It is the time of the year again where we indulge in; Pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, dressing up and having a great party with fireworks, food, the works!

Here at Arbutus Catering, we understand how stressful it can be not only to prep the food for a Halloween get together, but to be the host and ensure everyone has a fun time and leaves with a full tummy, so we are bringing you a few creative ideas to make your party preparation a little easier. 

Halloween Marshmallow Pops

Insert a lollipop stick to each marshmallow. Working with 1 marshmallow at a time, dip the marshmallow in melted chocolate, and allow the excess to drip back into the bowl. Immediately coat with festive sprinkles (orange, black, white, green and purple). Place marshmallows on baking sheet until coating is set.

Mulled Cider

In large saucepot, combine ½ gal cider, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 star anise, and 3 strips of orange peel. Heat on medium until just bubbling. Cover; remove from heat and let stand 1 hour. Reheat on a medium heat.

Spooky Pretzel Fingers

Place 8 oz. white chocolate in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second increments until almost melted, stirring occasionally until smooth. Working with 1 pretzel rod at a time, spoon some chocolate over pretzel to coat, leaving about 3 inches uncoated at one end. Carefully place on prepared cookie sheet. Immediately press 1 pumpkin seed onto coated tip to resemble fingernail. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Refrigerate 15 minutes to set chocolate. 

Spooktacular Mocktails 

In a large pitcher, combine two cups of cranberry juice, half-a-cup of apple juice, and a quarter-cup of grenadine.  Top it off with two cups of seltzer water.

Squeeze one tube of red candy gel on a plate.  Rim the edges of four low-ball glasses and pour the prepared drink evenly into the glasses.

So there we have it, a few haunting ideas to make Halloween preparation a little easier for you. 

Team Arbutus