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Spooky Rice Ghosts for Halloween

After our recent visit to a rice farm, we can’t wait to cook with rice. And what better season than Halloween than to make these “spooky” rice ghosts?

rice ghosts

We started this project with sushi rice, the ultimate shape-able, mold-able rice for making creepy creations.

Sushi rice  has a very round, short grain and is very sticky when cooked. This means that you can make it into just about any spooky figure you like. (Think skulls, ghosts, tombstones, disembodied fingers…the list goes on). We used a Halloween baking sheet to mold these rice ghosts, but you can just as easily shape them with your hands. For instance, you could also make them into tombstones. (You could get more elaborate and write on them with an edible food pen.)

Spooky Rice Ghosts

"Spooky" Rice Ghosts

These "spooky" rice ghosts are easy to make with sushi rice and black beans.

Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword black beans, ghosts, Halloween, rice, spooky, sushi rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Soaking time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 cup sushi rice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • butter
  • black beans


  1. Measure out a cup of rice and rinse the rice thoroughly, until the water runs clear. Place the rice in a medium-sized saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of water and let it soak for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, bring the rice and water to a boil, then turn it down to a simmer, cover it, and let it cook for 20 minutes. When it's done, fluff the rice and let it stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease the baking sheet with butter (this is especially important if you are using Halloween molds, because you want the rice to come out cleanly). Take a large scoop of rice and carefully press it flat into the mold (or if using a plain baking sheet, make a free-form ghost shape). Repeat for the rest of the baking sheet or baking mold - you should be able to make approximately 8 ghosts. Add a dot of butter on top of each ghost and place the pan in the oven. Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. Remove the ghosts from the oven and carefully slide them out of the molds or off the pan. Press black beans into each ghost to create the "eyes." Serve immediately. Serves 4.

rice ghosts

Aren’t they fun? You can see how easy it would be to just shape them with your hands if you don’t have a ghost-shaped mold. Extra bonus: If you have little helpers at home, you can give them the job of pressing on the black bean “eyes.”

P.S. Looking for more Halloween foods to serve without food coloring? Check out our Halloween With Natural Food Coloring roundup.

Blogger disclosure: Lundberg Family Farms gave us some rice products to sample when we visited the farm. We did not receive compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are our own.

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11 Responses to Spooky Rice Ghosts for Halloween

  1. Valentina October 25, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Adorable! So clever to use those mold for something other than cookies. And I think kids would be just as excited about these!

    • Jeanne October 25, 2012 at 9:35 am #

      Thanks, Valentina! These were definitely fun to make!

  2. Laura @ Family Spice October 25, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    That is totally cute! I love it! Gonna pin it, too!

    • Jeanne October 25, 2012 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks, Laura! I consider you the rice expert so I am honored to hear this from you. ; )

  3. Farmwater October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Great idea Jeanne! A festive and healthy treat!

    • Jeanne October 25, 2012 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks, Farm Water! : )

  4. Josie darling October 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    I am serving 130 meals making a serving each of ghosts. Can I make ahead and place on parchment paper to reheat.a few minutes in the oven to rewarm?

    • Jeanne October 29, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      Hi Josie: That’s a lot of meals! It should be OK but with the caveat that they may become a little dry when you reheat them. What else are you serving with the rice? If you wanted, you could over-correct to make them crispy!


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