5 Dessert Ideas for Your Halloween Party
Party foods always seem so far down on the to-do list in October. Halloween is kind of the trifecta of busy holiday madness. If you have kids, youâ€™re trying to get some costumes together, they have their own school Halloween parties and probably some parties with friends, and youâ€™re trying to pull off your own spooky shindig with all the drinks, appetizers and goodies that entails. When youâ€™re so busy, itâ€™s best to have one or two dishes to wow your guests, and some simple but delicious cookies, cupcakes and other bite-sized sweets to add variety.
To help you out, Iâ€™m putting a few simple Halloween party food ideas out there to help fill out your party menu. And theyâ€™re mostly desserts because â€” letâ€™s be honest â€” All Hallows Eve is more about the treats than the tricks these days.
Cookies, Cocktails and Other Spooky Side Dishes
Halloween cookies are bite-sized magic. Cookies are one of my absolute favorite fall treats, probably because nothing beats the cold like hot cocoa and a chocolate chip cookie, in my mind anyway. Moist pumpkin cookies are definitely a fall favorite through October and November. And may I suggest sugar cookies for the kids to decorate at your kid-friendly soirĂ©e; youâ€™ll be knocking out a treat and an activity at once. Guests may not go back for a second helping of the grape â€śeyeballâ€ť salad, but theyâ€™ll constantly be snatching up cookies if theyâ€™re hanging around.
Everyone goes home with goody baskets. Itâ€™s always fun to come away from the party with a little memento of the fun you had. I always try to find some goody gift baskets or bag of treats to send people home with. I try to keep it neutral, something that everyone will like, such as candy or cookies. Throw in a few silly party favors or dollar-store toys for the kids. Theyâ€™ll see their favors the next day and rave about your party to everyone.
Halloween concoctions lift everyoneâ€™s spirits. Itâ€™s not too early to whip up some pumpkin-spiced hot chocolate, and I think itâ€™s about time I had some hot apple cider (with whip cream, a dash of caramel and some chocolate sprinkles on top). And a party is always the right time and place to try out some new cocktail recipes that are part of your holiday theme. A friend of mine made a cocktail for me last year with black vodka, coffee liquor and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. I have to say, it was pretty awesome, and perfectly dark for Halloween. If youâ€™re using a black light for fun, consider just about anything with tonic water in it; the quinine in it will glow. And a cube of dry ice is all you need to make just about any drink feel like a witchâ€™s brew, brimming with fog.
Brownies are your secret weapon. Is there anyone who doesnâ€™t like brownies? This one is kind of a cheat because theyâ€™re my go-to side dessert for just about any holiday part that I have. They have universal appeal, and theyâ€™re not specific to any theme or party until you add garnishes of, say, orange and green to make them Halloween-esque? It must be working, because Iâ€™ve never had any left over at the end of the night!
I think there are some winning Halloween goodie ideas, here. What are your go-to snacks and finger-foods for parties this time of year? And tell us your costume ideas, too!