3 Spooktacular Halloween Snacks

Halloween is a time when I unlock my twisted mind and create costumes or snacks that I would never otherwise enjoy on a normal day. Last year I was a creepy zombie girl that drank a blood drenched frappuccino, and the year before that was Artpop Lady Gaga that drank a brain hemmorage. I'm still trying to figure out what my costume will be this year (a little behind, I know). 

My friends are big on having Halloween parties, so I'm always thinking of fun ways to contribute to the snack table.  I'm planning on bringing 3 of these spooky snacks that are also super duper easy to make! Click on the photo below for the full video tutorial: 

First up is this an Eyeball crostini. I used half a mozzarella ball that gives off that squishy texture of what I imagine an eyeball would feel like. I stuffed it with some olives and wrapped it around prosciutto to mimic flesh. On another note, I quite enjoy how it's like an antipasti combo on bread! 

Eyeball Crostini Recipe: 
Fresh French Baguette, sliced
Cherry Preserves
Mozzarella Balls
Green and Black Olives
Prosciutto slices

1. On a toasted baguette slice,  spread cherry preserves. Top with prosciutto and set aside. 
2. Take mozzarella and slice lengthwise. Poke hole with a boba straw 1/4 inch wide. 
3. Slice green olives in half and chop black olives into small pieces. 
4. Take green olives and add pointy side down into opening of mozzarella ball. Take black olive piece and put into green olive. 
5. Add mozzarella eyeball onto crostini with prosciutto and arrange so prosciutto wraps around mozzarella ball. Enjoy! 

I think dip and chips are a party staple, so of course I had to include this Creepy Black Bean Dip! This recipe is so easy to make, I may never buy store bought dips again! I paired the dip with this Ghost Pepper chips from Paquis and my friend nearly choked when he realized just how spicy it is. Call it my gag on friends because they look like Doritos Nacho Cheese chips. Mwahahah... I'm mean. But I sweetened things up by serving them with Sweet Potato chips and Boo Chips (which I am obssessed with). 

Creepy Black Bean Dip:
1 Can black bean, cleaned and drained
1/3 cups fire roasted salsa
1 clove garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
juice from half a lime
2 tbsps warm water

1. In a food processor, add black bean, fire roasted salsa, garlic, cumin, kosher salt, smoked paprika, chopped cilantro, and lime juice. Pulse until puree is slightly chunky. 
2. Remove top and add warm water. Continue pulsing until black bean is a smooth puree. 
3. Pour into serving bowl and serve with favorite tortilla chips
*For Halloween decoration: Draw 4 concentric circles and drag out from middle to create spider web. 

A hot cheesy spinach artichoke dip is such a treat at parties. It is probably my favorite party snack because I feel like it's very substantial! Granted it's all cheese and a hint of veggies snuck in, it totally does the job for me. Spinach artichoke dips are typically baked in an oven but I decided to make it easy on us and do this on stove top. 

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip:
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic
2 cups cooked or frozen spinach, drained
1 1/4 cups chopped artichoke hearts
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp nutmeg (optional)
fresh cracked pepper
Bread loaf

1.  Cut top of bread loaf and carve middle out. Cut bread into cubes and set aside. 
2. In a saucepan on medium high heat, add butter until melted. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute until fragrant. Add spinach and artichoke hearts. 
3. Cook for 2 minutes until any liquid evaporates. Add cream cheese and let melt for 2 minutes. 
4. Add sour cream, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese, kosher salt, milk, and stir to combine. Simmer on low heat until bubbly. Add freshly cracked pepper and remove from heat. 
5. Transfer spinach artichoke dip into bread bowl and dust with nutmeg. Dip with bread cubes and enjoy!

Decoration: Add bread tombstone on one end of bread bowl and insert skull, spiders, or other creepy crawlers. 

What are your plans for Halloween? I hope you like these festive and spooktacular Halloween party snacks! Leave me a message if you ended up making any of them. :)