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Ah, Halloween...possibly the only time of year when telling someone their food looks repulsive is actually a compliment.

It's also perhaps the only time when it's socially acceptable to intentionally gross out your guests.

Arguably one of the most visually appalling foods out there is a meatloaf hand shown on the blog Not Martha. The molded meatloaf looks disturbingly like a real roasted, severed limb, complete with fingernails fashioned from pieces of onion.

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On Forkable, it's debatable which is freakier - the idea of eating a bright orange- and black-dyed deviled egg, or the fact it's meant to resemble the "Eye of Sauron" from The Lord of the Rings.

Suzie Ridler of Nova Scotia, who's previously shared with us her fascination with Jell-O molds, demonstrates how to make a dark, purplish, vein-popping gelatin heart garnished with candy worms and spiders on her blog Suzie The Foodie.

Meanwhile, a "boo"tiful cake adorned with adorable marshmallow butter-cream ghosts by Amanda Rettke, shown on her blog I Am Baker, is more likely to elicit squeals of delight than horror. (Her rainbow pancakes, which we wrote about back in June, also inspire delight.)

Ms. Rettke also demonstrates how to make an impressive bat cake, which, when cut open, reveals the silhouette of a bat inside made of chocolate cake layered within white sheet cake.

Also creepy-but-cute are these monster pops, little balls of cake on a stick and decorated to look like monster heads and eyeballs, shared on Epicurious.

For adults only, the Food2 web site offers a recipe for bloody brain shooters, a truly grotesque concoction of strawberry vodka, lime juice, Irish cream and a splash of grenadine. The lime juice causes the Irish cream to curdle into a "brain" that floats to the top of the shot glass, while the grenadine, added at the end, makes the whole thing look as though it's oozing blood.

What creepy foods are you preparing this Halloween?

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Wency Leung is a general assignment reporter for the Life section. Before joining The Globe in early 2010, she has worked as a reporter in Vancouver, Prague, and Phnom Penh. More

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