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Tricks and Treats for Spooky Halloween Party

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It’s the day before Halloween — and if you are just starting to plan your party you might need some last-minute help.

Here are a few suggestions, and two recipes, from Avocados from Mexico.

• Don’t just go door to door this year, get your neighbors together and plan a fun and spooky Halloween block party. Both kids and adults can enjoy fright night together.

Use an avocado shell as a bowl – for guacamole, of course.

• Organize a last-minute Halloween potluck. Each guest brings a different dish; whether an appetizer, main course, dessert or beverage. Don’t forget the Pumpkin Spookamole (recipe below).

• Remember the brews! Serve themed juices or soft drinks. Create creepy ice cubes by putting a plastic ant, bug or spider in each compartment before you freeze.

• Have a scary movie night. Screen showings of horror movies, like “Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Psycho.”

• Hold a neighborhood Zombie Walk. Have fun wrapping yourself and friends in toilet paper and then hit the streets in a group.

• Convert your dining room table into a buffet area, one of the easiest ways to host a party. Decorate the table with pumpkins and spider webs.

• Fill your fireplace with clusters of orange and black candles in different shapes and sizes.

Pumpkin Spookamole

Pumpkin Spookamole

3 tablespoons raw shelled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon each cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper
4 fully ripened avocados from Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

In a small bowl, combine pumpkin seeds, oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, cumin, paprika and cayenne; mix well until seeds are coated. In a skillet over medium heat, cook coated pumpkin seeds, stirring frequently, until seeds begin to pop and are puffy and golden. Remove from heat and set aside. To make guacamole, in a large bowl combine avocados, lime juice onion, cilantro and remaining salt. With a spatula or potato masher, coarsely mash mixture until well-combined and chunky. Sprinkle with reserved pumpkin seeds. Serve with warm tortillas or chips.

Witchy Fingers

4 avocados, peeled, pitted and halved
1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
2 ounces goat cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 ounce prosciutto slices

Cut each avocado half into 4-6 slices. Place in medium bowl and gently toss in lemon juice. In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, salt and pepper. Fill the center of each avocado slice with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon goat cheese mixture.
Wrap each avocado “finger” with 1/3 slice of prosciutto until the goat cheese is secured to the avocado. Make sure to leave the tip of the avocado exposed, to resemble a finger nail. Arrange the avocados in the shape of a hand on the plate to add extra spookiness.  Enjoy!

Photos and recipes courtesy Avocados from Mexico

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