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I'm hosting a movie night on Halloween this year and I'm looking for some recommendations for easy to eat finger foods, and also things that can stay out on the table to munch on through the evening. So far I'm definitely making Ina Garten's pan-fried onion dip, and I was playing around with the idea of a mini meatball crostini. I'll have monster oatmeal cookies (w/chocolate chips and reese's pieces) for dessert, but I'm not sure what else to make. Any suggestions would be most helpful. :)

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  1. what about cheese fondue with pretzels? similar to what they have at theaters but with much better ingredients.

    1. Since you say the cookies are "for dessert," are you looking for dinner ideas? One thing I made recently for an easy snacky main was black forest ham on Parker House rolls spread with a compound butter made with stone ground mustard. Very simple, tasty, and held up well thru the evening. Also, plenty of grapes snipped into mini-clusters also made for an easy snack food.

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      1. re: weezycom

        I'm not really going for a dinner thing, but they're going to be here for quite a while and I'd like to make sure there's plenty of options for everyone. Thank you for the ham roll idea, it certainly sounds tasty!

      2. I find cheese-olive balls (cayenne-laced cheese dough baked with pitted green olives inside) to be a great party food. You can make them as spicy as you like to suit the particular crowd. The recipe is here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/12097-bob...

        1. Love that dip!
          How about some flavored popcorn? Maybe some spiced nuts?
          Maybe some little tortilla roll ups.

          1. Couple ideas: homemade grilled pizzas (the pieces will be tasty hot or at room temp). I love making the roasted red pepper feta dip on this site (I also add a clove of garlic)...sooo good...everyone always loves it. If you have the time/desire, vietnamese salad rolls are always a hit (with peanut sauce).

            1. deviled eyeballs?
              creamy bloody tomato soup (room temp or kept warm in a warmer) with Men Smashed Under a Brick (grilled cheese sandwich bites or cut using a ghost cookie cutter)
              Bonnie's Buffalo Chicken dip always goes over well. always.
              Roasted veggies
              Satay or Teriyaki skewers
              fresh fruit...

              1. Obviously since you want to leave stuff out, you can't go with too many hot items. Maybe start with some tortilla pizzas or nachos, then leave out your dip, some chips and salsa, hummus and pita, spinach dip served in a loaf of pumpernickel with the insides used for dipping and of course cheese & crackers. A friend of mine makes a buffalo wing dip which is delicious hot, but isn't too bad as a cold dip either....and of course since it's a movie night - popcorn!