Recipe Flash: Scary Delicious Halloween Menus!

Call us nerds (Cara is actually considering dressing up as one), but we never get sick of celebrating Halloween. Our costumes may have transitioned from ghouls and princesses to Russell Brand and Katy Perry, but when it comes to the food, the kid in us comes out, and we stick with old school favorites like Monster Mash and One-Eyed Zombies. Whether you’re having friends over for a cocktail pre-game before a big Halloween party, hosting a low-key dinner for friends, or saving all the festivities for Sunday’s brunch bash, see below for our ideas on orange and black eats, with plenty of cheesy titles to boot.

To top it off, check out our Spooky Carrot-Fennel Soup on Serious Eats this week. And if you have any Halloween costume suggestions, let us know! Phoebe’s been toying with Sally Draper (with a poorly cut wig) or Patty Mayonnaise. Cara’s been trying to refine her nerd idea so Alex won’t make her be the cookie to his cookie monster (okay, maybe she’s not all that against that idea).

From our kitchens, sipping plenty of prankster punch, to yours,



Halloween Cocktail Party Menu

Scary Black & Orange Snacks

Black Cauldron Cakes
(Black Bean Cakes)

Ghoulish Gourd Crostini
(Butternut Squash Crostini – Recipe Follows)

Potent Potions

Witch’s Brew
(Big Kid Hot Chocolate)

Prankster’s Punch
(Warm Spiked Cider)

Halloween Dinner Party Menu

First Course

Spooky Cream of Carrot Soup
(Roasted Carrot-Fennel Soup – This week’s Serious Eats Recipe!)

Second Course

Dead Man’s Meat Loaf
(Mustardy Turkey Meatloaf)


Monster Mash
(Semi-Sweet Potato Mash with Spiced Caramelized Onions)

Veggie Vampire-Repellent
(Garlicky Greens)


Devilish Angel Dessert
Two-Toned Pudding

Halloween Brunch Menu

One-Eyed Zombies
(Hash Brown One-Eyes)

Bloody Beet Salad
(Beet and Arugula Salad)

I-Used-To-Be-A-Jack-O’Lantern Quickbread


Butternut Squash Crostini with Thyme Creme Fraiche
Make about 30

1 baguette, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/4 cup creme fraiche
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leave
freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Toast the baguette slices in a single layer for about 5 minutes, until crusty. Set aside.

Combine the maple syrup and the olive oil in a bowl. Add the cubed squash and toss to combine. Spread the squash onto a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with salt. Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes, stirring once, until the squash is tender and slightly browned on top.

Meanwhile, combine the creme fraiche with the thyme leaves and the ground pepper.
Top each slice of bread with a large spoonful of squash cubes. Drizzle with creme fraiche and serve.

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  • Chelsea

    I love it! Cute for Halloween but still kind of fancy. I’m making a Halloween feast for my boyfriend and a few friends so I’ll have to try some of these! :)

  • InternetCookingPrincess

    Russell Brand and Katy Perry = best Halloween costume idea. If only I hadn’t already purchased my Mama Grizzly costume. :(

  • Really Hungry

    I’ll be trying the butternut squash crostini, with or without halloween. It looks amazing.

  • Kayte

    Fantastic Menu. I totally hear you guys on your love for celebrating Halloween. We do it big around our place. And I’m pretty sure at least a few of these delicious recipes will be present at our party.

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