With frightful little creatures ringing the doorbell all evening, Halloween isn't the best time for a sit-down dinner party.
But with Oct. 31 falling on the weekend again this year, it'd be a shame to call it a night too early. So invite your friends (and their little goblins) to stop in after they make their rounds through the neighborhood.
This comforting soup-and-sandwich supper makes for a simple post-trick-or-treating gathering. Everything can be prepared ahead of time, and it's easy to adjust to your crowd.
Swap out the bread and cheese choices to accommodate picky little palates, or skip the punch in favor of wine for a more grown-up bash (Michaels craft stores have spooky wine labels to turn that cabernet you might normally serve into "Werewolf Drool" or "Demon's Blood").
Just be sure to get started a day ahead so you'll have plenty of time to enjoy all the entertainment anyone needs on Halloween: answering the door.
Wormy lime punch
Serves about 8 to 10
1 (12-ounce) container frozen limeade concentrate, frozen
4 cups white grape juice, chilled
4 cups ginger ale, chilled
Wormy ice ring (see recipe below)
1. Stir limeade and white grape juice in large punch bowl until limeade concentrate melts and is fully incorporated. Stir in ginger ale. Add wormy ice ring and serve.
Per serving (punch and ice ring), based on 8: 253 calories, trace fat, 65 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram protein, no cholesterol, 19 milligrams sodium, trace dietary fiber, 0 percent of calories from fat.
-- Laura Samuel Meyn
Wormy ice ring
This ice ring can be made a few days ahead and left in the freezer until time to serve the punch. It'll keep the punch cold, and as it melts, it'll release creepy worms into the mix. Super Target has a good selection of gummy creatures.
Nonstick Bundt pan, ice ring mold or medium mixing bowl
Distilled water or tap water
17-ounce bag gummy worms (not the sour kind)
Scare up an appetite with monster-worthy fare
Invite your friends (and their little goblins) to stop in after they make their rounds
Muenster Sammies cut into spooky shapes. (Ross Hailey/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)