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Halloween Party Slow Cooker Tips

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Throwing a Halloween party this year? There are tons of creative ways to make your party stand out from the rest. From incorporating costume and decorations to dying the party food black, you can turn your home into a true spooky house by the time your guests arrive with these tips.

Decorate Your Own Candy Apples
Use your dining room table to set up a candy apple bar that adults and kids alike will love. For large parties, it's best to use your Crock-Pot® 7-Quart Manual Slow Cooker that serves up to nine or more people.

Several hours before the party, prepare the caramel topping in your slow cooker and once it is finished, set the machine to the convenient warm setting. This will keep the melted caramel at the perfect temperature. Set up a tray of crisp apples with popsicle sticks in them at one end of your dining room table. Next to the apples, station your slow cooker, followed by a variety of bowls displaying candy topping options. At the far end of the table, set up plates with name cards so that each guest has a place for their homemade candy apple to harden.

Set up a do-it-yourself candy apple bar at your Halloween party.Set up a candy apple bar at your Halloween party.

Tricks For Turning Food Black For Halloween
If you're trying to put a little spook in your Halloween treats, think about implementing the color black. From black olive tapenade to vegetable ash and squid ink, the creative ways to dye food black during the Halloween season can really be out of the box. Opt for more traditional methods and use dark cocoa powder and coffee. Black layer cake or brownies made from dark cocoa powder are tasty and fit the holiday spirit. Black mocha mousse or cappuccino cheesecake are two other great party foods for Halloween.

Even better, opt for classic candies that are already black! Black licorice, black cherry gummy bears and black gumballs make very festive party favors.

Pumpkin Seeds as a Decoration and Hors d'oeuvres
It's very simple to make crispy, salty pumpkin seeds in your slow cooker. All you need are the seeds, olive oil and salt. Combine the seeds with 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook on high for 6 hours. Seeds make a great party snack and a carved pumpkin makes a festive center piece. Clean out your carved jack-o-lantern and serve the roasted pumpkin seeds from there.



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