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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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Silly Snake Sub

Silly Snake Sub

Silly Snake Sub

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

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
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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.”

Tater Tarts

Tater Tarts

Tater Tarts

These bite-sized potato appetizers combine the tang of sour cream, the sharpness of Pepper Jack and the distinct flavor of cilantro in a crisp crust to make a delectable snack that's easy to prepare.

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

Bloody-Mary Seafood Cocktail

Bloody-Mary Seafood Cocktail

Bloody-Mary Seafood Cocktail

When planning impromptu parties, I rely on this recipe. After a quick stop at the supermarket, I can create an hors d'oeuvre that both impresses and pleases.
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