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4 Spooktacular Halloween Party Food Ideas & Recipes

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Struggling with what to serve at your Halloween bash? Well we have taken all the stress out of planning your menu with these four fun and frighteningly delicious Halloween Party treats your guests are going to love. Our easy to follow recipes include savory foods like mini Pumpkin Turkey Pasta Bowls to refreshing Margarita spritzers and more. These Halloween party foods are so easy, they’re scary!


Mini Pumpkin Turkey Pasta Boowls


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Infused with a subtle taste of pumpkin, these mini pasta bowls are easy, delicious and offer guests a hearty dish that they eat while standing (or sitting).

What You Need

Pumpkin Turkey Balls

  • 1 to 2 cup of spaghetti pasta
  • 1/2 lb of lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup of onion
  • 1/4 cup of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp of garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of dried oregano
  • pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • pinch of paprika

Marinara

  • 16 oz can of whole tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of chopped spinach
  • 1 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tbsp of plain yogurt
  • 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh mint
  • Grated Mozzarella or Parmesan for garnish

Yields: 8 small ramekin bowls.

Directions

Pour the whole can of tomatoes in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times for a chunky tomato sauce. 

In the meantime, it’s time to make the mini Pumpkin Turkey Meatballs.

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In a large bowl, combine your ground turkey, onions, cilantro, pumpkin puree, salt, pepper, dry oregano, paprika and cayenne together until everything is well combined. Tip: Feel free to use your hands to mix everything together. Once every is combined, you’re going to want to start making the mini meatballs. The meatballs should be no bigger than a teaspoon and a half.

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Transfer the chunky tomato sauce into a pot and bring it to a boil. Once it’s boiling, you’re going to want to lower the heat to low. Add the spinach and pumpkin puree. Stir until well combined. Let the sauce simmer for 10 minutes, making sure to stir it every so often so avoid it burning. After the 10 minutes, add the plain yogurt and fresh mint. Stir. Let it simmer for another 5  minutes.

Next heat up a tablespoon of olive oil (or any oil of your preference) in a pan. Place a couple of meatballs in the pan to cook, making sure to work in batches. Cook each side for 3 minutes or until fully cooked. Transfer the cooked meatballs to the marinara sauce and let them simmer in the sauce for 5 to 6 minutes.

Make sure to cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box. Set aside until the sauce and meatballs are done.

Time to plate the dish.

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Lay the cooked spaghetti into small ramekins as the first base of the dish. Next, carefully ladle the turkey balls and marinara over the pasta. Garnish with shredded mozzarella or Parmesan. Serve warm.


Strawberry & Walnut Spring Mix Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette


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Fresh and light, this spring mix salad offers the perfect respite from all those sweets you’re sure to indulge in during Halloween. Crisp green apple, walnuts, strawberries and carrots adorn the bed of fresh spring mix along with a sweet and tangy pumpkin vinaigrette. Perfect for those wanting a healthy alternative.

What You Need

For the Salad

  • 2 to 3 cups of spring mix greens
  • 1/2 cup of shredded carrots
  • 1 green apple, cut and cubed
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of sliced strawberries
  • 4 large orange or red bell peppers

For the Pumpkin Vinaigrette

  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of Trader Joes Pumpkin Cookie butter
  • pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

Yields 8 bell pepper salad bowls

Directions

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In a large bowl, toss together the spring mix greens, carrots, apples, walnuts and strawberries. Set aside.

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Next, take a small bowl and whisk together the lemon juice and pumpkin cookie butter until well combined. Season with pepper. Slowly pour in the olive oil while whisking it until thoroughly combined.

Pour  the vinaigrette over the salad and give it a toss. Take the large orange (or red) bell peppers and cut them in half, making sure to clean out any seeds. Tip: Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds to avoid making any dents.

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Fill each half bell pepper with the salad mixture. And that’s it. Enjoy!


Spooky Margarita Spritzer


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Sip on this delicious and easy-to-make margarita spritzer with hints of fresh mint and garnished with fun, festive sugar skull ring candy. The Perfect non-alcoholic drink for your Halloween party. Or make it an adult version by simply adding a shot of your favorite tequila.

What You Need
  • 4 to 5 cups of premade Margarita Mix
  • 2 cans of La Croix Grapefruit Sparkling Water
  • red food coloring
  • 7 to 8 mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, thin slices
  • ice
  • sugar skull ring candies (or similar candy)
  • straws

Directions

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In a large pitcher or bowl, pour in the margarita mix and grapefruit sparkling water. Squeeze a few drops of red coloring until you’ve achieved the desired color. Whisk until fully combined. Add the mint leaves and slices of lemon. Store in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

When you’re ready to serve, simply add crushed ice to classic champagne glasses (or martini), and pour the spritzer in each glass. Garnish with the sugar skull ring candy, a mint leaf, slices of lemon and a mini festive straw.

