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Prep your Halloween Party Food Days in Advance and Have More Time to Enjoy the Festivities!

Prep your Halloween Party Food Days in Advance and Have More Time to Enjoy the Festivities!

October 13, 2015
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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

Halloween Snacks

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.



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