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The countdown is on – Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! There is just something about the chill in the air, the smells, and the Halloween parties that makes this time of year so fun! As a kid, it always meant my birthday was right around the corner, too. For the past few years, Halloween night has been a little stressful. Trying to make last-minute costume adjustments and accessories, handling my kids’ excitement and trying to cook a fun a festive Halloween dinner all at the same time is overwhelming! (And usually means we’re late for the festivities.)
This year, we’re simplifying the meal while still keeping the theme by popping a pizza in the oven. I found these Tombstone Pizzas at Walmart that have different monster faces on the wrappers! My kids thought that was really cool. We also got a few bags of our favorite candy for trick-or-treaters while we were there.
I also wanted make some special Halloween treats for the kids, so I changed up our favorite fruit dip recipe and came up with this easy and yummy Candy Bar Fruit Dip. I used crumbled Butterfinger and Crunch candy bars, but you can use almost any chocolate candy bar you have on hand. Here is the recipe:
Candy Bar Fruit Dip
1 brick Neufchatel cream cheese
1 small container Marshmallow creme
1 Tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
4-6 fun size candy bars such as Butterfinger or Crunch
Soften cream cheese on a microwave safe plate for 30 seconds at 30% power. Put cream cheese, marshmallow creme and and milk in bowl or stand mixer. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and blend again.
Crush 4 candy bars in a ziploc bag and stir into dip. Sprinkle remaining 2 crushed candy bars on the top of finished dip if desired. Serve with apple slices or other fresh fruit. I served the dip in individual pumpkin cups (acutally silicone baking cups) I picked up while at Walmart.
With fun Halloween plates and napkins, our easy family dinner was all ready! The kids loved the pizza and having the fruit dip in individual pumpkin bowls made it really special. I loved that it was a stress-free dinner that my family enjoyed! I may have snuck some of the Nerds…they are one of my favorite candies from my childhood!
What is your tradition for Halloween night? Do you have fun plans this year?