This menu will delight all your hungry goblins, no matter what age!
Jack-O-Lantern Burgers
Broccoli Boo Salad
Wormy Orange Punch
Graveyard Cake
Popcorn Hands

Jack-O-Lantern Burgers

To create these pumpkin faced burgers, all you need is a regular hamburger patty, buns, slices of American Cheese and a sharp knife. Using a sharp knife, carve eyes, nose and mouth out of each cheese slice. Be careful to keep the design close to the center of the slice because the cheese will spread when it melts. Once burgers are cooked, wait until just before serving to add cheese slice. The cheese melts quickly on the hot burger, so you have to be careful not to add it too soon, or you'll lose the effect. Serve burgers open faced and allow people to add their own condiments once they've gotten a good look.
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Broccoli Boo Salad

1 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vinegar
8 cups broccoli florets
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup chopped red onion
6 to 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup raisins

In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise, sugar and vinegar. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. In a large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Add dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Can be made a day ahead. To keep with the theme, add some fake plastic spiders to the mix, or use as a garnish on each serving. But if your goblins are quite small, you may want to just decorate the table with the spiders rather than adding them to the salad.
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Wormy Orange Punch

1 gallon orange sherbert, softened
1 quart pineapple juice, chilled
1 liter lemon-lime soda, chilled
Gummy Worms

Combine sherbert and pineapple juice in a punch bowl; stir well. Add soda; stir until sherbert is almost dissolved. Decorate bowl with gummy worms (and add a worm to each cup) and serve immediately.
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Graveyard Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup water
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/2 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
18 cream filled chocolate sandwich cookies
green and brown decorator's icing or gel
9 cream-filled oval vanilla sandwich cookies
1 cup whipped topping
pumpkin candles and gummy worms

In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a saucepan, combine butter, water and cocoa; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add to flour mixture; beat well. Beat in sour cream and eggs. Pour into a greased 13x9x2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 35-38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine butter, milk and cocoa; bring to a boil. Remove from heat; stir in sugar and vanilla. Pour over warm cake. Crumble chocolate cookies and sprinkle over frosting while still warm. Cool completely.
For tombstones, use icing to decorate vanilla cookies with words or faces; press one end of cookies into cake so they stand up like tombstones. For ghosts, make mounds of whipped topping; use icing to add eyes and mouths as desired. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Add pumpkins and gummy worms just before serving.
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Popcorn Hands

As an additional decoration for each place setting, place one piece of candy corn in the tip of each finger of a disposable, clear plastic glove (can be found in hardware stores) and fill glove with popcorn. Tie glove closed at wrist.

Many thanks to Vicki Schlechter and Taste of Home magazine for this wonderful theme idea!

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