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31 Days of Halloween Food & Cocktails

October 1, 2021 [Updated daily through October 31, 2021] | Laura

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Join me as I celebrate Halloween with spooky cocktails, delicious food, Halloween snacks, the best Halloween movies, horror movies, and fun October activities every day leading up to the 31st! The month of October is going to be a spooktacular time!

31 Days of Halloween Recipes

Spooky Halloween Spotify Playlist


October 1: Decorating for Halloween while sipping fall sangria & snacking on pumpkin cheese ball

Decorating for Halloween

Day 1 is all about getting your house ready for the Halloween season! What feels more homey than spiders, pumpkins, skulls, and black candles everywhere? I just love a house filled with Halloween decorations!

Make decorating extra fun by enjoying a glass (or two) of fall sangria and some pumpkin cheese ball. The cheese ball made with real pumpkin is one of my absolute favorite Halloween appetizers. After these treats, you'll be more than ready to get to putting up that full-size skeleton in your yard and hanging those spooky decorations.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Fall Sangria & Pumpkin Cheese Ball

October 2: Beetlejuice with Breadstick Hands & Meatball Eyes and Drunken Shrimp Cocktail

Beetlejuice Recipes

Day 2 Let's kick off the Halloween season with one of the best movies ever created- Beetlejuice! Do you remember the scene when Adam has eyes on each of his fingers? These breadstick hands with meatball eyes look like that!

And of course, you probably remember the Day-o scene when the shrimp cocktail comes alive. Here we have a deep red Bloody Mary filled with booze and garnished with large shrimp.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Drunken Shrimp Cocktail & Beetlejuice Breadstick Hand with Meatball Eyes

Read more about these recipes and have a Beetlejuice Movie Night!

October 3: Frankenweenie with Spicy Relish Hot Dog and Avocado Margarita

Frankenweenie Recipes

Day 3 For Frankenweenie, everything must be green to represent Frankenstein. And course, we need to have hot dogs for Frankenweenie!

This hot dog is topped with a spicy jalapeno and cilantro relish and a balsamic ketchup drawn on as the dog's stitches.

The avocado margarita is made with jalapeno cilantro simple syrup, avocado, and typical margarita ingredients. It's green. It's creamy. It's absolutely delicious.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Spicy Relish Hot Dog & Avocado Margarita

Read more about these recipes and have a Frankenweenie Movie Night!

October 4: The Shining with Sparkling Cherry Red Rum and Air Fryer French Fries

The Shining Recipes

Day 4 Time for a spooky movie night! For The Shining, there obviously has to be red rum! It's basically a boozy and bubbly cherry limeade.

Now on to the treat. When the head chef asked Danny what his favorite food was, he responded, "french fries and ketchup." So in honor of Danny, we are having some french fries and ketchup! The potatoes are boiled in vinegar water, frozen, and air-fried to make the perfect french fry.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Sparkling Red Cherry Rum & Air Fryer French Fries

Read more about these recipes and have a The Shining Movie Night!

October 5: Hotel Transylvania with Sparkling Strawberry Gin and Halloween Roaches

Hotel Transylvania Recipes

Day 5 For Hotel Transylvania, we are having Halloween roaches made out of dried dates, goat cheese, and prosciutto. These are definitely something that the monsters living in Hotel Transylvania would eat since they like to snack on cockroach paste!

As for the drink, this is my version of blood beaters.. with gin. It's a sparkling strawberry gin made with homemade strawberry sauce, gin, and lime juice topped with sparkling wine.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Sparkling Strawberry Gin & Halloween Roaches

Read more about these recipes and have a Hotel Transylvania Movie Night!

October 6: Monsters, Inc. with Blue Monster Cocktail and Monster Vegetable Tray

Monsters Inc Recipes

Day 6 While Monsters, Inc. is not technically a Halloween movie, it's still ALL about monsters. And there's a lot of monster talk going on during spooky season.

This blue monster cocktail is made with blue curacao, lemonade, rum, and grenadine and is inspired by Sully's blue fur and purple dots. As for the vegetable tray, well I think you can guess who that's supposed to be.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Blue Monster Cocktail & Monster Vegetable Tray

Read more about these recipes and have a Monsters, Inc. Movie Night!

