Halloween weekend is almost here, and I have two easy Halloween party foods to share that I make year after year: Halloween Mummies and Cobweb Guacamole. The latter isn’t really a recipe, but just a reminder that you can have fun embellishing your regular favorites with cute and creepy faces, adding olive-slice eyes to meatballs and deviled eggs…or using pimento-stuffed olives and carrot smiles to hummus and other dips.

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Halloweenie Mummies


  • Hot dogs (I used 6 Uncured Turkey Hot Dogs from Trader Joe’s)
  • Crescent roll dough (8-oz tube from Trader Joe’s)
  • Mustard or ketchup dots for eyes
Halloween hot dog mummies
halloween mummies out of the oven


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Unroll the crescent dough. Press together diagonal perforations. Cut each rectangle lengthwise into 6 (1/2-inch) strips.
  3. Wrap these dough “bandages” around hot dog to cover entirely. Spread open a gap near one end for the “eyes”. I cut the hot dogs in half to create mini-mummies and used 2 strips per mummy. Place on baking sheet; line with a Silpat baking mat for best results.
  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
  5. Cool for a few minutes then add eyes using yellow mustard. (Put a dollop of mustard in a plastic sandwich bag, snip a teeny corner, and squeeze out eyes)

One 8-oz crescent roll tube with yield enough bandages to cover 6 hot dogs or 12 mini (half) hot dogs. Puff pastry dough can be substituted for crescent roll dough, although the latter works better. Trader Joe’s carries Puff Pastry dough in the freezer section during the holiday season.


Cobweb Guacamole

Cobweb guacamole is easy using Trader Joe’s pre-made guacamole and sour cream.  Place sour cream in a Ziploc bag and snip off a tiny corner for the webbing.  Pipe out cobweb design.  Since guacamole turns brown as it oxidizes, you don’t really want to make this too far ahead of time. 

Add scary “spiders” to your cobweb using large black olives (Trader Joe’s sells them in a can). Use half an olive for the body and cut one olive lengthwise into 8 slices for the legs. Serve cobweb guacamole as a party food or with your favorite quesadillas for a fun Halloween meal.

Cobweb guacamole with Trader Joe's guacamole