This Halloween, try these easy-to-make festive treats.

Surprise your friends and family with a slice of Green Monster Avocado Pie. Don’t let the avocado scare you. The lime flavor with avocado is the perfect combination for a spook-tacular taste.

Looking for a fun gift idea? Try making the Scary Fingers. This three-ingredient recipe is a snap to make and will have your ghouls and goblins grabbing for more.

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Green Monster Avocado Pie

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 18 mins
Refrigeration Time: 4 hours

Makes 8-10 Servings

Ingredients:
1 package (16.5 ounces) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough, softened
2 medium avocados, pitted, peeled and chopped
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 can (14 ounces) NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  Pinch of salt
  Whipped cream for garnish (optional)

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 9-inch deep-dish pie plate.

PRESS 20 squares of cookie dough* onto bottom and up side of prepared pie plate.

BAKE for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown; flatten down with back of spoon to form pie shell. Cool completely on wire rack.

PLACE avocados and cream cheese in large mixer bowl; beat on medium speed until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk, lime juice and salt; beat until creamy. Pour into cooled cookie crust. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on surface of pie; refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

REMOVE plastic wrap. Slice and garnish with whipped cream.

NOTE: **To store leftover pie, press piece of plastic wrap over surface and refrigerate. The pie will brown and soften as it sits at room temperature.

*You will have 4 squares left over. Refrigerate for future use.

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Scary Fingers

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Refrigeration Time: 10 mins

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Refrigerated Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
  All-purpose flour
  WONKA® LAFFY TAFFY®, green apple or any flavor

Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

CUT squares of dough apart. Sprinkle surface of work area lightly with flour. Roll each piece of dough into 1/2-inch ropes, 3 to 4 inches long. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bend each rope slightly to create crooked fingers, if desired. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

WHILE cookie dough is chilling, make 40 candy fingernails. Pinch off small pieces of Laffy Taffy; stretch and form into pointy fingernails. Set aside.

BAKE for 10 to 12 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove baking sheets to wire racks. While cookie fingers are on the baking sheets and still warm, carefully place a fingernail on end of each cookie finger. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to racks to cool completely. Nails will warm and stick to the cookie fingers. Store in tightly covered container.

NOTES: For whole hand look, take 3 squares of dough and form a ball. Flatten to roughly 1/2-inch height. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to racks to cool completely. Place fingers and thumb under “palm” of hand!

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About Halloween:

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
Jack-o-Lanterns, a candle placed in a hollowed out turnip or pumpkin, were originally used to keep away spirits or ghosts on Halloween.
Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy-purchasing holiday.
Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

About Día de los Muertos:

Instead of Halloween, Day of the Dead or El Dia de los Muertos is a popular tradition in Mexico and other Latin countries.
The celebration takes place on November 1st, in connection with the Pagan Samhain holiday as well as the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2).
The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
Traditions connected with the Day of the Dead include:
  o Setting up an altar with ofrendas (offerings)
  o Cleaning and decorating the gravesites of family members
  o Holding all-night graveside vigils
  o Telling stories about the deceased
  o Making (or purchasing) and exchanging sugar skulls and other sweets

Sources: http://www.dia-de-los-muertos.info/ and http://www.halloween-website.com/trivia.htm

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