Breathe Life into ball of the dead

Halloween-themed recipes from the Associated Press
By ALISON LADMAN Published: October 31, 2012
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Party food is supposed to be easy. You are, after all, having a party to have a good time, right?

That's why we assembled these easy Halloween party dishes. Not only are they simple to assemble, but they require little planning and help keep the mood light and festive.

POTS OF MUD

Servings: 12

1 cup chunky peanut butter

½ cup hot fudge sauce

4 to 6 tablespoons half-and-half

½ cup graham cracker crumbs

Pretzels, crisp bread sticks and cookie sticks

In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, hot fudge sauce, half-and-half (more or less depending on desired consistency), and graham cracker crumbs. Spoon into small cups, such as shot glasses, and serve with pretzels, bread sticks and cookie sticks for dipping.

CREAMY SWAMP DIP

Servings: 16

3 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted

8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

¼ cup chopped black olives

½ cup chopped Peppadew peppers

¼ cup chopped marinated mushrooms

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