Halloween Night Buffet

Halloween Night Buffet!

Every October 31st brings the usual assortment of “trick or treaters” to our home, but in addition to the little ghosts and goblins, my house is also the traditional site of a Halloween buffet dinner for friends and family!  Despite the crazy chaos of Halloween night and trying to get the kids out the door, I prepare a simple, make ahead meal to share with the troops before they head out to collect their treats!

Chili Bar

My usual menu consists of a chili bar served with all of the necessary toppings on the side including chopped onions, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits.  A green salad and corn bread complete the meal.  (Take a look at my favorite Barbeque Chili Recipe!)

Pulled Pork

Another delicious option for an easy make ahead Halloween dinner is a meal of pulled pork. (See Kahlua Pork Recipe!) I serve this pork dish in a large bowl with King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls (sold in my area at Wegman’s), cole slaw and kosher salt on the side.  Guests enjoy this entrée as much or more than the chili!


For dessert consider:

  • Caramel apples or apple slices served with caramel dipping sauce
  • Ginger snaps served with a cream cheese/pumpkin dipping sauce
  • Cookie “pizzas” with candy corn toppings. (See Cookie Pizza Recipe)
  • A three-dimensional pumpkin shaped cake, using a
    Pumpkin Bundt Cake Mold

In any event, don’t worry too much about dessert – lots of candy is coming your way in the very near future!

My children love that our house is the Halloween gathering place – it makes the special night even more fun!  Consider starting this tradition with your family and friends this year!  Happy Haunting!

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2 responses to “Halloween Night Buffet”

  1. Jessie says:

    i’m visiting by way of the carnival. This is such a fun idea! I love Halloween and entertaining. I may have to try the Chili Bar this year!

  2. Loraine Lawson says:

    Thanks for this! I think I’m going to bite the bullet and try it this year. I’ve been yearning to throw a party and this is a great idea – plus my neighborhood is a fun place for trick or treating!

    I always worry about food – but I can do chili and pulled pork! Didn’t even think about that. I’ll probably add hot dogs for the kids, though. My Little Bit won’t touch chili or anything that looks remotely like it has tomato products.

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