I've been searching for the most interesting Halloween recipes. This is my list of 31 recipes that could majorly make your entire October spooky as fuck! I always try to look for unique recipes and recipes that generally aren't packed with sugar or a ton of food coloring. I hope you enjoy this creepy selection!
1. Squid Ink Pasta - LINK
This is actually a recipe for homemade squid ink pasta and shrimp stir fry. If you want really good tasting homemade pasta, that's easy to make, give squid ink pasta a try. It's naturally black and there isn't any lingering flavor of squid ink after it's cooked. Once you make your pasta dough, you can make noodle, ravioli, tortellini, or whatever type of pasta you prefer. If you want to really amp up an adult Halloween dinner party, squid ink pasta is classy and looks great when plated. Add octopus for a Lovecraftian dish!
2. Whipped Ricotta Toast with Balsamic Cherries - LINK
This would make a great appetizer for a spooky party. It looks like a pile of bleeding hearts on top of a bed of whipped ricotta. I would definitely serve this along with a glass of Malbec wine. I get vampire themes with this.
3. Broccoli & Pea Salad Grubs - LINK
You need a grub mold for these and it's totally worth it! These veggie and gelatin grubs go on top of a salad for edible decor. If you're having a creepy dinner party, plan on a salad course. Your guests will go wild!
4. Stuffed Pumpkin with Bacon, Leeks, Scallops - LINK
I recently came across this recipe and it looks so fantastic! Nothing says October and Halloween than a stuffed pumpkin. This recipe uses gruyere cheese, butter, scallops, and bacon, so it's going to be rich and delicious.
5. Eggs in Purgatory - LINK
This is originally a Catholic dish based on the North African dish shakshouka. Here lies two eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. Great for breakfast and brunch. Serve with crusty bread.
6. Baked Apples - LINK
Baked apples are easy to make and are totally delicious. If you're not the best pie crust maker, just opt for baked apples. You get the same flavor profiles, but zero crust. You can also find paleo and keto versions of baked apples.
7. Spinach & Feta Skulls - LINK
I've made the pizza-filled version of this, but wanted to give you guys an elevated option. They come out looking just as they are pictured. If you want to add a little more to it, try adding in a little artichoke. People think these are super awesome. Definitely a holiday favorite.
8. Soul Cakes - LINK
These are of ancient Druid tradition for Samhain. They are sweet and spicy with currants placed in an X on top of each soul cake. They were commonly eaten around bonfires and handed out to the roaming beggars (predecessors of trick or treaters). Will pair wonderfully with coffee, tea, or cider.
9. Sheet Pan Chicken with Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potato, and Apple - LINK
The great thing about this dish is that you cook everything all at once. If you're having a creepy game night or a horror movie night, this would be perfect for you and your guests. This would pair well with a pumpkin ale.
10. Brie & Cheddar Apple Beer Soup - LINK
I'm a big fan of gourmet soup. I have not tried this recipe yet, but it sounds super good. I love the fall flavors and I love the oat-pecan crumble topping. If you're into autumn hygge, this really sounds like it would be a solid part of that. I'd probably serve this with some sort of crusty bread, preferably sourdough due to it's unique flavor.
11. Black Sesame Rice Porridge - LINK
This is a breakfast recipe from Korea (they call it 'Juk'). This is typically adorned with chopped nuts, giving it a sweet and nutty flavor. You can decorate this black porridge with ghosts cut out of white-fleshed fruit like pear or dragonfruit.
12. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips - LINK
Make sure you have a mandolin slicer and this will be a piece of cake. Not only is this a tasty snack, it's healthy and can be pre-made for a party. These are fast and easy to make. I suggest honeycrisp, gala, fiji, or pink lady apples.
13. Romanian Chiftele - LINK
Chiftele are Romanian beef-lamb-veggie meatballs in a tomato stew. If you have a werewolf or vampire theme, give these guys a try. Romania has a ton of werewolf and vampire folklore and I just couldn't make a spooky food list without including something from the region.
14. Roasted Maple Pears - LINK
I love pears and I feel like they get overlooked. Just as I listed baked apples before, this time it's roasted pears. These would pair wonderfully with a Cornish game hen or pork tenderloin.
15. Cockroach Donuts - LINK
These buggy donuts are actually a decorated boston cream donut. They look so awesome. I'd love to have a box of these to take to the office.
