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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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Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs

Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs

Salted Caramel & Dark Chocolate Figs

Here’s a special appetizer that won’t last long! Fruit, caramel and rich dark chocolate add a sweet touch to this grown-up dipped fruit. —Simple & Delicious 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.
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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

Southwestern Orange Dip

Southwestern Orange Dip

Southwestern Orange Dip

Letting the dip sit for 2 hours, allows the flavors to meld. Not only is it gook with chips, fruit slices would also benefit from the smoky kick. People ask for the recipe as soon as they taste it.—Pat Mowery, Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Spiced Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Spiced Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Spiced Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Here’s an easy, orangey chutney to serve on toast, Brie, cream cheese or crackers. Pecans give it a little extra crunch. Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

Spider Sliders

Spider Sliders

Spider Sliders

We're always trying to do fun things with food to make meal memorable. Better grab one of these sandwiches before it walks away! —Frank Millard, Edgerton, Wisconsin

Steak-Through-the-Heart Bites

Steak-Through-the-Heart Bites

Steak-Through-the-Heart Bites

Our Test Kitchen staff enhances the already fabulous flavor of beef kabobs by topping them with a colorful roasted red pepper sauce. Guests will fall in love with these appetizers!

Swamp Sludge

Swamp Sludge

Swamp Sludge

Guacamole is always a party favorite, even when it looks like it was dredged from the swamp! I add white beans to resemble pebbles. Serve with blue corn tortilla “witch hats.”

Tex-Mex Dip with Spooky Tortilla Chips

Tex-Mex Dip with Spooky Tortilla Chips

Tex-Mex Dip with Spooky Tortilla Chips

No party is complete without chips and dip. These spooky ghost- or pumpkin-shaped chips, with a flavorful Tex-Mex dip, are perfect for Halloween. You can use different cookie cutters for other seasonal parties.--Mary Anne McWhirter, Pearland, Texas

Witches' Hats

Witches' Hats

Witches' Hats

Add something savory to your next spooky buffet with these cute witches' hats. The Kalamata olives are the perfect complement to the goat cheese.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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