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    2 Must-Have Halloween Party Recipes

    It’s scary how close Halloween is, which means it's time to costume up and celebrate. If you have an upcoming Halloween party, you will need some seasonally-themed recipes to add some festive food flair to the event. Everyone knows that Halloween party recipes fall into one of two categories: spooky or seasonal. Here are two pumpkin-themed (because nothing screams Halloween quite like a pumpkin) recipes that seamlessly cover both of these bases for you.

    Seasonal
    When it comes to feeding your Halloween crew, keep things seasonally comforting with this homemade black bean pumpkin soup appetizer:

    Ingredients
    2 15-ounce (425 grams) cans organic black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 15-ounce (411 grams) can diced organic tomatoes
    3 cups (710) ml) low sodium, organic broth of choice (chicken, turkey, vegetable)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 cup chopped onion
    3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    2-3 teaspoons ground cumin
    1-2 teaspoons smoked paprika (or regular)
    ½ teaspoon smoked black pepper (or regular)
    ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or more for more heat
    Kosher salt, to taste
    1 15-ounce (425 grams) can organic pure pumpkin puree (not pie mix)
    2 -3 teaspoons Balsamic vinegar
    Optional garnishes: grated low-fat Jack or Cheddar cheese, crumbled queso fresco, diced fresh tomato, sliced green onions or chives, crushed tortilla chips, low-fat sour cream, diced avocados, and chopped cilantro.

    Click here for the full recipe. For an added festive touch, garnish the finished soup with sour cream made into "spider webs." Using a squeeze bottle, start pouring sour cream into the center of the soup, slowly swirling circles outward. Use small knife or chopsticks to pull sour cream from center to create the image of a web.

    Spooky
    Sometimes you've got to give the crowd the spooky, slightly disturbing Halloween party recipes they are clamoring for. This "guacamole from a pumpkin" recipe delivers. The best part is that there is no cooking involved; it's more about cutting, blending and assembling your way to recipe success. Start by carving a small pumpkin. Get as creative as you want, just be sure to include a wide-open carved mouth, as this is where the guacamole will be "pouring" out of (in case you don't quite have a mental image yet, the pumpkin will eventually look like it's retching out your green guacamole). Once the pumpkin is carved, you're ready for your guac:

    Ingredients
    Guacamole
    4 ripe avocados
    1/4 cup white onion, finely chopped
    1/2 cup cilantro, finely chopped
    2 limes, juiced
    2 tsp. kosher salt
    1 jalapeno, finely chopped

    Check out this blog for more on making the guacamole. Place your pumpkin on a large platter, arrange the guacamole out of the pumpkin's mouth, surround with chips of your choice and prepare to simultaneously impress and repulse your guests!

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