Delicious Disguise: Dressing Up Traditional Treats for Halloween

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As Halloween approaches, we’re doing our best to pepper you with ideas to enhance your celebration.

No matter how you celebrate Halloween, it’s easy to bring some homemade treats to the table, party or workplace. A few ingredients and a few minutes can easily result in getting your spook on. Here’s one recipe for the kiddies, and one for the grown-ups.

Workplace friendly: Ghostly S’mores

Ingredients:
— Marshmallows
— Chocolate for melting (chips or broken-up bar)
— Graham crackers crumbs
— Sprinkles (optional)
— Skewers or popsicle sticks
— Waxed paper
— Plastic sandwich bags (not the kind that zip close)
— Ribbon or string
— Black permanent ink pen

Directions:
Put two to three marshmallows on each skewer. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl. Dip the marshmallows in the chocolate and roll in the graham cracker crumbs (and sprinkles if you using them). Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper, place the “s’mores on stick” on the lined sheet and chill to set (about 20 minutes). While they are setting, take out as many sandwich size bags as you will need (equal to the number of s’mores you made). Turn the bags upside down, draw ghost-style eyes and mouth (ovals). Once the s’mores are set, put the upside down bag over the top and secure the bag with your ribbon or string. Pass them out to friends, coworkers or stick them in styrofoam and place on a buffet table at a party.

Party friendly: Bloody Sangria

Ingredients:
— Inexpensive, but drinkable red wine (table wine, rioja, 2 buck chuck, etc.)
— 1 each: orange and apples are ideal, berries, peaches, pears, or most fruits should work . . . just avoid bananas
— Ginger ale if you like spiced wine, sparkling limeade if you prefer a fruity flavor
— Ice

Directions:
Slice the fruit. Place the fruit in a pitcher add 2 parts wine and to one part ginger ale or limeade. Chill and add ice before serving. For a white-wine version, try ginger ale, peach or pear and apples.

Bonus Round
As for tricks with food, it’s always easy to have gross fun on Halloween. Blindfold your friends or their kids, stick their hands in a bowl filled with these ghoulish ingredients and make them guess:
— Eyeballs – peeled grapes
— Brains- jello with cooked spaghetti set in
— Snot – cold runny oatmeal
— Vomit – granola soaked in water

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