Halloween is a spooky holiday on 31st October every year, traditionally celebrating All Hallows’ Eve – the night before All Hallows’ Day. The original event was a chance to light bonfires and dress up to scare away ghostly beings. Today, the holiday is a wonderful excuse to dress up in fancy dress, go trick-or-treating or enjoy a meal with friends and family. For food lovers, it provides a wonderful opportunity to use seasonal ingredients to make a frightening feast, and below we have outlined the best dishes to celebrate Halloween this year.
Best Halloween Dishes
When trick-or-treaters come knocking, it is traditional to hand out sweets or candy, but there is a lot more to Halloween dishes than chocolate and sugar. Carving a pumpkin is one of the best ways to get into the spooky spirit, but what can you do with the insides of the pumpkin? There are many delicious and simple recipes using pumpkin, as well as other seasonal ingredients. Whether you are cooking for a crowd or ordering takeaway for a party, these are our favourite foods for Halloween!
- Pumpkin soup: This earthy and sweet soup is perfect for a Halloween celebration starter. Suitable for vegetarians, this dish is a winner for all of the party. You can make your own after carving out your pumpkin – just boil down the vegetables, mash and blend with spices. For a takeaway, we get ours from The Soup Spoon.
- Cakes and doughnuts: Everyone loves a sweet dish and there is no better time to enjoy a terrifying treat than at Halloween. Baking your own cookies and cakes is easy – try a spooky spider design or use icing to create eyes and fangs. Krispy Kreme is sure to have a range of scary doughnuts with haunting designs for you to enjoy.
- Pumpkin hummus: This is another favourite recipe for this holiday involving pumpkin. With chickpeas, spices and tahini, you can create a delicious dip for your party. As a tip, you can use a hollowed-out pumpkin to serve the hummus in. If you would prefer to order your hummus, you can grab dips and bread from Pita Tree Mediterranean Kitchen.
- Trick or treat: Having a collection of sweets and treats ready for when trick or treaters ring the bell is essential on All Hallows’ Eve. If you are having guests over, having bowls of candy and chocolate ready is a perfect way to keep children and adults happy for the entire evening. Order your selection from Tuck!
- Witch fingers: Definitely the perfect addition to a ghostly party are witches’ fingers with blood! Or, chicken strips with a tomato sauce. These crunchy and meaty treats make a spooktacular dish. Fried, succulent chicken breasts with breadcrumbs and a chilli tomato sauce are a match made in heaven (or hell!). Order yours from Twins.
Treat Yourself This Holiday
Make sure that your evening is full of treats by using the takeaway tricks listed above. Get your loved ones together for a terrifyingly delicious Halloween party on October 31st!