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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.

Puffy Sausage Mummies

Puffy Sausage Mummies

Puffy Sausage Mummies

Golden puff pastry and spicy andouille sausage make these delightful hand-held sandwiches great for kids and adults. The honey mustard helps mellow the spice. You can serve additional honey mustard for dipping if you like.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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

Leg Bones

Leg Bones

Leg Bones

Kids can help out with these bone-chilling breadsticks because they're so simple and fun to do. Enjoy them with a favorite soup, stew or chili. —Summer Jones, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Cauldron Cheese Ball

Cauldron Cheese Ball

Cauldron Cheese Ball

Red and yellow pepper strips make the perfect “fire” for this easily constructed cauldron. Be sure to take a picture before the whole thing gets gobbled up!—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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!

Hot Dog Mummies with Honey Mustard Dip

Hot Dog Mummies with Honey Mustard Dip

Hot Dog Mummies with Honey Mustard Dip

These flaky mummy sandwiches are instant party hits! The accompanying mustard dip adds just the right kick.

Pumpkin Pinwheels

Pumpkin Pinwheels

Pumpkin Pinwheels

Cream cheese, mozzarella and roasted red peppers make these spirted pinwheels devilishly delicious. They were a hit at my last Halloween party.—Anndrea Bailey, Huntington Beach, California

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.”

Brain Dumplings

Brain Dumplings

Brain Dumplings

Family and friends will be shocked to learn these tasty brains are actually pot stickers!

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

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.
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