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5 Low Cost Halloween Party Food Ideas

Have you eaten Mummy Dogs before? How about Witches’ Fingers? We’re rounding out our week of Halloween ideas with some party food ideas that will surely make your parties the scariest on the block!

My daughter was born 3 days before Halloween, so when we had her first birthday party, we had a Halloween themed party complete with Mummy Dogs and Witches Fingers. Surprisingly, while the kids loved the fun food, the adults liked it just as much. There is something about Halloween that brings out the kid in all of us.

Even better, many of these ghouly foods don’t cost any more than other party foods, and in some cases, they may be cheaper, which is always a bonus.

If you are planning a Halloween party, here are some fun foods you might want to consider making:

Mummy Dogs

Supplies: Hot dogs, Crescent rolls, cheese (optional), mustard

Directions: Carefully take out the crescent rolls, and press the triangle perforation together so you have four rectangular pieces. Cut each rectangular piece into 10 strips. Use 4 strips per hot dog to wrap up like a mummy. At the top of the hot dog, separate out a space for the mummy “face.” Bake on a baking sheet in a 375 degree oven for 13 to 17 minutes until brown all over and cooked through. Put two dots of mustard on the “face” for the eyes.

Witches’ Fingers

Supplies: 1 cup almond slices, 1 pound of baby carrots, ranch dressing

Directions: Simply put a dab of ranch dressing on the end of a carrot stick and add the almond slice. (If you have trouble getting the almond to stick to the carrot with the ranch dressing, try using a dab of cream cheese.) Arrange on a plate and offer a side of ranch to dip them in. Alternatively, you could put the ranch in a big bowl and place the fingers in the ranch to look like floating fingers, but that can be a bit messy for the guests.

Spider Cookies/Crackers

Supplies: Oreo cakesters, black licorice, red decorating gel for cookies OR Cracker sandwiches such as peanut butter filled crackers, pretzel sticks, peanut butter, raisins

Directions: For the cookies: Cut the licorice into 1 inch pieces and insert 4 pieces on each side of the cakester. Use the icing gel to make two eyes.

For the crackers: Insert 4 pretzels on each side of the cracker. Top the cracker with peanut butter and add raisins for eyes.

Ice Cream Eyeballs

Supplies: Carton of vanilla ice cream, strawberry syrup, blue M & M’s, black decorating gel

Directions: On a baking tray, scoop up 2 round scoops of ice cream per serving. Keep in the freezer until 15 minutes before you are ready to serve. When you are ready to serve, put two scoops of ice cream on a plate about one inch apart, drizzle strawberry syrup over the ice cream for a blood shot effect, add a blue M & M on top and top that with a black dot of decorating gel.

Swamp Dip

Supplies: 3 avocados, peeled and cubed; 2 TBSP lime juice; ½ tsp. salt; 1/8 tsp. pepper; 1/3 cup sour cream; ¼ tsp. Tobasco sauce; 1 tomato, seeded and chopped; 4 – 6 cups green guacamole nacho chips

Directions: Place avocado in a bowl along with lime juice, salt, and pepper. Mash with a fork or potato masher until desired consistency. Stir in sour cream and Tabasco sauce and then add the tomato. Put in a bowl. Place a plate underneath and surround the bowl with the chips. Put a few chips in the dip too and garnish with a few tomatoes.

Whether you are planning a party or just want to eat some fun, tasty food for Halloween, these are clever ideas that won’t set you back a lot of money. What are your favorite Halloween foods?

Sources: Pillsbury [3], Food Network [4], Kraft Recipes [5], Parenting [6], About.com [7]