Enjoy!


Happy Bat-oween Cupcakes


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Nothing says Happy Halloween like these fun and festive cupcakes. And with the help of a  cupcake mix, you can can pop these out of the oven in no time.

What You Need
  • 1 Pillsbury Golden Butter Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
  • Purple Food coloring
  • 1 to 2 Funfetti Frosting in Orange All Star Vanilla
  • Cupcake liners
  • A pack of plastic Bat rings for garnish

Yields: 18 to 20 cupcakes

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F.

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In large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, oil, water  and vanilla extract. Take a hand held mixer and beat at low speed until smooth. You can also use a large wooden spoon to mix everything together.  Squeeze in a few drops of purple food coloring until you achieve the desired color. Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners. Carefully pour batter into each one, making sure to not fill them more than three quarters of the way. Depending on the size of your muffin tin, you may need to make two batches.

Pop them in the oven and bake them for 15 to 25 minutes or until toothpick (or fork) inserted in the center comes out clean. Once they’re all done, take them out of the oven and set them aside to cool completely.

Time to decorate!

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Use a spoon to transfer the frosting in a pastry bag or large zipblock bag. Twist the end to secure it. If using a zipblock bag, you’ll need to snip the tip to begin frosting. We created small swirly patterns that connected with each other for a loose yarn look. But feel free to frost, however you like. The funfetti frosting we chose comes with star shaped sprinkles so we sprinkled a generous amount on each cupcake. And to add a finishing touch, we inserted the plastic bat rings on top of the cupcakes.

You’re done!


Check out our Collection of Quick & Easy Halloween Inspired Bites for more inspiration.


Let us know if you give one of these recipes a go. Also make sure to tell us in the comments below what your Halloween plans are because we’d love to know! Happy Halloween!

  • Christina Bruner Polovich

    The Strawberry & Walnut Spring Mix Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette looks amazing! It actually looks like something I can eat! Thank you so much.

  • These are great recipes! I could definitely go for one of those margaritas!

  • Sign me up for a PUMPKIN TURKEY bowl!! I am all about that life!

  • Heidi Schilling Fowler

    What a fun Halloween menu! I think I’d be most excited to try the salad. I’ve never thought to make a pumpkin vinaigrette. It sounds so good!

  • Brandi Crawford

    Wow these are so creative! I think all of this looks so nice and festive.

  • Jenn Goggin

    All so creative and festive! I may need to give some of these a try for dinner before trick or treating! I really like those Bat cupcakes, they look delicious!

  • Sam

    These would be great for our Halloween party! I am going to have to try the margarita spritzer! Yum!

  • The margarita spritzer is totally something I need to try. But the salad and the meatballs also look so good. I love making themed food.

  • Jen Sky Walker

    I like that these recipes are a lot more “adult” than the usual kiddie food found at Halloween events. I suppose you can take just about any Halloween-inspired treat to garnish food or drinks for the touch of Halloween. I love the sugar skull on the margarita spritzer!

  • Denay DeGuzman

    What fun recipes for a Halloween party! I love your creativity. Your bat cupcakes are simply adorable!

  • interNATionalcaty

    The strawberry and walnut salad looks delicious. I think I have the ingredients in my house and it will be my lunch today. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Nice fun ideas. Especially loved the mini pasta treats. Saves a lot of time too:) Will try my hand at the Bat cakes too. Recipe seems doable. thanks!

  • Jessica Hughes

    I love the sound of the Pumpkin Turkey Pasta Boowls! I love dishes with pumpkin and this sounds so delicious. Your bat cupcakes are so cute as well.

  • These are such good ideas! I especially love the pumpkin turkey pasta bowls and the drink! Now I wish I was throwing a Halloween party

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  • Kelli A

    Adorable! I love all these Halloween treats. I want to try and make them all and these ones actually look easy enough for me and the kids to do together.

  • tara pittman

    I love how you used the orange peppers for bowls. I need to get some and make the chili.

  • those pumpkin inspired cupcakes are to die for! they look yummy! wow! I like what you did with the magarita spritzer

  • Oo yes please, I want one of each of these. Everything looks fabulous.

  • Ohh can I try a little of everything please, perhaps starting with those delicious looking cupcakes YUM!

  • Joline

    These are spooktacular indeed! But let’s be real, I would go for those spooky margarita spritzers first 🙂

  • Kate

    These are great. I’m going to suggest some of them for my nephew’s party!

