Easy Halloween Party Foods

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A ghoulish meal at your Halloween party adds to the festivity while keeping your guests energized for all of the party entertainment. Many everyday dishes need only a slight modification in the presentation to fit the Halloween theme. Making the desserts and side dishes the day before the party saves time, allowing you to focus on the main dish and your Halloween costume the day of the party.

Main Dishes

  • Edible mummies work well for two different main dish options: pizza and hot dogs. An English muffin pizza resembles a mummy when thin strips of cheese are placed across the top of the sauce and other toppings. Two olive slices serve as the eyes peeping from the mummy wrappings. Bake the pizzas at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

    A modified version of pigs in a blanket create another edible mummy dish. Use strips of refrigerator biscuits or crescent rolls to wrap around the hot dogs to create mummies. Use the package directions on the biscuits as a guide for baking, watching them closely to prevent them from burning.

    Turning meatballs into eyeballs offers a fitting complement to pasta. Follow your favorite meatball recipe, pressing a green olive into each one before you bake them. The olive with the pimento sticking out creates the iris and pupil.

    Halloween cookie cutters allow any sandwich to fit into the holiday theme. Make the sandwiches with your choice of fillings. Cut the sandwiches using a pumpkin, bat or other Halloween-shaped cookie cutter.

Side Dishes

  • Halloween pita chips work well as a side dish. Split whole pitas into two layers. Use Halloween-shaped cookie cutters to cut chips from the pitas. Brush both sides of the shapes lightly with olive oil. Sprinkle them with salt, garlic powder or other seasonings of your choice. Broil them on a baking sheet for a few minutes until they are lightly browned and crispy. Flip them once during the broiling process. Guacamole works well as a dip for the pita chips. Giving the green dip a name such as "Monster Goo" adds to the Halloween connection.

    Sticks of string cheese transform into a Halloween side dish when cut into fingers. Round the tip of each piece of string cheese, carving out a finger nail if desired. Use a knife to cut two or three horizontal lines halfway down the cheese finger to create the knuckle.

Desserts

  • A sweet end to the meal blends into the theme with a touch of Halloween. Round sugar cookies transform into eyeballs with a few decorative touches. Ice each cookie with white frosting. Use a green or blue Lifesaver candy as the iris. Add a chocolate chip in the middle of the Lifesaver for the pupil.

    The round shape of cupcakes provide a natural base for pumpkin decorations. Cover the top of the cupcakes with orange frosting. Use black frosting to turn them into jack-o-lanterns by drawing in the facial features. A bit of green icing at the top creates the stem for the edible jack-o-lanterns.

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