So some of the other items to make to spooky spread are three kinds of salsa. I think these went over well and the leftovers are easy to freeze and reuse in all sorts of things. If you have never made your own salsa, it is super easy.
Red Devil SalsaFor the red devil salsa, I start with fire roasted tomatoes - just buy the best tomatoes out there, cut out the brown stem part and put them on a cookie sheet under the broiler. After about 10 minutes the skins split and turn black. Then it is easy to peel them once they have cooled. Squeeze the excess water and seeds out (I save my tomato water to add to spaghetti or curry) and throw them in the blender with 1/2 a red onion, a handful of fresh cilantro, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, lime juice, and a minced, seeded jalepeno. If you don't have a jalepeno, any hot pepper will do. Puree, taste to adjust seasoning and place in the fridge for flavors to blend..
I served this salsa with these Halloween chips from Cost Plus World Market. Although they have cute shapes, they taste kinda crappy. Never again. Plus I think my guests would have been more comfortable with Scoops anyway.
Green Goo SalsaPretty much the same as a red salsa but instead of tomatoes use tomatillos. I don't fire roast these but cook them in a small amount of broth in a sauce pan till they get kind of brown and squishy. Avoid adding anything red to this salsa as it turns it a yucky brown - so instead of a red onion I use a white onion, and no cayenne pepper either - just add extra jalepenos for heat. But cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt are all good in this salsa. The tomatillos give it a different flavor altogether.
Mango Pinapple Avacado SalsaOk this is not spooky but so yummy and everyone seemed to enjoy this the most.
The recipe is:
1 chopped mango,
2 chopped avacados
1/2 chopped pineapple
1/2 chopped red pepper
1/4 chopped red onion
juice of 1 lime
handful of chopped cilantro
Dressing: olive oil, sea salt cayenne pepper, lime juice
Chop mango, pineapple, red pepper, red onion, cilantro, lime juice. At this point you have the option of putting it in the fridge for a day if you want to make it in advance. Add avocado and dressing shortly before serving.