No one said Halloween should be all about candy. This year, the evening of October 31 promises to be as bloody as it is gourmet, with our selection of five recipes, from the Gastronogeek saga and the best pop culture references.

Halloween promises to be especially wise this year. If you had been planning on going on a candy hunt, the lockdown may have turned your plans upside down. Not enough to make a funeral so far, since today we offer you to prepare a festive meal inspired by the greatest classics of pop culture, and imagined by Thibaud Villanova, author of the brilliant series Gastronogeek. The (bloody) icing on the cake, thanks to confinement, you will finally have an excuse not to share with your friends.

Starter: La Morbide Sally Soup (Mr Jack’s Nightmare Before Christmas)

The morbid Sally soup, spinach and roquefort soup – Extract from Gastronogeek 2 the return of Thibaud Villanova, inspired by The Nightmare Before Christmas by Mr Jack ©, photographs by Nicolas Lobbastaël, styling by Séverine Augé at Hachette Heroes.

Spinach, Roquefort, and a few potatoes, you don’t have to be a pro in the kitchen to prepare Sally’s morbid soup, from the cult 1993 animated film. The strange Christmas of Mr. Jack. In the original recipe, Sally adds to her soup a few drops of nocturnalin, just to leave Doctor Finklestein company to go find Jack Skellington. As much to say to you that in period of confinement, the rag doll would not have gone very far. Click on the image to the right to see full recipe details.

Main course: Transylvanian beef (Dracula)

Recipe taken from Gastronogeek by Thibaud Villanova and Maxime Léonard, inspired by Dracula ©, photographs by Guillaume Czerw, styling by Delphine Brunet and illustrations by Bérengère Demoncy, at Hachette Heroes.

A roast and potatoes. The recipe is simple, but when accompanied by mushrooms, thyme and a little saffron, it becomes even more festive. Inspired by Bram Stoker’s masterpiece, released in 1897, Transylvanian Beef is obviously tasted rare, just to stick to the theme. Click on the image of the recipe to discover all its steps.

Dessert: Monster Cake (The Legend of Zelda)

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Recipe taken from Gastronogeek 2 le retour de Thibaud Villanova, inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild ©, photographs by Nicolas Lobbastaël, styling by Séverine Augé at Hachette Heroes.

In The Legend of Zelda, Breath of the Wild, the Monster Cake consists of a bushel of wheat, sugar cane, a lump of butter and a little monster extract. Ingredients which – let’s face it, are still a bit difficult to find at the local Franprix. Fortunately, Thibaud Villanova gives us here a revisit simpler and much more tasty, made from cocoa, blueberries and whiskey.

Beverage (alcoholic): Slimer Jello Shot (Ghostbusters)

Recipe taken from the Book of Potions by Gastronogeek by Thibaud Villanova and Stéphanie Simbo, inspired by Ghostbusters ©, photographs by Guillaume Czerw, styling by Sophie Dupuis-Gaulier and illustrations by Bérengère Demoncy, at Hachette Heroes.

To brighten up your next skyperos, take a trip to the afterlife with the Slimer Jelly Shot from Ghostbusters. Unlike the original Foodie-All from Ivan Reitman’s 1984 film, the jelly shooter doesn’t consist ofgooey ectoplasm, but rather a clever mix of vodka, mint and Get 27. To consume obviously in moderation.

Drink (soft): The Bloody Smoothie (Night of the Living Dead)

Recipe from Gastronogeek by Thibaud Villanova and Maxime Léonard, inspired by Night of the Living Dead ©, photographs by Guillaume Czerw, styling by Delphine Brunet and illustrations by Bérengère Demoncy, at Hachette Heroes.

A bloody smoothie suitable for vegans, you had to think about it. Based on raspberries, bananas and basil, the drink is alcohol-free, and can therefore be enjoyed at any time of the day. Given the season, we still advise you to use frozen fruit, which can be kept even out of season without rotting, unlike the zombies of Night of the Living Dead, the cinematographic classic from which the bloody drink is taken.

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