Trick or Treat: Halloween Hurries and Cooking Worries

Posted by Annette Bellisari on

Halloween is such a fun holiday when your kids are at an age that they’re excited about it, and I’m lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that enjoys the celebration. However, trick or treat usually falls on a weeknight, and for most of us, it’s a workday as well. I always tell myself that I’m going to knock off early on this day – you know, be home early to help the kids with costumes, get my own home ready to hand out candy, and maybe I’ll have time to put my witch costume on myself! Invariably we’re invited to a gathering on the street that requires I bring a dish to share, so I’ll need time to prepare something worthy of taking.

Sounds fun, right? Now let me tell you how it usually goes! As I start to clean up my desk around 3:00 for my early escape, it never fails that an emergency or some other detail needs my immediate attention. Before I know it, it’s 4:30, and I’m still working. Shut everything down and get home as fast as possible. If you work from home, at least you don’t have to commute, but I still always seem to get wrapped up in work stuff way longer than I intended.

“Mom, where are my vampire teeth?! Can you make me up to look like there’s blood around my mouth?”

“Mom, this costume is too scary! Can I go as something else?”

“Mom, we need a bag for carrying all of our candy...a BIG bag!”

I spring into action to find my reddest lipstick, I grab an old flannel shirt and some ripped up jeans to offer a less scary “Hobo” option, and I grab two pillow cases from the linen closet. I’ve got this! I get them all ready and out the door with a group of friends reminding them to all stick together.

Now I just need to prepare my dish for the party and get myself ready for handing out candy and making an appearance at the annual Halloween shindig. As I look in the mirror to start to put on my witch’s wig, hat, makeup, etc., I realize the wig and makeup won’t be necessary! 😉

It’s been a long day, and the last thing you want to do is cook a complicated dish to take to a party, so here is an easy and quick recipe that’ll keep your friends spellbound:

Frankenguac Halloween Party Appetizer Recipe (Borrowed from

A fun Halloween Party Idea using fresh California Avocados to make a quirky and cute guacamole dip shaped like Frankenstein. Meet Frankenguac!


1 batch of your favorite guacamole using fresh California Avocados I love this recipe but didn't include the tomatoes

1 handful of blue tortilla chips

2 tablespoons of sour cream

1/4 cup sliced olives


To assemble Frankenguac:

Spoon guacamole onto a rectangle platter, using a flat edged scraper to shape into a rectangle.

Place chips near the top of his head, with triangle tip pointing down.

Add two dollops of sour cream for the whites of the eyes and top each with a sliced olive end piece (without the hole)

For the mouth, push sliced olives with rounded edges facing up into the guacamole, shaping it like Frankenstein's mouth.

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