If you're planning on hosting a devilishly fun costume party this October 31, of course you'll need a few clever Halloween menu ideas to go along with your theme. Well, you're in luck, because everything you need to cook up the Halloween dinner of your dreams is right ahead. We've got you covered with everything from terrifyingly good Halloween appetizers to main courses and beyond. When you and your guests need something to wash it all down, be sure to bookmark some of our favorite Halloween punch and cocktail recipes too.
While the following Halloween menu ideas will undoubtedly be the star of the show, you'll also need to make sure your house is fully decked out for your dinner party too. That's why you'll find the perfect decorations here too, like witch-inspired centerpieces, totally batty wall décor, and spooky table settings. After dinner is over, you and your guests will also want something sweet, which is why you'll also discover our favorite Halloween sweets, treats, cakes, and cookies ahead as well. So tell your friends to dress to impress, because your Halloween bash is going to be the event of the season.
Trick and treat your guests to this spooky, but delicious, tart. It's the perfect ending to a frighteningly good dinner.
SHOP TART PANS
These brownies are scary good. After all, they're topped with marshmallow ghosts!
Get the recipe.
Want to make a dish perfect for Halloween? Just add pumpkin!
Get the recipe at Vodka & Biscuits.
SHOP CAST IRON
You'll be hard-pressed to find a Halloween party guest that won't like these jack-o'-lantern-shaped hand pies. Even better, they're filled with spicy chorizo.
Get the recipe at The Flavor Bender.
SHOP BAKING SHEETS
You can't have a party without a cheesy dish, just like you can't have Halloween without pumpkins. This fondue recipe combines both for your seasonal get together.
Get the recipe at Brooke Lark.
SHOP BAKING SHEETS
Greet your guests as soon as they approach your door with this festive DIY decor. To create this wicked craft, start with a grapevine wreath and spray-paint it black. Use black wire to secure cardboard crows and hang with gingham ribbon.
If you're hosting a large dinner party, serve a Halloween punch to ensure every guest gets a glass. This fruity concoction is nice and refreshing thanks to a bottle of prosecco.
SHOP PUNCH BOWLS
To set the mood for the evening, make this spooky, suspended chandelier. Start with a plain broom, then fill Mason jars with black sand and black battery-operated tea light candles. Attach the jars to the broom with black twine. Balance it all out with a faux black cat.
Skip the boxed stuff and whip up your own Halloween dessert. A cheesecake topping adds more ooey, gooey goodness to these soft brownies.
SHOP COOKIE CUTTERS
These Halloween-hued napkins make us mad for plaid. They're a subtle way to add a bit of country into your tablescape.
See more at Pizzazzerie.
How gourd-geous is this Halloween centerpiece? All you need to make this pretty painted pumpkin is a faux pumpkin and some spray paint.
See more at Refashionably Late.
SHOP FAUX PUMPKINS
The itsy bitsy spider has never looked tastier. Whip up this Mexican-inspired dip and watch it be devoured in no time.
Get the recipe at Chelsea's Messy Apron.
SHOP DIP BOWLS
A monochromatic theme balances "creepy and sophisticated," as this blogger notes. The all black everything really makes the miniature skeletons stand out.
See More at Celebrations at Home.
If you'd like all eyes on your decor, draw inspiration from this blogger and her impressive fortune teller theme. The palm reader hands are a subtly spooky touch.
See more at Kara's Party Ideas.
SHOP PALM READER HANDS
Before you present the main meal, give your guests a few Halloween appetizers to snack on. Not only does this board have a little bit of everything, but the spread is also visually stunning.
Get the recipe at Number 2 Pencil.
SHOP CHARCUTERIE BOARDS
Trick or treat! It's unbelievably easy to emulate this decor. Just put out different candy dishes filled with your favorite Halloween treats, and you're done!
See More at Home Is Where the Boat Is.
SHOP CANDY DISHES
This DIY centerpiece will add an eerie aesthetic to your table scape. Feel free to decorate the rest of your house with more glittery bats, (or even gilded bugs!) just like this blogger did.
Get the tutorial at The Sweetest Occasion.
If you're hosting a large dinner party, consider making a festive punch that can serve many people. This blood orange blackberry cocktail is made with fresh fruit and flavored soda to make it super refreshing.
Get the recipe at Heather Christo.
Use fresh or faux flowers in this skeleton vase for a display that's equal parts spooky and chic.
Get the tutorial at Honestly Yum.
Pumpkins, apples, and succulents will give your gathering a rustic touch.
Get the tutorial at Inspired by Charm.
SHOP COPPER PUMPKINS
Fill these freshly baked rolls with different sandwich fillings to please everyone's palates.
Get the recipe at Inside the Rustic Kitchen.
SHOP BAKING SHEETS
Autumn evenings can be the most gorgeous of the entire year. If the weather is nice, throw a checkered tablecloth over a picnic table, and add some hay bales for extra seating.
There's no need to over complicate your centerpiece. Simply fill a wooden tray with squash, hydrangeas, and fall fruits for an easy, festive addition to your table.
Greet each guest with a mug of warm apple cider as soon as they walk through the door.
SHOP SLOW COOKERS
This healthy dish is filled with black beans, cheese, and shredded chicken. Your guests will enjoy every bite.
Get the recipe at Everyday Jenny.
SHOP SLOW COOKERS
Kick off the meal with a starter of pumpkin soup or chowder. Sautéed leeks, garlic, and bell peppers mingle in this satisfyingly chunky pumpkin chowder.
SHOP DUTCH OVENS
Try this moist bread with butter or a mild cheese—or dip it in pumpkin soup for an extra hearty experience.
SHOP BREAD PANS
Hosting a Halloween dinner calls for a signature drink. Might we suggest this spiced rum punch served straight from a pumpkin?
Get the recipe at Honestly Yum.
Create an autumn atmosphere with food and decor that embodies the season. For a table that's both casual and formal, use a gingham tablecloth and arrange pumpkin votives on top.