You are here Home » Recipes » Side Dish Recipes » Shrunken Head Potatoes Recipe - Great for Halloween
| | | | |

Shrunken Head Potatoes Recipe – Great for Halloween

A spooky idea for Halloween that is simple and delicious! The kids are going to love these Shrunken Head Potatoes!

Shrunken Head potatoes on cutting board.

Halloween treats don’t have to be all sugary and sweet. They can be spooky and savory too! Like these amazing and fun Shrunken Head Potatoes. They are simple roasted potatoes with faces carved into them for that scary halloween flare! Everyone will get kick out of this delicious side dish!

My kids even said these would be fun for a Harry Potter Party. They reminded them of the shrunken head on the Night Bus. I hadn’t thought about that, but it would be fun!


How to make

Pick up some fresh potatoes at the store. You are looking for a medium sized potato. Everyone has their favorite types. I really have not found one that works better than another, so pick your favorite.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil.

Carefully cut a face in each potato using a paring knife. These don’t have to be fancy; just eyes, nose, and mouth. They are shrunken heads after all.

Place the potatoes on a baking tray, drizzle with the oil and toss to coat. Make sure all the faces are facing upwards, then roast for 40-45 mins until golden and crispy. May take more or less time depending on the size of the potatoes.

Shrunken Head Potatoes on parchment paper

Serve warm with dipping sauce and enjoy!

Allergy Friendly

Since these are simple roasted potatoes they are very allergen friendly (as long as you aren’t allergic to potatoes).

Dipping Sauce

This is where your creativity can shine! These are shrunken heads after all. Ketchup adds a spooky flair because of its color and texture. Some other fun dips are things like guacamole (HELLO GREEN), or even a delicious fry sauce (Mayo/ketchup swirl).


These are best eaten the day they are made. However you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat as you would a baked potato.

Shrunken Head Potatoes

A spooky idea for Halloween that is simple and delicious! The kids are going to love these Shrunken Head Potatoes!
Print Recipe
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:50 minutes



  • 6 Potatoes medium
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and cover baking pan with foil.
  • Using a paring knife carve a face into each potoato; eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Toss potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place them on baking sheet face side up.
  • Roast potaotes for 40 – 45 minutes or until tender.
  • Serve with sauce of choice and enjoy!


Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 400mg | Potassium: 897mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 42mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 205kcal
Author: Amanda Carlisle

More Halloween Fun

Similar Posts

One Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.