As we creep closer to Halloween I feel like I should probably mention that October is National Bat Appreciation Month. Before you duck and swat away imaginary winged things, think about the bigger picture. Cloaked in mystery and misconception, bats are important to the agricultural industry as they prey upon nocturnal insects that harm crops—think of them as all-natural pesticides. In honor of our furry friends (or foes) I've conjured up some batty ideas from the not-so-ancient crypt of the internet. Sink your teeth into this:
I'm sure if all bats were cream-filled like these ones they'd be much better received by humans, after all you've never seen any one shoo away an oreo with a broom, have you? These dark and dangerous Bat Oreo Cookies from master chef Thomas Keller via the Kitchn are just light enough to keep your hairs from standing on end.
I see that look in your eyes, and trust me when I tell you that no bats were harmed in the making of this next batty idea. Angie McGowan over at the Family Kitchen is the mad scientist behind this eerie and enticing recipe for Bat Wings. Sweet and spicy chicken disguised as bat wings makes for a fun and festive party food your friends and family won't soon forget.
This next recipe comes from One Charming Party and manages to capture bats at their best—in full flight. This stunning Bat Cake maintains a perfect balance between light and dark and elegant and playful. The rich red velvet surprise lurking beneath layers of cream cheese frosting add a touch of sophisticated charm to a spooky cake making in perfect for adult gatherings.
No party is complete without festive table decor, and Miss Lovie's got you and your table covered with her tutorial for this Batty Table Runner. Simple yet eye-catching, these patterned bats prepare to take flight from a bold orange cloth leaving you and your dinner guests to feast in awe.