How to make a Halloween feast

  • By BBC Good Food team

Halloween is a great time to get in the kitchen with the kids and cook up some scary treats, or to host a themed party for grown-ups. We have ideas for both.

Spooky supper

Get your children in the Halloween mood with a frightening supper of spider pizzas, or a colourful bowl of maggoty dustbin pasta, dishes that are sure to get the fun started before the trick-or-treating begins. Then, create a spooky spread for them to come home to, drawing inspiration from these Halloween dips and bites – the perfect finger food.

Mummy-style lattice strawberry pie with icing eyes

Follow with a dessert like this Egyptian mummy-style apple & strawberry pie for a petrifying party centrepiece. Simply make the fruity filling with strawberry jam and apple and wrap round strips of puff pastry to create the bandaged effect. Decorate with icing to create some beady eyes peeking out of the pastry – also perfect for keeping little fingers busy.

Encourage your children to get creative in the kitchen with these scary recipes:

Eerie eyeball pops
Halloween biscuits
Halloween cupcakes
Slime bug cups
Zombie fingers
Hubble bubble pumpkin pot
 

Halloween cakes

Our stunning spider's web cake is a guaranteed showstopper for any Halloween party, even if you're afraid of creepy crawlies... The rich chocolately sponge layers are glued together by thick and silky buttercream. Use melted marshmallow to acheive an intricately woven web design over the cake and complete with a menacing sugar paste spider – just try not to scare the guests off!

Create more impressive party cakes for Halloween:

Pumpkin & caramel cake
Halloween pumpkin cake
Freaky finger red velvet cake
Haunted graveyard cake
Halloween cake recipe collection
 

Party food for grown-ups

Squash, sage and sourdough bake in a round pot, sprinkled with pumpkin seeds
As the nights draw in around Halloween, a relaxing meal in adult company may be just what you're craving. Make the most of seasonal produce with this comforting autumnal squash, sage & sourdough bake. Combine sourdough crumbs, parmesan and butternut squash with a sage and thyme seasoning to produce a beautiful baked supper that will leave everyone feeling satisfied. Then, wash down your main with a a spine-tingling tipple like blood beetroot cocktails or a classic Bloody Mary.

Get inspired with more cosy autumnal recipes and dinner party treats:

Roast venison loin with pumpkin & Sichuan salt 
Celeriac & cavolo nero colcannon with with thyme & bacon crumb
Chard, lemon & cheese pie
Pheasant braised with leeks, cider & onions
Roast quince fool with madeira
Pumpkin & bacon soup
Pumpkin and pecan strudel
 

Carve a pumpkin

Pumpkin hollowed out and filled with hummus
Follow our step-by-step guide to carving a pumpkin, then use the leftover flesh to make a deliciously creamy hummus which you can serve in the carved out pumpkin. Accompany your perfect pumpkin hummus dip with peppers, breadsticks and pitta chips. You can also use this versatile squash as a sweetie bowl holder to greet trick or treaters at the door, or roast the seeds for a crispy snack, as shown in this four ways with pumpkin video guide.

Find more inspiration in our guide 10 new ways with pumpkin and see our pumpkin recipe collection.

Two bowls of pumpkin and bacon soup


More Halloween recipes:

Halloween toffee apples
Halloween mini baked potatoes with sticky sausages
Day of the dead biscuits
Baked pumpkin fondue
Wizard's hat pasties
Witches' brew (Pea & bacon chowder)
Spooky spider cakes

For more spooky inspiration check out our Halloween recipe collection.

Find more tips on how to throw the best Halloween party...

How to throw a kids' Halloween party
How to throw a last-minute Halloween party
Soft drinks, punches and cocktails for Halloween
Halloween recipes to make with the kids

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Sweet Sticky Ra...
20th Oct, 2014
Those eyeballs look delicious!
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