We 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. However, 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). 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).
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 bite-sized delicacy and turn several times while in the oven so they bake evenly on all sides—crispy bacon, guaranteed.
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.
Make sure to check on them a few times when they're in the oven because if they're even slightly overcooked, they'll become way too hard to enjoy. You want that sweet spot of crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside.
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.