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Top 5 Halloween party food and drink recipes for students.

From fancy dress to huge events, Halloween is guaranteed to be one of the best nights you’ll have as a student at Backstage Academy. So, this Halloween, grab your friends, host a party and try our top 5 Halloween party food and drink ideas to start your night right and to make it one to remember.

1. Blinded by the lights tacos (makes 12)

Easy to make and great fun to put together, these tacos are sure to go down very well with your Backstage friends.

Ingredients
1 lb mince beef
1 packet of taco seasoning mix
12 taco shells
¾ cup of salsa
¾ cup of sour cream

1 tomato (diced very small)
1 small lettuce (sliced into small strips)
24 olives (sliced in half)
1 cup of grated cheese

Method
1. Mix the meat with the seasoning mix and squeeze together to make 24 (1 inch) balls. Place on a baking tray and cook in the oven at 175C for 20 minutes.

2. Brown the remaining mince beef with the salsa in a pan for 7-10 minutes.

3. Fill up the taco shell with a thin layer of the meat, lettuce, sour cream and tomatoes.

4. Take two meatballs and position in the middle of the taco shell, dollop on a small amount of sour cream and place two olive halves over the sour cream to create the eyeballs.

5. Add the cheese to the taco shell.

2. Live Wire brew (fruity punch)

Impress your friends with this eerily delectable drink. This one will really pack a punch with its delicious fruity flavours. The electric green colour will really send a shock through your veins and can be mixed with alcohol for the perfect pre-drink.

Ingredients
2 cups of sugar
2 pints of water
1 sachet of Funkin lime juice
1 can of pineapple juice
1 pint of ginger ale

Method
1. Stir the sugar and two pints of water together until the sugar has fully dissolved.

2. Place in the fridge to chill for 20 minutes.

3. Remove from the fridge and stir in the lime drink mix, the pineapple juice and the ginger ale.

3. Backstage banana ghosts

With only three ingredients, these Backstage banana ghosts are so simple to make and when frozen, the banana tastes just like ice cream.

Ingredients
200g white chocolate
4 medium sized bananas
1 bag of milk chocolate drops
Wooden lollipop sticks

Method
1. Gently melt the white chocolate either in a bowl over hot water, or in short bursts in the microwave. Take care when melting in the microwave to make sure the chocolate doesn’t burn.

2. Peel the bananas, cut them in half and insert a lollipop stick into the middle of each piece.

3. On a flat baking tray, lay the banana halves down. Using a cooking brush, paint the banana halves with the white chocolate. Decorate the banana halves with the chocolate drops to create a face and place in the freezer. Freeze the lollies for at least 4 hours and up to a week.

4. Centre stage Dracula cakes

Using red, white and black icing, have fun and create your very own centre stage Dracula cupcakes this Halloween.

Ingredients
200g soft butter
175g golden caster sugar
250g self raising flour
¼ Tsp salt
3 large eggs

½ Tsp vanilla extract
100ml milk

To decorate
300g icing sugar
2-3 Tbsp milk
white food colouring paste
1 tube of black icing sugar
1 tube of red icing sugar

Method
1. Heat the oven to 180 C and fill a muffin tray with muffin cases. Cream butter and sugar together until fluffy and beat in the other ingredients until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake until golden brown. Remove from the oven and leave for 5 minutes to cool.

2. Using a small knife, cut a small semi-circle on the left and right hand sides of the cake to create a stepped edge, level with the cupcake case. Leave to chill for 10 minutes.

3. Mix the icing sugar, milk and white paste to form a very thick icing that drips slowly from the spoon. Add to the cake carefully letting it spread itself over the cake. Using a knife, guide the icing to cover the entire surface of the cake. Leave to set, then pipe a face and hair with the black icing and use the red icing for drips of blood.

5. Programmer popcorn brains

For the ultimate spine-chilling buffet, flavour popcorn with cheese, and shape into tiny brains.

Ingredients
1 ½ Tbsp of vegetable oil
125g of popcorn kernels
325g grated cheese
½ Tsp Dijon mustard
Sprinkles of cayenne pepper

Method
1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and cover the popcorn kernels. Cook on a high heat until the kernels stop popping. Take the pan off the heat and sprinkle with salt.

2. In another pan, melt the cheese with the mustard and pepper until bubbling. Coat the popcorn with the mixture.

3. Rub your hands with a tiny amount of oil and grab the popcorn, squeezing into brain-like shapes. Place on a tray, cover with cling film and leave to cool.

We hope you enjoy following these easy recipes for a spooktacular Halloween this autumn.

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