Terribly Tasty Tuesdays: Cocktails and Starters

What kind of Halloween party do you like to throw (what, you aren’t throwing a Halloween party?  What’s wrong with you?)?  My Halloween party, like most of my social gatherings, is chock full of food.  What can I say, I’m a Jew; if there aren’t tons of leftovers after a party then it was a total failure.

A party isn’t a party without lots of finger foods and cocktails, and I’ve found some great, spooky-themed ones for you:

Zombie cocktails from Serious Eats.

The Jack-O-Lantern, a pumpkin-infused cocktail for grown-ups, from The Kitchn.

Vampire Blood Martini from the Kitchn.

Mauled Apple Cider from Martha Stewart (not just for Martha Mondays!).

Red Sangria from Martha Stewart.

Vampire Kiss Martini from the Food Network (I know, it is Sandra Lee, but look at the teeth!)

And some starters to slake the hunger of your famished party monsters:

Green Gruel from Epicurious.

Monster Fingers and Pimento Cheese Paws from Martha Stewart.

Salsa Cheddar Dip with Witches Hats from Rachel Ray.

Black Bat Wings from Martha Stewart.

Savory Pumpkin Puffs from Martha Stewart.

Screaming Hot Peanuts from Food Network.

All of the food sites I frequent, Serious Eats, Martha Stewart, Food Network, The Kitchn, and Epicurious have huge Halloween sections with a lot of options for Halloween-appropriate appetizers and mains.  If you didn’t see something that pleased your taste buds here then you can absolutely find tons of options at these websites!

4 thoughts on “Terribly Tasty Tuesdays: Cocktails and Starters

  1. I tend to the foodie side, so my party revolves around eats as well. But instead of a Halloween theme to the food, I move the food to the theme. For instance, we had a New Orleans voodoo party, and served jambalaya (sit down dinner, of course) then watched Angel Heart.

    These kinds of food always seem way too difficult for my ADD to handle. So count me in as guest number two! I shall devour your hard work!

    1. That is so clever–food to theme! That’s a really fun way to sort of shake up the Halloween theme while still keeping things creepy and cool. I like it!

      The Jewish Mama in me wants to feed everyone lots and lots, so that’s why I like to have plenty of food. I don’t tend to do the really detailed works because I’m just not that good at food decorating. Last year Bon Appetit posted a recipe for a really easy chocolate and candy bark that I made last year and will make again this year (I’ll post about it in a later food post); it is also easy to customize for other holidays and I was able to make a peppermint version of it for Christmas. However, the non-pretty finger food type stuff (meatballs, chips and dip and such) are always on my menu and I’m thinking of maybe trying those Martha Stewart pumpkin pastry things. It looks like all you need is a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter; I imagine it could work just as well with other Halloween-shaped cookie cutters however!

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