It's never too early to start planning for the best holiday of the year, right? We've already shown you how to make chillingly creepy cocktails, shrunken heads out of apples and potatoes, and a slew of DIY costumes, whether you want to go as Groot or an emoji. Now it's time to think about the most important part of any good Halloween party: the food. If you need inspiration for some spookily tasty Halloween hors d'oeuvres, just read on.
Pigs in a blanket rule. Even better than pigs in a blanket? Hot dog mummies, which are basically the same thing, only with the crescent/puff pastry dough more artistically applied.
You just need to cut up whatever kind of dough you use into strips and wind it around the mummy "bodies." Pillsbury has full instructions on the process. My favorite touch, though, is adding some "guts" to your mummy, via a strategically placed bite and some ketchup.
For the sake of your guests, you might want to use a knife to carve out a chunk if you want to borrow this method for display purposes.
Deviled eggs are a natural when it comes to Halloween appetizers—the word "devil" is in their name, after all. But now you can really kick things up a notch by making spider deviled eggs.
For a fun variation on the spooky deviled egg, try making the bloodshot eyes version. The recipe for these "deviled eyeballs" involves guacamole. You can make it yourself or cheat and buy some premade.
There's nothing like nibbling on an assortment of appetizers that look like dismembered phlanges. You can make yours out of pretzel rods dipped in green chocolate so they look like witches' fingers (complete with an almond for a nail).
There are also these fingers, made from shortbread cookies, cherry jam, and almonds, which are almost too realistic for me.
You could also be super healthy and make this blood-red hummus with carrot fingers (don't worry, the hummus is only red because beets are part of the recipe).
You can't just serve up a platter of cold cuts at a Halloween party. You definitely have to go the extra mile and serve a creepy skinned head version (especially when it's really not hard to assemble). Another version can be found here.
What Halloween would be complete without eating brains...brains...brains? The recipe requires that you cook together chicken broth and unflavored gelatin as the substance that holds the "brains" (frozen cooked shrimp) together.
If you want a less gross brain on a platter, you could carve one out of a watermelon instead. It may not be as slimy, but stabbing it with a knife definitely adds a layer of creepiness.
Now let's end with something adorable, mostly because the head made of meat and the shrimp cocktail brain sort of freaked me out. Did you know your classic childhood snack could now be used to make black widow spiders? Well, they can, and the results are both tasty and cute.
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