Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween Party Food Ideas


Throwing a Halloween Party or just looking for fun stuff to do with your family? Look no further! This post has been updated with more of our favorites!

Mummy Dogs


This is a childhood favorite and always the most popular of our Halloween spreads! Cut crescent roll dough into thin strips and wrap around hot dogs. Bake according to crescent package directions and use ketchup or mustard for eyes. I cut my hot dogs in half to make them bite-sized.
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Monster Jaws

Quarter apples and take a wedge out of the center of each quarter. Dunk them in water with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Use slivered almonds for teeth (I toasted mine for color and taste!) Eyes are optional. I stuck pretzel rods in and attached candy eyes with peanut butter.
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Bones n’ Blood


Use breadstick dough (store bought or homemade) and cut into strips. Use scissors to snip the ends into 2 pieces and roll them down to make the bone shape. Dip in “bloody” marinara! For extra flavor sprinkle with garlic and Parmesan or this seasoning.
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Candy Corn Pizza


Easy peasy! Plain cheese pizza, just make a ring of cheddar around the outside edge and mozzerella in the center. Cut into wedges to make the candy corns.
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Cheesy Fingers


Super kid friendly- who doesn’t love string cheese?? Again, I cut them in half to make them kid-sized. Use the flat side of a knife to make the knuckle marks and attach slivered almonds with a dab of cream cheese for the nails. I also used a knife to shave off just a bit of the cheese at an angle before attaching the almond.
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Chocolate Cherry Mice

You’ll need marichino cherries for this one. Make sure you buy ones with stems. Drain them and dry them well with paper towells. Dip in almond bark, or chocolate bark. When they are semi dry, attach a chocolate chip for a nose, slivered almonds for ears, and little candies or sprinkles for eyes.
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Dirt n’ Worms


Another classic. Use chocolate pudding for your mud and put some crushed oreos on top for dirt. Hide those gummy worms in there for eeek factor!
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Pumpkin Sammies


This is a great staple for a Halloween party spread because it pleases both kids and adults and is something with substance! Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut your bread. I like to fill some with peanut butter or cream cheese and orange-colored jam (like peach or apricot) for the kiddos, and something more sophisticated like Teriyaki Chicken Salad for the grown ups!
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Nutty Ghosts


Nutter Butters are naturally ghost shaped, which make them perfect for dipping! Give them a bath in some almond bark and put on a couple of mini chocolate chips for eyes. And might I add that white chocolate covered Nutter Butters taste really good!
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Witches Wands


Dipped Pretzel Rods are instantly transformed into “Witches Wands” with a little Halloween pizazz! Put them in containers with candy corns to hold them up. The little mini buckets pictured are from the Target dollar section. SO cute!
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Spidey Cookies


Red hots and licorice turn oreos into creepy (but kinda cute) spiders. Shoestring licorice is hard to find these days, but Twizzlers makes “Pull-Apart” candy that works perfectly.
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Spider Web Dip


This trick works for pretty much any dip that you could pipe sour cream on top of! I always do a basic 7-Layer taco dip. Put some sour cream in a plastic baggie with the end snipped off and use it to draw a web pattern. Throw on a fake spider or two and your favorite party dip is instantly creepy!
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Slimy Worms on a Bun


My son seriously thought these looked too gross to eat-he wouldn’t even touch it! Just slice hotdogs and drop them into boiling water for just a minute or two and they’ll curl a bit. Dunk them in some bbq sauce and you have slimy worms :)
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Witch Hats


One of the easiest Halloween tricks (and treats!). Place a Hershey’s Kiss on top of a Keebler Fudge Strip Cookie and you have a little hat. Use the little tubes of frosting you can buy in the grocery store baking isle. Pipe a ring around the outside of the bottom of the kiss and press onto the cookie. It will squeeze out and make the ring around the kiss. Then pipe on the bow.
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Witch Brooms


A witch with a cute hat needs a broom to match! Use cookie dough to form a broom shape around the end of a large pretzel rod. Use a tooth pick to make indentations in the cookies if you want. If your cookies spread too much during baking just use a knive to trim the edges when they come out of the oven and are still warm. Then decorate as desired. I just use a packaged PB cookie mix to make it easy, but I add a bit of flour to make the cookies hold their shape better. You could also use this PB cookie dough or this sugar cookie dough.
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Monster Munch

Perfect for a party, or great in individual bags or container for favors! Get the recipe here.
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Caramel Toffee Dip




One of our favorites gets a Halloween makeover! Click here for the recipe.
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Halloween Cookie Pops

Here’s a great sugar cookie recipe and a tutorial on both glace icing and cookie pops. Make some spooky shapes and let people pick up some yum on a stick! Click here for a tutorial on making the spider web designs.
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Candycorn Cupcakes
We started a trend with these adorable candycorn themed cupcakes. Click here for the recipe, and also a how-to on making those pretty swirly tops!
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Autumn Pretzel Turtles
These quick and easy bites get a quick fall makeover by using Reeses Pieces in the centers, or drizzling colored candy melts over traditional nut centered ones. Click here for the recipe.
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Stove Top Kettle Corn

You don’t need a fancy machine for this classic fall treat. Just a pot on the stove top and our tutorial and you’ll be snacking in no time. Click here for the recipe. 
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Chocolate-Dipped Owls


You’ll be amazed by how quick and easy these little owls are! Click here for a tutorial


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Caramel Apples

What’s a fall party without caramel apples? Click here for great tips! 

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Honey Caramel Apples
Speaking of caramel apples, here’s a great honey version. This homemade caramel only requires 2 main ingredients! Click here for the recipe.