Halloween Party: Vintage-Modern Menu

In Food, Halloween Party, Vintage by Jenna Wolford

We set out to have a kick ass Halloween party – one that blended our love for spooky lighting and modern horror and that classic, chilling wonder of Halloween that happened 90 years ago.

We pulled it off quite well I think, and everyone had a great time. Here I’m going to share with you some tips and ideas – This time it’s our Hallowe’en of Yesteryear menu.

The 1915 Bogie Book gives some suggestions for both a formal sort of dinner and a buffet. We stayed on that track and added in a few modern goodies from our own childhood, because after all, a Halloween party is supposed to be a good time!

1915 Dennison's Bogie Book

Here’s some suggestions from the 1915 Bogie for a Halloween supper menu:

  • Cream of Celery soup
  • bread sticks
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Brown Bread Sandwiches*
  • Popcorn Sundae
  • Ginger Cookie Men
  • Coffee

The 1915 Buffet suggestions are just as, erm, interesting:

  • Cucumber Sandwiches
  • Salmon Sandwiches
  • Jelly Sandwiches
  • Stuffed Celery
  • Olives
  • Orange Sherbet
  • Fancy Crackers
  • Cakes
  • Chocolate

Those are some rather unique choices to make. I don’t know how well salmon sandwiches go with caramel apple shots, so these are our inspired edible choices:

The Euclidboo.com Halloween Supper/Buffet Menu

Dig in! Vintage inspired Halloween party menuFor dipping we made 2 sauces, a honey mustard and another sauce, mixing some of the honey mustard in with raspberry jam. Try it, it’s very good.

Friends brought whatever they wanted – delicious blue cheese dip made an appearance. It still all had a throwback feeling to it while not being too strange on the palette, was easy to prepare and store and clean up was practically non-existent.

On the table were 3 jars with labels I printed affixed – candy corn, candy corn and mallowcreme pumpkins and peanut butter candies. Everyone put in a guess on how many corns were in the small jar – and the winner took it home! Cute and I hate candy corn, so win-win.

Candy Corn Jars - Snacks and a Prize!

We also served vanilla ice cream, but that was part of a game, which I will get to another day.

I think the most crucial thing is to not over think a menu like this. People are coming for the games, the fun, the entertainment, even to see how decked out your house is. Putting out a basic variety of food and snacks that can be left out makes for an easy and fulfilling table.

*A brown bread sandwich was made by using a can of brown bread. Cream cheese, peanut butter & chopped dates acted as a filling.