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Dire Pepperoni Dip

(Family Features) - Halloween is alive and well and being celebrated all over this country. It might be a kids' party with bobbing for apples and pin-the-tail-on-the-black-cat, a horror flick at the teen center, a visit to a haunted house for the entire family or an all-in-disguise dance for couples.
 
Folks in New York's tony Hamptons love Halloween. Bridgehampton holds a pumpkin-carving contest with such enticing categories as Hair Scare and Mother Groosesome. And in Southampton there's a Rag-a-Muffin Parade for dressed-up people and the Canine Couture Boutique's Pet Parade for dressed-up pooches. Try getting a Chihuahua into a onesie!

In Orlando, Florida, grown-ups enjoy the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Resort Orlando all during October.  The entire park becomes scare-zones and there are fear-filled live shows.  For kids, it's Disney World's Mickey's Not-So Scary Halloween Party.  No one wants to miss Mickey's Boo-To-You Parade and the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks when Disney characters in Halloween finery light the sky.

In New Orleans, where pre-lent Carnival means elaborate costumes and masks decked with feathers and gemstones, Halloween brings another time to dress up and step out to a dance or a game night.

In Anoka, Minnesota, Halloween Capital of the World, festive events fill October. Begun in 1920 to divert youngsters from pranks, the celebration kept growing. By the 1930s, the Halloween parade drew 20,000 spectators. Besides the expected pumpkin-carving contest, haunted house and parades, this city of 18,000 puts on a historical ghost tour, an orange-tie ball,  a 5K run, and wine tasting.

Fun food is always part of a great Halloween party, and Hormel Foods has made it easy.

  • First, choose a Hormel Party Tray and, using black construction paper, turn it into a black spider (templates available at Hormel.com). The selection includes two Meat and Cheese Trays-one with salami and pepperoni, the other with ham and turkey, both with cheddar and Colby/Jack cheese and crackers. The third tray is Meat Only: salami and pepperoni, plus crackers.

  • Second, gather the gang to make Creepy Crackers.

  • Finally, make thick, rich Dire Pepperoni Dip. Decorate the dip with a silly face of pepperoni and veggies.

Creepy Crackers

You'll need crackers, Hormel Pepperoni (8-ounce package), sliced cheeses (cheddar, Muenster and/or provolone), and garnishes such as olives, capers, pimento and green pepper. Follow designs at Hormel.com, or create your own. One of the easiest is a pepperoni slice topped with a cheese cut-up of a ghost, cat or pumpkin. Secure toppings with butter, cream cheese or mayonnaise. A sharp knife or cookie cutters and a keen imagination recommended.

For more sensational seasonal snacks, visit hormel.com.

Dire Pepperoni Dip

Ingredients
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese
  • 1 10-ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 3/4 cup water or milk
  • 1 8-ounce package Hormel Pepperoni, cut in quarter slices

Preparation
    1. Soften cream cheese in microwave oven 8 minutes on 20% power. Stir in soup and water.
    2. Cook 2-1/2 minutes at 50% power. Stir pepperoni into cheese mixture.
    3. Cook 2-1/2 minutes at 70% power. Serve with crackers or vegetable dippers. Finish with a silly face.

Serves
Makes 6 to 8 servings

SOURCE: Hormel Foods


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