Who says Halloween is just a candy holiday? Here are a few devilishly good and creative Halloween inspired appetizers.
1. Halloween Buffalo Chicken Skillet Dip
You can never go wrong with a classic chicken dip. This recipe from tasty.co will have all the ghouls and ghals feeling full and ready to get their spook on.
for 12 servings
- 2 cups chicken, cooked and shredded
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup monterey jack cheese
- ⅔ cup cheddar cheese
- ½ cup buffalo sauce
- ½ cup ranch dressing
- 2 tubes refrigerated pizza dough
- 4 oz cheddar cheese, block of cheese, cubed
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
- In a bowl, combine chicken, cream cheese, monterey jack, cheddar, buffalo sauce, and ranch.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out 1 tube of pizza dough. Cut out triangles for eyes, and a mouth.
- Bake for 12 minutes, or until the pieces are golden brown, slightly risen and cooked through.
- Cut the remaining dough into squares, place a cube of cheese on each one, and roll into balls. Repeat with the other tube of pizza dough. Place in a ring around the edges of a greased oven-safe skillet or dish.
- Fill the middle of the dish with the dip filling.
- Bake for 35 minutes.
- Coat all of the dough with melted butter. Place the dough face pieces on the dip.
2. Spooky Monster Eyes Halloween Deviled Eggs
This recipe from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom is a spooky twist to the classic beloved appetizer.
- 10 to 12 boiled eggs
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 tbs dill relish
- sliced black olives
- mayonnaise (optional- add 1 tsp at a time as needed to achieve optimum creaminess)
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- red food coloring
- soft (brand new) paint brush
- Peel eggs and cut in half, lengthwise. Scoop out yolks.
- In a bowl mash together egg yolks, avocado and lemon juice. (My avocados were not super ripe, I found I needed to use a food processor.)
- If the egg and avocado mixture needs more creaminess, add 1 tsp of mayo at time to achieve desired creaminess
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Add a tiny bit of red food coloring to a spoon and using the paintbrush, “paint” the red bloodshot eyes onto the eggs.
- Spoon egg mixture into eggs and top with a sliced black olive. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve and best if served within 6 hours.
3. Deliciously Rotten Deviled Eggs
Don’t let the name fool you. These deviled eggs from Parenting Chaos are so fun to look at and delicious for all ages.
- 6 eggs, hard boiled & sliced in half
- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 scant tablespoon mustard
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- a splash of hot sauce, Frank's Red Hot is my favorite
- Green gel food dye
- salt & pepper, to taste
- Paprika and chia seeds to garnish
- Boil eggs as directed in Monster Egg post
- Place your cooked egg yolks in a small bowl & mash them up with a fork.
- Stir in the mayo, mustard, worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, food dye, salt, & pepper.
- Scoop the filling into the egg whites.
- Sprinkle it with paprika and/or chia seeds.
4. Sweet and Sour 'Bat' Wings
These bat wings from Sprinkles and Sprouts are a for sure way to put a little spook into any Halloween party.
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- ¾ cup pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon hot sauce optional
- 1 teaspoon black food colouring
- 3 lb whole chicken wings see note 1
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Combine the pineapple juice, brown sugar, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and black food coloring in bowl. Add the chicken wings and turn carefully to coat.
- Marinate for 6-24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 400ºF/200ºC.
- Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.
- Remove the wings from the fridge and place them in a single layer on the baking sheets.
- Bake chicken 30 minutes.
- Combine the honey and apple cider vinegar.
- Remove the wings from the oven and brush liberally with the honey mixture.
- Return to the oven for 10 minutes.
- Serve in your spookiest dish
5. Ghost Hard Boiled Eggs
Every Halloween party needs a few ghosts. These easy hard boiled eggs from On My Kids Plate are not just for the little ones.
- Hard boiled Egg
- Peel hard boiled egg gently with your hands.
- Slice bottom off egg so egg will stand on end
- Use the plastic drinking straw to poke holes in the egg for ghost eyes and mouth.
- Slice a tiny piece off of your carrot. Slice it smaller until you have two pieces that are smaller than the holes.
- Pop tiny pieces of carrots into eye holes.