Halloween - Festive Menu

Nia Rouseberg Author: Nia Rouseberg Time for reading: ~17 minutes Last Updated: October 11, 2022
Halloween - Festive Menu

The festive table will delight you with a variety of traditional Halloween food from pumpkins, apples and nuts, as well as spooky and original dishes. For example, a traditional Scottish pie is not only a tasty bonus of the Halloween holiday, but also a means of divination on this mysterious day. And what to say about various pumpkin pies and cupcakes - no holiday is complete without them

Festive menu for Halloween

For centuries in Ireland, Halloween was a day of abstinence from meat, which did not mean that the Irish did not enjoy other foods. Even in the poorest houses, the hostess tried to prepare a special meal, and wealthier people always shared milk, butter and vegetables.

A favorite traditional dish for celebrating the New Year, which has retained its popularity to this day, is colcannon, which is easy to prepare. Mashed boiled potatoes were mixed with cabbage and onions. The resulting mixture was generously seasoned with salt and pepper, a large piece of butter was placed on top and left to melt, and then placed in the center of the festive table . No matter how the dish was served, in portions or on a common plate, it was a tradition to dip a serving spoonful of potatoes in melted butter before eating.


Traditional dishes

Scotch Pie Kanunnik

This is a traditional Scottish cake for the celebration of Samhain ( Samhain ) — items for predicting the future are placed in it (a button, a ring, etc.). However, such items can be hidden not only in a pie, but also in a large bowl of mashed potatoes or, as in the north of Scotland, in furagag - oatmeal porridge made of flour and whey.

We need to prepare the dough

  • butter 200 g;
  • powdered sugar 220 g;
  • 4 eggs;
  • flour for pancakes 350 g;
  • milk 3 tbsp.

To decorate the pie

  • apple jam or jam 110 g;
  • powdered sugar 450 g;
  • juice;
  • saffron.

How to cook a traditional Scottish cake for Halloween

Beat the butter and sugar to a soufflé consistency, beat the eggs as well and gradually add them to the soufflé, adding sifted flour if the dough starts to curdle. Put fortune-telling objects (called tamkmans), wrapped one by one in oiled paper, into the dough, pour milk and add the rest of the flour. Transfer the dough to a round shape and distribute so that the center is slightly pressed.

The cake is baked at a temperature of 180 degrees for more than an hour, until the dough rises properly and begins to lag behind the walls. It should be taken out of the mold a little more hardened, but still warm. After that, cut horizontally in two, smear with jam, connect the halves. Mix juice (apple or orange) with powdered sugar, paint with saffron and pour into the middle of the cake, allowing the syrup to drip down the sides in icicles. Allow the syrup to harden, dry and decorate the cake with candied fruit.


Pumpkin cupcakes

To make pumpkin cupcakes for Halloween, we need

  • pumpkin puree 1 cup;
  • 2 eggs;
  • vegetable oil 100 ml;
  • sugar 1 cup;
  • flour 250 g;
  • brown sugar 2 tablespoons;
  • salt 1/4 tsp;
  • baking powder 1.5 tsp;
  • cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon;
  • ground cloves, allspice, nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon;

How to make traditional pumpkin cupcakes

Mix all dry ingredients, except sugar, in one vessel. In another bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil and sugar with a mixer. Combine the two mixtures and knead a homogeneous dough. Pour into greased molds. Bake in an oven heated to 180 degrees for about 20-25 minutes.


Pumpkin fritters

To make fritters for Halloween, we need

  • peeled pumpkin 1 kg;
  • flour 1 cup;
  • nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla - a pinch;
  • honey;
  • vegetable oil for frying;
  • salt and sugar to taste.

How to cook pumpkin fritters

Grate the pumpkin on a fine grater or grind it in a blender, add flour, salt, sugar, nutmeg to the resulting mass, mix well. Spoon the future fritters onto a greased pan and fry. We serve festive pumpkin pancakes with honey.


