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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 • Posted October 13, 2010

Easy Additions for Fun Halloween Meals

It's Halloween! With just a few little changes or additions to things that you might already make, you can put the spirit of Halloween on your table.

Scary Eyeballs - Lay a black olive into the middle of the creamy center. You can do the same thing with mini- cheeseballs. Place an olive in the center and serve with crackers for a fun appetizer.

Ghostly Toast - Toast your bread. When it is cool enough to cut, with a gingerbread girl cutter or a plain knife, cut to make a ghost body. Top with whipped cream cheese or flavored yogurt with raisins or dates cut for eyes.

Ghost Sandwiches - Cut your bread into ghosts, add the filling of your choice and your children will have a ghostly treat for their school or after school sandwich.

Wormy Hot Dogs - Thinly slice your hot dogs and then microwave. This will make them curl to look like worms. Put them on a hamburger bun and dress with mustard, catsup and pickles to make a slimy swamp underneath.

Orange Jack O Lantern - With a toothpick, gently carve a face into the orange. Careful not to injure the meat/pulp of the orange, your child will have a small version of the Jack O Lantern that is healthy and edible.

Graveyard Snack - Take a cup of plain or buttered popped popcorn; add a half cup each of mini pretzels, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, goldfish crackers and raisins.

Spider Snack - Put peanut butter in the middle of 2 round crackers. Take 8 small pretzels and stick all around, 4 on each side to make the legs. Add raisins for eyes.

Salty Bones - Making breadsticks for your spaghetti tonight? Here's a Halloween twist. Unroll a tube of refrigerated breadstick roll and separate the triangle pieces. Stretch each individual piece to make a long bone like figure. Cut about a 1 and a half inch slit in each end with your kitchen scissors. Roll the remaining 4 flaps into what would make the end of a dog bone. Sprinkle with coarse salt and bake as directed. You could also make biscuit dough into dog bone or ghostly shapes!

Goblin Tongues - Using mini bagels, spread cream cheese or mayonnaise, your preference, onto bagel. Cut slices out of circular pieces of bologna lunch meat to look like tongues and put into the top center of the bagel, leaving it to hang out like a tongue.

These are just a small sampling of things you can do to impress the kids or grandkids. Nothing fancy, quite simple for you but they'll love them. Presentation and excitement is part of children accepting new and different things. Let them help you when creating these treats!

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