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Spooky Halloween Menu

The menu will vary dependent on whether you want your friends laughing or to truly feel as though they have walked into a haunted house. Stick to certain colors when it comes to the food: orange, red, yellow, black or brown and even green. Pick and choose from these delicious recipes, which vary from finger foods to sit down meals, but don’t forget to place bowls of pimento stuffed olives and have basics like spaghetti and meatballs as well as chili laid out for guests to eat.

Black Widow Cheese Log
This great appetizer works year round, especially since you can form it into any shape!
What you’ll need: 2 tbsp unsalted butter, 2 cups thinly sliced shallots, 10 oz fresh goat cheese, 4 oz cream cheese, 6 oz feta cheese, black sesame seeds, 1 Piquillo pepper, 6 painted twigs for garnish.
Directions: In medium saucepan melt the butter and add shallots, cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes. Scrape shallots into a food processor and let cool. Add goat cheese, cream cheese and feta and puree until smooth. Scrape into a bowl and chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Roll 1/3 of cheese into a ball and coat in sesame seeds. Roll the rest of the cheese into a larger ball and coat in seeds. On a serving board press the two balls together to create the spider and attach 6 inch twigs for legs. Cut the pepper into 2 small triangles and decorate the back of the spider. Serve with crackers, flatbread or bread sticks.

Spooky Crisps
These small crackers go great with the Spider Cheese Ball and other fun Halloween dips.
What you’ll need: 10 inch flavored or plain tortillas, parmesan cheese, chili powder (optional) and melted butter or margarine.
Directions: Use cookie cutters to cut the tortilla into Halloween shapes. Place the tortilla shapes on nonstick baking sheets. Mix cheese and chili powder. Brush tortillas with butter and sprinkle with cheese mixture. Bake in oven at 350 for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Pumpkin Bites
This is a fun finger food that will add some color to all of your spooky decorations.
What you’ll need: 1lb pumpkin piece or squash, German style rye or pumpernickel bread, ¼ cup basil pesto and 24 small sprigs of watercress.
Directions: cut out 24 balls of pumpkin or squash with a melon baller and steam for 8 minutes, then cool. Cut out small rounds from the bread and spread ½ tsp of the pesto on top. Place the pumpkin on top and the watercress into the top of the pumpkin.

Witch’s Brew Soup
Great for a sit down meal, this tasty soup will have all of your guests asking for second.
What you’ll need: 1 tbsp salad oil, 2 lbs. raw turkey Italian sausage, 1 onion chopped, 1 red bell pepper (steamed, seeded and chopped), 2 cloves garlic minced, 1 tbsp chili powder, 2 tsp cumin seed, 1 tsp dried oregano leaves, 2 quarts chicken broth, 2 lbs banana squash, 3 cans hominy drained, 1 box frozen peas, salt and pepper to taste.
Directions: Place oil in 8-10 quart pan and heat over medium-high heat. Squeeze sausages from castings into pan and break into bite size chunks; stir occasionally until lightly browned. Add onion, pepper and garlic; stir for 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin seed and oregano. Add broth, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Peel squash and cut into ½ inch cubes, add to broth and return to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until squash is softened. Add hominy and peas; bring to a boil for about 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Halloween Desserts

This is one of the best ways to make your party one of a kind and give it that last bit of detail making it an unforgettable night. Have basics like candy corn, cookies and carrot cake, but decorate them with spooky Halloween decorations like Halloween shaped pans and icing in the shape of spider webs.

Ghost Lemon Cake Pops
These creative desserts will please all of your guests and give them a light refreshing taste after the rich foods.
What you’ll need: 1 plain pound cake, 4 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 tbsp lemon juice, ½ cup confectioner’s sugar, 18 popsicle sticks, ½ lb white chocolate (chopped) and edible decorating pens.
Directions: Crumble the cake in a food processor and add the butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar; pulse to combine. Move mixture to a bowl and shape into 18 ghosts. Ease each ghost onto a popsicle stick and stand in a piece of Styrofoam. In a large microwaveable safe bowl heat the white chocolate until ¾ melted and stir until the rest melts. Quickly dip the cake ghosts into the white chocolate and let the excess drip back into the bowl. Stand the ghosts upright in the Styrofoam and let settle, then decorate with the pens.

Jack-O-Lantern Tarts
This is perfect for a sit down party or a Halloween cocktail party.
What you’ll need: all-purpose flour, tart dough, 15 oz solid packed pumpkin, 1 cup and 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup packed light brown sugar, 3 large eggs and 1 egg yolk, ½ cup honey, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, ½ tsp ground ginger and ¼ tsp ground cloves.
Directions: place one disk of dough on floured work surface and roll out to1/8 inch thick. Cut out 6 inch rounds and fit into 3 ¾ inch tart pans with removable bottoms. Trim dough even with the top, refrigerate for 30 minutes on a baking sheet and repeat with a second disk of tart dough. Roll out excess dough to 1/8 inch thick, transfer to parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375. Whisk pumpkin, 1 cup of cream, 3 eggs, honey, sugar, salt and spices in large bowl. Divide amongst tarts and bake until edges are golden brown; 30 minutes. Cut out jack-o-lantern faces from chilled dough and transfer to parchment lined baking sheet. Chill in freezer for 15 minutes. Whisk egg yolk and 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream. Brush cutouts with egg wash and bake until golden brown. Arrange cutouts on cooled tarts and serve.