Happy Halloween! Celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year with a party menu that has something for everyone: a delicious, seasonal buffet of for the adults and just enough tricks and treats for the kids. Use place cards next to each dish to give them clever, festive names — think “Broomstix” for the vegetable skewers and “Vampire’s Brew” for the punch. Our recipes and tips will help you pull it off.
|Pumpkin Soup with Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds|
Pumpkin dishes are a must for Halloween. This soup marries sweet maple syrup with a kick of cayenne for an unexpected flavor boost.
|Rosemary-Parmesan Icebox Crackers|
Silky soup calls for crispy dippers. Use cookie cutters to make Halloween-themed shapes before baking these cheesy, buttery snacks.
|Messy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches|
Don’t mess with the classics. It doesn’t get any simpler than these grilled cheese panini, made with aged cheddar cheese and crusty country bread.
|Marinated Summer Vegetables Grilled on Rosemary Skewers|
Enjoy the last of summer’s eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes with these “Witches’ Broomstix.” The veggies are threaded onto rosemary skewers, with the herbs creating a broom-like shape at the end.
Garnish these drinks with scary ice cubes! Place plastic spiders and bugs or gummi worms in ice cube trays, leaving a little of each item exposed. (Be sure each item is big enough not to be easily swallowed.) Fill the tray with water and freeze, then place a few cubes in each glass before filling with punch.
Be creative with presentation. Bowls shaped like cauldrons, themed plates and creepy crawly table linens create a fun, festive mood. No cauldrons? Any black bowls or coffee mugs can do the trick.
Create a sophisticated decor using a mix of Halloween-themed and classic items. Tie spiderweb napkins with a simple orange ribbon; arrange pewter or steel glasses next to informal party ones.
Don’t forget natural elements. A mossy branch placed on the buffet can become part of your display, accenting shades of black, brown and green. Miniature decorative pumpkins are a perfect addition, too.