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Scaring up delicious Halloween treats doesn't have to be tricky. Transform those ordinary recipes into spook-tacular ones with some of your favorite candies and a little creepy creativity.

Hangin' Out on Halloween Brownies

Ready for some wacky Halloween fun? Get those cauldrons a-bubbling and whip up spook-a-licious treats for your ghostly guests. The witches and wizards will surely do some wand-waving to get to the head of the table, but have no fear — one bite of these magical morsels, and they'll be forever enchanted.

    (Makes about 15 brownies)
    1 package brownie mix (about 20 oz. for a 13 x 9-in. pan)
    Egg, water and oil to prepare mix
    White Cookie Icing
    Spiders & Bats Icing Decorations

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray medium cookie pan with vegetable pan spray.
Prepare brownie mix with egg, water and oil, following package instructions. Bake 35-40 minutes or until brownie tests done. Cool completely in pan. Cut cooled brownies using spider web cutter. Draw web lines using Cookie Icing. Attach spider decoration with icing.

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Easy Vampire Bites

Prep Time: 20 minutes. Bake Time: 7-10 minutes. Decorating Time: 15 minutes.

    (Makes 24 bites)
    1 bag Milky Way® Brand Minis

    1 1/2 cups flour

    3/4 teaspoon baking soda

    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

    1/2 cup butter, softened

    2/3 cup packed brown sugar

    1 egg


    Red food coloring

    1/2 cup red decorator's sugar

    1 tube vanilla frosting

Combine flour, baking soda and cinnamon in medium bowl; set aside.
Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Slowly add flour mixture into dough until blended. Add enough food coloring to tint dough a bright red. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375°. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Using a rolling pin, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thickness. Use the printable templates or cookie cutter to cut out 24 lip shapes. Or, you can form dough into 24 balls. Flatten each slightly to create free-form shaped lips using your hands to pinch and shape. Transfer to cookie sheets.

Sprinkle cookies with red sugar. Bake 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and immediately press an unwrapped mini into center of each cookie. Cool completely. Use vanilla frosting to pipe fangs over the candy.

Tip: If short on time, consider using store-bought refrigerated sugar cookie dough. Knead 2/3 flour into dough, then roll and cut. Makes 18

Dancing Bones Brownies

Prep: 10 minutes. Bake: 20 minutes. Decorating time: 20 minutes.
Difficulty: Easy

    (Makes 16 brownies)
    1 bag Milky Way® Brand Fun Size Bars

    1 bag Twix® Brand Caramel Cookie Bars Fun Size®

    1 bag M&M'S® Brand Chocolate Mini Baking Bits

    1 box (22.5-ounce) brownie mix

    12 cups chocolate cookie crumbs

    1 can (16-ounce) chocolate frosting

    1 can (16-ounce) vanilla frosting

Prepare brownie mix according to box directions. Stir 2 cups chopped Milky Way® into batter before spread­ing into a foil-lined jelly roll pan. Bake in a preheated 325°F oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Cool completely.

In the meantime, finely chop chocolate cookie crumbs with 12 caramel cookie bars in a food processor, set aside. Cover brownies with chocolate frosting and top with chocolate crumbs mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Cut brownies into 16 pieces. Transfer 1 cup of vanilla frosting into resealable plastic bag with a snipped corner. Using the printable template, pipe a skeleton on each brownie. Decorate with mini baking bits.

Halloween Chills

Halloween evolved from pranks to parties in the past century. In the early 1900s, young men made a night of toppling outhouses and garbage cans, piling cornstalks on porches, and letting animals loose. Kids carved notches in the ends of empty thread spools and rolled them on windows, making a frightful sound before the kids banged on the door, yelling "Tricks or treats, money or eats!"

City fathers decided to discourage pranks by starting Halloween activities. In 1921, Anoka, Minnesota, held the first recorded citywide Halloween celebration in the nation. It's the Halloween capital of the U.S. to this day.

Halloween is so popular that it causes an economic uptick every October. Costume rental stores advertise garb to transform us into characters like Batman, Princess Leia, angels, devils, cartoon characters, vampires, and pirates.
Pumpkin patches nationwide produce millions of pumpkins, to become jack-o-lanterns.

Boo Bash Recipes

This year, why not throw your own Boo Bash? The folks at Hormel Foods have created imaginative treats for it. In the center of the serving table, set out a witch's cauldron of Hormel Chili surrounded by warm Them Bones. Then add a bat-shaped Hormel Meat and Cheese Party Tray. Simply cut the tray in half, cut out a head and arrange.

The final touch to the eats display is a Count Dracula Pizza, with his mop of hair and snag-toothed mouth fashioned from pepperoni. Set out an array of beverages: hot cider, soda pop and flavored waters. Dessert? Frozen balls of orange sherbet topped with chocolate sauce.

Them Bones

    (Makes 8 Servings)
    2 cans (15 ounces) HORMEL™ Chili With Beans
    1 can (8 ounces) refrigerated breadsticks

Create a witch's cauldron in which to serve chili—a small black bucket or a bowl inside a paper cauldron. Heat the chili. Open the breadsticks; cut each strip of dough in two lengthwise. Shape dough into 16 bones of various sizes. Bake at 350° for 5-8 minutes, until crisp. Serve bones around chili and they're ready to dip.

Ghosts and Goblins Crispy Treat Pops

(Makes about 24 treat pops)
6 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (16 oz.) marshmallows
1 package (about 10 oz.) crisp rice cereal,

Orange Icing Color
Cookie Sticks (6 or 8-in.)
Halloween Confetti Sprinkles

Spray multi-cavity pumpkin and ghost pan with vegetable pan spray.

In large saucepan, melt butter; add marsh-mallows. Cook and stir until melted. Divide mixture in half; stir orange icing color into 1 portion. Add half of cereal to orange mix­ture; mix well. Repeat with remaining cereal and white marshmallow mixture.

Press into prepared pan; carefully remove from pan and allow to cool. Insert cookie stick; add confetti eyes and mouth.

Candy Dipped Halloween Apples

Medium apples
Cookie Sticks (8-in.)
Candy Melts (Light Cocoa, Dark Cocoa and White)

Halloween Pumpkin Mix Sprinkles,

Halloween Confetti Sprinkles or Ghost Mix Sprinkles
Halloween Nonpareils
Orange, Black or Lavender Sugars

Line cookie sheet or pan with parchment paper. Wash and completely dry apples; insert cookie sticks into tops of apples. In medium microwave-safe bowls, melt each variety of Candy Melts according to package directions. Place sprinkles and sugars in small bowls. Dip apples into melted candy, then immediately into desired sprinkles or sugars. Place on prepared pans, stick up; chill until firm.

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Pet Crossword Answers
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