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Inexpensive Halloween Treats - Perfect for Parties

  1. Batty Chips - Cut Halloween shapes from soft tortillas. Lightly spray with vegetable oil. Bake at 350 for about 5 minutes on both sides, until brown and crispy.

  2. Edible eyeballs - Make simple deviled eggs with mayonnaise, mustard and paprika. Slice a pimiento-stuffed green olive in half. Place a half on each deviled egg.

  3. Mummy Hot Dogs - Buys a tube of refrigerated breadstick dough. Roll a hot dog in each breadstick leaving one end with a space for eyes. Bake according to directions for breadsticks. Dab on dots of mustard for eyes.

  4. Scary Sandwiches - Layer pastrami and deli meats with cheese on top cut out with Halloween cookie cutters.

  5. Worms on a bun -  Cut a hot dog into narrow strips. Microwave until strips curl, about 50 seconds. Place on a bun and serve with ketchup.

  6. Chocolate Frogs - Dip gummy frogs in melted chocolate. Let dry on wax paper.

  7. Candy Corn Crackers - Cut white cheese into triangles. Place on triangular-shaped chips or crackers. Cut a second piece of yellow cheese and place on top removing one corner so the white cheese shows through. Melt slightly in microwave.

  8. Spooky Spiders - Spread peanut butter between two round crackers. Add eight straight pretzel sticks for legs and chocolate chips for eyes.

  9. Monster Pizza - Spread a toasted English muffin with pizza sauce. Cut out sliced cheese with Halloween and cookie cutter and melt slightly on top.

  10. Pointed Hats and broomsticks - For hats, use peanut butter or orange frosting to secure a Hershey's Kiss on a chocolate cookie. For broomsticks, cut fringe from a fruit rollup, then roll around the end of a pretzel stick.

Delight the kids with this sweet Halloween Craft

  • A clean, glass bowl, one for each kid

  • A bunch of candy and gum wrappers

  • Clear water-resistant sealer, such as Thompson's Water Seal

  • water

  • sponge

  • glue

Spread a very thin layer of white craft glue on the outside of a clean, glass bowl. Cover with candy and gum wrappers face down so they can be seen through the inside of the bowl. Let Dry. Glue on a second layer of wrappers with the good side facing out. Let dry. Coat the outside with a clear, water-resistant sealer. To clean bowl, wipe lightly with a damp sponge. Do not Soak.

Fill the bowl with some Halloween treats and enjoy!

Last-Minute Halloween Treat - Pumpkin Cookies

Put sweetened shredded coconut in a Ziploc bag. Add drops of orange food color, seal bag and shake until coconut is tinted. Spread frosting on purchased gingersnap cookies; sprinkle with the coconut. Cut black licorice twists for stems. 

Halloween on a Budget

Here are a few tips to help budget-strapped families make their little gremlins happy.

Face Paint - 1 teaspoon corn starch, 1/2 teaspoon water, 1/2 teaspoon cold cream, food coloring. Mix all ingredients in an old muffin pan and you are ready to paint. Use the same amount of ingredients for each color.
Deviled Eyeballs - Make deviled eggs, then add a green olive with pimento in the center for an eyeball.
Radioactive Juice - Mix equal parts Mountain Dew and blue Kool-Aid.
Toxic Juice - Add some green food coloring to lemonade for a spooky color.
Bloody Eyeballs - Boil cherry tomatoes for 30 seconds. Allow to cool; then peel the skin.
Fake Blood - Mix 2/3cup white corn syrup, 1 tsp red food coloring, 2-3 drops blue food coloring to darken and 1 squirt of dish soap (this help blood to run well)
Brains - Scramble eggs with some green, yellow and blue food coloring.
Infected Eyeballs - Drop some green grapes into a bowl of tapioca pudding.

Jar Jack-O-Lanterns

Here's a fun, easy way to make some outdoor decorations:

  1. Wash old food jars; let dry.

  2. Cut orange tissue paper into strips to form pumpkin wedges. Glue onto jars; let dry.

  3. Varnish; let dry.

  4. Glue green tissue paper around rim for stems

  5. Cut triangles for eyes and a crooked smile out of black tissue paper. Glue on features, let dry.

  6. Varnish again

  7. Twist floral wires tightly around the mouth of each jar, twisting ends around a pencil to form curled vines. Attach another wire to form handle.

