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!
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!)
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!
Note: Click on the photo at the top of the page to view a larger picture of the table.
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