Halloween isn't just for the kiddos out trick or treating (though we do love sneaking all that leftover candy). Grown-ups like to party too! If you're looking to host an adults-only Halloween bash this year, spook your guests with these bewitchingly delicious recipes for spooky cocktails, killer Halloween appetizers, and frighteningly good Halloween dinners—Bloody Mary syringes included.
When it comes to Halloween, we're always going to go all out on all the spooky (and fall-inspired) foods come party time. We love mixing up the devilish with the delicious when it comes to party food, which is why we love serving up our pumpkin lasagna and butternut squash casserole along with plenty of dead velvet cake and Frankenpunch. It's all about balance, right? Whatever you do, don't forget to bring that trick or treat spirit by mixing up a batch of drunken peanut butter cup cocktails!
For more spooky ideas to keep the party going, check out our favorite Halloween desserts, Halloween recipes for scary-looking food, and Halloween punch recipes. We're pretty sure you won't be able to resist a bite of a Dracula dentures cookie.
If you need help with your Halloween decorations, we've also got plenty of tips on how to decorate your car for trunk-or-treating, pumpkin carving ideas, and Halloween party decorations that will turn any house into a haunted house. And if you'll be celebrating the Day of the Dead (Día de Los Muertos), check out all of our favorite Day of the Dead recipes!
If you love crescent rolls and are as obsessed with tacos as we are, this Halloween-inspired appetizer is calling your name. Created to playfully represent a spider with crescent roll legs and a crescent roll ring body stuffed with a beefy taco-spiced filling, it’s equal parts cute, creepy, and downright tasty.
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Don’t just make plain old cupcakes for your next Halloween bash, make zombie brain cupcakes! They’re nothing more than a moist, chocolate cupcake with rich vanilla frosting, but some neon green food coloring and clever piping turn these into a super-festive, spooky treat. (Oh, and some blood red decorating gel—we're really getting into it.)
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Part cheese dip, part meatballs, this skillet dip is not only delicious but a fun activity for the whole family on Halloween. Gather up your little helpers, wash those hands clean and get to shaping the mini-meatballs (or feel free to use store-bought if you can find 'em).
Get the Cheesy Mini Meatball Skillet Dip recipe.
Looking for something delicious that's only a little bit spooky this Halloween? Try these adorable raviolis filled with ricotta, Parmesan, and finely chopped pear. We made these from wonton wrappers, rather than pasta dough, to make them scary easy on you too. You're welcOoOme.Get the Ghost Purse Ravioli recipe.
With its striking color and a unique nutty vanilla flavor profile, ube has taken over the world. Upgrade your Halloween dessert spread with these purple beauties, made with ube extract and ube halaya (a popular Filipino pudding made with ube and condensed milk). Your guests won't know what hit 'em!
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Ghouls, goblins, and witches to the front, please! Spooky season is here, and we’re celebrating in style with these scary delicious witch finger cookies. A witch finger cookie is exactly what it sounds like: a shortbread cookie shaped into a severed finger and adorned with an almond nail and a bit of blood-red jam.
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This s'mores-inspired dip is the perfect dessert or appetizer to throw together last minute. Graham crackers make for perfect dippers, but sliced apple, pretzels, or potato chips would certainly do the trick. You can even make it ahead of time—to reheat, return to a 450° oven until melty, 3 to 5 minutes.
Get the Ghost S'mores Dip recipe.
The scariest thing about these pizza bagels is how fast we're going to eat them. 😉 We definitely recommend using a cookie cutter for the ghosts—try other shapes too if you got 'em!
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We're obsessed with distilling our favorite recipes into something we can scoop up with any number of amazing dippers. This pumpkin pie-inspired dip is the perfect example of all the flavor you love, in an easy, party-friendly form. We like it with gingersnaps, but really, go wild!
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These are the spookiest treat to make with your kids at home or in the classroom for the annual Halloween party. We used store-bought ingredients just to make things a little easier for you. All the fun comes in assembling, so we don’t want you to tire out baking; however, if you really want a good homemade chocolate chip cookie, we have it.
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It takes fewer than 10 ingredients to throw this simple graveyard together—you might have some of them at home already! Feel free to use all store-bought ingredients to make it easier, or make your own enchilada sauce, homemade chicken, and taco seasoning.
Get the Graveyard Chicken Enchilada Dip recipe.