Halloween treats: recipes for spooky snacks
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With Halloween almost upon us, it's time to start thinking about how to best to spend the evening of October 31st. If you're planning on throwing a Halloween party, then as well as finalizing your fancy dress plans and any party games you're planning to play, you'll also want to have a think about some suitably spooky snacks for your guests. Here are a few ideas:

Edible eyeballs

These effective little nibbles look incredibly creepy but are in fact nice and quick to make. Simply slice some carrots into 2cm pieces before adding a generous blob of cream cheese on top of each. To finish off, add a pitted black olive on top of the cream cheese to act as the eye's pupil. Simple but effective!

Bat cookies

Beat 100g of unsalted butter together with 100g of caster sugar in a bowl before adding a beaten egg and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. When the mixture has combined, add 275g of plain flour and stir. Roll the resulting dough to and use a bat-shaped cookie cutter to cut your biscuits. Bake them on a tray for 10 minutes in an oven preheated to 180C. To make your icing, sift 400g of icing sugar into a bowl and stir in just enough water to create a smooth mixture before adding three drops of black food colouring. Add the icing to the cookies when they've cooled.

Worm burgers

This is another simple recipe that's sure to cause a stir. Cut hot dogs into thin slices and add a few cuts down the side of each slice to score the edges. Add them to boiling water until they start to curl and resemble wriggly worms. Place four ‘worms' into a bread roll and add a small dash of ketchup.

Pumpkin soup

Cut the top off a small pumpkin and scoop out the insides leaving around 2cm of flesh around the inside. Melt 125g of butter on a low heat before adding two chopped onions and cooking for 15 minutes. Chop up the scooped out pumpkin flesh and add it to the pan along with a cinnamon stick and some nutmeg. Turn the heat up to medium, add a lid to the pan and cook for 45 minutes stirring occasionally. Next, add 1.7litres of chicken or vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Pour the soup into a food processor and blend. Pour the soup back into the pan and simmer for half an hour. When it's cooled, pour the soup into the pumpkin and replace the lid. Place on a baking tray in a preheated oven (180C) for around 40 minutes.

Meringue ghosts

Beat six egg whites along with half a teaspoon of cream of tartar until the mixture is foaming. Add around 80g of sugar gradually, beating the mixture until you can form stiff peaks. Add half a teaspoon of almond extract and beat until blended. Place your mixture into a plastic sandwich bag with one corner cut away and pipe the mixture into ghost shapes on a lined baking tray. Add two mini chocolate chips for eyes and bake for two hours at 200C. Allow to fully cool inside the oven once you've turned off the heat.

Enjoy your Halloween spooky snacks with some scary fancy dress

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