I love Halloween, and I love giving ideas on how to celebrate the holiday.
Ideas for Halloween Parties
Halloween is a great time to host a party. Fall is a colorful season and makes decorating fun and easy—witches, spiders, and ghosts, oh my!
There are many themes available for your party for both adults and children. Go for something as simple as a "Come in Disguise" party or as elaborate as a Mystery Dinner Theater.
Every Party Needs Party Food
Whatever theme you decide to go with, be sure to plan some frightful foods and beverages. Halloween invites a great opportunity to be creative with food and décor. Some spooky treats and devilish drinks will go a long way towards the success of your party.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres are generally a good way to go. Serve them on a decorated table along with a "cauldron" (punch bowl) of potent witch's brew. Add some traditional chips in assorted varieties, dips, and raw veggies, and your scary spread is complete!
Tasty and Spooky-Looking Hors D'Oeuvres for Halloween
- Meaty Eyeballs
- Bloody Loaded Potatoes
- Mummified Franks
- Really Creepy Salsa
- Slime Dip
- Graveyard Pudding Cups
- Witch's Fingers and Toes
1. Meaty Eyeballs
These appetizers get their "eyeball" appearance from cocktail onions and pimento-filled green olives.
- 1 and 1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef, lean
- 3/4 cup onions, finely diced
- 1 cup bread crumbs, dry
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2-3 tbs olive oil
- cocktail onions and olives
- Combine all ingredients. Form into balls.
- Heat oil. Sauté meatballs until done (no pink in the middle).
- Spear a pearl onion and an olive slice with a toothpick.
- Add to each meatball to represent an eyeball.
2. Bloody Loaded Potatoes
A generous dollop of "bloody" salsa on top adds a Halloween twist to regular loaded potatoes.
- 12 medium-sized baking potatoes
- 8 oz. light sour cream
- 1/2 cup light mayo
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 package Bacos Bacon Bits
- Salsa dip
- Bake the potatoes with the skin on. Cool slightly.
- Divide and scoop out potato from the skin.
- Put in bowl and add other ingredients.
- Mash with a potato masher, then spread into potato shells.
- Cut them into quarters for hors-d'oeuvre-sized loaded potatoes.
- Add a dollop of salsa on top of each.
3. Mummified Franks
These are so easy and so spooky! Simply wrap wieners up with strips of crescent roll dough.
- Two packages of hot dogs
- One tube of refrigerated crescent rolls
- Rinse and pat dry the hot dogs.
- Cut crescent roll dough into strips and wind around the hot dog in mummy fashion.
- Bake in 374-degree oven until brown.
4. Really Creepy Salsa
This is another dish that's quick and easy but visually effective. It is a quick little trick that is just in time for this tricking and treating holiday.
- Prepared salsa
- Sliced black olives
- Put salsa in a holiday dish and sprinkle with sliced black ripe olives. The added sliced black olives give the salsa a nice new flavor.
- Dish this devilish mixture with healthy tortilla chips.
5. Slime Dip
Ok, this is really just guacamole dip. I renamed it in honor of the holiday. This recipe uses all fresh ingredients.
- 3-4 ripe peeled, pitted avocados
- 2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
- 1 cup diced green pepper
- 1/2 cup diced chili peppers
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 tbs lemon juice
- Dice or chop ingredients as stated above.
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
6. Graveyard Pudding Cups
Add Vienna Finger "gravestones" and candy bones to regular pudding cups to give them a scary twist.
- Dirt pudding
- Gummy worms
- Assorted candy bones and skulls
- Vienna Finger cookies
- Follow the recipe for dirt pudding.
- Place the pudding in small, wide clear plastic cups.
- Use the Vienna Finger cookie for the headstone. Lace with tiny candy bones and skulls. (I found these at Dollar Tree).
- Put three gummy worms crawling off the side of the cup.
7. Witch's Fingers and Toes
Please check out the video for directions on these cool witches' fingers. I made just a few modifications to it:
- For the toes, the breadstick dough is cut in halves. The nails are almond slices dyed green.
