Halloween party food can be really fun to make, it’s the time of the year when you can make your food look unappetizing and people will still want to eat it. Children love the thrill of eating what they think is dismembered body parts and ordinary food that has been dyed fun colors.
If you don’t want your Halloween party food to be silly or disgusting looking then you can still have a sophisticated menu that has touches of this scary holiday. Whichever direction you choose to go in, here are some Halloween party food recipes and ideas to help and inspire you.
With children’s Halloween party food you can indulge your inner child and crank up the scare factor. Make scary ice cubes for the punch by freezing gummy worms into ice cubes. Gummy worms are a great addition to party food at this time of year and another way to use them is in ‘rotten apples’. Take regular apples and cut a hole in the apple that is deep enough for you to stick a gummy worm into.
For something more substantial make hard boiled eggs and cut them into halves after peeling. Take the yolks out and then fill the hole with whipped cream cheese. Then press olives with pimentos, pimento side up, into the cream cheese and voila! You have an eyeball. To add to the effect you can draw blood vessels by dragging a toothpick that’s been dipped in red food dye through the ‘white’.
For adult Halloween party food stick to using seasonal ingredients and rely on keeping the theme black and orange. Pumpkin soup with a scary ornament at the bottom of the soup bowl is a wonderful starter. A salad that includes roasted sweet potato chips is also another way to inject a little seasonal color into your menu. For your dessert you can’t go wrong with a bittersweet chocolate tart.
If you want to have a buffet style party, keep the food simple and concentrate on the décor instead. Use spider webs and velvet for tablecloths, candles in wine bottles and so on to create the effect of a dining room in a haunted mansion. Use scary centerpieces such as a candy dish filled with eyeballs. Your food can be ordinary party food; the décor is enough to create the atmosphere.
Simple Pumpkin Soup
- 1 small finely chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 16 ounces of fresh or canned pure pumpkin
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, 3 minutes or until soft.
- Stir in all other ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes or until soup simmers.
- Ladle into bowls and top with sour cream and garnish as desired.
You can store the leftover soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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