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Can you wrap your “head” around eating gory brain food jello salad for Halloween? Try not to “think” about it too much, and you’ll be just fine. *insert evil laughter here*

Brain Food Jello Fruit Salad with Pineapple and Cherries | Kudos Kitchen by Renee

One of the best things about being a food blogger is trying to come up with fun and unusual Halloween food ideas.

However, it isn’t an easy task because it seems everything has already been done to death. But, that doesn’t keep my brain from trying.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making brain food jello salad is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe.


Title text vertical photo of brain food jello salad on a black background.

The ingredient list:

  • 2 large packages cherry (or other red flavor) gelatin
  • canned cherry pie filling
  • canned pineapple
  • almond extract
  • non-dairy whipped topping

Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this recipe came to be:

The idea for this gory brain food jello fruit salad came to me while I was flipping through a party store flyer and spotted a bag of bones.

All at once a light bulb went off in my head. Once I had the idea to use the skull as a bowl, the easy recipe ingredient list flooded my brain.

Brain Food Jello Fruit Salad for Halloween | Kudos Kitchen by Renee

The brains behind the operation:

Make no bones about it, my brain works in strange and mysterious ways, as I think this gory brain food jello fruit salad for proves beyond a shadow of a doubt. Mwahahaha!

Since the bag of bones, I’d purchased was made out of hollow plastic, performing the surgery to remove the top of his skull was easy, with no anesthetic required.

All I used was a simple serrated bread knife to carefully saw off his cranium. The operation went off without a hitch, and before I knew it I was filling his head with all sorts of nonsense. LOL

Somebody STOP me!!

If you’re looking for a skull and bones for serving the Gory Brain Food Jello Fruit Salad, I suggest checking your local party or craft store.

A photo collage along with a title text overlay graphic for brain food jello salad.

How long will brain food jello salad keep in the refrigerator?

Longer than you want it to!

Happy Hauntings!

I have a lot of new Halloween recipe ideas that I’m waiting to share with you this year. Some are creepy, and some are just plain sweet and fun.

One thing’s for certain though, they’ll all be delicious and have easy to follow step-by-step directions so you will be successful when you make them in your own kitchen.

Cross my heart, and hope to… (not that I want to tempt fate or anything) …

Additional Halloween treats for you to try:

*Twice Baked Idaho Potato Graves (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

A tray of potato graves with ground beef, cracker headstones, cheese bones, and ketchup blood.

*Halloween Mummy Celery Sticks from This Mom’s Confessions

*Jack-O-Lantern Caramel Apples

*Creepy Halloween Rat Loaf Meat Loaf

*Slime Eyeball Halloween Cupcakes from Busy Creating Memories

*Easy White Chocolate Ghost Pops (pictured below) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Overhead photo of a plate of white chocolate ghost pops on an orange napkin with bags and ribbons.

*Blood Suckers

*Ghoulish Teeth Apple-tizers

*Halloween Trifle from Dancing Through the Rain

*Hard-Boiled Jack-O-Lanterns

*Eye Candy Cake Balls

*Spaghetti Squash Puking Pumpkin (pictured below, sorry, LOL) from (yours truly) Kudos Kitchen

Gross picture of a puking pumpkin with assorted squash in the background.

*Brain Food Jello Salad (pictured below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

Brain Food Jello on a spiderweb plate with a skull in the background.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s creepy but fun Halloween treat.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. I thank you most sincerely! 🙂

Spooning out the brains of a skull filled with brain food jello salad.

Brain Food Jello Salad

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
Can you wrap your "head" around eating gory brain food jello for Halloween? Try not to "think" about it too much, and you'll be just fine. *insert evil laughter here*
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
chill time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 29 kcal


  • 2 large packages cherry jello prepared according to package directions
  • 1 15 ounce can crushed pineapple
  • 1 15 ounce can cherry pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups whipped topping


  • Stir together all the ingredients and chill until ready to serve.
  • Spoon into a hollowed out skull (optional) or fun Halloween serving bowl.
  • Enjoy!



Tools and equipment:
plastic skull and bones (optional), spoons, large bowls, serving bowl, measuring cups, measuring spoons


Serving: 1servingCalories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgSugar: 3g
Keyword brain food jello, brain food jello salad
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Gory Brain Food Jello Fruit Salad Served in a skull | Kudos Kitchen by Renee

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Recipe Rating


Thursday 1st of October 2020

Wow! You are really bringing the creepy fun with this one! Great idea!


Friday 2nd of October 2020

HaHa! Thanks :)


Thursday 1st of October 2020

This is such a fun idea! Since Halloween is going to look different this year, I'm trying to find fun recipes to make at home! This is perfect.


Friday 2nd of October 2020

Enjoy, Liz!

Claudia Lamascolo

Saturday 24th of August 2019

how fun and the rest of your great idea for a party here are awesome too


Sunday 25th of August 2019

Thanks so much, Claudia!!


Saturday 15th of September 2018

What a creepy recipe! I am so going to make it this Halloween!


Saturday 15th of September 2018

Great! It's sure to be a hit!

Robin Gagnon

Saturday 15th of September 2018

A great ghoulish dessert! Easy to make too.


Saturday 15th of September 2018

It's scary easy! ;)