The Best Food to Serve on Halloween

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Halloween is almost here, and a lot of people are making their plans for celebration. If you are hosting a party or just enjoying a meal before trick or treating, you may be thinking of what spooky surprises you want to serve. From jack-o-lantern pizza to pumpkin dip, there are plenty of great options for feeding your friends, family and hungry guests.

Eyeball Candy

It is no secret that sugar is a go-to for Halloween. While trick or treating may be for the kids, adults can still enjoy a few treats. One way to spice up any candy bowls at a party is with some candy eyeballs. They are pretty straightforward: they are candle balls with black dots in the middle for irises. Just mix them in with any candy dish and add a little eeriness to your dish.

Halloween Pizza

Pizza is an absolute party staple. More than a few get-togethers have been saved with a quick search for “pizza specials near me tonight.” Plus, with all the topping options for pizza, it is pretty easy to bring together a Halloween-themed dish.

Whether you want to make your own or order out, there are tons of options. At home, try making cheese ghost shapes from sliced mozzarella. If you are ordering a pizza, check out the jack-o-lantern pizza for a fun Halloween food.

The Best Food to Serve on Halloween

Skull Head Punch

If you want a Halloween beverage, try mixing up some punch and adding apple skulls to it. These are easy to make; all you need to do is peel some apples and cut out eyes and mouths. To stop them from browning, dip them in a mixture of lemon juice and salt.

This is a fun way to add a Halloween theme to any beverage. It looks best in red drinks such as mulled wine. If you have young kids, consider making a juice punch instead.

Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Dip

Try a pumpkin pie-flavored cheesecake dip as a nice seasonal snack. This can go with just about any dipping food. It is especially good with spiced crackers or biscuits. Pumpkin is both the go-to flavor of the season and a classic Halloween decoration.

Consider putting the dish inside a scooped-out pumpkin. It adds a fun, decorative element to the presentation. Bonus points if you carve a face into the pumpkin.

Mix in Some Sides

Of course, not everything at your Halloween party needs to be thematic. In fact, it is probably a good idea to have a few regular sides such as wings and garlic knots. Those are always crowd-pleasers, even for picky eaters. With a few of these mixed in, you will have an excellent spread for your Halloween festivities.

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Most of these foods can be ordered, purchased or made easily. So, you don’t have to overexert yourself to have a fun Halloween meal. If you order your food from the right place, you can even use “track my pizza” to make sure it arrives at the right time. That’s a pretty good way to feed your guests on the eve of All Saints Day.


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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an author and sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky. When she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s writing about country living and artisan culture.
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