One of the things I love most about entertaining is the cooking. It makes me happy to cook delicious food for the people I love. When I can center that food around a theme, it makes me really happy and that’s why I always have so much fun planning the menu for our Halloween party.
I have to say that Pinterest has made my party planning so much easier. Any Halloween themed food that I saw over the last couple of months was pinned to my “Halloween Party” Pinterest board so when I sat down to actually plan the menu the week before the party I just pulled up that board and selected the things I most wanted to make.
Candy Corn Jello Shots were one of the first things on my list. They were fun to make and relatively simple and they were a huge hit with our party guests.
I also knew right away that I wanted to serve Buffalo Chicken Dip and when I saw this idea for creating a witch silhouette out of a simple dough that was dyed black I was very excited. This made a great presentation on the table and it tasted fantastic.
I think there would be a revolt if I had a party and didn’t make deviled eggs. I decorated them to look like little devils for the Halloween party and I called them . . . wait for it . . . Devilish Eggs. I didn’t come up with that on my own, though, I stole it from Martha Stewart.
No party is complete without desserts and, while I originally thought I’d make that pumpkin chocolate cake I linked to last week, I decided it was a little too involved to fit into my available time. Instead I baked a brownie in a round cake pan, frosted it with homemade buttercream frosting, and piped a spiderweb on it with melted chocolate. Simple, fast and really rich and delicious.
These witch finger cookies were a last minute idea but when I saw the picture of them come up on Tastespotting I knew I had to make them. I’ve seen witches fingers before but never colored green and dripping with blood, errr, red decorating gel. They were tasty and creepy and everyone loved them.
I served other things like cocktail franks wrapped in crescent rolls that I called Halloweenies and some treats that are just delicious but not Halloween themed like pimiento cheese spread. Lots of our guests brought things to share, too, and there was no shortage of food, that’s for sure.
Halloween food is such fun and I’m already pinning ideas for next year!