Kid-Friendly Halloween Party
Follow our tips and How-To Videos to throw an easygoing get-together for your favorite goblins, pretty princesses, superheroes, and their parents on October’s spookiest night.
Haunting (but not Daunting) Menu
Serves 8 to 10
- Onion-Bacon Dip
- Assorted Multigrain and Vegetable Chips
- Monster Meatball Sandwiches
- Barbecue Stew
- Mummy Dogs
- Cereal–and–Granola "Apples"
- Chocolate Ghost Cakes
Bob for apples without the water and all the mess by suspending them from string. Remember, no hands allowed!
Served in an acorn squash, Creamy Onion-Bacon Dip is sure to be a hit–you probably should go ahead and double the recipe.
- Recipe: Onion-Bacon Dip
These 5-ingredient, money-saving mini sandwiches will satisfy the heartiest of appetites. Using premade frozen meatballs keeps preparation swift and simple.
- Recipe: Monster Meatball Sandwiches
A spider web of mustard and ketchup goes perfect with Mummy Dogs. (The secret to the “bun” is refrigerated breadstick dough.) To make the web, fill a small bowl with ketchup. Using a squirt bottle, pipe mustard in concentric circles on top of ketchup. Beginning at the center, draw a wooden pick through the circles in a spoke pattern.
Serve make-ahead Barbecue Stew over baked frozen oven fries for a hearty meal.
- Recipe: Barbecue Stew
Serve Cereal-and-Granola "Apples" for dessert or package them as party favors for the kids.
- Recipe: Cereal-and-Granola "Apples"
Keep an assortment of drinks cool in scary spider coolers. Soft copper tubing is oh-so-easy to shape into legs. You can also use wrought iron “S-shaped” plant hangers or pipe cleaners.
Creating designs on your pumpkins, like the ones shown here, is easier than you think. Kits are available everywhere–from dollar stores to high-end kitchen shops–but you really don’t need a kit. Assemble your own with basic kitchen tools such as a sharp knife, a smaller paring knife, and wide, sturdy spoons to clean out the seeds and stringy pulp. A small handsaw is also helpful.