Better get the candy out. Witches will be ringing at your doorbell tonight.
Halloween is an exciting time of year for all. What started out as a Pagan ritual and then transformed into the traditions now, Halloween is a festive and spooky night for all.
One of the reasons Halloween is most popular aside from getting dressed up into your most exotic costume it’s a month dedicated to binge eating candy.
If you are ever to host a Halloween party go all out and create a Halloween themed treat. Don’t just put out a boring tray of regular Halloween candy. Halloween is a feast after all!
Test your creativity and come up with different party food ideas! In this article, you’ll learn exotic food ideas to serve at a festive party.
History Behind Halloween
Known as ‘The Day of the Dead’ Halloween is on October 31 celebrated around the globe in many countries. Originally the holiday began as an ancient Celtic religion called All Hallows Eve. Parts of Europe dressed in costume to ward off ghosts. In the belief that ghosts of the dead would return to earth and cause trouble people dressed in costumes.
According to Pope Gregory III, the night was a time to honor all saints. Over time as new customs and immigrants traveled around the world, the Halloween tradition also did. Eventually, Halloween grew into more of the familiar tradition today where kids trick-or-treat for candy in the neighborhood, pumpkins are carved into scary jack-o-lanterns, and the most popular Halloween party.
What is Trick-or-Treating?
For trick-or-treating kids walk the entire neighborhood dressed in their best costumes ringing the doorbell to each house and excitedly yell out, “Trick-or-treat, smell my feet, give me something good to eat!’ Have some candy ready on a tray so you won’t be hounded down.
Normally kids will trick-or-treat between the hours of 6:30-8:00 pm. A parent should always go with children of young ages. By the end of the evening, kids have a bag full of a month’s worth of delicious candy. Or an evening’s worth…
Why Do Kids Wear Costumes?
Costumes are meant to ward off evil spirits according to an ancient Halloween ritual. People wanted to outsmart evil spirits. It is important to dress up on Halloween. It’s a fun opportunity to go all out. Wear any costume from Disney characters, Star Wars, or just a witch or a ghoul.
What Foods Do People Eat on Halloween?
Let’s be real. The main food that people eat on Halloween night is candy, candy, candy! Children consume a ton of sugar in one night until they’re running up the walls in a sugar high.
Aside from eating candy its recommended to eat a nutritional dinner before trick-or-treating. For that special Halloween dinner, you should eat something like hot dogs, meatloaf, or pasta.
What is Traditional Food For Halloween?
- Colcannon: Take a dish of mashed potatoes and mix some cabbage, kale, and scallions in with it to give some needed flavor.
- Irish Stew: One of Ireland’s favorite stews. You can’t go wrong without a delicious lamb.
- Soda Bread: A loaf of bread served throughout north and south of Ireland.
- Boxty: Enjoy some Irish potato cakes cooked on a griddle.
- Irish Champ: Irish Champ is the opposite of Colcannon. A dish of mashed potatoes but without the cabbage, kale, and scallions.
- Barmbrack: A cake filled to the brim with healthy fruit. Can be found in either store or make it from scratch.
- Beef and Guinness Pie: Pretty much speaks for itself. A nice warm pie containing beef is what everyone needs, especially around a chilly time of year.
How Did Halloween Parties Evolve?
Halloween parties are so much fun. The food is one of the best parts! Halloween is a community gathering of friends, neighbors, and family.
During the late 1800s, Halloween was decided to be more of a neighborhood celebration. It’s the one evening where the entire neighborhood forms together. Throughout the 1920s and 1950s, the Halloween party expanded more and more. Parties were more to keep kids out from trouble.
What Do You Serve at a Halloween Party?
- Hot Dog Mummies
- Monster Apples
- Eyeball Tacos
- Spider Deviled Eggs
- Witch Fingers
- Halloween Cheddar Fondue
- Yoda Soda
- Apple and Blue Cheese Spread
- Ham and Cheese Bread Bones
- Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup
- Witch’s Bubbly Brewed Punch
- Pumpkin Dip
- Mummy Loaf
- Spooky Shepherd’s Pie
- Breadstick Broomstick
- Apple & Blue Cheese Spread
- Garlic Baked Brie Spider
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Spooky Dessert Ideas
Don’t tell me you’re having trouble coming up with an idea for a dessert! Sweets are the most popular of all on Halloween. Other than candy, here are a few other ideas for some tasty dessert party food ideas.
