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Halloween Appetizers

Throw a fun fall party for your friends or your kids with these festive recipes for Halloween appetizers, including spooky snacks, party mixes, salsa, hummus, fondue, pumpkin seeds, caramel apples, popcorn balls, pumpkin dip, gingersnaps, smokies, cheese spread, apple dip, witch's fingers and more.

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Crunchy Monster Claws

Crunchy Monster Claws

Crunchy Monster Claws

Cajun seasoning adds flavor, and a crunchy coating helps keep these chicken fingers moist. This recipe makes a great appetizer to serve at any Halloween gathering. It'll "grab" the attention of kids of all ages. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

Dirt Balls

Dirt Balls

Dirt Balls

Looking for a showstopper on a Halloween buffet? Check out these dill-garlic cheese balls! They're so simple to make, and you can omit the black sesame seeds for other holidays.

Dragon Claws with Blood Sauce

Dragon Claws with Blood Sauce

Dragon Claws with Blood Sauce

Stand back and watch guests gobble up this cold Halloween appetizer! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Fried Bolts

Fried Bolts

Fried Bolts

Our home economists' nuts-and-bolts appetizers feature mushroom caps and zucchini sticks. Assemble them earlier in the day and chill until ready to deep fry.

Goblin Bites

Goblin Bites

Goblin Bites

Use vegetable scraps to create ghoulish monster faces on each wonton dip cup. Cut leftover wontons into fun Halloween shapes with small cutters and bake until lightly browned. —Betty Huddleston, Liberty, Indiana

Juicy Bat Wings

Juicy Bat Wings

Juicy Bat Wings

These wings are guaranteed to have your guests licking their fingers clean! If desired, you can replace the seasonings listed in the recipe with 1/4 cup purchased blackened seasoning.—Corey Russo, Orono, Minnesota

Monster Curried Cheese Ball

Monster Curried Cheese Ball

Monster Curried Cheese Ball

Don't be afraid of this cheese ball! The combination of the bold chutney and the mellow cheddar and blue cheeses creates a wonderful flavor. It's also a convenient make-ahead appetizer because it has to set up in the fridge overnight. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Sausage-Stuffed Slithery Snakes

Sausage-Stuffed Slithery  Snakes

Sausage-Stuffed Slithery Snakes

This cheese-, spinach- and sausage-filled bread from our Test Kitchen is sssseriously party pleasers! It ties in well with any Halloween theme.

Scarecrow Veggie Pizza

Scarecrow Veggie Pizza

Scarecrow Veggie Pizza

AT HARVEST PARTIES, fall festivals or any autumn event, the flavorful fellow here will raise a crop of smiles! To stuff this savory appetizer full of good taste, our Test Kitchen cooks shaped a scarecrow using red peppers, carrots, broccoli and lots of other fresh veggies. Since you can make the crust with refrigerated dough and quickly prepare a cream cheese spread to put on top, you'll be ready to form your own colorful character in no time.

Silly Snake Sub

Silly Snake Sub

Silly Snake Sub

This slithering sub makes a fun and tasty centerpiece. Add your own zany, creative touches and feel free to mix and match the meat and cheeses to suit your family's tastes. You also can add breadsticks to make "legs" if you want the sub to look like a centipede. —Linda Overman, Wichita, Kansas

Slithering Hummus Bites

Slithering Hummus Bites

Slithering Hummus Bites

Friends often ask me to make my hummus dip for parties. One year at Halloween, I decided to take it further by piping it into phyllo shells and topping it with olives and roasted red peppers to make creepy creatures. —Amy White, Manchester, Connecticut
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