We (kind of) can't stop talking about Halloween lately, mostly because it's one of the first "holidays" to kick off fall, and we want to get in a festive mood. So to recap: You've already gotten the lowdown on the most ghoulish decorations, a total start-to-finish dinner party menu, plus spooky cocktail recipes—and now's the time to talk about Halloween appetizers. As you probably have realized, not every spooky shindig calls for an all-out feast (especially when you have plans to raid the little ones' candy haul later on).
So whether you happen to be hosting at yours on October 31 or need to bring a little something wherever you're going, it's smart to have some go-to Halloween appetizers (this is one of those times you can't get away with store-prepared crudités). And since All Hallow's Eve falls on a weeknight this year, you also need starters that won't take all day to prepare. Thankfully, we've got you covered. Scroll down to see the top Halloween appetizers with spirit that you can whip up in minutes.
Butternut Squash Hummus
You need something a little bit more elevated than onion soup mix dip, which is where this garlicky butternut squash hummus comes in. You can put it together in 30 minutes flat, and it will thicken if you leave it in the fridge for a few hours (even more of a reason to make it in advance). Serve with hummus chips and some roasted carrots (delish).
THE FINGER FOOD
Bacon-Wrapped Dates With Goat Cheese
Serve this app for all of the meat lovers out there. Medjool dates are stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon (the perfect combination of salty and sweet). Stick a toothpick in each tasty "packet" and turn several times while in the oven so they bake evenly on all sides—crispy bacon, guaranteed.
THE SOMETHING FILLING
Pumpkin Beer Pretzels With Chipotle Queso
Chances are that there is always someone coming over who didn't get the opportunity to have a proper dinner and is famished. That's where these totally filling pumpkin beer pretzels come in. The flavored ale makes the dough taste like fall in food form, but then the chipotle queso dipping sauce wakes up your taste buds. You can't go wrong with this goodness.
THE KID-FRIENDLY OPTION
Cheesy Baked Chicken Tenders
It's always good to get some protein in, even when you're just snacking. We guarantee these cheesy whole-grain chicken tenders with quinoa breading will delight everyone (including kids). Just don't forget to mix up a salsa and Greek yogurt dipping sauce for the adults.