October 7: Ghostbusters with Green Apple Jello Shots and S'mores Trifle Cups

Ghostbusters Recipes

Day 7 I ain't 'fraid of no ghosts! The "drink" for ghostbusters was inspired by Slimer! It's a green apple Jell-O shot, looks just like Slimer's slime and is a green apple flavor explosion!

The treat is inspired by Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. It's a S'mores Trifle Cup layered with homemade chocolate pudding, graham cracker crumbs, and marshmallow creme.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Green Apple Jell-O Shots & S'mores Trifle Cups

Read more about these recipes and have a Ghostbusters Movie Night!

October 8: Scream with a Peanut Butter Whiskey Sour and Cherry-dipped Vanilla Strawberries

Scream Recipes

Day 8 There's really one main theme going on in Scream- slashing. So that's what I was thinking about when creating these recipes. This is one of my favorite Halloween movies so I'm really excited about these recipes today. Let's get into some creepy Halloween food ideas!

First, a twist on a classic Boston Whisky Sour. This cocktail is made with peanut butter whisky, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and simple syrup. The addition of egg white creates a foam on top when shaken which is perfect for a palette for the cherry sauce splatters. The treat today is almond bark (or white chocolate)-dipped strawberries that are dipped and splattered in the same sweet dark cherry sauce.

✽ GET RECIPES HERE- Peanut Butter Whisky Sour & Cherry-dipped Vanilla Strawberries

Read more about these recipes and have a Scream Movie Night!

October 9: Fall Ingredients Cooking Challenge with Pumpkin Pie Shooters

Halloween Whats in the Box Cooking Challenge

Day 9 It's cooking challenge day! I love creating meals from random ingredients and this time around, it's fall themed ingredients!

Our mystery ingredients were ground bison, fresh sage, sweet potatoes, and apples. We decided to make a bison sage burger with an apple jam, gouda cheese, bacon, and sauteed jalapenos and onions served with a side of sage sweet potato fries. It was delish!

For dessert, we enjoyed these pumpkin pie shooters that taste like boozy pumpkin pie without all the hassle!

✽ READ BLOG & FIND RECIPE HERE- Pumpkin Pie Shooter & Halloween | What's in the Box

October 10: The Silence of the Lambs with Fava Bean Dip & a Nice Chianti

Silence of the Lambs Recipes

Day 10 Of course we had to watch The Silence of the Lambs with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. This movie may not be a typical horror movie, but it's one of the best scariest movies to me.

For the fava beans, I made a fava bean dip. It's very similar to hummus. It's garlicky, creamy, and so so delicious. Eat it up with some good crusty bread or pita chips.


Read more about this recipe and have a The Silence of the Lambs Movie Night!

October 11: The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror with Raspberry Jelly-filled Donuts and Orange Juice Margarita

Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Recipes

Day 11 One of my favorite things to do during a holiday season is to watch holiday-themed tv shows. And of course, we have to make donuts for The Simpsons! These fried donuts are covered in pink icing and sprinkles and filled with bright red raspberry jam.

For the cocktail, let me introduce the Marge-arita. It's an orange juice margarita with a blue curacao floater so that it looks just like Marge. Lastly, it's garnished with some maraschino cherries to look like Marge's necklace!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Orange Juice Margarita & Raspberry Jelly-filled Donut

Read more about these recipes and have a The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror Movie Night!

October 12: The Haunted Mansion with Green Apple Martini and Spooky Spider Pizza Rolls

The Haunted Mansion Recipes

Day 12 This green apple martini represents Madame Leota who is in a crystal ball surrounded by green fog. This martini packs in all the green apple flavor with sour apple schnapps, green apple vodka, and apple juice garnished with an apple slice.

Michael, Jim & Sara Evers' son, is extremely afraid of spiders and has to work through his fear during the movie. So, here are some very tasty spooky spider pizza rolls. Fill them up with your favorite pizza toppings and enjoy!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Green Apple Martini & Spooky Spider Pizza Rolls

Read more about these recipes and have a The Haunted Mansion Movie Night!

