One of the biggest party holidays of the year is upon us and there is no other holiday that is quite as experiential as Halloween. From corporate Halloween parties to haunted houses and masquerade balls, Eggwhites is prepared to turn our cauldrons up to eleven and whip up some enchantingly delicious treats.
HALLOWEEN PARTY FOOD IS EQUAL PARTS TRICK AND TREAT
Whether you are an event planner or a party host, you may be looking for creative and decorative Halloween food ideas to trick out your Halloween food table. If you are looking for a little inspiration from Halloween themed catering, we put together a list of our favorite insta-worthy Halloween food ideas to get your wheels turning.
HALLOWEEN THEMED CATERING MENU FOR A SIT-DOWN DINNER PARTY
If a sophisticated soirée is more your speed, plan a bewitchingly elegant sit-down dinner party. Give black and orange a rest and swap out ultra-kitschy Halloween finger foods and décor for a darker, sinister vibe.
Offer a few elevated nibbles for guests to enjoy as they mingle and ohhh and ahhh over your seductively creepy décor. We use black sesame paste in our Tahini Dip for Curry Roasted Cauliflower. Serve Guacamole or Green Goddess Dip in a hollowed-out pumpkin to serve with chips and crudité. Caramelized Butternut Squash and Shallot Bruschetta is always a crowd pleaser.
An Eggwhites Halloween themed catering menu for a served dinner offers ghoulish inspiration whether you wish to host an intimate affair or a grand fete.
Blood-red Borscht is a perfect starter to your meal - light yet gorgeously flavorful. Ribs are our favorite Halloween food for the main course. Beautifully braised short ribs or baby back ribs barbecued on the grill pair perfectly with creamy Pumpkin Polenta and Spicy “Swamp Greens”. Our dry rub brings a hint of heat to the barbecued ribs and we finish them off with a light brush of tangy sauce.
A HALLOWEEN PARTY WITH A TOUCH OF KITSCH
Do you wish to throw a Halloween party that is fully decked out with over the top Halloween food, drink and décor? We’ve got you covered with some of our favorite ghoulish presentations. We have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. There are some pretty iffy concepts out there that should be buried alive but then there is the cream of the Halloween crop that are a feast for all senses.
SHRIMP BRAINS WITH BLOODY MARY COCKTAIL SAUCE
Shrimp Cocktail molded into a brain shape and wrapped in medicinal gauze turns a classic into one bloody creepy presentation.
SPOOKY SPIDER GOAT CHEESE LOG
Crushed Black Peppercorn Coated Goat Cheese is as easy to make as it is delicious. Divide (20) ounces of goat cheese into two balls – 1/3 for the head and 2/3 for the body. Roll each ball in the peppercorns to coat. On a serving board, press the balls together and shape to form the head and body of the spider. Use painted black twigs for the spider legs. Cut a piquillo pepper into 2 small triangles and place them on the body in an hourglass shape and now you have a black widow ready to your guests.
Food & Wine features a spider cheese spread log which they coated in black sesame seeds. We happen to prefer the bite of the black peppercorns paired with the goat cheese but their cheese spread recipe is another delicious option.
MUMMY WRAP FINGER FOOD
Mummified interpretations of every day foods are classic Halloween finger foods. Mummy dogs are quite possibly the king of all Halloween finger foods. A few strips of puff pastry quickly and easily transform this ballpark fare into a spooky, yummy and spectacular treat. There are lots of variations on how to make these—some like to add arms and legs, others choose not to; there is debate over whether cheese or jalapeños make better eyes — and there are so many fun ways to display them.
Mini pizzas masquerade as mummies with creative use of olives and strips of mozzarella! Strawberry mummies are a fun and easy Halloween party food. Strawberries, white chocolate and candy eyes are all you need to create a “boo-tiful” sweet treat!
SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL-ED EGGS
Deviled eggs are a popular party finger food and there are a few ways to jazz them up for Halloween. A little paprika paste and a paint brush can transform hard-boiled eggs into spider webs. A sliced olive quickly turns an egg into a creepy-crawly spider!
STRING CHEESE WITCHES BROOMS
Delicious, healthy and cleverly cute. Great to make when you are ready for a little pre-party meditation. Just grab some pretzel sticks, string cheese and chives, and turn up some witchy tunes to keep you focused. This Halloween finger food couldn’t be easier to make. But be warned, the process of peeling back the string cheese to make the brooms can be a tad tedious! Get the full rundown to assemble these tasty treats here.
DANGEROUSLY DELICIOUS SWEET TREATS
VAMPIRES VS WEREWOLVES
If vampires and werewolves were to fight to the death, which would win this epic battle? We couldn’t tell you but we do know that your guests will want to sink their fangs into these devilishly delicious treats! Not only delectable but strikingly gorgeous as well, the white-topped cupcakes with blood-red bite and claw marks will stand out beautifully at any party. Add a dab of bloody red jam to the center for an extra icky, sticky treat.
A chocolate fondue fountain is a sweet and sensuous centerpiece at any social soiree. We fell in love with this dramatic interpretation of the traditional fondue fountain that was created by Kenneth Wingard for HGTV’s Halloween Block Party. White chocolate is the base of this easy recipe. Have fun with naming your dippers – “Brittle Bones” pretzel rods, “Sponge Brains” sponge cake, “Ancient Eyeballs” red grapes and “Small Hearts” strawberries will make your “Blood Fondue” bar a treat for the taste buds and the eyes!
Tis Hallowe'en, and in this brew, The witch will stir, Good luck for you!
Whatever your theme, hosting a Halloween dinner party calls for a festive brew to welcome your guests. Have fun creating your signature cocktail. Here you can get away with a little kitsch as long as you don’t sacrifice flavor. Unleash your dark side and add a little activated charcoal to our signature Blackberry Bourbon Smash. Just one-quarter teaspoon will turn this refreshing cocktail into a most elegant and mysterious Black Magic witches brew.
A VILLAINOUS HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL RECIPE
This green apple vodka cocktail will break the ice at any haunted gathering. Inspired by a favorite cult classic, Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, this drink has all the right elements to make it Oogie Boogie-approved.
OOGIE BOOGIE HALLOWEEN COCKTAIL RECIPE
- 25 ounces Green Apple Vodka
- 25 ounces Sour Mix
- Lemon-Lime Soda
- Black Rimming Sugar
- Candy Worms
- First, flip your glass upside down and dip into a shallow bowl filled with water, or use a lemon or lime wedge to rim the edge of the glass.
- Pour your rimming sugar onto a plate
- Again with your glass upside down, dip your wet glass rim into the rimming sugar on the plate. Flip your glass back around and you have a very cool, and perfectly ghoulish, cocktail rim. Pretty easy, right?
- Next, add ice, vodka, and sour mix to a shaker
- Shake and then strain into the sugar rimmed martini glass
- Top with sprite and garnish with candy worms
Fly over to the Let’s Mingle blog for step-by-step instructions to create a cocktail better than your worst nightmare!
Hopefully this has given you some great inspiration for your own Halloween food ideas! So conjure up the Eggwhites Catering wizards at (305) 892-2066 so that you can enjoy Halloween in all its spooky splendor while we cook up some tasty treats for you. Watch out!! we have a few tricks up our sleeves!
Ann Jones writes for Eggwhites Catering, a luxury catering company in Miami. Tori Green writes for the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, a high-end event venue. This article was an editorial collaboration between Ann and Tori.