Gross Grub


Unlike television shows where contestants ate things that were truly repulsive, the Ghoulish Grub and Gross Goodies being served at the La Vergne Public Library are actually quite delicious! Every year the La Vergne Public Library offers a buffet of disgusting but tasty foods.

“We have a variety of recipes that include alien brains, eyeball and organ donor cupcakes, Cyclops eyes, and severed toes in bandages,” said Lorna Cripps, youth services coordinator. “Our children love these edible, spooky foods! More importantly, they get to take a look at some of the seasonal books and can check them out to read at home.”

Children are encouraged to wear costumes to the event and enjoy this recipe from Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers.
Monster Booger Eyeballs
Chocolate Spider Clusters
  • One 6 ounce package of semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
  • 2 cups chow mien noodles
  • 1/4 cup red hots or red mini M&Ms
  1. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper or parchment.
  2. Put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave. Heat on high for 60 seconds, and then stir well. If it is not smooth, continue to heat in 2, or 3, 10-second bursts, stirring well after each burst.
Dead Brain
  1. Stir the chow mien noodles into the melted chocolate and drop the mixture by tablespoons on the prepared baking sheets. Press two candies onto one edge of each cluster to make eyes and lift a few chow mien legs up to give a spidery impression.
  2. Refrigerate to cool and harden, about 20 minutes, and serve chilled. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Ghoulish Grub and Gross Goodies is a free event held annually at the La Vergne Public Library.