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Oct 18, 2010 09:41 AM

Afternoon Hallowe'en party foods for kids and for adults

Hi all,
We are hosting a party on the afternoon of Hallowe'en for 20-25 kids and their parents. No allergies or other dietary restrictions, but we do want to go easy on the sugar (at the very reasonable request of the other parents), since it's pre-trick or treating time.
We have a bbq, two ovens, two stovestops and two crockpots to work with. I have a few days off work before the party so we can (and want to) do most of the prep in advance.
I am looking for some "fun", tasty, easy to eat, and hopefully some make-ahead foods that will appeal to both the adults and the kids and that I can make to fit a Hallowe'en theme.
Thanks so much.

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  1. A couple of easy ideas are ghost quesadillas (cut ghost shapes from tortilla with cookie cutter) served with slime/guacamole; hot dog or sausage mummies, where you wrap the hot dog in strips of puff pastry, and bake for 20 min); blood with floating eyeballs, or tomato soup with mozzarella balls: monster fingers, pretzel rod or breadsticks wrapped in ham, with an almond half peeking out the end; and of course the brain jell-o, which requires a mold. Anything that looks like eyes, brains, or dismembered appendages is good.