What to Feed Your Halloween Party


In addition to my regular menu planning this weekend, I had to finalize our party menu, too! Saturday was our bi-monthly Sam’s shopping trip–excellent timing on that one–so we took advantage of already being in the warehouse store to stock up on the usual goods plus anything else we’d need for party food.

We also stopped by Trader Joe's on the way home. (This doesn't include the cooler full of meat or the case of beer.)

We also stopped by Trader Joe’s on the way home. (This doesn’t include the cooler full of meat or the case of beer we also purchased at Sam’s.)

Todd’s trunk was so weighed down it made alarming noises when we stopped at red lights! And there was no way everything was fitting in the pantry, so party prep items are still hanging out at the end of the dining room table until needed. I’d estimate we spend $200-$300 extra in groceries when prepping for a big party like this, and it always feels like money well spent. Our guests have plenty of options and the leftovers feed us (and sometimes our offices) in the days after the party so we don’t have to worry about cooking after the fun. It all evens out.

Speaking of those options, this is what the menu is currently set at:

Spanish Pulled Pork with Kings Hawaiian Rolls
Vegan Corn Chowder*
Roast Beef and Swiss Pinwheels
Smoked Gouda Pimento Cheese Pinwheels

Bacon-Wrapped Artichoke Hearts*
Stacked Spuds*
Spinach Puffs*
Spicy Black Bean Dip* with assorted crackers and chips

Cranberry-Pumpkin Bread
Chocolate Chip Brownies*

Paladin Punch* (non-alcholic)
Mulled Apple Cider
Frank-n-Brew (tequila)
Black Juleps (whiskey)
Beer: Yuengling Oktoberfest and Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Assorted wine, sodas, full bar, and mixers are always available

(Menu items marked with an * are from my cookbook, What to Feed Your Raiding Party.)

It’s very similar to last year’s menu with a lot of “fan favorites” like the bacon-wrapped artichoke hearts and the pinwheels. I had multiple dips on last year’s menu, but with so much food they got overlooked, so I slimmed it down to only one (and one that is always a hit at out parties). I also had a couple more desserts on the menu for last year, but I know that at least one guest is bringing a couple of sweet items for the table, so I lessened my to-do list knowing that we’ll have plenty.

We had all of this, plus 3 more items on the table in the kitchen that we just couldn't make room for!

In the end we had all of this, plus 3 more items on the table in the kitchen that we just couldn’t make room for!

And last year’s table was so jammed full that I thought it would be nice to have a little more room to maneuver this year!


This picture is from last year, too–I like to plan what is going where on the table and what serving dishes I’ll need before I start filling platters and dressing up the table. It looks like we only had 2 of the 3 leaves in place–I guess we only added the third leaf for Thanksgiving, though we’ve left it in place since. Good! That means we’ll have even more room to work with!

Okay, now back to work on my costume!

46 thoughts on “What to Feed Your Halloween Party

    1. Thank you! I hope to be able to post my costume after the party (after only because I’ll probably be finishing it in the wee hours of the night before, lol).

    1. I find it to be a big help! Not only do I not have to scramble to find the dishes I need, I can easily see if one’s been damaged or needs some attention before the last minute.

  1. Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins are one of my favorites. I remember the coffee shop at my college had them… I would get them like every day. Mmmm. Your menu sounds great!

    1. Thanks! The pumpkin bread is amazing–I’ll have to post the recipe next week–and we discovered that it freezes beautifully!

  2. That looks like a great spread! I love going to ‘adult’ halloween parties because you get sweet and savory!

  3. What a feast. I can’twait to see how your table will look this year. I also like to plan how my table will look and what dishes to use when I’m hosting a party.

    1. For many years we didn’t really have room to entertain inside so I hosted a pumpkin carving party in the yard. I don’t think we were rained out even once!

  4. Your menu looks great! We are having a very small (8-10 people) get-together for Halloween and I am working on our menu too — we’re doing a bourbon theme, since my husband and his friends are so obsessed with it. I might steal a couple of your ideas, too!

    1. I’m afraid I’ve never been able to stop at just a few snacks–my fear is running out of food, so I over prepare, but it all works out 🙂

    1. They’re so simple and yet the first party I served them at they were gobbled up, so I don’t dare take them off! They’re also an easy way to add another vegetarian option that’s more robust that just a dip or chilled veggies.

  5. So I am guessing I am invited so I thought I would give you my choices in advance: vegan corn chowder ( which by the way I am so checking out your other post), cranberry pumpkin bread, spicy bean dip and some Paladian punch!

    1. The “secret” to the vegan chowder is to use coconut milk instead of dairy. It’s so rich and creamy and pairs wonderfully with the corn, potatoes, and bell peppers that even our staid carnivores don’t miss the bacon or milk!

    1. Thanks! I do my best to be prepared and get things done over time so I’m not scrambling at the last minute. So far, so good this year!

  6. What a great menu! I always set up my table with the platters before hand – just to make sure it fits and looks nice. I also usually need to label them with a sticky note. Otherwise I forget to pull something out!

  7. The before and after pictures are amazing. You’re so great at organizing all of these things into a cohesive tablesetting.

    1. Thanks, it was! We put quite a bit of the leftovers into the freezer and are still snacking on some of the appetizers.

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