The temperature is dropping and leaves are starting to change color, which means the spooky season is right around the corner. No matter if you’re gearing up for a night of trick-or-treating with your kids or you’re hosting a haunted house to scare the entire neighborhood, you’ll want to fuel up with a hearty dinner. While you could opt for an everyday meal, why not have fun and embrace the holiday spirit with a Halloween-themed menu? From a pumpkin shaped pizza to mock science experiments, here are a few ideas for your Halloween feast.

Order a Pie

If you’re still decorating your house or helping your kids don their costumes, it might not be easy to spend a few hours in the kitchen whipping up a meal. Pizzas have long been a favorite food for people throwing parties because they’re easy to eat and require minimal dishes. Check around with your local restaurants to see if there are any pizza delivery specials centered around Halloween and order enough to last the whole night. Some restaurants even offer themed pies in spooky shapes such as jack-o’-lanterns.

Create Spooky Sides

Maybe you don’t have time to cook an entire meal for the evening, but you’d still like to put personal touches on the Halloween feast. You can still buy a pie, but supplement the main course with Halloween-themed side dishes or hors d’oeuvres to put people in the mood. Once you’ve placed your order, monitor its progress using the company’s pizza tracking service and time the service of each course accordingly

Throw a Potluck

Halloween parties are a great way to pass the evening while trick-or-treaters come to your door, so why not get your guests involved with the dinner menu? Come up with a theme for your party and ask each guest to bring a main course or side dish that fits. You can set up a buffet table in one room of the house so your friends, family members and neighbors can eat at their own pace.

Creepy Cocktails

Since Halloween is all about having fun, why not start the evening off with a cocktail that sets the mood for the festivities? When making drinks for your guests, set the mood by using a few easy techniques:

  • Food coloring to create eerie colors
  • Creative names for common drinks
  • Fun glassware
  • Dry ice to produce spooky fog while also cooling drinks

Don’t Forget Dessert

While candy is the traditional Halloween dessert, you’ll need to save some for the trick-or-treaters. To keep your guests from pilfering your bag of goodies for the kids, make a few scary desserts to serve after dinner. Even something as simple as sugar cookies cut out and decorated to look like witches or ghosts are all you need to put the finishing touches on your meal.

Celebrate Halloween the Right Way

These are just a few ideas on how to plan a great Halloween dinner, but don’t be afraid to let your creativity run wild. If you choose to let the professionals handle the cooking, make sure you pick a restaurant that knows how to have some spooky fun.

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