Scarecrows, pumpkins and haunted houses mean Halloween is right around the corner! But what would this spooky season be without a neighborhood party or family gathering featuring themed treats that both look and taste good? We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite party dishes and recipes.
Mr. Bones and Double Dips
Turn your traditional veggie tray into a skeleton! Slice, chop, spiral and peel your favorite vegetables and arrange them in a skeletal shape. This is an open-ended recipe to fit your taste buds and gives lots of room for creativity.
With one sheet of thawed puff pastry, one egg, one round brie and a tablespoon of milk, you can turn this cheese into a haunting dish! Cut the puff pastry into one inch strips and wrap them around the brie to look like a mummy. Whisk the egg and milk together to then coat the pastry and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Add black olives or pepperoni for eyes!
Spiderweb Nacho Dip
Whip up your favorite nacho dip or platter of taco meat, lettuce, tomato and refried beans. Top it all off with sour cream in the design of a spider web for a quick and easy dish to bring to a last-minute occasion.
Spooky Strawberry Pumpkin Patch
With about two dozen strawberries, one melted 12 oz. package orange candy coating, one crushed 14.3 oz. package of oreos and a little bit of green frosting, you can bring this pumpkin patch to life. Simply dip strawberries in melted candy coating and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper until set. Transfer the remaining coating to a plastic bag, snip the corner and drizzle it over the dipped strawberries. Put the crushed oreos into a shallow dish and stick the strawberries into the crumbs to look like a pumpkin patch. Pipe green frosting onto the strawberries to create vines!
Leftover strawberries from the pumpkin patch above? Coat your fresh fruit in white chocolate and stick on two eyes and a mouth (chocolate chips!) to make mini ghosts that will be the talk of the party. Who doesn’t like chocolate covered strawberries? This one is an easy, go-to platter, no matter how big or small.
White Chocolate Mummy Pretzels
You’ll need 18-20 pretzel rods, 12 oz. white melting chocolate (such as Ghirardelli) and candy eyeballs. Melt the chocolate, dip the pretzel rods, covering about 2/3 of the pretzel. Place two candy eyeballs on each pretzel rod after letting the chocolate set for about a minute. Lay them on wax paper to set. Spoon remaining chocolate into a plastic bag, snip the corner and drizzle over the pretzels to resemble a mummy. Once everything is hardened, they’re ready to serve!
If you want to steer away from all of the candy and carbs, this healthy, adorable snack is the way to go! Slice open and dissect an orange, cut a face into the peel, and fill it with blackberries, raspberries or any fruit of your choice! Before you know it, you’ll have a platter full of mini carved “pumpkins.”
Spice up Halloween get-togethers with some of these creative dishes of fruits, veggies and desserts. Share your own creative halloween recipes with us!