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Halloween party food!

Halloween table
Halloween table

My absolute favorite holiday is Halloween, but the past few years the crazy Halloween parties of the past haven’t been happening.  So this year I decided to have my own.  I had a few friends over for Halloween-themed snacks and then we watched part of The Addams Family, Troll, and all of Evil Dead.  I was hoping for more classic monster movies, but they were all certainly appropriate to theme!

Veggie skeleton
Veggie skeleton

In the past, I’ve planned parties that have much too complicated food and it ends up very stressful.  So this time I concentrated on having dishes that could be made ahead and only having one complicated thing.  I also had a friend coming who is allergic to wheat, so I tried to make almost everything gluten-free.

I had chips and salsa (because salsa looks like blood and I found orange and black chips!), a cheese ball shaped like a pumpkin, and a guy made out of vegetables (he was supposed to look like a skeleton).  Then some loose Halloween candy.

Pumpkin cheese ball
Pumpkin cheese ball

The cheeseball was very quick to make and fulfilled my love of goat cheese!  We only ate about half of it, so I hope to use the rest for macaroni and cheese.  I used dried seaweed for the stem instead of a pretzel to keep it gluten free.

Red velvet cake
Red velvet cake…and BLOOOOD

My one gluten-having item (and the thing that did take a good bit of work) was a big red velvet cake.  I used Martha Stewart’s red velvet cake recipe and it was amazing.  Her cream cheese frosting was also perfect.  My plan was to make “glass” shards and “blood” but I sadly ran out of time.  My “blood” also ended up a little too purple, but it looks properly gruesome when poured over some cake!

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