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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.

Drinks

– 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.

Jack-O-Lantern — a round glass and orange garnish make this drink perfect for a spooky theme.

Jack-O-Tini — an colourful Halloween martini.

Zombie — rum and fruit juice make up this colourful treat.

Coffee of the Damned — a Halloween brew with a bit of kick.

Old Fashioned Apple — coffee liqueur and vodka for those late night festivities.

Autumn sunset — pumpkin puree adds some seasonal flair.

Caramel Apple Shot — a quick and easy drink combining the flavours of apple and butterscotch.

Pumpkin Nog — a seasonal dessert drink.

– And what party would be complete without a Bloody Mary?

NEXT: Appetizers and Snacks

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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.

Meatloaf Mice — the key is using vegetables to decorate the meat, and serve in a pool of tomato sauce.

Melon Brain — some cutting and peeling transform a watermelon into a healthy appetizer.

Vampire Teeth — a simple, low-fat treat made with apples and fruit preserves.

– Use bread dough to make a Spider Dip Bowl for salsa.

Caramel and Marshmallow Dip — it’s not scary or gross, but it’s ideal for fruit or Halloween-shaped sugar cookies.

Haunted Forest Platter — get creative with your veggies for a unique and edible display.

– Cream cheese and poppy seeds make a quick and easy Cheesy Spider to serve with crackers.

Next: Desserts

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Desserts

– 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.

– For a dessert that’s on the lighter side, dip strawberries in white or orange-coloured white chocolate and decorate to look like Scary Berries.

Gingerbread Skeletons — the key is in the white icing decorations.

Candy Corn Cookies — tri-coloured sugar cookies perfect for dipping in coffee.

– Walnuts and caramel never looked so creepy as these Walnut Spiders.

Wiggly-Jiggly Crystal Ball — fruit and candy in a luminescent jelly mould.

Green Chocolate Slimedoo — a white chocolate fondue “gone bad”.

NEXT: Ghoulish Garnishes

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Ghoulish Garnishes

– 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).

– Cut jagged edges into cucumber slices to look like fangs and use to garnish drinks or on a vegetable platter.

– A little salami, a cookie cutter, a gerkin and a toothpick make up a Batty Vampire Garnish.

When it comes to any kind of cooking presentation is everything . This axiom is especially important for holiday goodies. Innocent recipes can be transformed with food colouring, interesting shapes and textures, and disgusting-sounding names. To make sure your guests get the full effect, be sure to point out the names of the foods you serve (you can be as creative as you like), or print up some labels on your home computer. Even if you’re not planning a party, a special Halloween meal will sure to be a hit with adults, kids and grandkids alike.

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