Delicious Halloween-Themed Party Appetizers

Here at Hickory Farms, we love Halloween! Throwing a festive Halloween party is the perfect time way to get creative with your decorations and appetizers. From spooky ghouls to cute little pumpkins, the possibilities for Halloween-inspired treats are endless. You can create some amazing treats for these festivities with some of Hickory Farms’ favorite Halloween snack recipes.

farmhouse cheddar

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Cheesy Pumpkins

The traditional cheese ball can easily be transformed into a fun seasonal appetizer by molding it into a pumpkin shape. Start by shredding a mixture of cheese, such as our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend. Then, use a food processor to combine the cheese with cream cheese, dry mustard and garlic, blending until smooth. Spoon the mixture into a pumpkin-shaped muffin tin and refrigerate overnight. Lastly, top everything off with parsley to create a cute little vine effect.

turkey summer sausage

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Halloween-Inspired Hors D’ourvres

If you’re looking for a treat your kids can help out with, have your little chefs whip up a fun twist on traditional cheese and crackers. Start by lining a platter with our Olive Oil and Rosemary Crackers. Then, top each cracker off with a piece of Our Signature Beef or Turkey Summer Sausage. Next, cut our cheeses into thin slices. Your kids will have a blast using cookie cutters and butter knives to cut bats, pumpkins and cats out of our cheeses.

smoked gouda blend

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Witch Brooms

Another adorable way to serve your cheese is to transform it into a witch’s broom. First, cut our Smoked Gouda Blend into thin slices. Then, fold each slice in half and use scissors to cut a bit of fringe into the cheese. Finish by rolling the cheese around the bottom of a pretzel stick, fringe pointing down, and securing with a fresh chive.

gourmet sausage and cheese

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Ghost Sandwiches

A cute shape can make a simple sandwich extra special. Start by layering chicken salad, slices of our Fuji Apples and our Farmhouse Cheddar between slices of white bread. Then, use a cookie cutter to create ghost outlines. You can finish this spooky appetizer by using black olives to form the ghost’s eyes.

With Hickory Farms gourmet sausage and cheese, you can transform your snacks into fun and delicious appetizers for Halloween. Your guests will love and appreciate the creativity of your Halloween-themed treats.

Last-Minute Hors D’oeuvres with Gourmet Gift Baskets for Holiday Entertaining

Holiday entertaining is one of the most enjoyable aspects of the season, but it can also get a bit stressful! With so many social engagements and activities, you may end up needing some emergency entertaining ideas.

Whether you’ve just answered the door to find unannounced guests or need a quick and easy idea for your dinner party, take a look at some of our favorite last-minute appetizer ideas.

Gourmet sausage from Hickory FarmsMaple Summer Sausage

This hors d’oeuvre recipe from Yummly is perfect for keeping your guests happy prior to Thanksgiving dinner. Rich maple summer sausage and maple are perfect for fall and winter, and our gourmet sausage is perfect for adding an extra-special touch to this dish.

Fruit baskets from Hickory Farms


Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

Combine juicy Crown Comice ® Pears from one of our fruit baskets with rich blue cheese and puff pastry to create these elegant Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets.



Gourmet sausage from Hickory Farms


Cheesy Cheddar Fondue

This recipe for Cheesy Cheddar and Apple Cider Fondue provides another great use for our gourmet cheeses. Use our gourmet sausages for dipping, as well as apples or pears from our fruit baskets.




Wine gifts from Hickory FarmsWine and Cheese Bar

Wine gift baskets from Hickory Farms

Hickory Holiday Reserve from Hickory Farms

This is actually one of the easiest solutions for holiday appetizers, but it is sure to be a hit with your guests! Set up a wine and cheese bar on a sideboard or table with wine glasses and charms (to identify the owner), a selection of red and white wines, a cheese board with a variety of gourmet cheese, and some delicious gourmet crackers.

Our wine gifts are a great solution for last-minute entertaining, almost like a ready-made party! These gourmet wine gift baskets come in a variety of combinations, accompanied by mixed nuts, orchard fruits, and gourmet sausage and cheese.


Gourmet gift basket ideas from Hickory FarmsGrazing Boards

Another fantastic idea for easy holiday appetizers is to create a grazing board. For some lovely ideas, check out At Home with Kim Valée. Basically, a grazing board should contain some combination of meat, cheese, bread, and an accent like gherkins or caramelized onions.

Gourmet sausage from Hickory Farms

Beef Summer Sausage from Hickory Farms

Our gourmet gift baskets filled with Beef Summer Sausage, Smoked Gouda and other gourmet cheeses, and delicious specialty condiments like our Sweet Hot Mustard allow you to create a beautiful spread of pre-meal munchies, without the stress.



Gourmet cheese from Hickory Farms

The Original Cheese Ball from Hickory Farms

Cheese Balls

And of course we can’t forget one of the best time-tested holiday appetizers of all time – the classic cheese ball! Head over to our classic food gifts to order a selection of cheese balls for your next gathering.

How do you use Hickory Farms gourmet gift baskets to simplify your holiday entertaining routine? Share your ideas in the comments section, or head over to our Facebook page!