Here's the Food for Your Perfect Halloween Party
Photo by LadyMermaid Mummy Meatloaf is a great way to add some heft to your party's food offerings.
4. Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Ball. Take a picture of this snack early in the party, because the cheese pumpkin quickly loses face as guests arrive. If you enjoy mild Midwestern-style cheddar cheese balls, go with the standard recipes; those in search of more kick should add cayenne pepper or hot sauce and try jalapeño-flavored cream cheese.
3. Mummy Dogs. A perennial favorite since Pillsbury first introduced them a few years ago, Mummy Dogs are essentially larger versions of pigs in a blanket dressed up for Hallow's Eve. Hot dogs are the most popular filler, but if you're in the mood for a classier, less processed Halloween, I suggest using organic pork or chicken sausages.
Photo from Pillsbury.com Mummy Dogs can be made with, say, wild boar sausages.
2. Brownie Pumpkin Patch/Graveyard Cake. Having made this cake every year for the past decade or so, I can say it is not for people who don't like sweets. Okay, it's rather cloying, but if there's one time of the year people are in the mood to eat a dense brownie covered in icing covered in candy, well, it's Halloween. The newest "pumpkin patch" version of the cake (see previous link) is fine and dandy, but I prefer the retro "cemetery" version because it cleverly uses dyed coconut for the "grass" surrounding the tombstones.
Photo from hersheys.com My favorite version of the graveyard cake.
1. A Dip-Barfing Pumpkin. Many nauseated pumpkins seem prone to spewing guacamole, a popular choice, no doubt, for its color and ability to pair well with purple corn chips. Don't underestimate the deliciousness/grossness factor of a squash spewing veggie dip (gotta love those chunks!).