Pumpkin pie with spices

To make a pumpkin pie, we need

  • flour 2.5 cups;
  • baking powder 1.5 tsp;
  • salt 1/2 tsp;
  • ground ginger 1/2 tsp;
  • nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon;
  • ground cinnamon 1.5 tsp;
  • ground cardamom 1/2 tsp;
  • 4 eggs (separate the yolks from the whites);
  • wine vinegar 1/2 tsp;
  • unsalted butter 1 cup;
  • bourbon 1 tbsp or vanilla extract 2 tsp;
  • brown sugar 2 cups;
  • unsweetened pumpkin puree 1 cup;
  • powdered sugar.

How to cook pumpkin pie with spices

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Place the deco on the lower level. Grease a 25 cm diameter baking dish with vegetable oil and leave for some time. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg into a deep and wide bowl. Put the egg yolks in a small bowl, the whites in a large one. In a third bowl, beat the butter until smooth and silky. While whisking, pour half a cup of brown sugar into the butter and whisk thoroughly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then add another half a glass, beat until all the sugar is mixed into the butter.

Then pour in the bourbon or vanilla extract and beat the mass for another 3 minutes. Beat the yolks with a fork and add them to the butter-sugar mixture, stir. Add the pumpkin puree here and thoroughly beat everything to a homogeneous mass. Take one-third of the flour and spice mixture and mix thoroughly with the pumpkin mixture. Do the same with the rest of the flour, adding it in two measures. Beat the tartar with egg whites until a stable foam.

Very carefully introduce the whipped proteins into the pumpkin mass, stir. Put the prepared dough in a baking dish using a tablespoon, evenly distribute the mass over the entire diameter of the dish. Bake for 45-50 minutes. After baking, leave the cake in the form for 10 minutes, turn the form over on a flat plate. After the cake has cooled, sprinkle it with powdered sugar.


Apples in caramel

To prepare apples in caramel for Halloween, we need

  • 6 apples;
  • sugar 500 g;
  • lemon juice 1 tablespoon;
  • water 2 tablespoons;
  • butter 100 g.

How to cook apples in caramel

Wash the apples well and dry them completely. Insert a bamboo skewer into each apple from the petiole side. Melt the butter in a pan, add sugar, water and lemon juice. Cook the caramel, stirring, until the sugar is completely dissolved, until it turns brown. If desired, it is fashionable to color the caramel with red food coloring.

Pour cold water into the pan. Take an apple and spoon the caramel over it. Once done, plunge the apple into cold water and pat dry. After that, the apples can be served to the table. If you want to diversify the dish in some way, you can sprinkle the apple with nuts or dip it half in chocolate, etc. However, in this case, it will not be enough to just dip the apple in cold water to fix it - you will need to leave them until the caramel hardens on a baking sheet lined with parchment.


Traditional Barmbrack bread

To prepare the dough of traditional bread for Halloween, we need

  • flour 250 g;
  • fresh yeast 10 g;
  • milk 140 ml;
  • oil 25 g;
  • white sugar 25 g;
  • beaten egg 1/2;
  • a pinch of salt

To prepare the filling

  • dark raisins 175 g;
  • lemon juice;
  • water.

For decoration

  • oil 1 tablespoon;
  • cinnamon 1 tsp;
  • cardamom 1/2 tsp.

How to cook traditional bread for Halloween Barmbrak

Place the raisins in a bowl, cover with room temperature water and lemon juice.

In a deep vessel, mix all the ingredients for the dough, knead it. If necessary, you can add more flour. After kneading the dough, leave it for an hour, covered with a towel. After an hour, drain the liquid from the raisins, dry them and add them to the dough. Knead once more, already with raisins, so that they are evenly distributed.

Grease a baking dish with a diameter of 20 cm and put the dough. Cover with a towel and let the dough rise for another 20 minutes. Then send the bread to the oven at a temperature of 200 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Mix the butter and spices for the top layer and spread this mixture generously on the hot bread. When it has cooled, take the bread out of the mold.