- For the fingers, I sliced the halves of breadsticks vertically to make them thinner. The fingernails are almonds tinted red.
These breadstick fingers and toes make great dippers for the really creepy salsa!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 28, 2016:
Thanks, ps. Same to you! The weather is so warm, it doesn't feel much like Halloween.
pstraubie48 on October 24, 2016:
Hi Just stopping by to wish you a Spooktacular Halloween...hoping all is good with you and your family.
Angels are on the way to you this morning ps
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 17, 2016:
Ha Ha Thanks, Audrey.
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on October 17, 2016:
I wanna come to your place for Halloween! My mouth is watering all over my keyboard :) Congratulations for Hub of the Day!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 21, 2015:
Thanks, Reynold. I love Halloween!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 21, 2015:
Aw, moonlake, make them for you and your adult friends!
Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on October 21, 2015:
Just in time for the holiday. Glad to see this fun HUB. Keep these gems coming.
moonlake from America on October 20, 2015:
Congratulations of Hub of the Day. Wished I still had kids around so I could make these for them. Enjoyed your hub. Sharing on G+.
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 19, 2015:
With Halloween soon upon us this is a frightfully fun hub to share with others! :)
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 16, 2015:
How sweet of you, Peg. Yep...this was my second hub. Four years ago. Thanks!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 15, 2015:
Dropped back to congratulate you on the Hub of the Day award for this "spooktacular" hub. I love the mummified franks. That looks easy to do and super cool for a Halloween party.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 05, 2015:
Glad you did! Have a fun Halloween.
Nell Rose from England on October 03, 2015:
I thought I would come by to get a few tips! soon be upon us good old Halloween! great hub! Love the fingers, I will pass this onto my son, he always does Halloween!
Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 27, 2013:
Delish! Will be sharing, Rebecca!
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 27, 2013:
This is a cute way to make Halloween spooky and fun. I especially like the witches' fingers.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 27, 2013:
I have seen these before Rebecca and I love them just as much now as I did the first time I saw them. My baby grandson just might sample some of these (he eats almost nothing).
Mary Craig from New York on October 27, 2013:
I'm glad this hub was brought back as it is certainly useful and fun for Halloween! Kids, of all ages, will certainly enjoy the taste as well as the visual effect. You've really given us some great recipes.
Voted up, useful, interesting and pinned.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 17, 2013:
Thanks for that pin, aufait! The Halloween food was lots of fun!
C E Clark from North Texas on October 17, 2013:
HOTD, wow! Congratulations even though it's a little late. I love the fingers and toes especially. Voted up and useful. Pinned to my 'Halloween, Thanksgiving, & Autumn' board and because it may be helpful to people planning Halloween parties, etc., which is only 2 weeks away, I'm going to share it with my followers. I know they will find some great ideas here!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 23, 2013:
Thanks Indian Chef, and Happy Halloween a little early!
Indian Chef from New Delhi India on September 22, 2013:
Rebeccamealey, You just made me hungry. Very beautiful pictures and I think I am going to try your bloody loaded potato bites soon. Voting it up and awesome.
Anna Haven from Scotland on July 17, 2013:
Christmas is my favourite time of year as well with halloween rolling into second place too
Thank you. You have a good time as well when it arrives :)
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on July 16, 2013:
That's awesome Anna! Happy Halloween in advance. (my favorite holiday.Oh well after Christmas!
Anna Haven from Scotland on July 16, 2013:
I am glad I came visiting your page; these look great.
We have a halloween party every year so I have bookmarked your hub for this year.
My kids really like the look of the Grave Yard Pudding Cups.
Voted up as useful and awesome!
Indian Chef from New Delhi India on June 13, 2013:
The pictures look mouth watering. Liked slime dip a lot. Easy to make and look yummy. sharing and voting it up.
Rafaela Lima from US on May 20, 2013:
I think I am gonna gain some pounds! hahaha. I loved all the recipes. I loved your Hub and how you show us all those delicious food!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 17, 2013:
Hi, and Thanks, Happy Halloween?
idigwebsites from United States on May 17, 2013:
Very creative! I like the puddings, tombstone-style. Thanks for sharing! :)
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 07, 2012:
Thanks, rajan. Keep thim in mind for next Halloween!
