Quick and easy Halloween food and drink tips

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Big on Halloween spirit but short on time and money? These simple Halloween food and drink tips can help put some spirit into your party.

Here are some quick and easy ideas for Halloween party food and drinks for your next party trick:

  • Waiter, there's a fly in my drink! Freeze ice cubes with edible "insects" inside by filling a tray half full of water and freezing it. Once frozen, add a gummy critter or a couple of raisins. Then fill the tray up and refreeze it.
  • Give your guests a hand.... Fill a new plastic household glove with lemonade, limeade or other liquid to create an eerie floating hand in your punchbowl. Use heavy duty rubber bands to secure the top of the glove, leaving a little room for expansion. Then, prop up the secured end of the glove in the freezer with a small plastic dish. Once it is frozen solid, peel away the glove and float the hand in the punchbowl.
  • "Here's looking at you, kid." For a realistic looking eyeball frozen in a cube, see our recipe for Bloody Eyeball Cocktails.
  • Just how creepy is "Ring Around the Rosey?" Use a ring mold or bundt cake pan to freeze an even creepier ring for your punchbowl. Fill the bowl 1/3 full with liquid and freeze it. Once that is frozen, arrange a layer of gummy worms on top of it, fill it 3/4 full and freeze it again. To unmold, simply run hot water over the ring for a second or two.
  • The moonlight becomes you.... Use Mountain Dew in your drinks and punches, nothing else has quite the same green glow.
  • Light up the night. The fine folks at the House of Blues suggest using plastic light sticks as swizzle sticks to give your drinks an eerie, mysterious glow.
  •  Are you really going to eat that? Make Halloween-shaped tortilla chips by using cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the tortillas, then deep fry them until crisp. You can also make low-fat tortilla chips by baking your cutouts in a 350 degree F oven. In either case, sprinkle them with salt. (FYI: chips made of blue corn tortillas look especially spooky.)
  • Are you really going to eat that, too? Use cookie cutters to cut out small sandwiches in Halloween shapes.

Be sure to also check out all the great Halloween decorating project links in the Related Projects section, below.

And, if you have any tips or ideas you'd like to share with your fellow fabulous folks, please add them to our comment blog.