Spooky dishes for the festive table on Halloween

Hot sandwiches "Mummies"

It is very easy to prepare hot "Mummy" sandwiches for the festive table on Halloween . As a base, we just need white bread, a loaf or butter buns. Moreover, it will turn out better if they are a little stale. Cut the bread, loaf or roll into portions.

Spread with butter and ketchup, lay out thinly sliced ​​onions, sausage or ham. Place pieces of olives on the place where the eyes should be, insert pieces of green onion inside the olives or drizzle with mustard. Shred the hard cheese into strips and put it on top of the filling so that it looks like bandages. Do not make a lot of filling, otherwise the hot canapés will be uncomfortable to eat.


Sausages in dough "The Mummy Returns"

Roll out the finished puff pastry, yeast or any other dough to a thickness of 0.5 cm and cut it into strips up to 1 cm wide. Wrap the sausages peeled from the top skin with a strip of dough, leaving, as it were, a slit for the eyes. Place the "mummies" on the baking sheet so that they do not touch each other. We put small drops of mustard in the "slots for the eyes" or carefully stick sesame seeds or black pepper into the sausage.

We put the baking tray filled with sausages in the dough into an oven preheated to 180-200 degrees. Bake until the dough is browned. The dish is ready for serving on the Halloween festive table .


Hot appetizer made of minced meat "Vampire's hand"

We will need

  • minced meat 0.5-0.7 kg;
  • 1 medium-sized carrot;
  • 2 onions;
  • 2 eggs;
  • hard cheese 100 g;
  • spices, salt, pepper to taste;
  • greens for serving.


We buy or prepare minced meat ourselves. Peel, wash and grate the carrot on a fine grater. We clean and wash the onion and cut one onion into small cubes. Add spices, onion, moth, pepper, carrot and greens to the minced meat. Mix well. We cover the baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the minced meat in the form of a brush of a human hand.

We remove a couple of layers from the second bulb, cut out the "nails" and apply them to the minced meat in the right places. The other part of the onion can be drowned in minced meat from the side opposite to the fingers. Place the grated hard cheese on top of the minced meat, make sure that the whole "hand" is covered with the cheese.

Put the "Vampire Hand" in an oven preheated to 180-200 degrees. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a plate. Before serving, you can additionally decorate with green salad, mustard and ketchup.


Eggs in Chinese or "Rotten marble eggs"

Hard boil the required number of eggs. We take it out of the pan and, after letting it cool down a little, we break the shell, as if making a net out of it. This can be done by tapping the egg with a spoon or knife, or by rolling the egg in your hands or on the table.

Now we will prepare tea or spicy soy marinade.

For this we will need

  • soy sauce 2 tablespoons;
  • black tea 2 bags or 2 tablespoons of tea leaves;
  • cinnamon 1 stick or 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon;
  • star anise 2-3 stars;
  • peel of one tangerine;
  • salt 1 tsp

Pour enough water into the pan to cover the eggs and bring to a boil. Add all the spices listed above and boil over low heat for 1.5-2 hours. After the specified time has passed, dip the "beaten" eggs into the spicy soy-tea marinade, bring to a boil, remove from the heat and leave the eggs to marinate in the pan for 10-12 hours.

After that, the Chinese-style eggs or marble eggs are ready. Take it out of the marinade, clean it from the shell, taste it. Before serving on the festive Halloween table , you can turn on your imagination and serve eggs with lettuce leaves, serve in soy sauce, etc.


Salad "Mummy"

In order to prepare the "Mummy" snack, we need

  • a child's or any other mask of a human face;
  • ham, cut into thin plates; it is desirable to choose a variety not round, but rectangular in shape;
  • the body of "Mummy" - salad;
  • food film.

In principle, the salad can be anything you like. We suggest taking as a basis a cold appetizer, which includes cheese, garlic, egg, mayonnaise or, for example, a traditional "Olivier" salad.

