Halloween Recipes & Party Planning Tips


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Growing up doesn’t mean we have to leave our favorite holidays behind. Halloween is an ideal opportunity to harness your inner creativity and host a spooky soiree for friends and family. I’m in touch to see if you are working on any Halloween-themed party planning stories and offer tips from Maria Zoitas, catering director at Westside Market NYC and creator of Maria’s Homemade, a line of prepared food sold exclusively at Westside Market NYC, for orchestrating a Halloween party with something for everyone.

Halloween Party Tips

1. Activities: Set-up a small table for spooky cookie decorating by providing plain sugar or chocolate-chip cookies, icing and decorations such as colorful candy, and festive sprinkles. Use cookie cutters to create fun shapes like pumpkins and ghosts.

2. Pumpkin Dishes: After spending all of that time carving pumpkins for decoration, use the fruits of your labor as unique, autumnal offerings for your guests. Dish ideas include toasted pumpkin seeds to snack on before dinner, crusted pumpkin seed chicken as a main dish and pumpkin mousse to round off the meal. Another idea is to create recipes based on popular costumes like deviled eggs or angel food cake

3. Creepy Cocktails. In the spirit of scary, create a signature drink for your Halloween party and give it a creepy name. Cocktails such as a Bloody Mary or red sangria provide a traditional cocktail offering to suit your guests’ taste buds, but are in tune with the Halloween theme due to their blood-red coloring. Serve the sangria out of a Witch’s cauldron with fruit infused ice cubes and the Bloody Marys in individual “mad scientist” beakers.

4. Haunted Playlist. To top it all off,make sure to have a playlist of Halloween classics such as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and the age-old party favorite, “Monster Mash,” to ensure guests stay in the spooky spirit.

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