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Here's the main course for your Halloween Dinner Party. It's a tribute to the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. One tradition is to make sugar skulls and decorate them with your name.

Our Spooky Skulls are turkey meatloaf made with Mexican spices and placed on a spider web of mole sauce. Turkey mole is one of the most ancient Mexican dishes. Mole (pronounced moe-lay) is made with peppers, cocoa, peanuts and other ingredients. It can be purchased pre-made in jars at Mexican groceries and in the ethnic food aisle of most grocery stores.

If you have a peanut allergy, skip the salsa in the meatloaf and instead put the salsa around the meatloaf.

{Makes 4 Skulls}

You'll need:

  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 cup of finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1/2 cup of salsa - mild or medium
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 jumbo-sized pitted black olives
  • Prepared Mole sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • Some adult help


  • A large bowl
  • Aluminum foil
  • A cookie sheet
  • Oven pits and 2 hot pads
  • A basting brush
  • Individual serving plates
  • Several zipper-type sandwich bags
  • Kitchen shears or scissors
  • A spatula
      1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
      2. Line the cookie sheet with the foil and give a light coating of cooking spray.
      3. In the large bowl, mix the meat, onions, oatmeal, garlic, cumin, salsa, egg, and pepper.
      4. Divide the mixture into four lumps. Then take enough meat to make a meatball from one quarter. This is your skull's chin.
      5. Roll the rest of the quarter into a large ball. Position the ball on the foil then pat into a thick hamburger.
      6. Attach the small meat ball and pat into a chin shape, smoothing the chin into the rest of the head.
      7. Using your thumb make two eye holes and a nose hole for the skull.
      8. Bake for 20 minutes. After about 10 minutes ask your uncle or whoever's cooking with you to use the basting brush to clear out the liquid in the eyes and nose.
      9. While the meatloaf is baking, spoon about 5 tablespoons of mole into the zipper bag.
      10. When the meatloaf it done take it out of the oven.
      11. Cut two olives in half. One will be the eyes and if cut the bottom off one half of the other, it will be your nose. Use the rest of the second olive half to cut into teeth.
      12. Cut a tiny hole in the sandwich bag containing the mole. Squeeze a little at a time onto your serving plate in a pattern like a spiderweb.
      13. Have your adult helper position the meatloaf in the center of the plate and serve while hot. Looks ghoulish and tastes great!