Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, though my appreciation for it has changed substantially over the years. Long gone are the nights spent trick-or-treating, seeking the thrill of the hunt as much as the sugar high to follow. Off-the-shelf costumes are permanently off the shopping list, since I refuse to dress as the “sexy” version of literally anything. Now, I’m content to enjoy the spooky season in a similar way to other special events: By playing with my food.
Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party for one or one hundred, solid snacks are an absolute must. Balancing out the abundance of candy and booze alike, reasonably healthy and savory options are essential for a killer bash. For that, I turn to classic guacamole, but with a ghoulish twist.
Pick your favorite recipe and get crafty! Here are four different ways to dress up the same old green goop as a fun, festive party starter.
I’m sure everyone’s familiar with the classic barfing jack-o-lantern motif by now, but what if we could make that into an edible centerpiece? Allow me to present sick dip, replacing the pumpkin with a carved bell pepper.
- Cut around the top in a jagged pattern just like you would for a traditional jack-o-lantern. Pull off the top and remove the seeds and membrane inside.
- Use a paring knife to carefully carve out eyes and a large opening for the mouth.
- Place the pepper on a serving plate and fill it with your guacamole, pushing some out the mouth hole.
- Fill the rest of the plate with more guacamole and place the top back onto the pepper.
- Serve with the paring knife sticking out of the pepper for guests to slice off their own crudites.
Parting is such savory sorrow when the final resting place is this delicious. You could pipe “RIP” onto the tombstones with smooth guaca-mole, but I prefer to keep it simple and classy.
- Spread your guacamole into a rectangular dish an in even layer.
- Stick crackers in, spaced at regular intervals, in two or three rows.
- Spoon a mound of minced black olives or tapenade in front of each cracker tombstone to make the burial plots.
- Serve with more crackers on the side.
Kids will especially love this silly Frankenstein face! You may even be able to convince them to eat their veggies this way. You can even blend fresh spinach into the guacamole to make it more green and add an extra superfood boost.
- Spread your guacamole in a circle on a round plate, leaving a larger border at the top.
- Stick crackers or cut vegetable crudites into the top part for the hair.
- Cut a black olive in half and add them to the middle as eyes.
- Cut a jagged smile out of a bell pepper or carrot slice for the mouth.
When all else fails, weave a simple spiderweb that’s guaranteed to catch guests’ attention.
- Spread your guacamole into a round dish in an even layer.
- Drizzle plain, unsweetened vegan yogurt, ranch dressing, or sour cream in a spiral pattern, starting in the center and radiating out.
- Use a toothpick to drag the loops alternating inward and outward from the center.
- For the spider, place one whole olive near the middle of the web. Cut another olive in half lengthwise, and then slice four little legs from each piece. Arrange them next to the side body.
- Enjoy with any of your favorite dippers.
Get into the Halloween spirit and whip up a ghastly appetizer that will haunt your friends and family all season! What’s your favorite diabolical dish?