The Ultimate Trick-or-Treat After Party

After trick-or-treating, invite your neighbors and friends over for some ghoulishly good grub from this easy prep-ahead buffet menu.

By Amy Ahlberg with recipes from Taste of Home
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    Peter Pumpkin Cheese Puffs

    Start with a tray of adorable orange, pumpkin-shaped cheese puffs, made tangy with Romano cheese. Pipe cream cheese "stems" onto the pumpkins and fashion pumpkin leaves out of parsley sprigs.

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    Tip: Encourage guests to mingle by setting up a buffet table. Serve a mix of appetizers and small bites, a heartier entrée-type dish, and a dessert or two.

    Source: Fabulous Foods

    Spooky Monster Sandwiches

    These tiny sandwiches are more silly than scary. Fill them with chicken salad, then top with olives "eyes," pimiento strip "noses," and pickle "fangs".

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    Pumpkin Cheese Ball

    You can make this cute, pumpkin-shaped cheddar-and-cream cheese ball a day ahead of time. Paprika gives it its orange hue, and a broccoli stalk makes a neat pumpkin stem.

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    Tip: Set up a separate drinks station, out of the path of the buffet line. Fill an aluminum tub with ice and bottles of beer, wine, soda, and water. Set up your coffeemaker, and consider keeping a batch of hot chocolate warm in a slow cooker. Have a roll of paper towels nearby to mop up spills and condensation, and don’t forget a bottle opener, beverage napkins, and cups.

    Crunchy Monster Claws

    A kick of Cajun seasoning makes these homemade chicken fingers appealing to adults, but you can leave it out if little ones are sensitive to spicy foods. Create “claws” by adding a sliced triangle of yellow bell pepper at the end of each chicken finger, and serve with store-bought barbecue sauce—or as we like to say at Halloween, “blood”!

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    Beef Stew with Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

    A slow cooker makes it easy to serve this hearty beef stew with mushrooms and parsnips, and also keeps the it hot on the buffet table during your open house. Pipe mashed potato "ghosts" onto each bowlful, or simply top spoonfuls of potatoes with a ladle of stew.

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    Tip: Set up a cutlery station with disposable flatware, paper towels, and napkins. Guests can then go through the buffet line without balancing extra things like utensils.

    Goblins with Pumpkin Dip

    This cream cheese-pumpkin dip can be served warmed or chilled. Make dippers by using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter (or any other shape you like) to cut out cinnamon-dusted flour tortilla triangles.

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    Carnival Caramel Apples

    Caramel-dipped apples rolled in crushed peanuts are a classic Halloween treat. Prep them ahead of time, or create a station where guests can dip their own, then roll in toppings of their choice (like crushed cookies, sprinkles, mixed nuts, and more).

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    Chocolate Spiders

    Spoon chocolate pudding into individual graham cracker tart shells for a single-serving dessert that's easy to hold while chatting. Use licorice to create spider legs and M&Ms for eyes—or if you're spooked by spiders, simply serve them unadorned.

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    Quick Ghost Cookies

    Dip Nutter Butter cookies into white candy coating to make these fun, friendly ghosts. Serve with a pile of napkins so guests can wrap up their sweet endings and take them “to go," either out trick-or-treating or home for the night.
     
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