Make olives that much more enticing by marinating for three days in flavors sweet, spicy and savory. We chose crinkly Moroccan olives for the Black Olive Bruschetta, which lost a little of their leathery texture and soaked up the flavors nicely.

The orange slices and curls add to the orange and black theme, in addition to giving the olives an additional level of taste. Halloween and Day of the Dead parties are getting spookier by the minute.

MAKES ABOUT 30 BITES

MARINATE THE OLIVES

2 CUPS black olives
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp orange zest
3 slices orange
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 TB parsley, chopped
EV olive oil

Lightly crush the olives, and transfer to a glass jar with a lid. Add the spices and cover with olive oil. Allow to marinate at room temperature for 1 to 3 days, shaking the jar occasionally.

MAKE THE BLACK OLIVE BRUSCHETTA

crusty baguette, cut into thin slices
EV olive oil
orange curls, for garnish
thyme, minced, for garnish

Drizzle olive oil onto bread. Take marinated olives and crush 3 onto each baguette slice. Top with orange curls and a touch of thyme. Or just leave out the ingredients and let guests make their own toasts.

See more recipes and ideas for a Halloween or Day of the Dead celebration in 19 Spooky Harvest