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By the time tiny princesses and superheros are passing through our Halloween garden to demand their holiday handouts, much of the garden is looking gory. And, it isn’t just rotten flora that’ll make your hair stand on end. What really freaks us out at the end of October is some truly frightful fauna — living and dead.

Spider in moonlight

Giant spiders weaving by the light of the moon. In our book, this big gal is a-okay.
She’s eating up annoying gnats & she lives outside in the garden where she belongs!

Warning! What you’re about to see might make your stomach turn, but be brave until the very end where your treat awaits –our Halloween recipe for Mummy’s Dinner. Mummy loves it because it’s so simple to make and kids will gladly munch down this fun meal without complaint — no matter how anxious they are to start ringing doorbells for sweet treats.

Garden Rat

Rat City? Yep, that’s a common nickname for Seattle, which was recently rated something like the #7 most rat-ified city in the US. Come fall, these critters are scurrying everywhere — unafraid & totally creep-tacular!

Casper the friendly garden cat

Got rats?
Casper the garden-loving cat might help keep them away.
Like the ghost, this Casper is very friendly too!

Rat carcass

Abandoned carcasses creep you out? Sure they do!
But, when the crows gut & discard a dead ole rat like this in your path,
it’s better than a live one running around!

bird carcass in garden

Now, the problem with inviting Casper-the-Friendly-cat to your garden may be lots of dead songbirds. Here’s the carcass of a robin feral cats left near our compost heap…
…for our dog to find. Ugh!

Wild turkey carcass

If you live in the country & you have a dog, odds are your best friend has dragged home a rotten (insert name of nasty wildlife here) as a gift for you. Here’s a stinkin’ turkey our friend’s hound brought to our doorstep to welcome us. (Of course Fido rolled in its rottenness before chewing it a bit, so that pup was banned to the barn!)

Dead bird parts

When your dog or cat brings home decaying wildlife, do yourself a favor & scoop it with a shovel, not with your hands. These bits of detritus can carry all sorts of nastiness — more trick than treat. Also, don’t put them in your compost heap. Sure, they’re rotten, but not the kind of rot you want to keep!

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Serves 3-4

Mummy's Dinner

Mummy’s Dinner is fast to make & fun for kids anxious to start collecting candy.


1 package hot dogs or sausages

1 large jar sauerkraut

several hulled, raw sunflower seeds, unsalted

ketchup, sriracha & mustard


Preheat oven to 375F.*

Cook hot dogs or sausages according to directions on package.

Slice cooked hot dogs in half, with some lengths longer than others so your Mummies won’t look too uniform. For eyes, insert two sunflower seeds toward the rounded end of each half of the hot dog as shown. Roll each half of hot dog in sauerkraut to make it look like a Mummy. Place Mummies on a baking sheet. Insert into oven & bake for about 10-15 minutes or until some of the sauerkraut strands are shriveled and toasty.

Place a dollop of extra sauerkraut on each dinner plate. Make a couple of openings in the extra kraut, and dot those spots with your favorite condiment. Nestle the cut end of of a Mummy onto the condiment blob among the strands, which will help them stand up. Squirt with a bit of blood…I mean ketchup or Sriracha.

Serve with extra sauerkraut and condiments.

*If you’re lazy or in a hurry, skip heating the oven to toast your wrapped Mummies. Instead, follow the other directions. Little kids probably won’t notice the difference.

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