If you haven’t noticed, it’s time for pumpkin spice everything, hayrides, and trick-or-treating. And if you’re hosting family, friends or little ones this October 31—or just cooking for yourself when you dole out candy—then you need some awesome Halloween food ideas on hand. All Hallow’s Eve is about embracing the spooky, so it’s time to break out dishes that reflect that. It can be a little hard to toe the line between kitschy and cute with this holiday, but all six of these recipes have the MyDomaine stamp of approval.
You’ll start by handing out an apple butter old fashioned to each guest and by putting out a platter of adorable fried mozzarella “eyeballs.” Then, you’ll move on to your main course of pumpkin soup served in the shells (yummy and Instagram-worthy) and a brown butter pasta. And don’t think we forgot about dessert: spooky chocolate bark brownies and low-cal mini banana ghost cupcakes will end the night on a sweet note. Here’s to your ultimate Halloween party menu that will guarantee you’re having just as much fun as the kids.
To Sip: Apple Butter Old Fashioned
Does anything say fall quite like a cocktail with apple butter, cider, orange bitters, and a hint of ginger beer all shaken together? Pour the beverage into Mason jars for a pretty touch, and add a sugar rim and cinnamon stick swizzles. We dare you to only have one.
To Start: Fried Mozzarella Eyeballs
Fried mozzarella balls get the ultimate Halloween upgrade with halved black olives and a splash of hot sauce in the middle. When guests cut them open, they’ll see that they’re “eyeballs.” How’s that for a scary surprise?
To Dine: Simple Pumpkin Soup
This simple soup is made with only seven ingredients (seriously) and begins with a homemade sugar pumpkin puree. When topped with a kale and sesame garnish, it’s rich enough to serve as an entree, especially with some crusty bread for dipping.
To Dine: Brown Butter Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo
We suggest carbo-loading to offset all the candy and sweets you’ll consume. How about this brown butter pumpkin fettuccine alfredo? Regular fettuccine is topped with a pumpkin alfredo, brown butter, and sage and garnished with fried raclette cheese in this Halloween food idea.
To Indulge: Chocolate Bark Halloween Brownies
These delectable brownies are fancied up with a white-and-dark chocolate bark topping, plus peanut butter M&M’s and mini eyeball candies for a festive touch. The best part? You can make them in advance and cut (generous) slices right before serving.
To Indulge: Spooky Banana Cupcakes
When it comes to sweets, it’s always a good idea to have a healthier option on hand. In fact, these delicious Paleo and vegan banana mini ghost cupcakes are only about 100 calories each. (Yes, even with a large dollop of homemade coconut cream frosting and mini dark chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.)