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13 Festive Halloween Dinner Ideas That Are Anything But Cheesy


If you love dressing up, eating sweets, and cozying upВ indoors with good company, Halloween is likely your favoriteВ thing about fall. It's also the perfectВ excuse to get your favorite people together for a festive dinner party. Since there's definitely not a traditional, set Halloween dinner menu, it's also a great chance to getВ creative and have fun in the kitchen. Whether you go all outВ with a themed, costume-mandatoryВ annual party and want to step it up a notch or you simplyВ feel like hosting a grown-up dinner party on OctoberВ 31,В theВ 13В Halloween dinner ideasВ we came up with will steer you in the right direction.

Starting with small bites and appetizers then moving onto sides and main courses and finishing with drinks and desserts, theВ 13 recipes below will keep your guests coming back for more. Scroll through toВ start planning ahead for a festive, fall-ready dinner bashВ this Halloween.В

Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Dip

Half Baked Harvest

Get the evening started with a fall-inspired appetizer like this spicy chipotle pumpkinВ hummus fromВ Half Baked Harvest. It definitely gives the crowd favorite a seasonalВ twistВ andВ a gourmet upgrade. Top it with pepitas for an extra crunch and put those leftover pumpkin seeds to good use.В

JalapeГ±o Poppers

The Modern Proper

Spice up your side dish game with these flavorful jalapeГ±o poppersВ fromВ The Modern Proper. Stuffed with parmesanВ cheese, a light layer of cream cheese,В thick-cut bacon, chives, garlic, and panko flakes, they are definitely going to hit the spot, before or after trick-or-treating. They're also super easy to eat as finger food, which is perfect for anyone who isn't planning on having a formal sit down dinner.В

Honey-Baked Camembert

Salt and Wind

Creamy, smooth, and oh so flavorful, a warm soft cheese starter is about as good as it gets. And thisВ honey-baked camembertВ fromВ Salt and WindВ is no exception. Topped with crispy, salty pistachios, sharp dried cranberries, and sweet honey, the dish can be doubled to satisfy all your guests.

Charcoal Bun Hot Dogs

Spoon Fork Bacon

These hot dogs fromВ Spoon Fork BaconВ are no joke.В If your idea of a fun HalloweenВ dinner party involved a lot of orange and black, these hot dogs are going to be right up your alley. The recipe calls for all the usual suspects, like tomatoes, pickles, sausage, onions, and peppers, except the bunsВ are made with charcoal for aВ spirited twist.В

Squash, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad

Salt and Wind

A colorful salad like this one fromВ Salt and WindВ will be a welcome addition to your Halloween spread, especially if the night also involved lots and lots of candy. Calling for pomegranates, pumpkin seeds, squash, arugula, onions, and a light tahini dressing, it doesn't get more seasonally appropriate than this.В

Harvest Corn Chowder

The First Mess

Since the nights will be getting cooler and darker on the last day of October,В plan on making a warming, comforting chowder like this white bean harvest corn chowder fromВ The First Mess. It's vegan-friendly and packed with healthy ingredients, including paprika, onion, potatoes, thyme, chili, garlic, corn, lime, veggie stock, cilantro, and beer for aВ balancing bitterness.В

Classic Chicken Paprikash

Salt and Wind

Though it stays on the Halloween theme, thanks to the lovely saturated orange hue, this chicken paprikashВ recipe fromВ Salt andВ WindВ is decidedlyВ sophisticated. In other words, it perfect for a grownup Halloween spread. The classic Hungarian dish pairs well with a variety of sides, fromВ all kinds of grains to roasted veggies and garlic bread or a simple salad.В

Stir-Fried Korean Beef

Half Baked Harvest

Whip up this stir-fried Korean beefВ dish fromВ Half Baked HarvestВ if you want to make somethingВ within 30 minutes without compromising on flavor or vibrancy. It's filling and easy to make; serve it as a side or main dish.В

Wine-Braised Beef With Mushrooms

The Modern Proper

This wine-braisedВ beef with carrots and mushrooms from The Modern ProperВ is the ultimate comfort food meal. The juicy, tender meat falls right off the bone, and the mushrooms are bursting with a rich wine flavor. Served over a bed or fluffy mashed potatoes, this is the perfect recipe for a chilly fall evening.В

Ginger Pear Cider With Vanilla Bean

The First Mess

Now that you know what you'll be eating, let's talk drinks. We suggest trying this ginger pear cider fromВ The First MessВ if you're looking for a non-alcoholic beverage that'll impress the crowds. It's made with fragrant, aromatic vanilla bean for a lovely blend of spices and fall flavors. Plus, it contains plenty of healthy ingredients that deliver vitamin C.В

Haunted Orchard Cocktail

Half Baked Harvest

As for an alcoholic beverage for an adult Halloween party, you'll definitely want to make this haunted orchard cocktail fromВ Half Baked Harvest. Inspired by "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," it's comprised of tequila, a splash of lemon, apple cider, maple syrup, ginger, cinnamon, and a dash of sparkling hard cider. Cheers!В

Devil's Food Cake With Marbled Buttercream Frosting

Spoon Fork Bacon

A Halloween dinner party isn't complete without a sweet finish. For something on-theme color-wise and delicious beyond belief, we suggest making this black cocoa devil's food cake fromВ Spoon Fork Bacon. The orange and white marbled buttercream frosting is the perfect finishing touch.В

Skillet Apple Caramel Crisp

The Modern Proper

We included two dessert optionsВ for anyone who prefers fruity flavors over chocolate (and anyone who justВ wants double the fun). This skillet apple caramel crisp fromВ The Modern ProperВ is perfect to serve in mugs with a nice balancing scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.В