October 13: Spooky Podcast with Caramel Apples and Pumpkin Pecan Whisky

31 Days of Halloween

Day 13 Pick your favorite spooky podcast to listen to while you snack on homemade caramel apples and this delicious pumpkin pecan whisky made with pecan praline whisky, pumpkin spice Irish cream, and caramel vodka. It tastes like fall!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Pumpkin Pecan Whisky & Caramel Apples

October 14: Children of the Corn with Popcorn Balls and Candy Corn Jello Shots

Children of the Corn Recipes

Day 14 Since today is Children of the Corn movie night, everything is corn-related.

For the treat, homemade popcorn balls! These are such a classic Halloween treat. The booze for today comes in the form of candy corn Jello shots. I always found it weird that candy corn shots do not taste like candy corn so I created some that do!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Popcorn Balls & Candy Corn Jello Shots

Read more about these recipes and have a Children of the Corn Movie Night!

October 15: Scooby-Doo with Spooky Shaggy Sandwich and Pineapple Coconut Beach Cocktail

Scooby-Doo Recipes

Day 15 Scooby-Doo isn't a traditional Halloween movie, but it sure is filled with villains. Like zoinks!

For Scooby-Doo, we are eating this monster Shaggy sandwich filled with all types of meats, cheese, and veggies. Basically everything in your fridge should go in this sandwich. Don't forget to put slices of bread in the middle for stability and top with two green olives for monster eyes! For the cocktail, a pineapple coconut beach drink filled with all those island flavors.

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Pineapple Coconut Beach Cocktail

Read more about these recipes and have a Scooby-Doo Movie Night!

October 16: Trick or Treat Yourself with Tequila Orange Julius and Fall Fruit and Cheese Board

Scooby-Doo Recipes

Day 16 It's trick or treat yo'self day! Go use that fancy bath bomb, put on that face mask, relax on the couch binge watching your favorite show, or go out and buy all those cute pumpkins at the pumpkin patch. Today is your day!

And then treat yourself to an Orange Julius with tequila and this beautiful fall fruit & cheese board. It's a great way to get yourself into the Halloween spirit!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Tequila Orange Julius & Fall Fruit and Cheese Board

October 17: The Addams Family with Mysterious and Spooky Cocktail and Cheesy Pumpkin Soup

The Addams Family Recipes

Day 17 The Addams family is just like their theme song says- mysterious and spooky. I also find them to be very spooky elegant which is the vibe I was trying to capture while I made these recipes.

The cocktail is a deep purple made by combining the red of cranberry juice and grenadine with the blue of blue curacao. I can definitely see Morticia having one of these in her hands. For the treat- cheesy pumpkin soup. This soup is so delicious, and I made it extra spooky by drawing on a spooky cream spider web on top.

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Mysterious and Spooky Cocktail & Cheesy Pumpkin Soup

Read more about these recipes and have a The Addams Family Movie Night!

October 18: A Nightmare on Elm Street with Boozy Iced Pumpkin Coffee and Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza with Spicy Fig Jam

A Nightmare on Elm Street Recipes

Day 18 During almost the whole movie, the kids are trying to stay awake to prevent Freddy Krueger from showing up in their dreams. A good way to stay awake? Coffee! This coffee is made "fall" by adding in a homemade pumpkin simple syrup. It's then filled up with coffee, coffee liqueur, and milk.

For the treat- a pizza that has Freddy Krueger's iconic sweater stripes. The row of green is arugula and the row of red is prosciutto. The pizza is then topped with a homemade spicy fig jam. *Chef's kiss*

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Boozy Iced Pumpkin Coffee & Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

Read more about these recipes and have A Nightmare on Elm Street Movie Night!

October 19: Bob's Burgers Halloween with Leeks Come Out at Night Burger and Pumpkin Beer

Bob's Burgers Halloween Recipes

Day 19 For Bob's Burgers Halloween episode, we gotta have a punny burger to eat! I came up with the Leeks Come out at Night Burger which is made with a chicken patty filled with basil and garlic. The burger also has sauteed mushrooms, Dijon mustard, Swiss cheese, and finally topped with fried leeks.

This burger was served with a nice cold pumpkin beer.

