Is the preparation for your Halloween bash more frightening to you than the ghosts and goblins knocking at your door? Do you have big plans for a creative, kooky, gross and ghoulish night of haunts and howls, but are seriously short on time between work, school, and extracurricular activities? Don’t let the prep drain you like a vampire. We here at the Test Kitchens love food, and we love a good party – that is why we came up with a few ideas to share about creative, make-ahead recipes for a variety of party themes.
We have listed some of our favorite Halloween collections and highlighted a few recipes from each that can be made in advance. Click on the link to the collections if you want to get even more ideas for your party. Feel free to send us a question if you want more information on advance preparation or storage!
Family Halloween Party
Cute/Creative: Snakes in the Grass – Can prepare 1 day ahead of time
Grown-Up: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds – Can roast 4 days ahead
Ghoulish: Veggie Skeleton & Dip – Prep veggies 1 day ahead, make dip 2 days ahead
Kids Halloween Party
Cute/Creative: Crispy Pumpkins – Make them 3 days ahead
Ghoulish: Wormy Swamp Punch – Freeze “ice ring” two weeks in advance
Halloween Party Appetizers
Cute/Creative: Cheesy Witch Hat – Assemble 1 day ahead
Grown-Up: Bloody Mary Dip – Mix and refrigerate 3 days ahead
Ghoulish: Baked Eyeballs – Bake 2 days ahead
Halloween Party Recipes for Grown-Ups
Cute/Creative: Cheesy Mummy Rolls – Bake 2 days ahead and reheat at the party
Grown-Up: Bloody Mary Soup – Make it 2 days ahead and reheat at the party
Cute/Creative: Trick-or-Treat Caramel Corn – Mix together 3 days ahead
Grown-Up: Snack Mix with Roasted Almonds & Coconut - Assemble 4 days ahead
Ghoulish: Werewolf Fingers – Create 4 days ahead
Halloween Cookie Recipes:
Cute/Creative: Sparkling Candy Corn Cookies – You can freeze these up to 1 month before the party.
Grown-Up: Boo Scotti – Bake up to 2 days ahead of time
Ghoulish: Eyeball Cookies – Make and decorate 3 days ahead
Additional Halloween collections include: Halloween Dessert Recipes, Halloween Cupcake Recipes, Best of Halloween Recipes, Halloween Cake Recipes, Candy Corn Halloween Treats, and Gluten Free Halloween Recipes.
There! Now you have an abundance of ideas as well as handy timing guidelines to get started on your party prep. We hope you are able to enjoy - the hours just before your Halloween party, which likely involves chasing your kids around to get them into their costumes and adding the finishing touches to your home decorating. See? The food was the easy part! Happy Halloween!
Additional Tip: We do not recommend decorating and/or dressing your kids in make-up and costume more than 1 to 6 hours in advance, as they will not store well and are prone to smudges and snags.