All Hallows Eve

Last night was clearly a successful evening…the children totally “high” on sugar!

We always have some friends and family join us for Trick-Or-Treat night, the dad’s get to herd the children along the route to candy paradise and the mom’s get to sit back and enjoy a libation 🙂 But, before the mom’s “checked out,” we had fun making some spooky nosh!

Goulish Fingers

I found the recipe for Goulish Fingers from the Taste of Home Halloween Edition. We LOVED these salami and cream cheese roll-ups, although there were a few who removed the tomato fingernails. What is there not to love about a tomato???

Goulish Fingers

Next up, “Bat” Wings

Bat's Wings

I deep fried the chicken wings (no flour or breading), in canola oil then tossed in a bowl of Frank's RedHot Wings Sauce (Buffalo Flavor). Did you know that Frank's RedHot was the secret ingredient used in the original Buffalo wings created in Buffalo, NY in 1964??? I did not know it either until I read it on the back of the bottle!

Deluxe Artichoke Dip

1 cup coarsely torn fresh Bread Crumbs (I just used Udi’s bread crumbs that I had pre-made and stored in my freezer)

1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh Parsley (I just used dried and eyeballed the amount until it looked pretty but not overdone)

1 cup Hellmans/Best Mayonnaise

1 (8-ounce) container of Sour Cream (I used Kroger’s Reduced Fat Sour Cream)

1 can (14-ounces) Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped

1 jar (12-ounces) Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained and chopped

1 clove Garlic, finely minced

2 Tbs. Olive Oil

Preheat oven to 350° F

Combine bread crums, 1/4 cup cheese and parsley in small bowl; set aside.

Combine mayo, sour cream, remaining 3/4 cup cheese, artichokes and garlic in medium bowl. Evenly spread artichoke mixture in 9-inch pie plate; top with bread crumb mixture, then drizzle with olive oil.

Bake uncovered 35 minutes or until heated through. Serve with your favorite dippers (We used tortilla chips).

Deluxe Artichoke Dip

Witch’s Brew

I made up a triple batch of Koolaid (I made Black Cherry favor, but any will do!)

Added a block of Dry Ice and voila!

Witch's Brew

We also roasted Hot Dogs over our fire pit… there is something very nostalgic for me to have the background aroma of a wood burning fire on Trick-or-Treat night! The kiddos went double duty tonight, for the first time they went out for 2 rounds of “begging.” I was really impressed with Sam, seeing that last year, when he still had his tonsils, he barely made it up the hill of our street, let alone go through 3 neighborhoods!

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