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Fried Leeks and Mushroom Chicken Burger

October 20: Monster House with Sour Apple Mountain Dew Cocktail and Monster House Charcuterie Board

Monster House Halloween Recipes

Day 20 Zee, DJ's babysitter, thinks that DJ is completely losing it when he tells her that the house is trying to eat him. Her response was, "no more Mountain Dew." So for today's cocktail, we are having a bright green drink made with pineapple juice, vodka, sour apple schnapps, lime juice, and Mountain Dew. It's the perfect flavor combo!

For the treat, we are having a charcuterie board shaped to look like the Monster House. These recipes make for the perfect Halloween movie night!

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Sour Apple Mountain Dew Cocktail

Read more about these recipes and have a Monster House Movie Night!

October 21: Carrie with Ice Cream covered in Strawberry Sauce and Margarita with Red Wine Floater

Carrie Halloween Recipes

Day 21 There's really only one thing that comes to mind when I think about Carrie- blood. So, both of my recipes are going to be "bloody" today!

For the cocktail, I made a margarita with a spicy jalapeno cilantro simple syrup and put a red wine floater on top for a dark red concoction. For the treat, we are having ice cream covered in a homemade strawberry sauce. It makes for the perfect fake blood. It's bloody good!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Strawberry Syrup & Margarita with Red Wine Floater

Read more about these recipes and have a Carrie Movie Night!

October 22: Halloween Trivia with Fall Beer and Halloween Snack Board

Trivia Halloween Recipes

Day 22 It's trivia night! A fun idea to celebrate Halloween is to round up some of the best Halloween trivia on the internet and quiz yourself and your friends!

While doing trivia enjoy this Fall Beer that consists of vodka, apple cider, and pumpkin beer and snack on a festive Halloween snack board. There's some really fun Halloween food ideas for snack boards out there, but the candy eyeballs on the guacamole are my favorite!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Fall Beer & Halloween Snack Board

October 23: IT with Peanut Butter Whisky Float and Carnival Foods

IT Halloween Recipes

Day 23 The perfect snack for watching IT- a float! We all float down here... I added peanut butter whisky to play on those carnival flavors a bit.

As for the treat- They have peanuts, cotton candy, hot dogs, anndddd POPCORN! These foods make for the ultimate Halloween movie night especially if you decorate your living room with red balloons!.

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Peanut Butter Whisky Float

Read more about these recipes and have an IT Movie Night!

October 24: Making Halloween cookies with Scream Soda

Halloween Cookies and Italian Cream Soda

Day 24 Today we are making Halloween sugar cookies! Find your favorite sugar cookie recipe (or pick up some cookie dough from the store) and have some fun with those cute witch and ghost cookie cutters. Then buy some icing or make homemade royal icing, and get crazy with all the sprinkles!

While you're making cookies, enjoy a nice Scream Soda.. AKA- Boozy Italian Cream Soda.

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Boozy Italian Cream Soda

October 25: Halloweentown with Homemade Apple Cider and Halloween Pumpkin Hand Pies

Halloween Cookies and Italian Cream Soda

Day 25 In order to defeat the 'bad thing', they must make a potion made of the hair of a werewolf, a vampire's fang, and the sweat of a ghost. This homemade apple cider is what I assume the sweat of a ghost would look like! This cider is made with real apples and all those delicious fall spices and then simmered to perfection.

For the treat- Halloween pumpkin hand pies! These hand pies are so tasty and when carved into witch shapes, they are perfect for a Halloweentown movie night. While I love the gory food ideas, I love the cute Halloween food ideas even more, and these hand pies are super cute!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Homemade Apple Cider & Halloween Pumpkin Hand Pies

Read more about these recipes and have a Halloweentown Movie Night!

October 26: The Nightmare Before Christmas with Spiced Old Fashioned and Evil Gingerbread Men

The Nightmare Before Christmas Recipes

Day 26 You just can't go wrong with a Tim Burton classic, and I had so much fun creating these recipes. I really wanted the recipes to capture the season of Halloween and Christmas.

For the treat- evil gingerbread men! You get the taste of delicious Christmas gingerbread flavors but they are evil. I went with Jack Skellington faces, X's for eyes, and Jack O'latern faces!

For the cocktail- a spiced old fashioned. This cocktail is made with spices that work during all of the last 3 months of the year. Simple syrup is made with fresh ginger, cinnamon stick, cloves, and nutmeg, and then a small amount of burnt cinnamon is grated on top.

