Halloween: Party Food Safety

31066467_mNo one wants their Halloween party to be remembered as the one that made everyone sick last year. Whether your party is for children, adults-only, or a mixed group, some basic food safety is always in order. It only takes a little forethought and planning to pull it off, and you’ll be glad you did.

Alcohol – Pretty Poison

If you go all out and put alcoholic beverages in spooky potion bottles or serve punch from a cauldron, remember that they will be irresistible to children. So keep them out of children’s reach or go for the alternative of placing only non-alcoholic drinks in the tempting containers.

Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for apples is a classic Halloween game, but if you really think about it, all that spit and snot swapping is pretty gross. It’s also a good way to make sure that everybody catches whatever might be going around, even if none of the participants are showing symptoms yet. The current recommendation is to give everyone their own large bowl instead of using one community bowl.

Serving Snacks

Spooky snacks can really make your party the one everyone wants to come back to next year. Just remember to keep the cold stuff, like dips and deviled eggs, on ice or otherwise chilled.

You need to keep your warm snacks warm, too. Sterno is an old standby, but it can be a serious fire hazard, especially around all those cumbersome costumes. Consider using safer warming dishes, such as small slow-cookers instead. When planning your party, remember that you’ll need to keep warm foods near outlets.


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