Halloween is a special time for kids and kids at heart. It's the only time of the year when spooky and creepy are in fashion, and everyone could be whoever they want to be - at least in costume!
Preparing for your Halloween shouldn't be too burdensome. You should spend more time enjoying the merriment instead of slaving away in the kitchen. One culinary hit during Halloween is chips and dip. It's easy to prepare, feeds lots of guests, and is always on the list of party favorites.
Jack O’ Lantern Olive Cheese Dip (Roxy's Kitchen)
This Jack O’ Lantern Olive Cheese Dip recipe from Roxy's Kitchen is an easy dip to prepare for Halloween. It's basically just mixing together cream cheese, sour cream and garlic, and topping the cream dip with grated cheddar cheese and minced olives shaped to look like a Jack O' Lantern.
"It takes less that 5 minutes to put together and chances are that you already have most of the ingredients on hand: cheddar cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, olives and garlic."
- 2 cups (200 g) grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup (125 g / 4 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup (250 g) sour cream
- 5-6 Tbsp black olives, chopped
- 1 garlic clove
Halloween Chunky Cheese Dip (Domestic Superhero)
If you're looking for a dip that would up the level of creepiness in your party, try this Halloween Chunky Cheese Dip from Domestic Superhero. It's essentially a salsa-cheese dip coupled with wheat thins. But pouring it at the center of a dish and putting a Jack O' Lantern at the other end makes it look a lot more freaky!
"The cream cheese and salsa pair perfectly with Spicy Buffalo Style Wheat Thins or regular wheat thins as well. It’s also a great dip for veggie sticks or chips."
- 24 ounces medium salsa (any variety, I like chunky or restaurant style)
- 2 - 8 ounce packages of cream cheese, softened
- Wheat Thins for dipping, any variety
Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball (The Country Cook)
This Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball from The Country Cook is a lovely treat for everyone who loves cheese. The combination of cream cheese and cheddar in this dish makes it super cheesy while the freshness of green onions and red bell pepper cuts the creaminess of the dip and adds more flavor.
"With this recipe, I knew I wanted to create a pumpkin shaped cheeseball for all those fall festivities but I didn’t necessarily want pumpkin flavor. I wanted a true cheeseball."
- 1 block cream cheese softened to room temperature, 8oz.
- 1 8 oz tub vegetable cream cheese
- 2 tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch Spicy Ranch mix
- 3 green onions sliced
- 1 red pepper finely diced (save the stem)
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided use
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Want to make your dip a little healthier? Substitute Greek yogurt for sour cream for less calories.
Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.