Why cook a boring routine dinner in October when you can make a Halloween-themed dinner instead? Halloween-themed foods are all about putting pumpkin, spiders, and cobwebs where they do not belong, making meal time fun for everyone at the table. Go crazy with pork dumplings (aka, brains) served up in a glass vase or keep it simple with a simple ghost sitting atop your dessert. Whatever your level of Halloween-themed food mania, we've got the dish for you.
Kitty Cat SandwichesSurprise the kids with these tasty little Halloween cats.
Ghost-Topped Fudge PieRich and chocolaty, this pie is perfect for Halloween ghosts and goblins!
Snackin' Pumpkin Seeds
Every Halloween carved pumpkins appear. Now that you know what to do with the seeds, you can cut down on food waste! Pumpkin seeds are such a great Halloween party food idea for an easy get together or casual fall hangout. This recipe for pumpkin seeds is basic, so start here then flavor to fit your tastes. The seeds will keep in an airtight container for several days, so make a large batch. You can add them to fall-themed snack mixes, stir them into soups, or simply snack on them by the handful.
Wormy Popcorn BallsAdd a gummy worm to this little treat for some Halloween fun.
Olive SpidersDress up your spooky Halloween table (or your drink) with this fun garnish.
Deviled Green Goblin EggsFor a festive look, serve in decorative Halloween cupcake liners.
Sweet and Savory Tortilla Bats
Making a spooky snack for your Halloween table is as easy as cutting tortillas with a bat-shaped cookie cutter (R&M Flying Bat; amazon.com). We seasoned one panful with cinnamon and sugar and the other with chile salt, but you can go for all sweet or all savory if you prefer. These Halloween snacks can be served as appetizers alongside salsa for a savory bite or Greek yogurt swirled with honey for something sweet that goes beyond candy.
Candy Corn and M&M's Chewy Crispy Bars
Candy Corn and M&M's Chewy Crispy Bars make fun Halloween treats.
Boneyard Chicken Pot Pie
We made good old chicken pot pie Halloween party-worthy by loading up the filling with fresh vegetables and herbs, and decorating the top with bones and skulls cut from puff pastry. You'll need special cookie cutters; or you can create your own skull and bones from cardboard and cut around them on the pastry with a knife. For the best "puff," keep the pastry cold as you work.
Tangled Web Rice PopsFor a guaranteed hit, garnish these yummy treats with bug candies or sprinkles in Halloween shapes and colors.
Halloween Kitty CakeWhat a sweet kitty this is! The cake is baked, cut into shapes and then put together to make a purr-fect cake for any Halloween party.
Chocolate Cupcakes with Meringue Ghosts
Pork Dumplings with Chile-Sesame SauceThese wrinkly dumplings are filled with pork, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, scallions and ginger. For Halloween, David Burtka soaks the brain-like dumplings in the dipping sauce, then serves them in science-lab beakers.
Lookie-Lookie Cookie PopsThese fun, kid-friendly, and super yummy cookie pops are the perfect treat for Halloween! Your friends and family will not be able to resist one–or two, or three.
Red Velvet Cake BallsRed Velvet Cake Balls are the perfect bite size dessert. They are incredibly easy to make and are a wonderful indulgent treat or gift.
Candy Corn Cookies
Those fancy Halloween slice-and-bake cookies are a breeze to make at home thanks to a little food coloring. And trust us, these candy corn cookies are infinitely more delicious than the Halloween candy they’re inspired by (no offense if you like candy corn). Easy to make and absolutely adorable, these autumn-inspired treats are as perfect to send for the kids’ school Halloween party as they are to bring to your own fall festivities. You can even prep the dough a few days in advance and refrigerate, so that baking off the candy corn cookies is a breeze on the day you plan to eat them. Just follow the recipe through step 3, and be sure to wrap the loaf pan tightly with a few layers of plastic wrap.
Jack-'O-Lantern SandwichesPlain-Jane bagels turn into Jack-'O-Lanterns with just a little green pepper and some bacon strips.