Halloween Food Ideas for a Frankenstein Themed Dinner Party
October 10, 2023
Gummy ear on a green salad for Halloween dinner

Halloween Food Ideas for a Frankenstein Themed Dinner Party

Halloween Food ideas are my favorite! But I LOVE working with a theme to create a cohesive menu and this Frankenstein themed dinner party was a hit! My whole family loved it, adults and children alike. Picky eaters may be wary of the strangely colored foods but I promise they all taste wonderful. Let's see how this spooky menu comes together….

It's Day 8 of our 13 Days of Halloween. Every year I try to come up with fun ideas that surround a general theme. This year we're doing Frankenstein and sharing all things bubbly Mad Science and green. If you missed the last post it's here: Day 7 – We Created a Monster – Halloween Baby Shower Theme

Monster food ideas for Halloween dinner by your Salt Lake City Healthy Hostess
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Halloween Place Setting

Spooky placesetting for a Halloween dinner

I already used my Frankenstein place settings for the “We Created a Monster” Baby Shower so decided to try on a Spooky skeleton vibe with this table. Although you will see several Frankenstein inspired details, like the DIY Frankenstein vases and stitches on EVERYTHING!

Halloween Food Ideas – Appetizers

I love starting a meal with appetizers to keep people from starving to death while I finish up the meal. A great way to turn regular food into Halloween food is to choose fruits and veggies in different colors than you typically find. More and more growers are producing purple, green, and black varieties for spooky season and there's lots of fun options.

Frankenstein Caprese

Frankenstein caprese - Halloween Food ideas

Caprese “salad” is a family favorite and so easy to turn into an appetizer. You only need a few ingredients:

  • Tomatoes – bonus points for finding green, black, or brown tomatoes for Halloween!
  • Mozzarella slices
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Balsamic glaze or balsamic vinegar
  • Optional: Cream cheese stitches
Frankenstein caprese - Halloween Food ideas

It's as easy as it looks. Just slice the tomatoes and stack them up. I picked these up at Trader Joes but you can often find the fun colored tomatoes in grocery stores during October.

Add softened cream cheese to a ziploc bag and snip off a small corner. Then, carefully pipe on the stitches to the top of each tomato. {They look a little like footballs with the brown and white….so feel free to serve these on game day too!} 😂

I wish I'd used charcoal powder to make the stitches black…..maybe next year I'll have to try that.

Frankenstein Soup

Potato soup shooters with stitches for Frankenstein themed Halloween food ideas

Soup shooters are another great appetizer, since they can be served hot right away as people arrive. Plus the small amount of soup served doesn't ruin their appetite for dinner.

This broccoli potato soup was a hit. I added broccoli to help make it a little more green but the potato created a nice creamy soup that most people will enjoy. Then top it off with……you guessed it! More stitches! These are made using tinted sour cream. It's a little brighter than I'd like, but that's what happens when you let the kids help add the food coloring. 😉

Add them the same way you did with the caprese. Spoon your tinted sour cream into a small ziploc bag, snip the corner and carefully pipe the stitches on. Make the long line first and finish by adding each perpendicular stitch.

Halloween Food Ideas – Main Course

"Moldy" Pesto chicken - spooky food for Halloween dinner

Chicken is a great main dish as it's versatile and most people enjoy it. If you're hosting a vegetarian you can do this same recipe using a cauliflower “steak” or Portobello mushroom cap instead of chicken.

Pesto Chicken Recipe

  • Chicken cutlets, or breasts cut in half and pounded evenly
  • Olive oil
  • *Fresh pesto – I like the pesto from the refrigerated section or you can make your own
  • Salt and Pepper

*Allergy Warning: Pesto uses pine nuts so please make sure no one has a nut allergy.

"Moldy" Pesto chicken - spooky food for Halloween dinner

You'll want to pat the chicken dry and add a drizzle of olive oil to both sides of each piece. Then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Now, spread a nice layer of pesto on each chicken cutlet and bake for 15 minutes at 350° until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°.

Halloween Food – Side Dishes

You can have a fabulous main dish but without yummy sides to go with it….people will leave the table a little disappointed. So make sure to give them a few options to round out their plate.

Halloween themed Salad

Halloween themed green salad for a Frankenstein party

Green salads are hard to make too exciting but topping it with purple fruits and veggies it makes for something out of the ordinary.

Halloween Salad Ingredients

  • Lettuce or spinach of choice – I used a bagged mix for simplicity
  • Sliced cucumber
  • White, purple, and orange carrots
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Micro greens for a fun “mossy” topping
  • Something fun and Halloweeny like gummy body parts!
  • Recommended dressings:
Gummy ear on a green salad for Halloween dinner

Then make sure to serve a body part onto each plate! I recommend eating them separately though. Gummy ears aren't so tasty smothered in vinaigrette!

Halloween Black Rice

Forbidden black rice for spooky Halloween food

Black or “Forbidden” rice is a great one to serve at Halloween. I love the deep purple color, which means you're getting additional nutrients, but the flavor is much the same as a nutty wild rice. Cook according to the package instructions.

Black rice can be a little harder to find but I recently purchased some from the bulk bins at Winco. Score! The cooking instructions are listed on the large sticker affixed to the bin, so take a photo if you go bulk. Or you can pick it up online here: Premium Black Rice

Steam and stir in some butter.

Halloween Cauliflower

Purple cauliflower side dish - Halloween food ideas

Cauliflower is another fun seasonal vegetable. Did you know it comes in green and purple as well as white!? SO cool.

Simply steam your cauliflower and toss with butter, olive oil, etc. Then salt and pepper to taste. It makes for a really fun Halloween Dinner side dish.

Frankenstein Finger Breadsticks

Frankenstein finger breadsticks for Halloween dinner

The last item to add to your menu are the Frankenstein Finger breadsticks. These are yummy to eat along with the soup shooter so feel free to have them ready with the appetizers and perhaps a second batch for dinner. You can get the easy recipe for the Witch {Frankie} Finger Breadsticks here.

Halloween Dinner is Served

Monster food ideas for Halloween dinner by your Salt Lake City Healthy Hostess

Now you're ready to dish up and enjoy a lovely dinner party with friends or family. You could even set this up as a buffet for a larger crowd. Do you like these Halloween food ideas? Which ones are your favorite? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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Monster food ideas for Halloween dinner by your Salt Lake City Healthy Hostess

Every Day of our Halloween Celebration

Day 1: Frankenstein Halloween Snack Mix

Day 2: Halloween Charcuterie Witch Hat

Day 3: Frankenstein Finger Breadsticks Easy Recipe

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Day 4: Halloween Flowers and Frankenstein Decoration Ideas

Day 5: Halloween Baby Shower Food Ideas – Welcome Little Monster

Day 6: Halloween Mocktail Recipe for Monster Sunrise

Day 7: Halloween Baby Shower Theme – We Created a Monster Decor

Day 8: Halloween Food Ideas for Frankenstein Party

Day 9: Brain Cake – Tutorial for Easy Halloween Cake

Day 10: Halloween Costume Couples – Frankenstein and Bride – Monster Family

Day 11: Halloween Breakfast Ideas that are Cute and Easy

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