Spooky season is just around the corner, and for many people, this is the best time of year! As the night draws in, a mischievous atmosphere falls, and big and small kids alike can have some fun! While dressing up as your favorite creepy characters is all part of it, if you’re hosting a fabulous Halloween party this year, you’ll also need to remember to prepare refreshments for your guests. Some themed cocktails will always go down a treat, but here are some ideas for what you should include on the menu to keep those ghoulish appetites satisfied!

Pumpkin Pie

Whether you’re having a more formal-style dinner party or a buffet, pumpkin pie is always a good choice to have on a Halloween menu. While pumpkins might be used as Jack-O-Lanterns predominately at this time of year, having the sweet, lightly spiced desert on the table will certainly help everyone to feel festive and cozy during this time of year. You could even decorate it in a spookier style if you want to make a statement at the dinner table.

Spooky Cookies

Another sweet treat that would be brilliant for any Halloween party is some classic spooky cookies. These will be ideal for buffet spreads as people can easily take one or two as they please. These cookies may also work well for trick-or-treaters if you want to offer them something other than the usual candy bars. For the best results for your cookie decoration, look at these Halloween stencils to impress your guests.

Mummified Brie or Camembert

Soft cheeses like brie or camembert are always a hit, particularly when they have been melted, as they are perfect for dipping in with some rustic bread and chutney. This will certainly be a meal preferred by adults, so if you want to spooky yet sophisticated Halloween dinner party, this could be the ideal recipe to serve up as a starter to your guests. Wrap the cheese in pastry strips in the style of a mummy to give it the Halloween makeover it needs.

Jack-O-Lantern Pies

You don’t have to use pumpkin as an ingredient for these pies unless you want to! You can choose any filling for these themed pies, which makes them ideal for a Halloween dinner party as you can adjust the ingredients to fit in with your guests. Seasonal ingredients, however, might work best here – so think things like sweet potatoes, lentils, slow-cooked beef, carrots, and other things you might relate to this time of year. Simply cut a Jack-O-Lantern face into the pastry you place on top of your filling to create the Halloween theme, or you can choose to experiment with a witch, Frankenstein’s monster, or something else you associate with All Hallows Eve if you would prefer.

If you have plans to host a monster ball this Halloween, make sure that your guests are well-fed so that they can enjoy the mischief all night long! Consider some of the menu suggestions above for the perfect themed dinner party.

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