How to make a "Mummy" for Halloween

Cover the inside of the mask with cling film. On top of the film, lay thinly sliced ​​ham in different directions. The entire surface of the mask must be covered with ham. Spread the salad on the bed of ham, tamping it with a spoon. We put a plate on top, on which we will serve a snack.

Carefully remove the mask first, and then the cling film. Put olives or olives in place of the eyes. Also, the plate can be decorated with lettuce, ketchup, and adjika. The dish is ready for the festive table .


" Vampire Egg Eyes" or "Invasion of Spiders"

We need “Vampire Egg Eyes” or “Spider Invasion” to prepare the Halloween snack

  • eggs at the rate of 1 egg per person;
  • mayonnaise in a pack, 1 tablespoon per one egg;
  • 2 olives for 1 egg.

How to prepare a snack for Halloween

We boil the eggs in a cool place, let them harden, clean them. Cut the eggs into two halves and place them on a flat plate. On top of each half of the egg, squeeze mayonnaise from the pack, about 1 tablespoon per half of the egg. "Vampire eyes" will look more creepy if you use green Tartar sauce instead of mayonnaise. Take the olives out of the jar, wait until the water drains, and dip them in mayonnaise in the center of the egg.

Stuffed eggs "Vampire eyes" are ready. They can be served on the table, decorating the dish with fresh herbs and ketchup. You can lay out olives in the form of spiders and the dish will be called "Invasion of spiders".


Cookies "Cobweb"

To make Halloween cookies we need

  • sugar 3/4 cup;
  • vegetable oil 1/4 cup;
  • sour cream 1/4 cup;
  • vanilla sugar 2 packages;
  • 3 egg whites;
  • flour 1/2 cup;
  • cocoa 1/3 cup;
  • salt 1/4 teaspoon;
  • baking powder for dough 1/4 tsp

For making glaze

  • powdered sugar 1.5 cups;
  • milk 2.5 tbsp;
  • cocoa 1 tsp

How to make Halloween cookies

Place sugar, vegetable oil, sour cream, vanilla sugar and protein in a bowl and beat with a mixer for about 10 minutes. In another vessel, mix flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. We combine the contents of both vessels and knead the dough. The dough should be liquid. Drop the dough by a teaspoon onto an oiled and floured baking sheet, leaving enough space around each cookie. They will become larger during baking.

Bake in an oven heated to 180 degrees for 25-30 minutes. After the specified time, take the cookies out of the oven and wait for them to cool.

Prepare a white glaze from milk and powdered sugar. We divide it into three parts. Pour the third part of the glaze into another container and add cocoa, beat again.

Cover the baked cookies with white glaze. We apply 3-4 circles of cocoa glaze on top of the white one. With a knife or a toothpick, draw several lines from the center to the outer edge of the cookie — we get a spider web pattern. If desired, you can swap the dark and white glazes and paint with white or chocolate glaze.

Leave the cookies for 10-12 hours, until the frosting completely hardens.


Dessert "Witch's Fingers"

To prepare this dish we need

  • softened butter 200 g;
  • powdered sugar 1 cup;
  • 1 egg;
  • cognac or Amaretto 1 tsp;
  • vanilla sugar 1 pack;
  • flour 350 g;
  • soda or baking powder for dough 1 tsp;
  • salt 1/4 tsp;
  • whole almonds (or halves) 100 g;
  • red berry jam 100 g.

How to cook "Witch fingers"

Combine and mix softened butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla sugar, egg, brandy or Amaretto, soda or baking powder in a bowl until smooth. Add flour, knead the dough and leave it in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes. After the dough "freezes", take it out of the refrigerator and divide it into several parts. We work with one part, and leave the rest in the refrigerator.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with oil. Divide the dough into small pieces and roll them into finger-sized sausages. Press an almond into one end of each sausage. This will give the appearance of "nails" to our Halloween dessert. We squeeze the sausage from the dough in two places, simulating the knuckles. We make several incisions with a knife in the places of the "Witch's finger" bend.

