Halloween 2011: Freezing to Deathhh

So I'm sure you heard about the Snow-tober in the Northeast. No matter how much I've been warned about the brutal NYC winter, I never ever would have imagined waking up to snow in October! What's even worse is that my roommates and I had planned for a Halloween party at our apartment that evening-- yet, the show must go ON!

The ghosts and goblins still came out that night and our party was spook-tacularly FUN! Beth, Jess, and I had planned a Halloween-themed menu and were busy that day decorating/trying not to hibernate in the snow. I really have to give a shout-out to Beth and Jess' friend Nick who completely decked our place out. He brought an entire suitcase-worth of Halloween decor including paper bats, bloody hands to stick on the walls, and my favorite a talking Hocus Pocus spellbook/candy holder! Coincidentally, he also came dressed as Marc Antony to my Cleopatra!

Our Spooky Menu:
  • Oldy Moldy Spread (Spinach Artichoke Dip)
  • Zombie Guts (Skyline Chili Cheese Dip)
  • Pumpkin-shaped Cheeseball
  • Severed Fingers (Shortbread Cookies dipped in Jam)
  • Cobweb Cake (Vanilla Cake with Frosting)
  • Gator Blood (Spiked Fruit Punch)

Oldy Moldy Spread (Spinach Artichoke Dip)

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonaisse
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
  • 1 can artichokes, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated

(1) Preheat oven to 350° F (2) In a mixing bowl, mix the first nine ingredients.  (3) Put into a casserole dish and sprinkle to top with the breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. I also added a sprinkling of mozzarella cheese on top, which become golden-brown looking worms once baked.  (4) Bake for about 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve with sliced baguette or tortilla chips.

Halloween was fabulous and only made me excited for more of the actual winter holidays to come!