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Halloween-Inspired Scary Easy Party Recipes

by | Oct 9, 2014 | Dairy Foods | 0 comments

The amount of scary Halloween party recipes and ideas floating around the Internet is impressive. I want to celebrate the season and have fun like everyone else, but let’s get real. In my opinion, the kitchen is the scariest place in my home. Yikes!

I generally try to keep my culinary adventures easy peasy. Or, I’ll try a recipe once I’ve heard from a few or like 10 people, that it’s really easy. Case in point, I’ve never regretted attempting these slow cooker tacos, but it took a lot of convincing. Eh, but tacos don’t really scream, “Halloween.” I want to try a recipe that is both scary easy and fun.

I’ve compiled a list of Halloween-inspired recipes – featuring dairy, of course! – that I think are less scary and more fun. To help me judge these factors, I’m using the Motion Pictures Association of America’s rating system (to rate scariness) and the typical academic grading scale (to rate the fun factor).My list of 5 (scary easy) Halloween party recipes:

Spooky Ghost Milkshakes

Dairy: Milk and frozen yogurt

Scary Rating: I can’t complain about the simple ingredients list, and the preparation is minimal. G

Fun Factor: I like how you can customize the glasses to your level of spooky, but I don’t think this recipe would be too much fun as a solo project. The fun rating would go up when making it with little ghosts and goblins. A-

Spooky Guacamole with Black Olive Spiders

Dairy: Greek yogurt

Scary Rating: The ingredients list is longer, but individually, the ingredients are simple. Minimal scary factor at the grocery store. PG

Fun Factor: What a presentation! The salsa cob web makes it special, and hands down, I love black olives. Plus, this recipe comes from my Florida dairy farmer friends too. A+

Image source: Florida dairy farmers

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Dairy: Cheddar and cream cheese

Scary Rating: The Food Network calls this recipe easy, and I tend to agree. The cheese ball needs at least two hours to chill so plan ahead to maximize this non-scary recipe. I wouldn’t use the minced jalapenos it calls for; another reason this recipe seems pretty easy. G

Fun Factor: Crushing tortilla chips, or pretty much anything crunchy into bits, is usually pretty fun. The presentation looks nice, plus you get 2 hours for more fun while the cheese ball chills. A

Image source: Food Network

Crescent Mummy Dogs

Dairy: Cheese

Scary Rating: You can’t be a perfectionist with these mummy dogs. The dough may not cover correctly or the mustard eyes could get lop-sided. This is the recipe where you just have to go for it, and hope it all works out. Ease any fears and watch video with Pillsbury’s recipe. PG

Fun Factor: I grew up with “pigs in a blanket” so the fun factor for me is the nostalgia of turning these hot dogs into mummies. A

Image source: Pillsbury

Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip

Dairy: Mozzarella string cheese, Parmesan cheese and sour cream

Scary Rating: This recipe no doubt requires an investment of time. The ingredients list and instructions are lengthy. PG-13

Fun Factor: I’m definitely drawn to the creativity. The string cheese mummy bandages and black olive eyes (I really like black olives) – this recipe was made to be enjoyed at a party. A+

Image source: SnackWorks.com

Do you have a scary easy Halloween recipe I should try? Share in the comments. And, best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Halloween!

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Sami Carter
Sami Carter
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I'm an ambassador for dairy farmers and an advocate for enjoying all dairy foods. Since 2009, I've been a social voice for Midwest Dairy Association. You'll often find me tweeting, pinning or taking photos to share on Midwest Dairy's social media channels. Similarly, I provide tools, training and resources to help dairy farmers tell their story using social media.
 
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