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Halloween Food for Dinner

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You all probably know by now that we love Halloween at our house. And serving fun Halloween food is something that we look forward to each year. Today we have pulled together Halloween Party Food Recipes for you – appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, drinks and of course dessert. Whether you need an Appetizer or Dessert or anything in between, I have the perfect recipe for you! They are all kid friendly recipes that your whole family is sure to love.

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Halloween Food, Cupcakes, Treats, Decorating, and more

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Well here we are…only a few days left of October and our Halloween fun for the year is almost over. Are you ready? Have you figured out what you are going to cook or bake or even decorate? No? Well…I have you covered! Pull up a chair and settle in, because I have over 30 Halloween Ideas for you!!

Halloween Food:

Halloween Treats:

Halloween Cupcakes:

Halloween Party Ideas:

Halloween Decorating:

AND…don’t forget about the Halloween Printables! Did you get yours? They are FREE!

These adorable Chevron Printables with Cupcake Toppers, Drink Flags and Treat Bag Toppers are from this year.

And these cute little BOO tags and Treat Bag Toppers are from last year. Both sets are in Cupcake Chronicles Newsletter, if you are NOT a subscriber, you can sign up for FREE and receive exclusive cupcake recipes, decorating ideas and monthly printables.

If you are a subscriber and have not received either of these sets, please let me know, I’m happy to send them.

A HUGE Thank You to Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake who designs all the Printables for us!!

Only 3 days left until Halloween…stay tuned to see what “Tricks” I have up my sleeve for you!!

Linking to…Weekend Wrap-up Party, Saturday Night Special, Virtual Halloween Party

Halloween Dinner Ideas

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We continue the Halloween Fun today with Cyclops Meatballs and Vampire Bites. When I create Halloween Food, I typically like to make cute treats, but I just couldn’t pass up sharing these spooky Halloween Dinner Ideas.

You all know how I love to create and share Halloween Food, so when California Black Ripe Olives asked me to come up with a spooky treat using their olives, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Did you know that California Black Ripe Olives may be grown in California, but they’re available in supermarkets, club stores and local markets all over the country? California olive growers produce more than 95 percent of the black ripe olives grown in the US.  And these growers operate multi-generational family farms from the inland valleys of California from San Diego County to far north of Sacramento County.

I was planning on sharing Mummy Meatloaves that I spotted in the Woman’s Day magazine, but when I saw these Cyclops Meatballs over at Foodista, I knew they were perfect! They used spinach spaghetti for their hair, but I couldn’t find any, so I opted to use regular noodles and add a little green food coloring to the water as they boiled.

When I flipped over my Pillsbury Calendar on October 1st, and saw the Vampire Bites, I knew right away they would be a hit. I changed them up a bit though. Pillsbury shares them with a whole piece of garlic, and while I love garlic and it definitely would keep away the vampires {and anyone else around me!} I just couldn’t see putting a whole piece inside the olive. So I sauteed a little butter and added some finely chopped garlic, then brush the mixture on the rolled out biscuit. By using refrigerated biscuits, it also made the Vampire Bites, quick and easy.

And another fun idea that we used California Black Ripe Olives…Frankenstein Appetizers

Looking for more Halloween Dinner Ideas like Frankie? Check out the Halloween Round-Up!

For more great recipes with California Black Ripe Olives or their Facebook page


Halloween Food:Cyclops Meatballs and Vampire Bites

A fun Halloween Treat for the kids. Recipes from HoosierHomemade.com

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes


Cyclops Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef, ground pork or a combination
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt
  • 1 tablespoon Greek seasoning
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup chopped California Black Ripe Olives

Vampire Bites

  • 1 tube refrigerated biscuits
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 1 can California Black Ripe Olives
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon milk



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cupcake pan with foil liners
  2. Mix all ingredients together until well combined
  3. Make a large ball and push into the cupcake liner
  4. Bake 20-30 or until brown and done in the middle
  5. To display: Boil noodles in water with a few drops of green food coloring. Add a slice of California Black Ripe Olive for the eye and some ketchup for the mouth

Vampire Bites

  1. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
  2. In a small saucepan, melt the butter
  3. Add the chopped garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes
  4. Cut biscuit in half and roll out with your hand
  5. Brush biscuit with butter/garlic mixture
  6. Place a whole California Black Ripe Olive in the middle
  7. Wrap dough around olive
  8. Place on cookie sheet
  9. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sesame seeds
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown

Disclosure: I received California Black Ripe Olives to try and share a recipe with you. As always, all opinions are my own.

Halloween Party: Potion Bottles

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We finish up our Halloween Party on a Budget with these easy, but oh so ghoulish Potion Bottles. With just 3 easy supplies; jars, labels and Modge Podge and of course the “potions”, you can make these creepy bottles that are sure to be the talk of your party!

I made this set last year and added them to the Halloween Decorating, so when we were coming up with ideas for the Halloween Party on a Budget, I knew right away I wanted to dig them out and use them again.

Here is what you will need…

  • Glass Jars {any jar will do, I used some old antique jars}
  • Copies of Spooky pictures
  • Modge Podge
  • Potions {we used cooked fettuccine noodles, pieces of cauliflower, broken pieces of Triscuit crackers, Chow Mein Noodles and strips of Hot Dogs and colored water}

I found several Spooky pictures for you to choose from…

Graphics Fairy has tons of great printables! I found this label in Halloween Clip Art. Karen has awesome graphics, head on over and check them out!

These Vintage Labels came from Spooky Shows. There are a whole page that you can choose from!

And here is the set I used from Love Manor. You can find lots to choose from on their Flickr Page and for more creepiness, head on over to the blog!

Thanks to Free Printable Fun for the help!

Halloween Potion Bottle Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the jars
  2. Print and cut out the labels
  3. Using Modge Podge, glue them on and add a coat over the label too
  4. Let dry several hours
  5. Fill the jars with water and add a little food coloring
  6. Then fill with creepy ingredients {cauliflower, hot dogs, crackers, Chow Mein noodles, cooked spaghetti, whatever you have on hand}

They definitely add some creepiness to your Halloween Party Table!

And in case you were wondering, the Skull Jar was left from last year’s Halloween Mantel, I just added some bones to it for the Halloween Party.

And in case you missed any of the fun, here’s a recap so far…

Halloween Party Food

Halloween Party Treats and Decorations

Linking to…Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Transformation Thursday

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