The Perfect Spooktacular Dinner And Drinks Menu


Welcome to our spine-chilling Halloween dinner party! This evening, we’ll embark on a culinary adventure filled with ghoulishly good dishes and eerie drinks. Whether you’re a Halloween enthusiast or just love a good-themed party, this menu is designed to create a fun and memorable experience for your guests. Let’s dive into the cauldron and brew up some Halloween magic!

Embracing the Halloween Spirit

Halloween is all about creativity and fun, and the food and drinks at your party should reflect that. Think spooky shapes, vibrant colours, and flavours that are both delicious and a bit surprising. This menu includes classic Halloween treats as well as some modern twists, ensuring a delightful experience for all.

Appetizers: Creepy and Delicious

  1. Mummy Hot Dogs:
    • Ingredients: 1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough, 8 hot dogs, mustard or ketchup for eyes.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut crescent roll dough into thin strips. Wrap each hot dog with dough strips, leaving gaps for the eyes. Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Add mustard or ketchup dots for eyes and serve warm.
  2. Witch's Broomsticks:
    • Ingredients: Pretzel sticks, string cheese, fresh chives.
    • Instructions: Cut string cheese into thirds. Make lengthwise cuts around the bottom of each piece to create a broom effect. Insert a pretzel stick into the uncut end of the cheese. Tie a chive around the cheese at the base of the pretzel.

Main Courses: Hauntingly Good

  1. Jack-O'-Lantern Stuffed Peppers:
    • Ingredients: 4 orange bell peppers, 1 lb ground beef, 1 cup cooked rice, 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce, 1 small onion (chopped), 1 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste, shredded cheese (optional).
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut tops off bell peppers and remove seeds. Carve jack-o'-lantern faces into one side of each pepper. Cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned, then drain fat. Stir in rice, tomato sauce, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stuff each pepper with the beef mixture and place in a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove foil, add shredded cheese if desired, and bake for another 5 minutes.
  2. Zombie Meatloaf:
    • Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef, 1/2 lb ground pork, 1 small onion (finely chopped), 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, 1/2 cup milk, 1 egg, 2 tbsp ketchup, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, sliced onions and olives for decoration.
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients (except for decoration items) and mix well. Shape the mixture into a loaf and place in a baking dish. Use sliced onions and olives to create a zombie face on the meatloaf. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through.

Sides: Perfectly Spooky Complements

  1. Ghost Mashed Potatoes:
    • Ingredients: 4 large potatoes (peeled and chopped), 1/2 cup milk, 4 tbsp butter, salt and pepper to taste, black olives for eyes.
    • Instructions: Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and mash with milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Scoop mashed potatoes into a piping bag with a large round tip and pipe ghost shapes onto a serving platter. Use small pieces of black olive to create eyes for the ghosts.
  2. Bat Wings (Chicken Wings):
    • Ingredients: 2 lbs chicken wings, 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup honey, 2 tbsp hoisin sauce, 1 tbsp minced garlic, 1 tbsp grated ginger, 1/2 tsp black food colouring (optional).
    • Instructions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Mix soy sauce, honey, hoisin sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, and black food colouring (if using) in a large bowl. Add chicken wings and toss to coat. Place wings on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 35-40 minutes, turning halfway through, until wings are crispy and cooked through.

Desserts: Sinfully Sweet Treats

  1. Monster Eyeball Cake Pops:
    • Ingredients: 1 box cake mix (plus ingredients required for mix), 1/2 cup frosting, white chocolate melts, candy eyeballs, red food colouring.
    • Instructions: Bake cake according to package instructions and let it cool. Crumble cake into a large bowl and mix in frosting until well combined. Shape mixture into small balls and chill for 1 hour. Melt white chocolate and dip each cake ball, placing a candy eyeball on top before the chocolate sets. Use red food colouring to draw bloodshot lines on the eyeballs.
  2. Graveyard Pudding Cups:
    • Ingredients: 2 cups chocolate pudding, 1 cup crushed Oreo cookies, gummy worms, Milano cookies (for tombstones), black icing.
    • Instructions: Prepare chocolate pudding according to package instructions. Spoon pudding into clear cups, filling each about 3/4 full. Sprinkle crushed Oreo cookies on top to resemble dirt. Stick a Milano cookie into the pudding to act as a tombstone and write "RIP" with black icing. Add gummy worms poking out of the dirt.

Cocktails: Bewitching Beverages

  1. Witch's Brew Punch:
    • Ingredients: 1 litre of lemon and lime soda, 1 litre of pineapple juice, 1 litre of ginger ale and lime sherbet.
    • Instructions: In a large punch bowl, combine lemon-lime soda, pineapple juice, and ginger ale. Add scoops of lime sherbet on top. Stir gently and serve immediately for a frothy, spooky punch.
  2. Bloody Mary Shots:
    • Ingredients: 1 cup tomato juice, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 tsp hot sauce, vodka (optional for adults), celery sticks for garnish.
    • Instructions: In a pitcher, combine tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Add vodka if desired. Pour mixture into shot glasses and garnish with celery sticks.


A Halloween-themed dinner party is a fantastic way to celebrate the spooky season with delicious and creative dishes. With this menu, you can create an authentic and engaging atmosphere that will thrill your guests and make your party a memorable event. Enjoy the frightfully fun flavours and have a spooktacular time!


Can I prepare these dishes in advance? Yes, many of these items can be prepared ahead of time, allowing you to focus on hosting during the party.

Are there non-alcoholic options for Halloween cocktails? Yes! You can of course create non-alcoholic versions of the cocktails to make these suitable for all of your guests' needs! You can check out our Halloween Drinks ideas for more inspiration.

How can I cater to dietary restrictions with a Halloween menu? Offer a variety of dishes, including vegetarian options like stuffed mushrooms, and clearly label any potential allergens.

What's the best way to serve the food at a Halloween-themed party? Buffet-style serving works well, allowing guests to mingle and eat as the evening progresses.

How can I make the party more interactive with the food and drinks? To make the party more interactive, have a costume contest with prizes for the best dressed, a spooky photo booth or fun facts or trivia about Halloween at each station can spark conversations and enhance the party experience.