While the kids binge on candy, adults can feast on this Halloween menu intended to evoke the spirit of this festive holiday without overdoing it. Done are the days of dining on eyeball olives, spaghetti intestines, and finger-shaped desserts. This menu is all grown up with only a few playful nods to the orange-and-black-themed holiday.
Halloween CocktailsPhoto: Anna Monette Roberts
Spicy Kale ChipsPhoto: Nicole Perry
Toast an Italian version of these kale chips by using olive oil and red wine vinegar in place of canola oil and rice wine vinegar. Then sprinkle the chips with red pepper flakes for a spicy hit.
Roasted Figs With Goat CheesePhoto: Nicole Perry
A classic combination done in a modernized way, roasted figs with goat cheese and balsamic reduction make an easy and elegant appetizer. If you can't find figs, substitute with crostini.
Shredded Brussels Sprouts SaladPhoto: Susannah Chen
Cooked vegetables run the risk of being overcooked and cold by the time guests eat them. Keep the vegetables raw and toss the brussels sprouts in the dressing ahead of time, so the vinegar can soften them a bit.
Black and Orange RiceSource: Sara Lipoff
It wouldn't be Halloween without something orange and black, but the trick is to avoid a gaudy look. Black rice contrasts perfectly with the bright-orange butternut squash in this black and orange rice dish.
Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder
Photo: Katie Sweeney
A roasted pork shoulder is a dramatic way to impress guests at the table. Plus it's fairly no-fuss, because it's slow cooked in the oven for several hours.
Pumpkin Cake PopsPhoto: Anna Monette Roberts
We promised there would be a touch of cuteness, so here it is: these irresistible pumpkin cake pops will send guests over the edge. But if you really want to take it a step further, decorate them like jack-o'-lanterns.