This past Halloween, I got into the spirit and made a fun-filled dinner for my family and friends. I thought I'd share my Halloween dinner recipes—including an appetizer, drink, main dish, and dessert.
If you have children, it's fun to let them get involved and join the festive spirit!
For an appetizer, make monster eyeballs. Cut 6 hard-boiled eggs length-wise and remove yolks. In a small bowl, mix the yolk with a spoonful of mayonnaise, add a couple drops of food coloring, blend, and return to the eye "sockets." Push the rounded end of a pimento-filled olive half into each yolk. Then dip a toothpick in red food coloring or ketchup and draw in broken blood vessels on the egg whites. Ghastly!
For a scary-looking drink, make zombie hands punch. Take fruit punch or juice, fill 2 clear surgical gloves (found at your local pharmacy), tie off, and stick the gloves in the freezer. Then float the gloves in a punch-filled bowl, and they look like zombie hands!
Another simple idea is to freeze Gummy worms in apple juice and serve everyone a creepy crawly drink!
For dinner, serve a jack-o'-lantern hamburger pie. Make a meat mix using Bonnie's Meatloaf  recipe, but instead of shaping it into a loaf, put the mix into a pie crust. Take a second pie crust, cut out a jack-o'-lantern's face, and place on top of meat mix. Bake at 350ºF for 45 minutes or until browned.
For dessert, let the kids make their own spider cookies. Put an Oreo cookie on a plate. Let the kids tear a piece of black licorice into six to eight "spider leg" pieces and gently push them into the sides of each cookie (into the frosting middle). Place six to eight mini-M&M "eyes" on the top of the cookie, helping them stick with chocolate frosting. Eat!
Enjoy the Halloween weekend! I'll be running around with my very own "eensy weensy spider" this year.
What are you doing for Halloween? Making any treats or crafts? Please share! (Just post your comment in the box below.)
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