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A few days ago we recommended cheeses to create a beautiful Halloween-themed cheese plate, featuring artisan cheeses.
But not everybody likes fancy cheeses, or has the budget to purchase them.
So here’s Plan B: Halloween cheese fun that anyone can afford.
Make your favorite cheese ball recipe and turn it into a jack o’lantern by rolling it in crushed Cheetos or orange crackers like Ritz
Make the face with cut-up red bell pepper pieces. Press a stem made of broccoli stalk or celery into the top.
Here’s the recipe for the cheese ball in the bottom photo.
JACK O’LANTERN CHEESE BALL
Mini Babybel Gouda snack cheeses have a pumpkin-color wax coating. The Mini Babybel White Cheddar Cheese variety is covered in white wax.
Use a chisel-tip Sharpie marker to create jack o’lantern faces. The eight-pack assortment includes black, orange, red, and two shades of green for the stems.
BABYBEL JACK O’LANTERNS
For larger parties, you can find wheels of orange cheddar—round with a flat top and bottom—in two-pounds and five pounds.
Remove the wax and carve a jack o’lantern face through the flat side.
Create a stem top from a piece of broccoli stalk, and affix it with a toothpick.
Present the jack o’lantern standing up so you can see through the eyes and nose. To keep it steady, you can trim a small piece from the bottom.
CHEDDAR JACK O’LANTERN
The easiest way to serve “Halloween cheese” is to use small (2-inches or smaller) Halloween-themed cookie cutters to cut shapes from orange cheddar or American cheese slices (top photo).
Place them on your favorite crackers. It’s that simple.
The next two ideas are from Delish.com, which has 15 different ways to use cheese at Halloween.
Make a Mummy Brie from an 8-ounce Brie and a sheet of puff pastry (center photo). Here’s the recipe: wrapped in puff pastry.
Delish uses black olives and mini pepperoni slices for the eyes, but we substituted slices of pimento-stuffed olives.
MUMMY BAKED BRIE
 Cut Halloween shapes with mini cookie cutters.  Baked Brie turns into a mummy with a sheet of puff pastry (photos #1 and #2 courtesy Delish.com).  A Halloween cheese ball (photo courtesy Snackworks).
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