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Scary Halloween party recipes

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Use a few of these scary Halloween party recipes at your spooky get-together, and make your party a hit with party-goers of all ages
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Serve up some spooks with these scary Halloween party recipes

Fall is in the air and the holiday season is just around the corner. When the weather turns cold, my thoughts always turn to the fall and winter holidays, with Halloween being the first in line. The kids are all talking about costumes and candy, but I start thinking about other ways to make the day special. A Halloween party can be a good way to celebrate the spookiest day of the year before the other holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas take center stage. And what better way to feed your party guests than some scary Halloween party recipes?

Edible Eyes




Spreadable cream cheese
Black olives, cut in half



Wash and peel the carrots, then cut into two-inch thick rounds. Spread a dollop of cream cheese on the end of each round, then place an olive half in the center of the cream cheese.

For a variation, you can turn ordinary devilled eggs into eyeball snacks by placing black olive halves into the center of the filling.

Finger Food




String cheese
Spreadable cream cheese
Green and red bell peppers



Slice each piece of string cheese lengthwise, so that the half will lay flat on the plate. Use a knife to carve out a fingernail shaped section at the tip of the cheese stick. Also use the knife to carve out horizontal lines at each "knuckle."

Slice the bell peppers into strips, removing much of the pulp. Then cut fingernail shapes from each pepper strip, and attach to the cheese "fingers" with the cream cheese.

Toe of Mummy




Cocktail wieners
Flour tortillas



Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Carve a toenail shaped section from each cocktail wiener.

Cut tortillas into inch wide strips; discard round ends. Place the tortilla strips between damp paper towels and microwave for 10 seconds to soften. Roll each wiener in tortilla strip, leaving toenail end exposed. Secure with toothpicks.

Bake for 8 minutes, then fill toenail section with catsup.

Monster Mash Punch


What would a Halloween party be without something creepy to drink?



1 2-liter fruit punch drink
1 2-liter lemon-lime soda
Green food coloring
Plastic food preparation gloves
1 plastic Halloween mask



One day ahead of time, you will need to prepare your monster face and hands. Fill a pitcher halfway with water; add enough green food coloring to make it a dark, murky green. Wash monster mask carefully with soap and hot water; rinse well. Tape over mouth, nose, and eyeholes on the outside of the mask with duct tape. Line the inside of the mask with plastic wrap, taping it over the edges. Place mask facedown in large bowl, then carefully pour green water to fill the mask to the rim. Freeze overnight.

Fill two of the plastic gloves with green water, tying knots in the ends to seal them closed. Freeze overnight.

In a large punchbowl, combine equal parts fruit punch and soda. Take mask and hands out of the freezer and carefully remove plastic. Float the face and hands in the punch.

Black Cat Cookies




1 box chocolate cake mix
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 eggs
1/3 cup water
Mini M&Ms
Red hot candies
Powdered sugar



Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using beater, mix peanut butter, eggs, and water until thoroughly combined. Stir in cake mix and mix well.

Form into 1-inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Cover bottom of glass in powdered sugar, then use it to flatten the dough balls into circles. Use fingers to pinch out ears on one end of cookie. Add mini M&Ms for eyes and red hot for nose; use fork tines to form whiskers. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Chocolate Spiders




1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups crunch chow mein noodles
Red hot candies or mini M&Ms

Melt chocolate chips in saucepan over low heat or in microwave.

Place a sheet of waxed paper on a cookie sheet. Drop melted chocolate by spoonfuls onto the waxed paper. While chocolate is still soft, press eight chow mein noodle legs into the sides of your "spider" and add eyes using the red hots or mini M&Ms.

Place in refrigerator and chill for half hour to allow chocolate to become firm.

Use a few of these scary Halloween party recipes at your spooky get-together, and make your party a hit with party-goers of all ages.


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