8 Easy and Irresistible Halloween Party Treats

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You need a variety of treats to satisfy the masked monsters who come hungrily creeping 'round your door on Halloween. Include healthy-eating options for the portlier poltergeists who are watching their weight and the sugar-stuffed spirits who can't face yet another candy bar. With Halloween party treats, it's all about the presentation. It needn't be a nightmare. You can quickly and easily whip up a range of demonic dishes using the simplest of ingredients.

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Blood Apples

Cut slits in eight apples and push a wooden stick into each slit. Put 28 ounces of caramel candy and 1/4 cup of water into a saucepan. Stir over low heat until the caramel melts. Add two drops of red food coloring. Dip apples in the caramel and serve them dripping sweet, red "blood."

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Shrunken-Head Salad

Boil salad potatoes whole, with their skins on. Let them cool. Carve a frightful face into each potato with a sharp knife. Gouge out eyeholes and fill them with slivers of olive. Press pumpkin seed "teeth" into the mouth. Hide the shrunken heads under salad leaves in a bowl. Add a dash of salad dressing so they gleam wickedly.

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Ghost Toast

Slice a French baguette into thin rounds. Using scissors, cut ghost shapes -- small enough to fit on each bread slice -- from cooking foil. Place the foil on the slices and toast them. Remove the foil to leave a stenciled ghost on each piece of toast. Serve rounds of ghost toast with pate for older apparitions, with peanut butter for younger wraiths.

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Creepy Cookies

Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler. Dip the tip of a teaspoon into the melted chocolate. Use it to draw a spider body on a plain cookie: a small blob for the head and a large blob for the abdomen. Draw eight chocolate legs with the edge of the teaspoon.

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Lemon Jelly
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Blob Monsters

In a large, heatproof pitcher, make a fruit gelatin dessert according to the instructions on the pack. Green or yellow gelatin is best for blob monsters. Pour the hot gelatin into muffin molds to set. Turn out each blob from its mold. Add marshmallows and raisins for eyes. Add feelers and fangs cut from citrus peel.

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Monster Mugs

Sift 7 ounces of icing sugar into a bowl. Add 3 ounces of unsalted butter, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 tablespoon of milk and the food coloring of your choice. Work the ingredients together with the back of a spoon. Make monster faces on plain cupcakes with your mixture. Add sprinkles, nuts and candied peel for horns, eyeballs and gnashing teeth.

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