12 Spooky Halloween Party Menu Ideas
Bring out the costumes — Halloween is here.
Commonly referred to as spooky season, this is the perfect time of year to release your inner monster, superhero, or princess. After all, it is fun to dress up and be someone (or something) that you can’t be every day.
It is also the perfect time of year to have a party and bring all the costumes and fun together in one place. Come on, goblins – who is ready to dance the night away to tunes like Monster Mash, Zombie, Ghostbusters, and Time Warp?
Whether you have decided to host a party this year or have agreed to bring a dish to one, you need some super spooky Halloween party menu ideas. And we’ve got you covered.
Small Bites (Snacks) To Delight Vampires of All Ages
It doesn’t matter if the party is for kids, adults, or both – you need food. You can start with small bites before serving a main dish or you can simply have a party with finger foods and drinks. The choice is yours.
Just remember that people like to snack. And they really like to snack at a party. So, let the vampires, football players, furries, and clowns bite down on these.
1. Carrot Fingers with a Creamy Edamame Dip
This dish is super easy to make and it fits with your theme of the night. Finger-size carrots with an almond sliver for a nail served alongside edamame dip. Made with edamame, cilantro, herb-cheese spread, sour cream, tahini, coriander, and more — it has a light refreshing flavor your guests will enjoy.
2. Mummy Dogs
Wrap hot dogs in Pillsbury crescent roll dough cut into thin strips. This is meant to look like the wrapping around a mummy. Bake until golden brown. Similar to pigs in a blanket, these make a great finger food for any party. Serve with ketchup and mustard for dipping.
Not up for hot dogs? You can do the same thing with half of a jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese and then wrapped like a mummy. These are jalapeno bites – but better.
3. Spooky 7-Layer Dip
Seven layers go into this delicious dip, including taco-flavored refried beans, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, tomatoes, and black olives. To get fancy and creative for the party, decorate the top with thin strips of sour cream in the design of a spider web.
Ghoulish Main Dishes for Your Halloween Party
Some monsters have big appetites. This is where the main dish comes in. Filling, delicious, and made for all species to enjoy. And this time of year, you can #cooklikeagod while dressed like one as you make these ghoulish main dishes.
4. Ghostly Pizza
Everyone loves pizza, but this one is sure to make them scream! With mozzarella ghosts and creepy spiders made of olives, you can treat your party guests to something you know they will love while being creative. When cooked in an outdoor pizza oven, its taste will be out of this world.
What’s more, having an outdoor kitchen suite with a pizza oven would allow your party guests to create their own — like a DIY pizza bar.
5. Stuffed Acorn Squash
This hearty, delicious meal is perfect for the season, especially since it is served right inside an acorn squash. Many things can pair well with this type of squash, but this recipe calls for Italian sausage, mushrooms, sage, onions, thyme, and rice. Sprinkle cheese on top.
6. Pumpkin Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sticks
Soup and grilled cheese is classic comfort food for those who are finding the Halloween surroundings to be a bit unnerving. Ok, actually, it’s just really really good food as the pumpkin makes the tomato soup more creamy and a touch sweeter.
As for the dippers, make a few grilled cheese sandwiches (without the crust) and then slice them. Each one can create 3 to 4 dippers.
Frightfully Sweet Halloween Treats
Every scary story needs to have a sweet ending to balance it all out, right? It seems only fair. So that means your Halloween party is going to need some sweet treats. Check out these delicious desserts that are sure to be gobbled up.
7. Vampire Poke Cake
Cherry sauce makes this fluffy almond cake look like a bloody mess, but it is all so tasty. It is the perfect addition to your table for a Halloween party since it looks great and tastes even better. Have fun with this one.
8. Pumpkin Patch Brownies
Rather than a scare, these brownies are just cute. They look like they are straight out of the pumpkin patch. Crushed Oreos provide a layer of ‘dirt’ as green icing provides the vine for the candied pumpkins on top.
9. Pumpkin Cheesecake with a Brownie Bottom
Cheesecake is delicious and even more so when mixed with pumpkin. Put them together and you have a phenomenal cheesecake for dessert. And, since everything is better with chocolate, why not add brownies to the bottom?
A Witch’s Brew: Halloween Cocktail Ideas
A party wouldn’t be a party without a secret potion. Whether you fancy cocktails or mocktails in your cauldron, these Halloween drink ideas will quench any thirst.
10. Vampire’s Kiss Cocktail
Believe it or not, it tastes much better than its name. This adult beverage is a martini made using berry-flavored vodka. Dip the rim in red sugar and plop in a tiny chunk of dry ice.
Ingredients? Berry vodka, Chambord black raspberry, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and grenadine.
11. Halloween Punch
If you’d like to make one big batch of punch that looks like some witch’s brew, create a mixture of cranberry juice, apple juice, ginger ale, and rum. Add some dry ice to keep the smoke rolling.
12. Apple Cider Sangria
Sangria is delicious — and this mocktail version is no different. With apple cider, sparkling white grape juice, cranberry juice, and the sweetness of pear nectar it doesn’t need the alcohol. Serve cold over ice with a lemon garnish.