Why should children be the only ones to have fun on Halloween? Just because you aren’t about to dress up as a witch to score some candy doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make the most of this altogether amusing holiday.
If you’re planning on being home that evening handing out treats to all the adorable princesses and pirates who will be knocking on your door, why not invite some friends over and have a grownup Halloween party? This is an occasion where you should feel free to be as silly as you please.
Since you’ll be taking turns doling out treats and admiring all your costumed visitors, a multicourse sit-down meal doesn’t make as much sense as a cocktail buffet where your guests can graze throughout the evening, picking up small bites of things sweet and savory.
Here are some festive foods that are in keeping with the season and the holiday.
Honey Mustard Brie With Walnut
This is simple and sophisticated, a wheel of everyone’s favorite party cheese coated with honey mustard and rolled in crunchy nuts, then heated until warm and runny. Delicious.
Something about the name of this drink sounds just sinister enough for Halloween. Drambuie is very sweet, but tempered by the bracing potency of the scotch.
Devils on Horseback
These devils may be the only ones you encounter this Halloween, but they are a perennially popular appetizer — and bursting with enticing autumnal flavors.
Betty’s Mulled Cider
This is an aromatic and alcohol-free spiced cider that warms you through and through.
Butternut Apple Soup With Swiss Cheese
Put out stacks of sturdy mugs and spoons in the kitchen, and let your guests help themselves to this big pot of healthful butternut squash soup, simmered up in the slow cooker.
Crunchy protein-rich nuts make an addictive snack. Put out several small bowls of these around the house. A bit of rosemary and cayenne set these apart from other spiced nuts.
Chocolate Caramel Corn
Sweet and crunchy, a big bowl of this will disappear in no time. Put out small bags with ties so that your guests can take home a treat of their own. Make sure to put a scoop in the bowl so your friends can fill up their goody bags!
Candy Bar Cupcakes
Steal a few candy bars from the trick-or-treat basket and make these whimsical cupcakes with a piece of candy bar buried within, like hidden treasure. You could also buy some small empty Chinese takeout containers and let your guests bring one home to nibble the next day.
Brittle With Pumpkin Seeds and Cranberries
Toasted pumpkin seeds are one of the best rewards for the messy work of carving a pumpkin, but if you want to take it one step further, you can turn them into an irresistible and very grownup brittle with wonderful chewy tart cranberries and a shiny chocolate coating. The brittle keeps for up to a week.