  • Claudia Krusch

    These are all great ideas. I will have to make the Spooky Margarita Spritzer for our Halloween party this year. I am sure it will be a hit.

  • Nelle Creations

    Oh I love all these ideas! I can’t wait for halloween

  • Ooh your pumpkin recipes make me excited for Halloween! I love the sound of the Strawberry & Walnut Spring Mix Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette especially as it sounds healthy and delicious x

  • Krystel Seijo

    I just ate and this made me hungry all over again. They all look so good, yum!

  • I think that pumpkin viniagrette is my new favorite thing. Oh my word. I also love the turkey meatballs. I feel like singing about food right now.

  • miieloise

    I loved your strawberry and walnut salad. The way it’s presented on the pic, using the capsicum as a recipient – is awesome. Plus, it’s perfect for my dietary requirements. I’ll try that soon!

  • These are all such great ideas! That margarita looks delicious and the cupcakes amazing!

  • Shawna🌸|WHHblog

    These look so tasty! That spritzer looks especially tempting! I’m not usually one to do much for Halloween, but this will make you want to!

  • Emmanuel Damian

    Everything looks so good and yummy! I love the decorations on the cupcakes. Yummm

  • Cristina Leau

    Those looks so fun, I like the Spooky Margarita Spritzer and the Happy Bat-oween Cupcakes the most. I should try them as well.

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Great food ideas, really looks so much fun, some can be tried even with excited kids. Loved the most Strawberry & Walnut Spring Mix Salad with Pumpkin Vinaigrette, I’m sure my son would love it.

  • The pumpkin vinaigrette sounds really interesting I need to try. Cheers for that spritzer yo are talking my language =)

  • These are great for the office Halloween party. There’s always an underlying competition for the most tasty and creative dish!

  • Yum! These look amazing and perfect for a Halloween party!

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  • Lindsey @andthekitchensink.net

    I love these Halloween recipes! These would make perfect food ideas for a Halloween party.

  • I pinned the Margarita. Its so cute and I definitely would love to try the drink in the future.

  • Christine

    The Margarita Spritzer sounds really good. I am going to have to give that a try. I know my son would love the cupcakes. You have some great ideas!

  • Those all look SO good! Oh man, I want these!

  • Sheena Tatum

    That spritzer is cute and sounds delicious. Love little drinks like that that I can add to the list.

  • Cindy Gordon

    All of these are great options! I am personally leaning towards the cupcakes as my favorite though 😛

  • Halloween is my favorite holiday. It’s low stress, but there are so many ways to make it fun like all of these recipes. Can’t wait to make the meatballs.

  • Tiffany La Forge-Grau

    Great ideas! I really like the pumpkin turkey bowls.

  • Yum! These recipes all look so amazing! I love the pumpkin turkey bowls!!

  • It’s been a long time since I last hosted a Halloween party! That doesn’t mean I don’t like preparing something special for the kids! I think these are lovely! Thanks for the list!

  • Oh, a pumpkin vinaigrette is such a great idea! I’m surprised that I don’t think I’ve ever had one before. Very creative, thanks for sharing.

  • So many great options, and I appreciate that you included some savory ideas in here as well! The pumpkin turkey bowls sound absolutely delicious and a total crowd-pleaser!

  • David Elliott

    All of those treats sound awesome. If I had my daughter this year for Halloween I would definitely be doing something like this. So cool.

  • Akamatra

    These are great recipes for the Halloween. I like the idea of the pumpkin pasta I’ve never tried that before.

  • Stephanie Pass

    What great ideas! I’m going to have to sneak some pumpkin into my meatballs and see what my family thinks.

  • TColeman

    Those cupcakes are definitely on my radar. I needed a sweet for my get together and those look amazing.

  • Prateek Goel

    Great recipes! I think I have cancel my diet sessions and party hard with these cupcakes and spritzers. Thanks for the share.

  • Jen S

    I love all of these! But I especially love the salad inside of the bell peppers, it’s such a unique idea!

  • Anchal Narayan

    Loved all the ideas that you have shared. Will definitely try the pumpkin pasta.

  • This is a great collection of party food! I would totally try all of them, with the exception of using gluten-free pasta and flour. The pumpkin turkey pasta bowls look amazing – I never would have thought of that combination!

  • Shell

    These alllook like such delicious and fun food 🙂🙂🙂

  • Tanya Finks

    These all look amazing. Oddly, icing is my weakness, and I just want to eat those cupcakes up. What fun ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  • Victoria Moore

    These look great! 🙂 You’re really good at food photography. It’s something I need to work on. I definitely want to try that chili!

  • Anne Markey

    These look perfect for Halloween

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