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Spiced Old Fashioned

Read more about these recipes and have a The Nightmare Before Christmas Movie Night!

October 27: Halloween with Caramel Apple Shots and Pumpkin Spiced Donuts

Halloween Recipes

Day 27 I'll be honest- these two recipes really have nothing to do with the movie, Halloween. I was kind of out of gory food ideas for scary movies so I went with some classic Halloween flavors instead to enjoy while watching Michael Myers.

For the drink- caramel apple shots. These bright green shots taste just like caramel apples especially when the shot glass rim is dipped in delicious caramel sauce.

For the treat- pumpkin spiced donuts with brown butter cinnamon glaze. I can't say enough about these donuts, but just know I want to eat them every single day in October. SO GOOD.

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Caramel Apple Shots & Pumpkin Spiced Donuts

October 28: Casper with Spiced White Lady Cocktail and Ghostly Breakfast

Halloween Recipes

Day 28 A white lady is a female ghost dressed in a white gown so I took a classic white lady and added some delicious fall spices to make it a little more fall-ish. I then garnished with a lemon peel cut out as a ghost and gave it whole cloves as eyes and a mouth.

For the snack- a ghostly breakfast. One part of Casper that I always remember is when Casper goes into the machine that turns ghosts back into living humans, but Carrigan steals the potion before the process is done so he comes out as a fried egg. As a kid, that scene was my jam so I had to make a fried egg.. but make it a ghost by cracking the egg into a friendly ghost cookie cutter. It's one of the cutest and easiest Halloween treats!

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Spiced White Lady Cocktail

Read more about these recipes and have a Casper Movie Night!

October 29: Carving Pumpkins with Pumpkin Ice Cream Punch and Sauteed Pumpkin Seeds

Halloween Recipes

Day 29 Today we are carving our pumpkins that we got from the pumpkin patches! While we carve, we are enjoying this pumpkin ice cream punch. It's a delicious combination of apple cider, ginger beer, lemon and lime juice, sparkling wine, and spiced rum. Then a homemade pumpkin no-churn pumpkin ice cream is added in for all those pumpkin spice flavors and to make it frothy.

For the snack- pumpkin seeds of course. My favorite way to cook them is to just melt some butter in a skillet and throw in the cleaned pumpkin seeds until they become golden brown. Salt and enjoy!

✽ FIND RECIPE HERE- Pumpkin Ice Cream Punch

October 30: It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with Pumpkin Pasta and Boozy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Recipes

Day 30 I hold all Charlie Brown episodes near and dear to my heart. They are just so wholesome, and I love them. For this Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Halloween episode, I felt I needed to go big on the pumpkin in honor of The Great Pumpkin.

For dinner, we are having homemade pumpkin pasta noodles covered in a pumpkin white cheddar pasta sauce. For dessert, we had this boozy pumpkin pie milkshake that has real pumpkin, booze, and ice cream. It couldn't be bad!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Boozy Pumpkin Pie Milkshake & Homemade Pumpkin Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

Read more about these recipes and have a It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Movie Night!

October 31: Hocus Pocus with Sanderson Sisters Dip Trio and Witches Brew

Hocus Pocus Recipes

Happy Halloween to you all!! We made it to October 31st! I saved Halloween classic for today- Hocus Pocus. This seems to be the majority of folks' favorite Halloween movie and for good reason.

For the treat, we are having a Sanderson Sisters Dip Trio that matches all of the witch sisters' hair colors. Queso, salsa, and black bean dip are great snacks to represent the evil witches. And for the cocktail, we are having some witches brew. It's bright green, it's bubbling, and it's delicious. I hope you all have a great frightful and spooky Halloween night!

✽ FIND RECIPES HERE- Witches Brew- Limeade Punch & Hocus Pocus Dip Trio

Read more about these recipes and have a Hocus Pocus Movie Night!


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Category: Holiday Cooking, Halloween
Keywords: festive Halloween recipes, Halloween party food, Halloween movie night party, scary Halloween recipes

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Bon appétit & Happy Halloween Season!

October 1-31, 2021 by Laura Bullock

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