So the past few years I’ve hosted a Halloween party for kids and adults. Last year I sort of went all out and made a crazy amount of Pinterest inspired food. This year I added a few new items and made many of the popular items from the previous year. I’ve learned a few tricks along the way so I thought I would share them.
Here is the menu: (Each link takes you to another site with the recipe or my own post with the recipe and my tips.)
- Chips & Salsa (no need for a recipe here…open a bag of chips and a jar of your favorite salsa)
- Guacamole Pumpkin – make your favorite guacamole or buy it. Carve out a small pumpkin.
- Cheese broomsticks *TRICK – use a semi-soft cheese like harvarti or mozzerella. I tried it with cheddar and it wouldn’t roll around the pretzel. It was too hard and broke into pieces.
- Deviled Eggs w/black olive spiders – make deviled eggs with your favorite recipe then cut whole olives in half for the body and smaller slivers for the legs. These can be made a day ahead (the eggs can even be boiled a few days ahead). *TRICK – use medium or large olives. I’ve used large the last two times I’ve made them and next year I will try medium because the “bodies” are almost as big as the yolk.
- Tangerines with celery stems – Peel tangerines and stick a small “stem” of celery on top.
- Banana Ghosts – Peel banana, cut in half, add two mini-chocolate chips for eyes
- Hot Dog Mummies – Use your favorite hot dog (I use veggie dogs). Cut dog in half, wrap a strip of crescent roll dough around it. These can be made ahead and placed on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350° until the dough is brown, about 15 minutes.
- Pasta Salad – So many recipes…mine includes marinated artichoke hearts, red pepper, red onion, bocconcini (small fresh mozzerella balls), olive and Halloween pasta shapes bought from World Market. For dressing I use olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt pepper and some mayo. This can be made a day or two ahead. The longer it sits, the better it tastes!
- Rice Krispy Treats – Cut the treats into small squares, then drizzle orange and white Candy Melts over the top and add orange, black and white sprinkles. Michael’s usually has them on sale around Halloween and if you use a coupon you can save even more.
- Pumpkin Pie Bites – Based on Bakerella’s recipe with a few tweaks and tricks.
- Cheddar Bunnies – I like Annie’s Organic Cheddar Snack Bunnies.
- Pretzels – use your leftovers from the broomsticks
- Mac N Cheese – I made two boxes for the kids to eat. I should have made three.
- Halloween Candy
In addition to all that food, I also go crazy and make decorated sugar cookies. These are definitely make-aheads and will stay fresh for over a week as long as they are stored in an air-tight container or packaged individually.
Up next: Halloween Tricks & Treats – Costumes