Foods served at Halloween parties should be just as festive as the costumes and decorations. With kids being a huge part of the Halloween celebration, you might be wondering what foods to create that will excite them, but are healthy and tasty as well. It’s easy to just draw for the everyday snacks and appetizers, but forget that! Create simple, yet fun recipes that your kids and their friends will love. Think yummy, cheesy eyeballs and delicious tortilla bats as great menu items. Yuck, but yummy. Here are some spooky snack ideas for your next Halloween party.
Bat Wings Cheese Balls
To make this treat, you will need to mix together 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 1/4 cup salsa and 1/4 teaspoon chili powder. To add some more flavor, add a pinch of salt and black pepper. Chill this mixture for 1 hour until firm. Make 1-inch balls from the mixture, which you will then roll in crushed black-bean or blue-corn chips. It should make around 18 balls. To create wings, insert whole chips into the sides, and finish off by decorating with olives, sour cream and/or diced pimientos to make the eyes.
Your children’s cooking classes may have passed on this spooky treat. Pipe red gel icing around the edge of small glasses and put them in the freezer. In a blender, mix together 1 pint of vanilla ice cream and 1/4 cup milk. Pour the milkshake mixture into the chilled, piped glasses.
Dug-Up Pretzel Bones
Get one cup of thin pretzel sticks and attach mini marshmallows on each end. In 12 ounces of melted white candy, dip the marshmallows. Place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet using a fork and let it rest until it’s set. To replicate dirt, crumble chocolate cookies and toss it on the pretzel-marshmallow sticks.
Begin by hard-boiling 12 medium or large eggs and peel after cooked and cooled. Cut off the top quarter of each egg and trim the bottoms so they sit upright. Remove the yolks and mash them in a bowl, then add 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 2 teaspoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons hot sauce and 2 teaspoons mustard. Mix together and season with salt. Spoon the mixture into the egg whites, then dust lightly with more paprika. Finish decorating with sliced red bell pepper for devil-like horns.
Pizza Mummies Snack Idea
Make these mummies by first toasting some slices of white sandwich bread (as needed) and spread with tomato sauce. Place thin strips of mozzarella on top for gauze. For the eyes, use sliced black olives. Broil to slightly melt the cheese. While there are many benefits baking for kids, sometimes a quick broil is all that’s needed.
Jack-o’-Lantern Bean Dip
Use a paring knife to slice the top off of a large orange bell pepper and remove the core. Next, carve a jack-o’-lantern face into the bell pepper. Puree one 15-ounce can of black beans, drained, 1/4 cup canned fire-roasted tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of hot sauce and 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of ground cumin. Add salt as desired. Spoon the mixture into the carved pepper.
This Halloween party food doesn’t have to be boring. These simple snack ideas will complete the party and have everyone ready to dig in. Kids will love them and even adults too. Forget the old chips and cookies and make your Halloween food the spooky treat it should be.