We put the pastry on a baking sheet and put it in an oven preheated to 160-180 degrees. Bake for 20-30 minutes until "Witch fingers" are browned. We take the baked dessert out of the oven, decorate it with red fruit jam in the place near the "nail", and serve it on the festive table .


Halloween dessert "Jaws made of apples" (PREMIUM)

For this, you need to take apples, it is good if they are multi-colored (green, red, yellow), and any nuts.

Wash the apples, cut them into four parts, cut out the core. With a sharp knife, cut out part of the apple to get an open jaw. We clean the nuts and give them the shape of teeth and fangs. Insert the top and bottom of the apple "mouth". We lay out "Apple jaws" on a large flat plate, you can sprinkle with cinnamon or come up with something else.


"Frozen hand in punch" drink

To prepare the drink, we need

  • raspberry juice 300g;
  • cranberry juice 600 g;
  • dry gelatin 14 g;
  • chewing candies in the form of worms, snakes, spiders, etc. - for decoration;
  • punch bowl 1 pc.;
  • punch is calculated according to the number of guests.

Let's start making the hand. Wash any rubber glove, turn it inside out and put it aside for a while. Mix raspberry and cranberry juice in a vessel of suitable size. Pour off 200-300 g of the juice mixture, add dry gelatin, mix and leave to infuse for 5-10 minutes. Then we put the mixture on the fire and, stirring constantly, bring it to the boil until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the finished liquid into a saucepan with the rest of the juice, mix.

Fill the prepared glove with this mixture. The part of the glove with the slit for the hand is gathered together and tied with a thread. Put the gloved "hand" in the freezer. It is best if she stays there for a few days.

When it's time to put a scary drink on the festive table for Halloween , we take the frozen glove out of the freezer, cut off the rubber glove, and put the "hand" itself in a container with punch, so that the "hand" sticks out of it. We also fill the vessel with the drink with pre-purchased gelatin worms, snakes, and spiders.


Non-alcoholic tomato drink "Blood of Dracula" (PREMIUM)

We take as a basis none other than the famous Spanish tomato soup Gazpacho.

For its preparation we need

  • 2 tomatoes;
  • tomato juice 150 ml;
  • Tabasco sauce (or any other hot sauce) 1/2 teaspoon;
  • basil leaves 50 g;
  • olive oil 50 g;
  • salt to taste.

How to cook "Dracula's blood" for Halloween

We cook according to the classic recipe. Place chopped tomatoes, hot sauce, tomato juice in a blender and grind everything to a homogeneous mass. That's all - the soup is ready.

And in order for it to turn into our festive drink, we need to make a little more effort. Heat the tomato soup over low heat and pour into glasses, pouring a little olive oil on top and garnishing with basil leaves.


"Bloody eye" alcoholic cocktail (PREMIUM)

We need it for cooking

  • gin or vodka 60 ml;
  • dry vermouth 15 ml;
  • half an olive, stuffed with a piece of red pepper 1 pc.;
  • radish 1 pc.

Please note that the radish should be of such a size that half of the olive fits inside the radish.

How to make a cocktail for Halloween "Bloody eye"

"Eyes" for this drink should be prepared on the eve of the party. To do this, we partially peel the radish from the skin, in such a way that red strips resembling blood vessels come out. In the center of the radish, make an indentation with a knife, which should fit half an olive with a red pepper inside. A piece of red pepper can be replaced with red currant or any other red berry. We put the radish "stuffed" in this way into an ice mold and, after filling it with water, put it in the freezer. The main preparations for the festive Halloween cocktail are complete.

Now, when you need to put drinks on the festive table , you just need to add vermouth to a glass of vodka or gin (or make any other cocktail, but preferably clear or semi-clear) and add our frozen Bloody Eye.


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