Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Party Snacks and Recipes

Although it was not Disney-themed, I thought I'd share some pics of the snack food
we served at our annual Halloween party. Enjoy! 

"Bat Wings" - orange and black tortilla chips
(I found these at Aldi but have also seen them at Target.)
I purchased this bowl after last Halloween
at Target for 75% off.

"Dried Grubs" - cheese puffs
Everything below the trifle bowl is from Dollar Tree.
The platter was a clear plastic that we spray painted black
then dry-brushed silver over it to give it a metallic look.
I added some moss, mice and dismembered skeleton parts.

"Gnome Ears" - potato chips
Served in a plastic kettle from Dollar Tree.

"Hex Mix" - Chex Mix
Also in a Dollar Tree kettle.

"Body Parts" - gummy body parts (Dollar Tree)
Halloween is the perfect time to dig out your fancy glass dishes.

"Frankenstein's Monster Brain" - brain Jell-O mold

4 (3.4 oz) boxes strawberry Jell-O
2 (3.4 oz) boxes peach Jell-O
1 (8 oz) can evaporated milk
2 1/2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold water
cooking spray

Prepare Halloween Gelatin Brain Mold with cooking spray.
Boil 2 1/2 cups water. Remove from heat.
Pour in all 6 boxes of Jell-O.
Stir well until all granules have dissolved.
Pour in 1 cup of cold water and can of evaporated milk.
Stir again. Pour into brain mold.
Place in fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
Carefully remove by turning upside-down
on serving platter.
Drizzle a little red food coloring into
the crevices to give it a more gruesome look.

"Skulls, Bones & Witch Fingers" - white chocolate candies
I bought these silicon ice cube molds at my local Dollar Tree,
but used them as candy molds instead.
I melted Wilton Candy Melts and poured them into 
the molds and then placed them into my freezer
for about 10 minutes until they hardened.
They easily popped out of the silicon trays.

The silver tray they are served in is from Dollar Tree.

"Finger Bones" - white chocolate-covered pretzels
Break up pieces of pretzel rods into different sizes
(the kids can help with this), and dip them with a fork
into melted white chocolate or almond bark (found in baking aisle).

"Eyeballs" - cake balls
Follow my recipe for Christmas Cake Balls,
then coat them in white chocolate or vanilla almond bark.
Squeeze a dot of melted chocolate or stick a chocolate chip in the center
and brush a circle of blue and green food coloring around it.
Finally, add red tube cookie icing (found in baking aisle) squiggles.

"Coffin Cakes" - brownies
I baked brownies from a mix then sprinkled the tops
with Oreo Cookie crumbs to give them a buried-look.

"Cheese Daggers" - pizza slices
I cut the slices extra thin to make them more of a finger food.

"Toad Eggs" - meatballs

2 bags frozen meatballs
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
1/2 cup grape jelly

Thaw meatballs and place in large pot.
Pour in BBQ sauce and jelly.
Let simmer 20 minutes on medium-high.
Serve as is or insert pretzel sticks for easy handling.

"Fried Alligator Tongues" - chicken strips

We bought chicken strips from our favorite chicken place
and cut them in half to make them finger food sized.

"Witch's Brew" - sherbet punch


1 can frozen limeade
1 (2-liter) ginger ale
1 brick of rainbow (or lime) sherbet

Let sherbet soften on counter about 30 minutes.
Pour ginger ale and limeade into punch bowl and stir well.
Add in softened sherbet and mix well with ladle or large spoon.

To make it creepy (and keep it cold), add in a skull ice mold.
We poured ginger ale tinted with green food coloring
into the mold so it wouldn't water down the punch.

We made the table setting even more fun
by adding potion stickers to the goblets (from Dollar Tree)
and made fun place setting cards.
The cards are set into plastic vampire teeth (Wal-mart)
that we spray painted silver.

Well, I hope you've enjoyed this peek into our Halloween party.
Have a Happy Halloween!!!