Get in the Halloween Spirit With These Creepy Treats From Around the World!

century eggIt's almost the spookiest time of the year. Halloween! If you're me, that means bolting all the doors and praying the ghosts of your ancestors do not return and insist you avenge their murders perpetrated by a malicious supernatural entity (....). But for everyone else it means candy, costumes, and all things creepy, crawling, and crusty!

Let's check out some of the creepier dishes served around the world. We're not suggesting you go out and try any of them, but maybe it's not a bad idea -- see the world, gentle The Stir reader. If you'd rather not, that is also okay. You can sit in your chair, warming the seat, and checking out these creepy foods from different parts of the earth-orb to get you ready for the day wherein my family will finally be avenged Halloween!

We've collected five foods sure to give you the willies (giggity). Read on for some strange delicacies from around the globe. Remember, what's one man's parasite is simply another's afternoon snack. Also maybe do not put any of these in the baskets of eager Trick-or-Treaters. Or do. And write to us from jail.

What's the creepiest food you'd be willing to try?


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  • Mezcal Worm


    This agave weevil typically feasts on the plants distilled to make your tequila, you filthy animals. Native to Mexico, the weevil is rinsed off in alcohol (just like me every morning) before being popped into some of your favorite bottles of tequila for its "delicious flavor." You're all monsters.

  • Fried Grasshoppers


    Fried grasshoppers, or chapulines, are a popular snack in Mexico too. Now foodies are always trying to eat them, because foodies are the worst. Step away from the PBR, foodie, it's terrible. Fun fact, eating grasshoppers can kill you, because they are host to nematodes, a parasite that just loves to gobble up your belly with trichinosis. So stop eating bugs for fashion, y'all. Even if you're like, "but, lime juice?" Because saying a phrase with a question mark at the end does not make for a valid argument.

  • Fermented Egg


    Also known as the century egg, this Chinese dish is made by taking a duck or chicken or quail egg and burying it in a solution of lyme, salt, clay, and ash and leaving it there for, like, several months. In the "rotting" process, the egg cures and turns black, salty, and flavorless. So basically, this egg is a party and no one is invited.

  • Rotten Shark Meat


    Iceland, you are a weird place. Your men are attractive but strange, and also Puffins live there. Also, you like to eat rotten shark meat or, as you know it, Hakarl. Do you enjoy this rubbery atrocity which smells of fishy cat urine before or after eating yours, the bitterest of the world's yogurts? You've enraged me Iceland, and that's a fact.

  • Deep Fried Scorpion


    Scorpions, the popular street food in some cities like Beijing- AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Whelp. There's my career as a serious food journalist down the poop-house. SEE YOU IN HELL, SCORPIONS.

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