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One of the challenges of hosting a family oriented Halloween party–or any kind of party–is balancing the tastes of both kids and adults and serving food that everyone will enjoy. So today I’m sharing some great ideas for #SpookySnacks (and some not-so-spooky), featuring Wheat Thins and Oreos that will satisfy both young and old alike.
For the grown-ups, how about a warm, cheesy dip, loaded with bacon and spinach? And for the kids, some adorable Oreo bats, made with Halloween Oreos. Although lets be honest, people of all ages are going to love these cute little Oreo creatures.
Right now, my local Walmart has their seasonal Halloween Oreos and several varieties of Wheat Thins all together in one display, back near the beverage and dairy section, which made it easy to pick up everything I needed for these delicious Halloween snacks. My family loves spicy food, so I opted for Spicy Buffalo Wheat Thins along with the classic original variety.
During the weekend of October 25, select Walmart locations will be hosting demos featuring Fanta, Oreos and Wheat Thins. Check this listing to find a demo location near you!
I’ve never met an Oreo I didn’t want to eat, but these little bats are almost too cute! I did break down and try a few, of course, and if you’re wondering, the Halloween Oreos taste just like regular Oreos, they just have orange filling. Which means they’re perfect for Halloween, but still have that classic Oreo flavor I love so much–a big win in my book!
These bats were so fun and easy to put together. You just need some candy eyes (usually available near the canned frosting and sprinkles), some black cardstock, and a little bit of powdered sugar and water. I drew a simple bat wing to use as a template, and just cut tiny triangles to use as ears.
Once you’ve got all your bat parts cut out, gently push them into the cream filling. To attach the eyes, just make a thick paste with the powdered sugar and water and dab a bit onto each batty eyeball with a toothpick before attaching it to the Oreo.
Not only is this a fun treat to serve up at your next Halloween get-together, it’s a great (edible!) craft project for kids as well. Of course, you’ll just want to makes sure everyone removes their bat wings and ears before eating their Oreos!
Like I said, the grown-ups will probably love these bats as much as the kids, but it’s always a good idea to serve something for the more mature palettes at your party, and this Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip totally fits the bill. For a really festive look, I suggest serving it up in a hollowed out pumpkin.
Since I really didn’t want my dip to take on a pumpkin flavor, I found a bowl that would fit inside of my pumpkin and cut an opening to match. Place your filled pumpkin on a serving platter with some fall leaves and gourds, plus a few Oreo bats for a spooky touch and you’ll have a fun yet elegant presentation that your guests will love!
Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip
- 6 slices bacon
- 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Wheat Thins (any variety) for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, fry bacon until crisp. Drain on a paper towel lined plate and crumble; set aside. Add spinach to the bacon drippings in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until wilted.
- In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, sour cream, Gruyere, Parmesan, garlic, cayenne, cooked bacon and spinach. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Spoon dip into an oven proof dish and bake for about 20 minutes, or until bubbly and golden. Let cool slightly before serving with Wheat Thins, for dipping.