Hello readers! So tell us: what Halloween homemade food are you serving next month?
Oh wait… you’ve completely forgotten about Halloween?
Well, we can’t blame you! After all, Christmas IS a happier occasion to think about. Plus, you won’t hear any Halloween songs being played in malls or wherever you go.
But while we Filipinos don’t exactly do apple bobbing or carving faces on pumpkins, a lot of us still do Halloween traditions. For example, in a lot of malls, villages, and condominiums, kids are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes and go trick-or-treating.
Adults aren’t left out of the fun either, as for instance, local promoter PULP Live World is hosting a Halloween party featuring Korean acts CL and Epik High this coming October (you might be interested if you’re into Korean historical dramas or other Korean stuff!).
So you can be sure that various parties will be held for the occasion, whether in public or at homes. You might find yourself suddenly having to host one as your kids’ or your families’ request – or ever just because you want to.
And when you hold parties, you can be sure that you’re going to need food!
No idea what to serve to satisfy tummies while keeping in the Halloween spirit? Well, we got you! Keep on reading as we give you some delicious ideas you can do all from the comfort of your home!
Why are we talking about Halloween so early?
Now you might be thinking that Halloween is too far for us to be talking about Halloween-themed homemade food. But the truth is, while Halloween is still more than a month away, it’s not too early to be thinking about it at all!
Well, for one thing, if you ARE going to have a Halloween party, you don’t want to be planning too late. Otherwise, you might end up with a less-than-ideal menu.
Plus, if you’re running a food business, it would be good to get the word out that you’re ready for Halloween-themed food. That way, you’ll be top of mind when people think of where to get food for their parties!
Wait… what’s Halloween anyway?
Well, according to History.com, the concept of Halloween originated from the ancient Celtics. Every end of October, a cold and dark winter would occur, and for the Celts, they considered that period as the beginning of a new year.
They also believed that the boundary between the living and the dead would blur during this time, meaning that ghosts would roam the earth, damage crops, and generally cause trouble.
So why wear costumes during Halloween?
Since ghosts might also be vengeful spirits, people started to wear costumes to hide their identities and blend among the wandering spirits. That way, in case they had enemies who were ghosts, they could protect themselves. Thus started the tradition of costume wearing.
People in costumes eventually started to present themselves as representatives of those vengeful spirits. That’s why the phrase “trick or treat” came to be. Basically, if you didn’t give the spirit representatives a “treat” to placate the vengeful spirits, you would get mischief in exchange.
Over time, these traditions would become the elements that would consist of Halloween celebrations, albeit taken less seriously and in a more fun way – and not necessarily meant to be scary, either.
Okay, now on to the food! In no particular order, here come the homemade food ideas!
Halloween homemade food ideas: Finger foods
When we say finger foods, we don’t mean literal fingers! Finger foods are those literally eaten from out of your own hands. The term is just a fancy term for snacks, but we figured it’s more appropriate for the season.
These snacks can either be sweet or savory – anything to tide the eater over while waiting for the main course.
Halloween snack mix
The usual favorite snacks of people can be popcorn, pretzels, candy corn… or if you want a healthy twist, why not try making your homemade granola? Check out Chef Joey Prats’ Fruit and Nut Granola class – it’s perfect!
Another term for broas is “ladyfingers.” Appropriate for Halloween, wouldn’t you agree?
Just style around them to make them look like “fingers” or give people the idea that they can be a zombie for the night and eat human flesh.
And speaking of broas, you can find out the recipe for making really delicious ones when you enroll in Chef Jimbo’s Pinoy Pasalubong class.
Cheese dip and chips
With cheese dip and chips, you don’t really need to overthink this. Maybe place the cheese dip in an orange or a black bowl, get some dark-colored chips, and poof! It fits the Halloween theme!
And for the best cheese you can ever taste, try our Quattro Formaggi Spread class by Chefs Miguel and Angel Prats!
Halloween homemade food ideas: Main courses
Of course for parties, people won’t necessarily get satisfied with just snacks! You’re going to need to serve them some actual food. Here are a few ideas:
Spaghetti with meatballs
Make this classic pasta favorite spooky by making spaghetti and eyeballs instead! How do you make eyeballs? Just get cheese and olives and stick them to the meatballs and you’re done!
For one of the best spaghetti and meatballs recipes you can ever taste, enroll in our Pasta Master Class with Chef Joey Prats!
Barbecue baby back ribs
This gets a special mention because Chef Joey Prats called it “You have Died and Gone to Heaven Barbecue Baby Back Ribs.”
Get it? Halloween, died, Heaven…
Pretty appropriate for the occasion, agree? Enroll in this class and get to make the most scrumptious fall-off-the-bone oven-baked barbecue baby back ribs meal made extra special with a delicious, homemade dry rub and a luxuriously thick Kansas City-style barbecue sauce.
Halloween homemade pizza
How do you make pizza spooky? It’s simple! Just decorate your pizza top with as much spookiness as possible. Just like the image, you can make a spider web pizza.
Another possibility is to shape your cheese into ghosts – either way, you get the perfect Halloween pizza.
And if you want a good Halloween homemade food idea, keto pizza is one of them! Learn how to make one in our Keto Italian Bakes class by Ms. Chiqui Dingcong!
Halloween homemade food ideas: Desserts
No meal is complete without dessert! Check out some of these Halloween homemade food ideas for sweet endings!
Flowers are appropriate for weddings and other special occasions, but you can make them fit into Halloween too. After all, we also bring flowers to graves.
Instead of making colorful floral desserts, why not make monochromatic flowers like black or white and make them toppings on cupcakes or for the actual edible flowers?
For floral cupcakes, check out our Flowers in Full Bloom by Chef Richelle Libunao. And for edible flowers, check out our Art of Edible Flowers class by Chef Marc Kevin Reyes!
Halloween cupcakes with icing
Halloween cupcakes are cute, nice, and well, easy to get in theme. Plus, no one doesn’t like cupcakes, right?
But if you have no idea how to make Halloween-themed cupcake icing, then enroll in our Colorflow Royal Icing Toppers by Chef Joey Montanez. You’ll be making your own spooky designs in no time!
Halloween cakes can be decorated in any way and can be in any flavor. But why stop at ordinary when you can make EXTRAORDINARY Halloween cakes?
If you want a cake that’s literally gravity-defying, then enroll in our class with Chef Mayen Orido: Gravity Defying Balancing Toys Cake! Can you imagine making your own cake with floating ghosts, bats, and other Halloween-related elements?
Anyone who sees that cake is guaranteed to be impressed!
Check out more Halloween homemade food inspirations at The Bailiwick Academy!
We hope this blog has helped you get some inspiration for the food you will serve at upcoming Halloween parties. And take note that these ideas are just SOME ideas.
That means you can always come up with more of your own. And do you know the best way to do that?
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We promise that you will come up with amazing treats – and that the only tricks that will happen only involve making your food taste really great!
See you inside!
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