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 07, 2012:
Rebecca, I love these awesome recipes. The photos are just perfect for these creepy Halloween treats. amazing hub and pictures. Voted up, useful and awesome.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 01, 2012:
Thanks Jackie! It is still spooky out so I hope folks will try these scary treats!
Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 01, 2012:
Love those fingers, have to try that even if Halloween is over...kids don't mind, of any age! Love all your Halloween treats.
Ruth Denton from Adelaide, South Australia on October 27, 2012:
Excellent ideas. I particularly like the graveyard cup as they are quick and easy but effective.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 26, 2012:
I agree! Tis the season to start munching down!
ftclick on October 25, 2012:
alright Halloween is the kick-off to the holiday season for delicious foods no matter what 4 out of 5 doctors ay to avoid.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 24, 2012:
Thanks SO MUCH for visiting my Halloween frightful dishes Hub, Happy Halloween!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on October 24, 2012:
Wow, Rebecca...you have served up a SPOOKTACULAR buffet of deliteful fun for young and young at heart. This is such a fun time of the year and increasing the fun with a party only makes it that much more special. Nicely done. Pinned.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 22, 2012:
I love your made up adjectives. LOL. Thanks for stopping by!
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 22, 2012:
What a spooktacular and yummilicious hub filled with terrific treats!!!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 21, 2012:
Thanks! Happy Halloween and enjoy the spooky food!
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 21, 2012:
Thanks Millionaire Tips! Have a great Halloween. I hope these little creepy recipes help!
Alejandro Molina from Metro Manila, Philippines on October 21, 2012:
i love all those foods!!! makes me feel hungry now. great hub!!
Shasta Matova from USA on October 21, 2012:
These sound like fun party ideas for Halloween - I especially like the witches fingers and slime dip.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 20, 2012:
Thanks! The kids just love the graveyard pudding cups and the Vienna finger headstones!
Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 20, 2012:
Those graveyard pudding cups are spoooky! And the witches fingers look great! Nice ideas for party treats.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 22, 2012:
Well keep these in mind because Halloween is practically, well almost, around the corner!
Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 22, 2012:
Sandra lee would be proud. I love Halloween. Lots of inspiration here.
Sondra Rochelle from USA on July 02, 2012:
These are such clever ideas! When I taught dropout prevention we used to do a big Halloween bash for our kids which included similar types of foods. Such fun! Nice job on this one. Voted up.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on December 18, 2011:
Thanks! It's "dirt pudding" and you can decorate it with all kinds of things!
justmesuzanne from Texas on December 18, 2011:
Cute ideas! I like the graveyard pudding cups! :) Fun for kids to put together. Voted up and useful!
Micheal from United Kingdom on November 01, 2011:
What a truly amazing hub,
I'm coming to the US next Halloween.
Loved the Meaty Eyeballs and the beans and bugs. So gross and appealing at the same time brilliant.
AllSuretyBonds on October 31, 2011:
This is so fun! Last night we had our family dinner and we had those creepy cookies. We also had chicken that my parents disguised to be a snake. Happy Halloween.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 31, 2011:
Thanks, Cloverleaf, and the good news is, it's still not to late to make some!
Louise from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 31, 2011:
Hi Rebecca, Congratulations on being selected for Hub of the Day! I'm very impressed by all the delicious treats suggestions you have for Halloween. Those meaty eyeballs are my favorite! Voted up / awesome.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 29, 2011:
Happy Halloween Weekend Everybody. Thanks so much for your comments and support!
Daniella Lopez on October 29, 2011:
These all look delicious! I'll definitely have to try the pudding cups. :) Voted up!
rjsadowski on October 29, 2011:
Now that's scarey.
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 27, 2011:
Thanks! Everyone, Have a fun Halloween Weekend!
