Spider Dip

1 cup sour cream

1 cup mayonnaise

1 tablespoon chives

1 tablespoon dill weed

1 teaspoon seasoned salt

lettuce leaves


4 carrots, peeled and cut into sticks

olives, sliced

Mix the first five ingredients together. Put a tablespoonful of the dip in the center of each lettuce leaf. Put a cracker on top of the dip, then arrange the carrot sticks and olives to form a spider (see illustration).


1 small package lime gelatin

1 cup sugar

1 cup light corn syrup

9 quarts popped popcorn


1 cup gumdrops, halved

  1. Mix the gelatin, sugar, and corn syrup together in a large pan, bring to a boil over medium heat, and boil for three minutes.

  2. Drizzle the syrup over the popcorn, mix well with a spoon, and let cool just enough to handle.

  3. With buttered hands, form feet 4″ (10 cm) long and 1″ (2.5 cm) thick; press three gumdrop halves along the edge for toes (see illustration).

Monster Dogs

6 hot dogs

6 hot-dog buns


pickle relish



  1. Cut slits along half of one side of each hot dog, then cut slits on the opposite side of the other half (see illustration). Boil hot dogs for five minutes.

  2. Place lettuce on each bun, then relish, and top with a cooked hot dog. Have each person decorate their squiggly hot dog with mustard and catsup to make a monster.

Photos by Phil Shurtleff