Since I was… I don’t know 15? I’ve always thrown Halloween parties for my friends. Minus last year (because I had a really small baby and was just not up to the task), and one year where someone else threw a party. So at present that’s at least 10 years of Halloween parties. Now, I’m not a bash thrower. My guest list has never had more than 12 people, because beyond that it’s too hard to control. Everyone’s favourite part of any Halloween Party is usually the party food. Generally, I stick to potlucks because no one really sticks around for clean up, and it’s always been BYOB.
A little insight to my Halloweens: My parties always have a certain structure. It might seem predictable, but it’s what keeps my friends looking forward to it every year. A little predictability makes people more at ease, because they know what to expect. We always have some video games set up so some guests play while others mingle. There is always a Classic Horror or a ‘B’ horror flick. ‘Spooky Scary Skeletons’ somehow always ends up being played. And finally, there is always a mountain of food. I used to mostly have frozen pizzas because it’s easier to appease 12 different people with different tastes when just about everyone likes pizza. But as my parties have shrunk, I’ve been cooking a bit more.
This year will be the first Halloween Party I throw with Cog! So, I’ve found party food recipes for everyone! I’ve also found easy treats that aren’t too unhealthy for Cog to munch on too.
Snacks: Because Life Ain’t All About the Sugar!
If you’ve never had pumpkin seeds, where have you BEEN, man? Pumpkin seeds are where it’s at and are probably one of my favourite Halloween snacks. If you have yet to gut your pumpkin, you know what to do now. Waste not want not, people!
I made this delicious treat last year to bring to my neighbors party! It tastes perfect on crackers and chips. It’s got the perfect amount of kick to it, making it a snack to taste over and over. Be sure to keep a spread knife nearby as this thick cheese ball goes on heavy!
These cute little numbers are easy as pie to make. No screwing up this recipe! I’ve heard of the banana ghosts being called “Boo-Nanas” before and somehow I think that makes these little goodies even more adorable. What I love about cute little ideas like this is that you know exactly what you are getting. Simple and sweet.
This idea is absolutely adorable. A really nice way to dress up fruit for a party. At Halloween parties, I always find, at some point your mouth has had enough of the candy, and is ready for something good and healthy and these festive little guys are the perfect way to enjoy it.
Treats: Because What’s Halloween Without Sugar?
I made this goodie on Thursday and it is gives you an awesome sugar rush! Perfect for people with a big sweet-tooth. The instructions didn’t really say the best way to cut this, but if you cut half inch strips out of the fudge, you can then cut the triangles for the perfect candy corn shape out of that.
Tip: When cutting, do so on wax or parchment paper. It stuck like crazy to my cutting board.
So I made this tasty beverage, and my mouth was so happy. My husband clutched his hand to his chest and went “OHHH!” about six times. Gear is a bit of a chocoholic, so he nearly flipped for this yummy drink. I skipped out on the sugary blood drippings because I honestly don’t have any cups that it would look cool on so I thought “Why bother”, haha. This drink is a really cute way to ramp up the Halloween spirit.
Ok, so these treats are just about the cutest little things. Oreo’s and strawberries to make witch hats? Who would have thought! My store didn’t have black melting wafers that the recipe called for, so I used dark chocolate and it turned out pretty ok. They tasted soooo yummy!
Dinner: Because Snack Food Isn’t a Meal
This recipe is actually very similar to the one we use on a regular basis for our homemade mac-n-cheese. There are just with a few extra spices! And, I mean, ours is usually less green. HA. I used Broccoli instead of cauliflower, and it added a brighter pop. but if you want a more consistent colour, go with the cauliflower. You could use an old coffee tin, or a cauldron for display, The blogger who made this used an empty paint tin.
Let me know if you guys try any of these recipes!