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Awesome Treats to Serve at Your Halloween Party
The Halloween Party
It’s that time of year; Halloween is just around the corner. When I was a kid I couldn’t wait for Halloween to get here. It is my favorite holiday because it evokes the same feelings in me now as an adult as it did when I was a child. This is a time to show your silliness, your sense of humor and adventure. It’s a holiday that allows you to broadcast your creativity to friends and neighbors by showing off your latest costume or setting a theme for your Halloween party. It doesn’t matter if your party is macabre or campy, spooky or just plain silly; what matters is that your guests have a good time and that they are well served. It takes a good deal of time to host your own Halloween party. After you send out your invites and request your RSVP’s, you have to decorate your party space to accommodate your theme. Don’t forget to carve up those pumpkins and do not discard those pumpkin seeds you can use them to serve as treats. Additionally, you might want to take a look at the list of treats below that I think are fantastic examples of Halloween party treats. As much as I would like to claim that those pictures were taken by me, I cannot. They are pictures of treats that I have seen at Halloween parties and made mental notes to steal the idea for my next party. These are simple and quick to make and anyone that is minimally experienced in the kitchen can create from just looking at the pictures. I’ll give advice on how to make each of the following treats but if you want the step by step instructions you can follow the sourced links under the photos. What fun is that though? The whole point is to use your own creativity and build upon these ideas. Have fun and remember to give me some feedback on any suggestions or Halloween party treats that you enjoy serving.
Mini Caramel Apples
Mini Caramel Apple Recipe
I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like caramel apples. I would eat them all the time but for one reason, they’re usually too big. A couple years ago, I went to a friend’s Halloween party and she had these mini caramel apples on a platter that looked so good. At first look, I didn’t know what they were since my only experiences were with full sized apples. These looked so good and provided just enough savory taste to get my fix.
There are a few ways you can make these tasty treats. You’re going to need about 8 Granny smith apples and a 1 inch melon baller. You can yield about 8 mini apple balls from one full sized apple so all together this will give you just over 6 dozen. You can just say 6 dozen because there is no way those remaining 4 are going to even make it to the party. It may take a couple tries with the melon baller to get it right but the apple ball should have just a little bit of the apple skin left on the bottom.
Once you have all the apple balls you want, go ahead and take a lollipop stick and place it in the mini ball through the part that still has the skin then set them aside on a platter. (Note: if you don’t have a melon baller, you can just cut the apples in chunks but leave some skin on the bottom.)
Most people go right to the caramel but this can often yield a messy little apple since the caramel has a hard time sticking to the watery juices of the apple, unlike when it is just on the skin. To counter this, you can melt some chocolate and dip the mini apples in it first to sort of seal the apple. Let the chocolate set for a few minutes then dip the apple in some melted caramel.
While the caramel is still hot on the mini apple you might want to now dip it in some toppings such as sprinkles, crushed Butterfinger bars, crushed Oreo cookies, coconut, and even a mixing of your favorite crushed nuts.
Immediately place the mini caramel apples on a wax paper lined serving tray, or inside some mini cupcake liners, and then let them refrigerate until about an hour before your party.
Spider Cookie Recipe
Okay, I saw these spider cookies at another party, though it wasn’t a Halloween party. Just looking at them you can see how easy they would be to make and how much conversation is going to be made over them. All that is needed for this creative and sort of spooky treat is some sandwich type cookies, preferably Oreo, and if you are inviting me make them double stuffed, and some string black licorice. Cut the licorice into inch and a half pieces to form the legs of the spider. You will need 8 pieces for each cookie so I’ll let you do the math.
The picture shows mini candies for the eyes but it will be much easier and quicker to just use some cake icing gels. They come in all colors and make decorating quick and easy.
Serve these spider cookies just as they are or even better, make some of your favorite cupcakes and use these spider cookies as toppers. Either way, they make me all itchy just looking at them.
Mummy Weenie Recipe
Mummy Weenies are very simple to make. All that you need is some weenies and a can of crescent dough. Now you have a choice, you can use full sized hot dogs, you can cut them in half, or you can use the mini weenies. I prefer cutting the hot dogs in half as they are much easier to work with during the next step.
Open you can of crescent dough, I have used Pilsbury but any brand will do. Flatten out a 2 inch ball and then cut it with a paring knife into strips thin enough to use as bandages. This is why I recommend using the half hot dogs instead of the mini weenies, because of the girth. It is easier to cut 1/8th inch wide strips than it is to cut 1/16th inch wide strips, but if you have a steady hand, go for it.
Wrap the weenies completely but leave a small space at one end for the finishing touch. Place the crescent dough wrapped weenies on a cookie sheet and bake them according to the instructions on the dough packaging. When they come out you will see that the dough has expanded a bit and the space that you left at one end of the weenie is just enough to look like the opening for some eyes.
With the use of ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles, alternated the finished weenies with a pair of eyes and then place them on your serving platter.
Mummy Pizza Recipe
These Mummy Pizza faces are something that would be fun to do with the kids. You will need a box of regular Ritz crackers, a jar of pizza sauce, a bag of pre-sliced peperoni, about a cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, and a can of diced black olives.
Fill a cookie sheet with a single layer of Ritz crackers. Place a half teaspoon of pizza sauce on each cracker. Cut the peperoni slices in half then place and press one half slice over the sauce. Use a few shreds of the cheese to make the look of bandages and use two pieces of the diced black olives to look like eyes.
Bake them at 325 ̊ for about 8 minutes, just long enough for the chees to melt. Serve them too on a platter.
Deviled Egg Eyeball Recipes
Talk about an eye popping platter. These Deviled eyeball eggs are just the thing you will need to stir up some chatter. I think it’s a law that says every party serving appetizers has to have a selection of deviled eggs. Don’t quote me on that, I said I think it’s a law. Why not have these as an appetizer at your Halloween party? They’re cheap and very easy to make. Sure it takes a bit more time to prepare than the other Halloween treats mentioned above but trust me, you can’t go wrong with deviled eggs.
Remember that a dozen eggs will yield two dozen servings so after you get a count of how many people are coming to your party, you can determine how many eggs you will need. The math gets tricky and it is easy to over serve your guests so by default I count on one serving per guest though I know half my guests are not going to eat them but on the other hand half of them will eat 2 so it evens out. One serving per guest should do.
When I make deviled eggs I use a recipe that is for 1 dozen at a time. So remember 1 dozen will yield 2 dozen servings. You will need ½ cup of mayo, 2 teaspoons of white wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of Dijon or Spiced mustard, ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. (Note: you can really make these eggs stand out if you add 8 drops of green food coloring to the mixture, it doesn’t change the flavor but it does make them a bit more creepy looking.)
After you hard boil and peel your eggs, halve them and place the egg yolks in a bowl and set the egg whites to the side. Add the rest of the ingredients to the egg yolks and mash them all together. Once everything is mixed and mashed together, spoon the mixture back into the egg white halves. Now, garnish each serving with a sliced black olive and then use some red food coloring to make the blood shot eyes pop. Let these sit in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.