Halloween Appetizers

These nibbles will get your Halloween celebration off to an appetizing start.

Healthy Halloween Appetizers

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Healthy Halloween Appetizers

Why should the trick-or-treaters have all the fun? With these appetizer recipes you'll have a Halloween spread fit for all your spooky (and not-so-spooky) visitors. Many of these recipes can be made ahead so you won't be rushing around the kitchen between dashes to the front door with the candy bowl.

First up, Cajun Hot Crab Dip.

Spoon this dip into a baking dish up to a day ahead, but top with panko and chives just before baking. If it's chilled, leave the dish out at room temperature while the oven preheats. Scoop into multiple bowls that you can set at different tasting stations.

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

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Peanut Butter and Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Dip the pretzels, and store in the fridge on a parchment-lined tray up to five days ahead. Set out shortly before serving, but not too far ahead, as the chocolate may melt.

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

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Peanut Butter Caramel Corn

Just enough butter for caramel goodness. Peanut butter for heart-healthy richness.

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Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto Recipe

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Phyllo-Wrapped Asparagus with Prosciutto

Crunchy phyllo-wrapped asparagus makes great pick-up bites for a party. You can also chop the prosciutto and sprinkle it on the phyllo if you want.

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Caramelized Onion, Gruyere, and Bacon Spread

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Caramelized Onion, Gruyère, and Bacon Spread

Serve with crackers or bread slices. If you can't find Gruyère, substitute raclette, fontina, or Swiss cheese.

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Baked Feta with Romesco and Olive Tapenade

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Baked Feta with Romesco and Olive Tapenade

Make the romesco sauce and tapenade up to three days ahead, and keep them chilled separately.

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Black Bean Hummus

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Black Bean Hummus

This hummus recipe has a southwestern kick that everyone will love. We recommend serving with pita chips but you can also serve with assorted crudités.

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Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

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Date, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Ball

Prepare this retro-chic snack up to two days ahead, and serve with crackers, bread, or veggies. Rolled in minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, this cheese ball is festive enough for the most discerning party guests.

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

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Sloppy Joe Sliders

An already kid-friendly classic just got kicked up a notch. All your Halloween guests will love these pint-sized sliders.

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Thai Cashew Brittle

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Thai Cashew Brittle

Sharp shards of crisp Thai Cashew Brittle combine salty cashews and hot chile paste.

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Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

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Cheesy Pigs in a Blanket

This no-fuss appetizer option is always a crowd pleaser. Serve on a pretty platter to give these piggies a dash of elegance.  

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Pumpkin Dip

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Pumpkin Dip

Bring out the best of fall's flavors with this super-easy pumpkin dip, perfect for enjoying with fresh apple slices.

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Pumpkin Hummus

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Pumpkin Hummus

This appetizer recipe offers a fall-style twist on the traditional Middle Eastern spread. You can find pumpkinseeds—also called pepitas—in groceries and Mexican markets. Prepare this pumpkin hummus recipe up to a day ahead, and refrigerate.

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Chili-Spiced Almonds

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Chili-Spiced Almonds

These flavorful nuts make a convenient party snack. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce

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Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce

These pulled pork sandwiches, topped with Alabama-style white barbecue sauce and served on homemade biscuits, are perfect for entertaining.

View Recipe: Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce

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