Custom Search
Search Teri's Kitchen

Halloween Recipes, Menus and Treats

Halloween is a time for children, and a day when adults can feel and act like children again. Whether you have young children to take trick-or-treating, are entertaining little ghosts and goblins at your front door, or hosting a party, you either cannot or do not want be tied up in the kitchen. With that in mind, I have chosen an easy menu that everyone, children and adults alike, will enjoy and most of the recipes can be prepared at least one day in advance. The starters are Guacamole and an amazing Jalapeno Cheese Dip that is a little spicy, but not too hot for most of the little ones. Choose one dip or make both for a larger crowd. Serve with store-bought or homemade baked or fried Tortilla Chips. The main dish is my mother's Chili with Meat and Beans, a family favorite. For those who prefer, the recipe includes links to my equally delicious turkey and vegetarian versions. Buttermilk Cornbread and a Mixed Greens Salad with several dressings from which to choose are the perfect sides. Dessert is a Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust, a scrumptious conclusion for an autumn meal. The menu includes preparation notes, and each recipe has links to alternate choices.

In addition to the menu, I posted recipes for special Halloween treats, including some shared recipes, as well as a shared 'Spooky Halloween Menu' that was created using recipes found at It features meatloaf, green beans and smashed potatoes, all of which are dressed up for the occasion. If you do not find what you are looking for, browse the Recipe Files or use the search box above to find many more recipes from which to choose. I hope you enjoy and.......stay safe!


Halloween Menu
Halloween Treats
Sue's Spooky Halloween Menu
Happy Halloween! Pumpkin Picture

Notice: is undergoing some changes. Rest assured that all of the recipes and features are still available, but the URL (web address), as well as a few titles, might have changed. If you are not automatically redirected to the new page, refresh this page to update the links. Please contact Teri's Kitchen if you have any questions. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Halloween Menu

Guacamole (Avocado Dip)
Jalapeno Cheese Dip
served with
Homemade Tortilla Chips

Mom's Chili with Meat and Beans
(Includes turkey and vegetarian choices.)

Buttermilk Cornbread

Mixed Salad Greens
Store-bought or Homemade Salad Dressing

Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gingersnap Crust

Preparation Notes: The cornbread can be made several days ahead and refrigerated. Alternately, since it freezes well, it can be made weeks in advance. Homemade tortilla chips can be prepared one or two days ahead and stored in an airtight container. The cheese dip can be assembled several days ahead and stored in the refrigerator as noted in the recipe. Make the cheesecake one or two days ahead and refrigerate. The chili can be made one or two days ahead and refrigerated. Halloween morning, clean the ingredients for the salad as needed and refrigerate. The guacamole can be prepared several hours ahead, covered with plastic wrap as noted in the recipe and refrigerated. Before dinner, heat the cheese dip and serve with the guacamole and tortilla chips. Meanwhile, reheat the chili and cornbread, make the dressing and toss the salad. That's it. With this easy, make-ahead menu, you can definitely relax and enjoy the festivities.

Sue's Spooky Halloween Menu
Submitted by Sue Cabral

First I made your Meatloaf, without the sauce and after shaping it into a log (I finessed it a bit so you could see the indentations of head/arms/legs) I wrapped it with the bacon slices to make a 'Mummy Meatloaf'. On the side, I served 'Witches Fingers with Fleas', which were frozen whole green beans sautéed in a bit of butter and sesame oil and tossed in a tablespoon of toasted black sesame seeds (the fleas) at the end. And I made 'Swampy Smashed Potatoes', using your Mashed Potatoes and Garlic recipe. I substituted the small onion with some finely chopped green onion, used small red potatoes (instead of the white potatoes) and left the skins on, then just smashed them as opposed to a good mashing, and mixed in a small bit of green food coloring.

Share your favorite recipes or holiday menus.
Send them to
Teri's Kitchen
and browse all the shared recipes at
Shared Family Recipes.

Mom's Chili
Meat and Beans

Chili with Meat and Beans Recipe Photo

Sue's 'Swampy' Smashed Potatoes

Halloween Potatoes Recipe Photo