Fall & Halloween Ideas
Jack-O-Lantern Appetizers or Snacks
(These are fun to look at and very tasty!)
These are simple and quick to make. Use a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter and cut out shapes from a slice of bread. I used a fine grain light brown bread–any kind will work. (There is a lot of left over bread from these. I put it all in a plastic bag, froze it until Thanksgiving and used it to make stuffing.) Spread each pumpkin shape with cream cheese tinted a pale orange. Using a sharp knife, cut out of bologna (I used hard salami) the eyes, nose and mouth and place them on the pumpkins. Put them on a plate and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap to keep them fresh until you are ready to serve them.

Ghosts on a Broomstick

Cider Creme Punch

Cheese Pumpkin

Bag of Harvest Blessings

Marshmallow Turkey legs

Halloween Favor Boxes
(Wonderful edible favors for the kids–big ones, too!)
For each box you will need 5 graham cracker squares. These cut/break apart easily if you run a serrated knife over the lines where they are to break apart. Use 1 square for the bottom and 4 for the sides. “Glue” them together with frosting in a tube or cake decorator. Set them aside and let the icing dry or get firm before doing anything else. When they are dry, you can write on them with tube icing or use a thin tip on your cake decorator. Fill them with hard candy or nuts.
Halloween Ginger Snaps
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(Easy and quick to make)
You will need an even number of gingersnap cookies (home made or bought), white icing and Halloween or fall edible decorations (these can be found in a craft store). Spread icing on flat side of one cookie; place another cookie, flat side down on icing. Put a small amount of icing on the back of your decoration and press it on top of the cookie. Arrange on large plate and serve.
Kitty Litter Box Dessert
(Almost too real looking to eat!!!)
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The boys thought it was “cool”! The girls couldn’t say anything but “yuck”! If this doesn’t make your guests go “tilt” nothing will! I made this a day ahead of time and kept it ‘hidden away’ until dinner was over and dessert was served. Buy a small litter box and scooper and wash them thoroughly.
You will need:
1 box spice or German chocolate cake mix
1 box white cake mix
1 pkg. white sandwich cookies
1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix
A few drops of green food coloring
12 small Tootsie rolls

Make both cake mixes according to directions, in any size pan. Make pudding and chill. Crumble cookies in small batches in blender. To 1 cup of cookie crumbs, add a few drops of green food coloring. Mix with a fork or shake in a jar. Set aside.

When cakes are cool, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and enough pudding to make the mixture moist but not soggy. Pour mixture into litter box.

Unwrap 3 Tootsie Rolls and heat in microwave until soft and pliable. (only a few seconds.) Shape the blunt ends into slightly curved points. Repeat with 3 more rolls. Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture. Sprinkle remaining white cookie crumbs over the mixture, then scatter green crumbs lightly over top.

Heat 4 more Tootsie Rolls until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with crumbs from the littler box. Heat the remaining Tootsie rolls until pliable and hang them over the edge of the box. Place box on a sheet of newspaper and serve with scooper!ut one of these on each plate before the dinner starts!

Ghosts on a Broomstick
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1 roll (any flavor) chewy fruit snack
pretzel sticks (2-3" long)
white vanilla chips, melted
mini chocolate chips

Unroll fruit snack roll and cut a 3/4" fringe on the one end of it. Cut that into 2 pieces. Wrap a piece of fringe around one end of the pretzel -- pressing to seal end. Lay broomstick on wax paper.

Using a teaspoon, drop melted chocolate across pretzel to look like a ghost -- shaping it if necessary. While chocolate is still soft, put 3 chocolate chips on for eyes and nose. Let stand until firm (about an hour). These keep well and can be made several days ahead of time.

Make a plate of these to pass around when everyone arrives for
dinner. Serve with a delicious Cider Creme Punch (see recipe below)

Cider Creme Punch
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Mix equal amounts of cider and egg nog together. Absolutely delicious -- even if you don't like egg nog. I buy egg nog at the end of the holiday season and freeze it for the following fall. Since it is seasonal item, most stores don't sell it until Thanksgiving. We love it all during the cooler days of autumn.
Cheese Pumpkin
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Cheddar cold pack cheese food (found in dairy department with the cheeses)
Chopped peanuts
Spindle pretzel sticks, broken in half
Fresh parsley leaves

Roll a tablespoon of cold pack cheese into a ball the size of a walnut. Put on wax paper and refrigerate about 10-15 minutes until it is firm enough to handle. Take a toothpick and draw ridges around the balls so they look like pumpkins.

Dip bottom of pumpkin in chopped peanuts and place on serving dish. (The peanuts keep it from sticking to the dish). Put a pretzel stick into the top of the pumpkin -- along with a leaf or two of parsley. Keep in refrigerator.

Bag of Harvest Blessings
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Another nice idea for FALL is a "Bag of Harvest Blessings". Use a celophane bag or a zip lock baggie and staple a piece of heavy paper or card stock on the top of it. To that glue a card with this message:

Bugles shaped like a cornucopia, remind us of all the blessings Jesus gives us. Share with a friend what Jesus has done for you! Candy corn reminds us how a kernel of corn is planted, grows and matures. Tell someone about Jesus and watch them grow! Pretzels are like arms folded in prayer. Pray every day for missionaries and for people who don't know about Jesus! Hershey Kisses remind us of the love Jesus has for us. Share the love with someone!

Fill your bag with an assortment of the above items, bugles, candy corn, small pretzles and fall colored Hershey Kisses.

turkey leg
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And how about a turkey leg that's not a turkey leg?!
Make a batch of marshmallow treat candy (rice krispies, marshmallows and butter). Form it into the shape of a small chicken leg. Leave it cool completely. Take peanut butter and with a knife, spread it over the top half of the 'leg'. (If the peanut butter is too thick to spread, thin it with honey or corn syrup). Crush chocolate rice krispies (or any chocolate cereal) and roll the leg in it. Tap it gently to remove the excess crumbs. These keep well in the refrigerator for several days.

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