16. Pumpkin Hand Pie - LINK
You might call them pumpkin hand pies or pumpkin pasties. These are pretty quick and easy to make. You can eat them warm or cool. Pack them in your lunch or eat them as a dessert.
17. Almond Brownie Coffins - LINK
These are chocolate brownies with a dark chocolate marzipan top. They're so simple and visually effective. These would look lovely served on a small dark red plate.
18. Spiced Bat Cake - LINK
This cake is Halloween posh with it's orange to white gradient and bat silhouettes. I also like the fact that this is a spice cake, not a basic chocolate or white cake. It just seems more seasonal. It utilized a pumpkin buttercream (American) and an Italian meringue buttercream. Don't skip the Italian meringue buttercream. I actually prefer it to the American style buttercream due to it's lighter nature.
19. Pie Crust Chips & Cinnamon Dip - LINK
These aren't overly sweet and pair well with flavored black coffee. The sweetened cream cheese cinnamon dip provides most of the sweetness. You could serve this along with some fresh berries.
20. Super Green Goddess Hummus - LINK
This gives me classic witchy vibes. If your Halloween involves a witchy gathering, consider bringing this naturally green hummus and don't forget the pita chips and pretzels.
21. Halloween Pinwheel Cookies - LINK
These are pretty easy to make and are very eye-catching. Once you get your dough made, divide it into two even amounts and add color. Roll both blobs of dough into even rectangles, stack, roll, chill in the fridge, and then slice. Once baked, these cookies go fast! They're shown in purple and lime green, but you could opt for black and red, black and orange, black and white, or whatever other two colors you decide upon.
22. Gilded Insect Cookies - LINK
If you need a little Halloween glam, look no further than these gilded insect cookies. This recipe suggests making a chocolate sugar cookie (recipe provided) and details how to make the gilded insects. They look like those lovely insect wall displays.
23. White Chocolate Skull with Brain Mousse - LINK
These white chocolate skulls hold a pink cheesecake mousse that looks like brains. Gruesomely delightful! This would be an epic dessert for a spooky dinner party.
24. Snickerdoodle Zucchini Bread - LINK
If you have a vegetable garden, chances are you have some zucchini. Grate it up and drop it into a loaf of quick bread! This has a snickerdoodle topping. Quick bread (like banana bread, etc) is wonderful with tea or coffee or hot cider. Make it for your office or take some with you on an autumn walk through the woods (with a thermos of coffee). The zucchini will keep your bread moist.
25. Sleepy Hollow Cruellers - LINK
Cruellers, as noted in Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", are a fried sweet dough. This is a historical recipe for cruellers, so they're different than today's crueller donuts.
26. Fried Wild Rice with Mustard Greens and Mushrooms - LINK
This is a very autumn sort of side dish that would pair well with a roasted chicken or pheasant or grouse or pork tenderloin. I'd probably also serve it with mashed honey-sweetened pumpkin, baked apples, and a hearty beer or red wine.
27. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie - LINK
In the morning, make a smarter choice with a healthy smoothie! Smoothies are very customizable. You can replace a banana with protein powder or add in a scoop of plain Greek yogurt.
28. Ossi dei Morti - LINK
This Italian recipe for Bones of The Dead cookies are traditionally made for All Souls Day (Nov 1) and All Saints Day (Nov 2). These bone shaped cookies would make a tasty Halloween treat.
29. Cornish Game Hen with Apricot Glaze - LINK
Cornish game hens are basically small chickens and you can make one for each dinner guest or just one for yourself. These little birdies are delicious and you could probably refer to them as "roasted goblin" or something like that to keep with the spooky theme. While these are not directly Halloween themed, they do pair nicely with various autumn foods and look pretty fancy if you have a dinner party. I'd pair these with the fried wild rice with mushrooms and mustard greens, a salad with grubs, baked maple pears, and wine with apricot or peach notes (like Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, or Zinfandel).
30. Lamb Shank Pot Pie - LINK
These individual pot pies each feature a lamb shank. What's more spooky than a bone sticking out? Pot pie is basically a thick stew with a crust top, which you might know if you ever had the super popular chicken pot pie. Same sort of thing, but with lamb and veggies that compliment lamb.
31. Caramel Nut Brown Recluse - LINK
These sweet spiders may terrify your guests. They can be place on top of cakes or served individually.