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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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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

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!
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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

Crescent Roll Witch Hats

Crescent Roll Witch Hats

Crescent Roll Witch Hats

It doesn’t take magic to transform these crescent rolls into charming witch hats—just a few minutes and a couple ingredients. They’re so good, you’ll want to make a double batch. —Mara Fletcher, Batesville, Indiana

Gourd-geous Halloween Nachos

Gourd-geous Halloween Nachos

Gourd-geous Halloween Nachos

My family loves nachos so much that I sometimes serve them for lunch. To get in the Halloween spirit, I used a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out chips from pita bread. You can change the cutter shape to match any theme.—Kim Van Dunk, Caldwell, New Jersey

Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas

Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas

Jack-o'-Lantern Empanadas

Your trick-or-treaters will love these spooktacular pockets with silly grins. The savory filling is perfectly spiced, and the refrigerated pastry makes prep easy.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Maple, Fennel & Squash Bites

Maple, Fennel & Squash Bites

Maple, Fennel & Squash Bites

I can’t stop nibbling these flaky squares loaded with harvest ingredients. The frozen puff pastry helps simplify the prep work.—Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mummy Poppers

Mummy Poppers

Mummy Poppers

I wrapped these spicy jalapeno poppers in puff pastry like a mummy. You can tame the heat by adjusting the amount of chipotle peppers.—Nick Iverson, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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