Spooky season is right around the corner and there is no better way to celebrate than with a spook-tacular Halloween party. Filled with ghoulish games, frighteningly good food and fearsome fun your family and friends to enjoy, you and your guests will be in for a night they will never forget.
To help you plan for the big night, St Pierre has put together our top 10 tips and tricks on how to throw a scarily good Halloween party
ST PIERRE’S TOP 10 TIPS TO THROW A HALLOWEEN PARTY
Decorate your house
Get your house into the Halloween spirit and make sure it is fully decked out with lots of spooky decorations. Think pumpkins, graveyards and ghouls with lots of black and orange. You can even make your own decorations, such as black paper bats that can hang from the ceiling or your very own Halloween-themed bunting to hang round the house.
White bed sheets are also great for making ghosts that lurk in the corners. Why not create a spooky mood inside you’re home too with plenty of candles and Halloween decorations.
Create a Halloween party punch
Make sure your guests don’t go thirsty with a ghoulish Halloween punch. Try mixing cranberry juice and lemonade for a blood red punch, although you can mix any juices and fizzy drinks together that you like.
Add in some Halloween sweets like gummy worms and eyeballs for a truly spooky drink. For the adults, why not try making a frightful cocktail punch bowl to serve at your Halloween party and make it a feature of your spooky celebrations.
Hunt for treats at your Halloween party
It’s not truly Halloween without lots of chocolate and sweets, so if you’re not planning on going trick or treating why not create a scavenger hunt in your home and have your guests hunt for some sweet treats. You can have clues leading to the hiding places and prizes for those that find the most, however you choose to do it, all you definitely need it lots and lots of candy.
And just to prepare for any trick or treaters that might knock on your door during you scavenger hunt, have a bowl of our magnifique treats to hand. They’re sure to impress and make your visitors go “boo la la!”.
Make Halloween cake pops
A fun treat for kids and adults alike to make and eat using our Brioche Swirls. Make these Halloween cake pops before your spooky celebrations begin, or turn them into a fun party activity and let your guests show their creativity.
All you need to do is stock up on some bamboo or kebab sticks, some Halloween-themed sprinkles and chocolate to melt and dip the Brioche Swirls in, and you can have your own creepy cake pop creation station that all your guests can enjoy.
Serve warming snacks for after trick or treating
It’s cold this time of year, and if some of your guests do decide to go trick or treating around your neighbourhood, make sure there is a warming snack waiting for them when they return. These Pain Au Chocolat S’mores are the perfect accompaniment to a hot chocolate and great for warming fingers and toes up after an evening of hunting for sweet treats. You might want to make extra as these will certainly have people reaching for more.
Create a frightfully delicious Halloween food spread
Get creative with your Halloween sandwiches and burgers and make some terrifying creations such as monster burgers and coffin sandwiches. A fun activity to do with your guests to see who can come up with the most frightening food, check out some of our ideas below of what you could make using St Pierre Brioche.
You can also find more Halloween recipe ideas on our dedicated page.
Sausage Monster Sandwich
Featuring beady olive eyes, melted cheese fangs and ketchup blood, these Sausage Monster Sandwiches are great for little and big kids alike and will please even the fussiest of eaters.
Devilishly good in appearance and taste, these Halloween-themed burgers use classic ingredients – beef, cheese, lettuce and ketchup – alongside some terrifyingly good extras to bring this burger to life.
Peanut Butter & Banana Coffins
A hauntingly good recipe idea from beyond the grave, these sandwiches are a simple-to-make sweet treat. Either use a coffin-shaped cookie cutter, or carefully use a knife to shape slices of our Brioche Loaf filled with peanut butter and banana slices to make these mini sandwiches for you Halloween party spread.
Easy to serve Halloween Party Dinner Ideas
It can be hard to know what to cook when you have lots of guests coming over, especially when you aren’t planning to have a sit down meal. So, we have come up with a couple of dinner ideas that are easy to make in big batches, and can easily be served up to all your guests.
Slow Roasted Pork and Apple Sauce Baps
These Pork and Apple Sauce Baps are ideal for your Halloween party and will definitely be a favourite amongst your guests. The long cooking time of the pork means you can prepare this during the day, and get on with decorating your house and getting everything else prepared whilst it is cooking.
Serve with St Pierre Brioche Burger Buns and a big bowl of apple sauce and allow your guests to build their own Pork and Apple Sauce Baps.
Firecracker Chicken Bagel
Add some spice to the night with these Firecracker Chicken Bagels. Marinated with an explosion of flavours, the shredded chicken is great for serving in a large bowl and allowing guests to fill their own Brioche Soft Bagels as they wish.
Don’t forget to have a bowl of jalapenos on the side for those that like a little extra heat.
Quick and Easy Halloween party Dessert Ideas
With so much to prepare for your Halloween party, you don’t want to be worrying about the dessert, so keep it simple and make something that is quick and easy to make but equally delicious. Here are a couple of ideas using St Pierre’s range of brioche and bakery goods that are guaranteed to wow your guests.
Pumpkin Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding
A classic dessert with an autumnal twist. Adding in some pumpkin puree and mixed spice to the traditional bread and butter pudding recipe, you can create a delicious dessert that is bound to have everyone coming back for more.
Maple & Pecan Croissant Pudding
Similar to a bread and butter pudding but swapping our bread slices for St Pierre Croissants instead. Top with crunchy pecans and sticky maple syrup for an extra sweet and nutty burst of flavour.
Serve with a jug of maple syrup for those with an extra sweet tooth who may want more.
Host a pumpkin carving competition
When most of us think of Halloween, we think of carving pumpkins. So why not host your own pumpkin carving competition! Have you guests compete to see who can create the best carved pumpkin within a certain amount of time. Don’t forget to stock up on tea lights so you can see the spooky faces glow.
Once all of your carved pumpkin creations have been made, display them outside to add an extra spooky touch to your Halloween décor.
Why do we carve pumpkins for Halloween?
Carved pumpkins or ‘Jack-o’-Lanterns’ were placed on peoples porches and windows to ward off evil sprits on the night of Hallows Eve, as the souls of those that had died that year would pass on during this night meaning that ghosts and spirits would be more present.
Why are pumpkins associated with Halloween?
In the 1800s, when a lot of Irish people moved to go and live in America, they took their traditions with them. One of these traditions was using vegetables, particularly turnips, to scare unwanted spirits away. In America, a new vegetable was discovered, the pumpkin, and so it became the tradition to use pumpkins on Halloween.
Play some spooky Halloween party games
Keep your guests entertained with some spooky party games that everyone can enjoy. Here are some ideas of what you can play:
- 🔮 Murder mystery game – host your own murder mystery party as your guests try and discover who the culprit is.
- 🪅 Halloween pinata – fill it with sweets and chocolate to reward your winning Halloween guest with.
- 🧙🏻♀️ Apple bobbing – a classic Halloween party game. Why not host a head-to-head apple bobbing tournament.
- 🕷️ Pin the spider on the web – similar to pin the tail on the donkey but with a Halloween twist.
- 🍩 Doughnuts on a string – tie several donuts onto a string from the ceiling or high space and then invite your guests to retrieve them only using their mouths.
- 👀 Eyeball dig – have several bowls filled with slimy contents (this could be baked beans, spaghetti or jelly) and hide some eyeball sweets within them. Then blindfolded, someone has to find them.
We hope you find these tips and tricks useful in helping you throw a scarily good Halloween party. If you do use any of these ideas, be sure to snap a picture and share it with us @stpierreeurope on Instagram and Facebook.