Halloween (also known as All Saints’ Eve or All Hallows’ Eve) is a celebration of the birth of Spirit Halloween Store and its knock off movie costumes. Children fill the streets every year, terrorizing neighbors with masks and extorting them for candy under threat of vandalism. We each spend dozens of dollars annually to prevent Purge-style mayhem.
Instead of just throwing candy at the little monsters during this ritualistic gang mugging, try inviting your aggressors in for a bite. A well-prepared table can make all the difference between a wonderful evening and a hellish night.
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All Hallow’s Eve Main Courses
Tacos are a favorite for both kids and adults, and carefully placed sour cream and olives give them a creepy look like your food is looking at you. They say if you eat your enemy’s eyes, you’ll gain their insights. Try it with these spooky delicacies.
Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup
Squash and pumpkins are flavors we associate with fall, and many of these gourds also have a signature orange (or yellow-orange) hue that makes them perfect ingredients for any Halloween-themed foods and decorations. This spin on the classic recipe incorporates coconut curry, and if you have an Instant Pot pressure cooker or Crock-Pot slow cooker, you can fill the entire house with this intoxicating smell. Tomato soup also works if you have picky eaters.
Spice up your boring meatloaf by using it as the main ingredient in the creepiest cannabalistic cuisine this side of prison. Some bacon and onions help make your loaf look more like a face, and your typical tomato sauce will now look like blood. Your kids are savages, and it’s time you fed them accordingly.
Bloody Mary Bat Wings
Everything tastes like chicken, so may as well just eat some bat wings for dinner right? OK, they’re actually chicken wings, but with a little bit of food dye, you can make them look a LOT scarier. Of course, once you go black, you can’t go back and see whether or not you’ve cooked or burnt everything, so it’s best to do a little preparation ahead of time to avoid becoming actual ghosts.
This inventive recipe is a spooky spin on pigs in a blanket. You can use any bread for the blanket (tortillas, crescent rolls, etc), but do your best to make it look like a cast or bandage. Some mustard or cheese can be used for the nails, and ketchup blood adds a decorative touch so you can feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant gnawing on monster toes.
Jack Skellington Ricotta Olive Tarts
As you can probably imagine, these adorable tarts are filled with ricotta cheese and olives for a creamy, savory treat. Simply arrange the black olives to form the classic Jack Skellington face, and you’ll easily win the hearts of both parents and their kids. These are sure to be a hit at any Halloween feast.
Pumpkin Cheese Ball
If you’re feeding a large crowd and need to stretch your dollars, try this handy cheese ball shaped to look like a pumpkin. All it takes is some cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and spices. Plastic wrap and rubber bands create the signature grooves while refrigerating overnight, and the stem of a bell pepper adds the final touch before serving with crackers. This dish works for any autumn gathering.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
You already carved a pumpkin to make a Jack-o-Lantern for the porch. Now put those pumpkin seeds you pulled out to good use. Just wash and dry the seeds in a colander, cover them with a little oil (I prefer olive oil, but you can substitute vegetable, canola, or even coconut, if you like), and season to taste. Salt and pepper is a favorite, but you can also add garlic, chili, allspice, or whatever your heart desires.
A bag of apples, sticks, some store-bought soft caramels, and heavy cream is all that’s needed to make a basic caramel apple. These sweet-coated treats are a hit at every Halloween party and can even be given to trick-or-treaters. Add another level by drizzling your caramel apples with chocolate and dipping in nuts to create an unbelievable snack that still manages to keep the doctor away.
Black Velvet Whoopie Pies
Whoopie pies are a tasty treat most of us remember from our childhoods. Those store-bought cakes can’t hold a candle to these homemade versions. Dark chocolate cake is filled with orange-colored buttercream for a soft-serve Oreo that will knock your guest’s socks off.
Glass Shard and Skull Cake
Thanks to the internet, it’s easy enough to find skull-shaped molds that can be used to make realistic-looking chocolate, fondant, and even cakes shaped like human skulls. This recipe is my favorite, because it also adds candy glass and fruit-flavored blood to the mix. It’s the perfect centerpiece for a ghoulish banquet.
Yes I realize that flowers aren’t exactly “scary” to most, but the point is to show the power of a raindrop cake. These trendy Japanese cakes became a viral hit a few years ago, and once you’ve mastered the art, you can literally make any type of art you want. Submerse plastic spiders, candy skulls, or whatever else you want in these edible treats. You can even personalize them as crystal balls showing each individual guest’s future.
You don’t want to see Hulk angry, and like its namesake, this drink packs quite a punch. Equal parts cognac and Hypnotiq are chilled in the freezer, mixed in a shaker with ice, and drained into a glass. Everyone marvels at the cloudy green color, perfect for a Halloween brew. Add a few chips of dry ice to achieve a little fog effect, and create a punch bowl to see everyone at your party get knocked out fast.
Death in the Afternoon
Ernest Hemingway is known for his literary genius almost as much as for chasing his own demons. Death in the Afternoon is his favorite drink, and you’ll impress anyone with your worldliness upon ordering it. Of course, absinthe isn’t well-stocked at most American bars, but you can still get a hold of it. Mix with champagne, and add a lemon twist for a drink that may make you see the green fairy.
Sangria is a traditional Spanish punch made from a base of red wine and fruit, and the cranberry version is known affectionately as the Devil’s Sangria. Start with ruby port and Cointreau, add cranberries and apples, rose wine, and cranberry juice to create a fruity drink that has a hidden kick you don’t feel creeping up on you until it’s too late.
Since the young Bruce Banners can’t drink Incredible Hulks, satisfy their sweet tooth with this non-alcoholic alternative. Ginger ale adds a fizz, while lime sherbert and pineapple juice create the foamy punch. Fill a punch bowl with this fruity concoction, and kids will be gathered around all night.
Vampires love this bloody drink, and your kids will too. Mix cranberry juice and red Hawaiian Punch with ginger ale to create a sparkly beverage fit for Dracula himself. Of course, he’s all the way in Transylvania, so we’ll have to settle for the creole vampires in Louisiana.
Thanks to JK Rowling’s descriptions of food, pretty much everyone in the world can envision the taste of butterbeer, even though it doesn’t exist in the muggle world. We do our best to recreate the experience with brown sugar, water, cider vinegar, and rum extract. Your kids won’t know the difference. If they do, store them under the stairs.