Make a homemade batch of candy, fudge, or baked goods like a nice cake.
- Caramel Apples: Dip an apple in melted caramel and serve it on a stick. Better watch out for guests who have watched Snow White
- Candy Corn: Stores sell bags of candy corn. Candy corn is a popular candy, especially among children.
- Decorated Pumpkin Shaped Cookies: Any type of cookie is found to serve on Halloween. Instead of just plain old chocolate chip cookies, get creative and bake cookies in the shape of a pumpkin, a witches hat, or even a broomstick.
- Halloween Party Mix: Like trail mix, prepare your own Halloween Party mix with nuts and assortments of different chocolate.
- Banana Mummies: Wrap of a nutritional banana in frosting and use M&M’s for their eyes
- Peanut Butter Mouse Graveyard Cakes: Fill a class with chocolate and peanut butter. It is so delectable that even you can’t resist its tasty chocolaty goodness.
10 Easy Halloween Party Food Ideas
1. Spider Web Cake:
This humongous chocolate cake will immediately send people’s taste buds to heaven with how delicious it tastes. Just ooze the cake with chocolate frosting and then mix in some white frosting in the shape of a spider web. To top it off, place a few fake spiders on top of the cake for the finishing touch.
2. Mummy Brie
Wrap up your brie cheese in a nice blanket of pastry to have it resemble a mummy. Serve crackers to your guest. Its appearance will definitely make everyone laugh.
3. Bat Truffles
Bat shaped fudge covered in chocolate jimmies. They’ll be an instant hit.
4. Rice Krispie Treat Mummies
Rice Krispie treats are a favorite among guests, especially young children. Find several different recipes to make this special treat resemble a mummy wrapped up in vanilla frosting.
5. Monster Mash Cookies
Cookies are the greatest go-to for all Halloween party treats. You can go all out with cookies, especially with designing them. Whether, chocolate chip, sugar or oatmeal they’ll taste so good with a Frankenstein monster face drawn with frosting on top.
6. Pizza Skulls
Pizza is everyone’s favorite. Make a pizza in the shape of the skull. Except create you should keep all the cheese on the inside. Once you bite into that pizza cheesy goodness the taste is even better than the smell.
7. Toxic Waste Mac and Cheese
Mac and cheese have several different flavors or add ons. Think of this. Drip a coloring food dye in that bowl and the mac and cheese will instantly change color. Try a couple of different recipes.
8. Chocolate Eyeballs
Halloween food is the most ecstatic unique versions of food. Before you think that this won’t be the most appealing of your desserts it’s only chocolate covered in chocolate. Or strawberries covered in chocolate. And what you use as eyes is up to you.
9. Spooky Fingers
Yes, you’re already ahead of me. You’re using something tasty in place of real fingers. Pretzels wrapped in bread. Go ahead and drizzle some chocolate over them.
10. Octopus Hotdog
Did you know that you can slice up a hotdog giving it various legs like an octopus? It is really fun. Test it out and serve it to your guests.
Best Halloween Cocktails
Is this an adults-only Halloween Party? Here is a list of the easiest Halloween cocktails to make for your legal aged party guests. Just research the recipe and you’ll have a memorable evening. In addition to the full list below, we’ve researched 10 of the top Halloween Cocktails complete with recipes. Enjoy!
- Shimmery Liqueur
- The Grave Digger Cocktail
- Monster Mash Margaritas
- Poison Apple Cocktails
- Bloody Mary Syringes
- Jekyll and Gin
- Black Magic Margaritas
- Sweet Poison Cocktail
- The Zombie Cocktail
- The Risen from the Grave Cocktail
- Cotton Candy Shots
- Transformation Cocktail
- Boozy Apple Cider
- Bourbon Milk Punch
Make it a Memorable and Spooky Evening
Now, do you have some ideas brewing in the oven? Go to town with all sorts of fun Halloween recipes. There is so much to prepare for food. Remember, don’t think too hard. Halloween is an evening of fun get-togethers. Take your children out trick-or-treating and snack away on all that delicious candy. Make it a memorable and spooky evening. Be safe. Experiment on new and different foods.