Posted by on Oct 25, 2009 in Halloween, Tips | 0 comments

October 31st is Halloween and a great time to start a fun family tradition. When growing up, I had a friend who’s family always made a fabulous Halloween dinner and invited me. You can invite your kids (by special invitation) to a  Halloween theme buffet ( BOO-Fay).  Create the invitations by hand or on the computer and include the menu, theme, time and whether they should attend in costume. Depending on the family schedule, it could be a late luncheon or an early dinner. The kids will be excited about trick or treating later and we don’t want to compete with that.

One idea for the meal, which I recently saw in a magazine and thought was great fun, delicious and easy, is a graveyard theme meatloaf. I have added some of my own ideas as well.

  •  Prepare a meatloaf and form it into individual rectangular shaped caskets.
  • Whip up some creamy mashed potatoes and make graveyard ghosts by spooning  a couple tall mounds of the mashed potatoes on top of each meat loaf  casket.
  •  To decorate the ghost’s faces, use black olive slices to form the O for the mouth and smaller pieces for the eyes.
  • Place the meatloaf caskets topped with the mashed potato ghosts on a large serving dish with a layer of  “graveyard grass” which could be a bed of spinach or green beans.
  • On another round platter, arrange sliced carrots cooked with honey and butter. Fill the entire platter with the carrots and then make a Jack-O-Lantern face with black olive slices to make the triangle shaped eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • For the beverage, mix fruit punch with a sparkling soda.
  • Mix up a yummy salad and create a scary face with nut pieces, olives  and baby tomatoes.  
  • Make dirt and worm parfaits for dessert. Use plastic halloween glasses. Layer vanilla pudding, oreo cookie crumbs (the dirt), and whipped cream, Top it with the Oreo cookie crumbs and a few gummy worms on the top and hanging over the edge of the glass.

With this meal the invitation might read something like this: You are personally invited to a Ghoulish Gourmet Family BOO-Fay at 4:00 on the haunting day of  October 31st! Only costumed Boos and Ghouls will be admitted. The menu will include: Meatloaf Caskets with Graveyard Ghost Mash, on a bed of Cemetary Grass Spinach, Jack-O-Lantern Carrots, Spooky Salad, A Scary Punch Potion and Dirt and Worm Parfaits. You will scream with delight with every bite!

Use Halloween themed paper plates and napkins for a festive look and easy clean up. A glowing Halloween Jack-O-Lantern makes a great centerpiece. You can download some fun Halloween music on the internet to complete the atmosphere. Then just get the camera ready to preserve the memories.

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Do you have any fun Halloween dinner ideas the whole family can enjoy? We’d love to hear about them!