50-Plus Halloween Treats For Grown-ups
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Festive drinks and appetizer ideas for Halloween
We’ve scoured the web and our recipe boxes for some seasonal party favourites. Here, a little something to gross-out (we mean please) everyone.
– Pick up some pumpkin beer or pumpkin ale at your local beer or liquor store.
– Glow Worm Mocktail — a cold drink made with green camomile tea with lemon-lime soda.
– Ginger McIntosh Mocktail — celebrate apple season with a kick of ginger.
– Ghastly Black Halloween Punch — a creepy black, non-alcoholic punch.
– Dragon’s Blood Punch — the title accurately describes the colour, and this fruity beverage can be made non-alcoholic.
– Glowing Hand of Doom Punch — part punch, part fun decoration.
– Goblin Goo — layered jelly combined with fruit punch looks especially slimy on Halloween.
– Igor-Ade — a swampy looking layered cocktail.
– Hot Raspberry Cider — a twist on apple cider.
Appetizers and Snacks
– Add some blue food colouring to your favourite dip or cottage cheese and call it “Mashed brains”. Serve with plenty of fresh vegetables.
– Salty Bones — bread sticks that look like bones, great for dipping.
– Barbequed Bat Wings — a little dark food colouring in the sauce adds a gruesome colour to this chicken wing recipe.
– Skip ahead a couple of days and bake up a traditional Pan de los Muertos(Bread of the Dead), a traditional Mexican sweet bread shaped like a skull or decorated like bones.
– Chilling Olive Hand — a pair of latex gloves makes a great display for this party favourite.
– Baked Monster Eyes — beef, cheese, sour cream and olives all artfully arranged to look like eyeballs.
– Mildew Nibbles — spinach balls transformed for the occasion.
– Pus Stuffed Peppers — a cheesy appetizer that looks suitably disgusting.
– For a low fat dessert, transform scoops of orange sorbet into pumpkins with a garnish of mint leaves and a chocolate candy or piece of black licorice as the stem.
– Instead of caramel apples, try grilling the fruit instead and topping with caramel sauce and chopped walnuts.
– For a party with kids, the fun is in the decorating. Plain cupcakes or cookie cups can be adorned with sweet favourites like candy corn, chocolate and marshmallows.
– Bake cupcakes and arrange side by side on a platter in the rough shape of a skull or ghost and decorate as if it is one cake. (But it’s easy to pull apart and serve).
– Try some pumpkin pudding with cinnamon and cloves.
– Prefer bread pudding? This is sure to satisfty.
– Pumpkin Whoopie Pies — a seasonal take on the traditional filled sandwich.
– Carve radishes into blood-streaked eyeballs.
– Skewer assorted insect-shaped gummy candies on tooth picks.
– Top off a slice of an ordinary dessert or bowl of ice cream with Carmelized Cobwebs and Licorice Spiders.
– Let gummy worms “crawl” around your dessert and appetizer trays.
– Decorate platters with eye-ball printed gumballs or foil wrapped chocolates.
– Make a creepy skewered eyeball garnish from lychee, raspberry jam and a blueberry. (see About.com’s Mad Eye Martini recipe for instructions).