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Want to create a terror-ific atmosphere at your Halloween dinner table this fall? Unleash your imagination and stir up little home-brewed ambiance by simply renaming your favorite foods. Need some inspiration? Check out our menu below for a terror-ific Halloween dinner your ghosts and goblins will love!

MAINS
Worms and eyeballs – spaghetti & meatballs
Witch’s fingers & slime sauce – chicken strips & ranch dressing dyed green
Barbequed bat wings – chicken wings
Witches’ brew &   Dracula diggers – chili & tortilla chips

SIDES
Grass & weeds with sliced toadstools & witch’s teeth – salad greens with mushrooms & sunflower seeds
Maggots – rice
Rotting teeth – corn
Lizards’ tongues – sautéed red pepper strips or carrot sticks

DESSERTS
Shrunken heads – baked apples
Ghosts – white chocolate-covered bananas
Pond scum – Jello with gummi worms
Bones – bone-shaped meringue cookies

BEVERAGE
Swamp water –  lemonade concentrate, lemon-lime pop & lime  sherbet

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Need a frightfully good idea for Halloween this year? Try this one!

SHRUNKEN APPLE HEAD DESSERT
(Makes 6 servings)

3 medium baking apples (e.g. Empire, Cortland, Golden Delicious, Ida Red, Honeycrisp)
Lemon juice
5 tbsp (75 mL) packed brown sugar
3 tbsp (45 mL) butter or margarine, melted
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cinnamon
Vanilla ice cream
Chopped nuts (optional)

Wash apples. Cut in half lengthwise; remove cores. Brush cut sides of apples with lemon juice. Carve eyes, nose and mouth on peel side of apple halves.

In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Brush mixture over face sides of apples.

In a greased or sprayed baking dish, place apples, cut side down. Pour any remaining brown sugar/butter mixture over apples.

Bake in a preheated 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes. Spoon sauce in bottom of baking dish over apples. Continue baking until apples are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes longer.

To serve, place one or two scoops of ice cream in 6 dessert bowls. Drizzle sauce over top. Place a warm apple head in each bowl. Sprinkle chopped nuts over ice cream, if desired.

Need another terror-ific Halloween treat this year? This Halloween desert will help set the tone for your fright-night menu. If you wish, let everyone carve their own “shrunken head” dessert or dress their own “ghost”.

BANANA GHOSTS
(Makes 6 ghosts)

3 bananas
6 popsicle sticks
6 oz (200 g) white chocolate or white chocolate candy melts, coarsely chopped, or white chocolate chips
12 chocolate chips

Peel bananas; remove any stringy fibers. Cut bananas in half widthwise. Push a popsicle stick into each half through the cut end. Cover each banana with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 3 hours.

Place white chocolate in a microwaveable bowl and heat on High (100% power) for 1 minute; stir. Continue heating, 30 seconds at a time, until white chocolate is mostly melted but a few pieces remain. Stir to melt remaining white chocolate.

Spread or spoon white chocolate over frozen banana halves. Press chocolate chips in place for eyes.

Set banana ghosts on a waxed paper-covered plate and place in the freezer until serving time.