No Candy Corn Allowed! 13 Recipes for a Grown-Up Halloween Party

on October 6, 2015

No Kids Allowed

Halloween is for kids, sure-but it's for grown-ups too. So step away from the pumpkin carving knife and fairy costume glitter glue. It's time to crack open the liquor cabinet and break out the old-world decor, because we're throwing some monstrous adults-only Halloween parties to celebrate the season.

Making the most of the theme in understated ways is the key to avoiding the pervasively cheesy scare-fare that we love so much in a kids' Halloween party. Check out our list of dark and delicious party must-haves to get you started.

Blackberry Mojito Cocktail

When you're aiming to make the most of a Halloween theme, sans "cheese" factor, dreaming up new ways to take advantage of the color scheme is KEY. With fresh mint leaves for a hint of winter chill, this deeply-hued, cranberry-fueled concoction known reverently as The Raven isn't for the faint of heart.

Get the Recipe: Blackberry Mojito Cocktail

Cayenne Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

We're inviting the oft-ignored pumpkin seed to the party with a spicy roasted recipe that blends smoky fall flavors with the savory crunch we crave at a cocktail party.

Get the Recipe: Cayenne Oven Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Black Macarons with Nutter Butter FIlling

Fancy finger foods may be a classic staple of the "adult party," but that doesn't mean they have to be boring. Liven up this sweet French delicacy with a nut butter filling.

Get the Recipe: Black Sesame Macarons

Bourbon Cider Sours

Crisp and neat with a blend of apple cider and orange juice, this decidedly fall-appropriate drink will make an excellent addition to your bone-chilling Halloween party (and not just because it's best served over ice).

Get the Recipe: Bourbon Cider Sours

Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus

After you've tossed those cayenne-coated pumpkin seeds into the oven, break out the pumpkin puree for an even spicier take on Halloween's signature fruit with this mouthwatering chipotle hummus recipe.

Get the Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Pumpkin Hummus

Black Sangria

Treat your party guests to a devilishly dark refreshment poured straight from the cauldron itself (and by cauldron, we mean a deeply hued bottle of Apothic wine). This recipe is best served up in a dramatic vessel-think large red wine glasses or old-world goblets.

Get the Recipe: Black Sangria

Spiced Brown Butter Pumpkin Pretzels

Pumpkin-spice pretzels cloaked with coffee-cream cheese icing, these decadent pastries are far too good to be evil.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Brown Butter Pumpkin Pretzels

Roasted Figs

The deliciously dark hues of juicy figs marinated in a balsamic vinegar are ideal for a spooky, grown-up Halloween occasion. Add a honey drizzle and fresh, tangy goat cheese, and you'll have each and every party guest feeling wickedly satisfied.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Figs with Goat Cheese

Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

There's certainly no need to ignore the classics entirely-just liven them up with a new twist or presentation. A pinch of salty and a dash of sweet pack a seriously seasonal punch in this delicious starter dish.

Get the Recipe: Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Spread

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Espresso Gelees with Candied Pistachios

This light and airy gelatin recipe-topped with a dollop of Greek yogurt and sprinkled with candied pistachios-will have you and your guests feeling sinfully indulged. And the coffee-hued presentation will fit right in with your theme.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Gelees

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Devil's Food Cupcakes with Espresso Meringue

Devil's food cake... it may be seem like an obvious choice, but trust us, no one will complain. Treat your party-goers to another espresso-inspired dessert that will satisfy that Halloween sugar fix.

Get the Recipe: Devil's Food Cupcakes

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Spiced Rhubarb Soup with Vanilla Ice Cream

The presentation of this dish is ideal for any Halloween party, but the flavors are anything but expected. A little sugar and spice goes a long way, and this crisp, tangy recipe doesn't fall short of achieving the perfect blend.

Get the Recipe: Spiced Rhubarb with Vanilla Ice Cream

Grilled Eggplant with Tomato and Garlic Parmesan Spread

This filling appetizer features the red, white and black hues associated with a creepy motif, but the flavors are sure to appeal to at any occasion. And they're vegetarian-friendly to boot!

Get the Recipe: Grilled Eggplant Stacks