  8. Put a candle inside and have fun!

Easy Halloween Decorations

Turn dimmers on low and replace regular light bulbs with black lights or bulbs that flicker.
Create cobwebs with fiber stuffing (available at crafts and fabric stores). Simply pull it apart, then tape it to doorframes and drape it over furniture. 
Scatter plastic spiders, bats and bugs around the room. Use long lengths of thread to dangle some from the doorways.
Make fog by putting a few large chunks of dry ice (see "Ice" or "Dry Ice" in the Yellow Pages) in a large metal washtub. Add warm water to create the fog and use a fan (set on low and place away from the water) to send it creeping around the room.
  Creepy Halloween Tree - Make a Halloween tree with black pipe cleaners. Insert several pip cleaner into a florist's block for the base. Then wrap more pipe cleaners around the upright cleaners to create a bent and gnarled trunk. Make branches by attaching and twisting pipe cleaners into different shapes. Wrap small bundles of candy in orange fabric or napkins and tie with orange ribbons to hang from the branches.
Fall Centerpiece - Cover the center of you r table with leaves and place a decorated pumpkin in the center. Or make a family of three different sized pumpkins, each decorated according with black markers. Add curly ribbon hart to top of one and glue bushy yarn eyebrows to another or use sequins, bead, buttons and other odds and ends for your creations.
Group tiny pumpkins together as candleholders. Cut a hole in the top of each, large enough to insert a candle. Line them up on the windowsill. No pumpkin carving is needed.
Weave orange and black ribbons through a loose-reed basket and fill with candy corn. Tie the handle with a large crepe paper bow and set  it in a visible place.
For an elegant centerpiece, begin with a large Styrofoam ball. Cut strips of different shades of orange ribbon long enough to wrap from the top to the bottom of the ball. Attach one end with a pin into the top of the Styrofoam and bring other other end to the opposite side. Attach with another pin. Continue to wrap the ball in this way with alternating shades of color. Cut felt leaves and a stem and attach to the top of the pumpkin with pins. Or use a ribbon that can be curled by firmly drawing it over a scissor to make a clump of green for the top. Curl ribbon over a pencil and attach for the trailing vines. If you can't find a large enough Styrofoam ball, make several small pumpkins.
  Use colorful autumn leaves, vine leaves work especially well. to line trays for appetizers and cheeses.
  Accent floral arrangements with touches of the season, such as dried leaves and berries. Be sure to keep flowers and centerpieces low enough so that guests can easily see each other.
  Hollow out pumpkins and gourds to hold flowers, dips and salads.
  For a buffet, roll flatware in large cloth napkins, tie with a decorative cord, and stack in a big basket for easy grabbing.
  Don't use scented candles, they'll detract from the flavor of the food.
  Be sure to ask invited guests about any dietary restrictions.
  Don't ask people to BYOB, unless you still live with college roommates.
  Expect the unexpected; have extra food and place setting ready, in case someone brings a surprise guest.

Dumb Halloween Jokes!

How did the monster win the hockey game?

He scored a ghoul!

How does a werewolf keep his fur so perfect?

With scare spray

What is a ghoul's favorite play?

Romeo and Ghouliet

What do monsters eat for lunch?


What does a werewolf eat for a snack?


What sort of beans does a werewolf like?

Human beans

What do you do with a blue monster?

Cheer it up!

Why do demons and ghouls spend so much time together?

Because demons are a ghoul's best friend

Why are ghosts like the driving rain?

Because they are always in sheets

What do you call a clean, neat, hardworking, kind, intelligent and friendly monster?

A failure

Why was the monster so sad?

Because he tried to kiss his ghoul-friend in the fog and mist.

What do you get when you cross a monster with a drip-dry suit?

A wash-and-werewolf.

What happened to the flowers the monster planted?

They all grue-some.

What do you call a monster who goes to school?

A student

How does a witch tell time?

With her witch watch

What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman?


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