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Edible swamp, bones and mud. Must be Halloween,

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  • Halloween food, like this Creamy Swamp Dip, doesn't have to look pretty but should still be tasty.

      Halloween food, like this Creamy Swamp Dip, doesn't have to look pretty but should still be tasty.
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  • Let the goblins at your Halloween party get down and dirty with gooey, yummy Pots of Mud.

      Let the goblins at your Halloween party get down and dirty with gooey, yummy Pots of Mud.
    Associated Press

  • Let the goblins at your Halloween party get down and dirty with gooey, yummy Pots of Mud.

      Let the goblins at your Halloween party get down and dirty with gooey, yummy Pots of Mud.
    Associated Press

  • Pots of Mud will please all the goblins at your Halloween fete.

      Pots of Mud will please all the goblins at your Halloween fete.
    Associated Press

  • Scoop of your favorite dip with these bready Bay Bones.

      Scoop of your favorite dip with these bready Bay Bones.
    Associated Press

  • Scoop of your favorite dip with these crispy Bay Bones.

      Scoop of your favorite dip with these crispy Bay Bones.
    Associated Press

 
By Alison Ladman
For The Associated Press

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, they also require little planning and help keep the mood light and festive.

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We started off with the dip. It's nice if not everything on Halloween revolves around sugar. Equally at home with a platter of vegetables or chips and pretzels, this avocado and cream cheese-based dip will appeal to kids and adults. Plus, Halloween is one of the few times of the year where food doesn't need to look pretty.

For something bready, we went with frozen puff pastry formed into "bones." Puff pastry is a cinch to work with. You'll find it in the grocer's freezer section. Each package contains two sheets. Simply thaw according to package directions, then unfold, slice, season and bake. And feel free to play around with the spices we suggest, swapping in Italian seasoning, chili powder or even curry powder for the Old Bay seasoning.

For a sweet touch, we went with pots of dirt. Or rather, peanut butter and hot fudge blended with a few other tasty ingredients to resemble dirt.

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