Judy Specht from California on October 27, 2011:
Fun hub!The bread stick fingers with garlic sound delicious
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 26, 2011:
Thanks for the vote, pixiejoy!
pixiejoy from Earthling on October 25, 2011:
This is such a useful hub since I'm actually looking for recipes to use this coming Halloween. Thanks so much. I have voted for you for the hub nugget! I hope you win :)
Karen N from United States on October 25, 2011:
Very cute, I think that the grave yard pudding cups would be a big hit with all of the kids.
itops from the sea on October 25, 2011:
Think I'll try the Grave Yard Pudding Cups. They look yummy!
Michelle Simtoco from Cebu, Philippines on October 24, 2011:
These are so creative! So wonderful! The witches fingers is something I would like to try. LOL
Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. To all who would like to read and vote, this way please: https://ladyjane1.hubpages.com/hubnuggets6/hub/Roo...
Londontours from London on October 22, 2011:
Congrats for "hub of the day".
dinkan53 from India on October 21, 2011:
Mouth watering Photographs and nicely presented hub, rated^^^
Silver Fish from Edinburgh Scotland on October 21, 2011:
Great hub. Up vote from me!
beindustrial from Effingham, IL on October 21, 2011:
great ideas. Will definitely try one of these recipes this coming Halloween... I would like also to share one of the regular staples in our Halloween table: the slimy brain jello... Yum-Oh
Rebecca Mealey (author) from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 21, 2011:
Thanks so much for all the positive feed-back. I really had a great time and am looking forward to doing it again plus more for the "Real Halloween." I really wanna make some bonier lookin' witch fingers. Maybe I'll dye them green. Gross! Happy Season. More Holiday stuff on the way!
Jill Spencer from United States on October 21, 2011:
Love the witches' fingers. Ew!
Art Wartenbe from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast on October 21, 2011:
Cool Ghoul foods, wtg voted up and good job. Welcome to HP, your new fan, Art Happy Holidays too!
rabecker on October 21, 2011:
Good ideas, thank you for sharing.
Hui (蕙) on October 21, 2011:
I may choose one suggestion here for our Halloween party coming soon.
Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on October 21, 2011:
These party foods look great! And so funny! I really like the 'monster' fingers and will try the cinnamon and red food coloring for the nails.
Thank so much. Up and awesome.
Faheem Ebrahim from India on October 21, 2011:
Good read! :)
Linda Williams on October 21, 2011:
Delicious and Beautiful!
Claudia Tello from Mexico on October 21, 2011:
Congratulations for your nomination!
Arlynne from Florida, USA on October 21, 2011:
yum! those foods are mouth watering..can't wait to taste those. I try to have this in my menu this halloween. ^_^
..congratulations for being hub of the day! voted up.
Pete Fanning from Virginia on October 21, 2011:
These look amazing! Great Job!
foodforlife on October 21, 2011:
Great ideas there - well done! I'm getting into the spooky vibes!!
Travelwyse on October 21, 2011:
WOW these all look yummy! I'll defo be trying out the Grave Yard Pudding Cups where-ever i spend Halloween! Congrats on Hub of the day :)
Thelma Alberts from Germany on October 21, 2011:
Welcome to HubPages and congrats for the hub of the day! Great idea for Halloween party.
Spencer Camus from United Kingdom on October 21, 2011:
Some great ideas here for Halloween. What a great hub!
Elissa Joyce from US on October 21, 2011:
Amazing, Voted Up!
anjperez on October 21, 2011:
olives in salsa? yum! all votes. (,")
asmaiftikhar from Pakistan on October 21, 2011:
Well come to the hub pages and congrats for the hub of the day.keeep it up!
TattooKitty from Hawaii on October 21, 2011:
Yummers!!! Those bloody potatoes are to die for (lol!) I also love the graveyard cups (Vienna Fingers are my FAV!) Thanks for the ghoulish food recipes- I'm definitely going to use them!! Voted up & awesome ;)
Btw, kudos on being chosen Hub of the Day!
Heather from Arizona on October 21, 2011:
Those baked beans look delish! Love the "bugs." Great hub. I love eating yummy warm foods in October and this hub got me hungry and hyped up for Haloween! :P