As October 31 approaches, calls for spooky celebrations abound. Whether you’re hosting an event or need a treat to bring, our Halloween Party has you covered. With drinks, dips, and a range of savory and sweet snacks, you can count on one happy Halloween. There are even a few crafty decorations on hand. The best part: you can create all of these goodies for less than $50—and that’s no trick!
Below, you’ll find the recipes for a citrusy Swamp Punch, a Green Slime Dip (that tastes remarkably like ranch dressing), and crowd-pleasing sandwiches outfitted especially for the holiday. On the sweeter side, try the Mummy Pretzel Rods. Of course, it wouldn’t be a fresh style celebration without a few DIY decorations. Our associate editor Faith Morgan has crafted some lovely accents that will make your party complete. We’ll start with the decorating ideas, give you some tasty recipes, and literally wrap things up with a special treat for friends to take home with them.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at fresh style!
Recipe development and food styling by Virginia Hornbuckle
Projects by K. Faith Morgan
Photography by Sarah Arrington
Create a striped motif for your table setting by simply adding strips of black electrical tape to basic glass jars and bottles. We completed the look by adding strips to clear plastic cups and to the backs of clear plates.
Craft a paper runner for your table using free and inexpensive materials like masking paper and crepe-paper streamers.
- Measure the length of your table, and add three feet. Cut a piece of masking paper to this length and trim the paper to a point on each end.
- Use a threaded needle to make large, loose stitches down one edge of an orange crepe paper streamer. Gently gather the paper along the thread as you go. Repeat until you have gathered enough ruffled crepe paper to go all the way around your runner.
- Use hot glue to attach the ruffle around the perimeter of your runner.
- Turn the runner over, and adhere a stripe of black electrical tape around the edge.
- Use this printable bat template to cut two bat silhouettes out of newspaper. Use a glue stick to attach one at each end of the runner.
Use inexpensive items for a big impact in the background of your party.
- Cut a 36-inch-long strip of masking paper. Accordion fold the paper, starting at one of the short ends, folding it into about 1-inch sections. Fold your finished accordion in half, and snip the end at an angle using pinking shears.
- Create a smaller rosette out of a 6-by-12 inch piece of newspaper, using the same method described in Step 1.
- Using a threaded needle, make large stitches down a length of crepe paper and gather it into a circle.
- Stack the three elements together, and attach them to each other with glue.
Now for the food…
- 2 (.13-ounce) packages lemon-lime unsweetened soft drink mix powder*
- 1/3 cup sugar
- ¾ cup water
- 8 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
- 1 cup orange drink powder*
- 1 (2.25 ounce) bottle green sanding sugar
- In a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, combine lemon-lime drink powder and sugar. Add water, stirring until dissolved. Pour into plastic ice cube trays; freeze until firm (about 4 hours).
- In a large pitcher, combine soda and orange drink powder, mixing well.
- In a shallow bowl, pour sanding sugar. Moisten rim of each glass with a very damp paper towel. Press wet rim into sugar. Place desired amount of prepared ice cubes in each glass, and top with orange soda mixture. Serve immediately.
- 1 (16-ounce) bottle ranch dressing
- Liquid green food coloring
- 1 bunch celery, washed and cut into 3-inch pieces
- 1 (16-ounce) bag baby carrots
- Pour dressing into a small bowl. Add food coloring, one drop at a time, stirring after each drop to achieve desired color. Serve with celery and baby carrots.
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 2 teaspoons taco seasoning mix
- 2 cups chunky salsa
- 5 cups tortilla chips
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ¾ cup pimiento-stuffed green olives, halved
- In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until brown and crumbly; drain. Add taco seasoning and salsa, stirring until heated through.
- On a serving platter, place chips in an even layer. Top with cheese, beef mixture, and green olives for “eyes.”
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 1 (20-ounce) loaf large white sandwich bread
- In the work bowl of a food processor, pulse cream cheese until smooth. Add cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients, pulsing to combine.
- Using a 4-inch ghost-shaped cookie cutter, cut 24 ghosts out of bread. Spread cheese mixture on half of bread, and top with remaining bread slices.
- 1 (24-ounce) package vanilla-flavored candy coating
- 1 (12-ounce) bag pretzel rods
- 1 (1.55-ounce) milk chocolate bar, chopped
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, place half of candy coating. Microwave on medium in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until coating is melted and smooth, about 2½ minutes total.
- Place pretzel rods on parchment paper. Drizzle with melted candy coating. Let cool for 1 hour or until hardened. Repeat melting procedure with remaining candy coating. Turn pretzel rods over, and drizzle with melted candy coating. Let cool completely.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave milk chocolate on medium, in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is melted and smooth, about 2½ minutes total. Dip a wooden toothpick into melted chocolate and make “eyes” on prepared pretzel rods. Let cool completely.
- Cut empty paper towel tubes in half. Secure one end of an 8-inch wide strip of newspaper to the tube using tape. Wrap the tube with the paper, and secure the other end with tape.
- Gather the excess paper on one end of the tube, and tie it with an orange ribbon. From the open end, fill the tube with candy and other treats. Gather and secure the other end with ribbon.
Green Slime Dip: $7.00
Nacho Nibbles: $12.00
Swamp Punch: $3.50
Spooky Sandwiches: $6.00
Mummy Pretzel Rods: $7.00
Striped Setting: $0.50
Batty Runner: $5.00
Paper Rosettes: $5.00
Treat Rolls: $2.00
For a grand total of $48.00—and that’s a treat for your wallet!