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Halloween How-to: Appetizer Tips

Plan that monster Halloween bash with these appetizer how-to trips and tricks—from how much and how many to more intricate secrets from pro caterers. Whether you plan on serving an all-Halloween lineup of appetizers or a mix of both Halloween and all-season apps, a mix of both sweet treats and savory food will ensure everyone’s happy. Check out our party menus—including one that’s a kid's Halloween party—and peruse our selection of brews and beverages for (just about) every kind of thirst. (Tell the vamps it’s BYO.) For more Halloween party ideas and great crafting and decorating ideas, visit our haunted Halloween home page!

Halloween Appetizer Tricks

  • Check out Halloween Party Ideas for a collection of foolproof tricks to help make your next Halloween party a guaranteed success.
  • To reduce stress on the day of the party, do as much as you can, such as setting the table, decorating the room, and chopping ingredients, the day before.
  • When planning your menu, think “variety” - serve foods with an assortment of colors, flavors and textures.
  • To allow you to spend more time with your guests the day of the party, include in your menu a selection of recipes which can be prepared ahead of time.
  • When serving appetizers at a cocktail party, plan on serving about 12 appetizers per guest. For a dinner party, you should plan on serving about 6 appetizers to each guest.
  • If serving cold dips, make them one or two days ahead of time. Not only will this reduce your kitchen prep duties on the day of the party, but the flavors of the dips will improve with the overnight refrigerating time.
  • Food safety is no joke! Remember to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold when serving them at a party.
  • A common catering trick is to place a used napkin or plate on a tray so guests know where to place their used dishes. Keep a few trays or other receptacles spaced around the room to make cleanup easier.
  • Clearly label all dishes so guests with allergies or other dietary concerns will know what’s safe for them to eat.
  • Need even more ideas? Our Halloween Party Menu is chockfull of additional tips and recipe suggestions for hosting the perfect Halloween party. Don’t wait. Check it out now!

Halloween Party Menu Ideas

  • If you're pressed for time, feature a few show stopping appetizers, such as Cheesy Jack-'o-Lantern or Spicy Vampire Bat Wings. Then, complement these homemade appetizers with purchased fresh or frozen appetizers.
  • Discover how easy it is to transform refrigerated bread dough into fun-to-eat Halloween treats, such as Cheesy Bones. The kids are sure to love them!
  • Try our Yummy Mummy Spinach Dip for a scary, yet delicious, new way to enjoy spinach dip.
  • To stretch the appetizers, fill bowls with Halloween candies and Roasted Pumpkin Seeds and place around the room for the guests to enjoy.
  • Keep appetizers small, so they're easy to eat in one or two bites. Our Baked Crab Rangoon fits the bill perfectly!
  • Don't forget the Halloween drinks! Plan to serve one signature cocktail (if serving alcohol), and 2 to 3 non-alcoholic options, such as punch or soda.

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