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Looking for easy and fun Halloween dinner ideas? Check out these festive Halloween Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, complete with a soup and sandwich bar tutorial!
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If you have been around here for long, then you know I LOVE celebrating holidays! My Mom was very into holidays, decorating the house from top to bottom, making special treats for every holiday and creating fun and unique traditions for every occasion, just so that we would have a lifetime of memories.
When I moved out on my own, I kept some of those traditions going and started to create my own when I met my husband. My husband and I have always loved the traditions and memories we’ve made together celebrating the holidays over the years; and now that we have a little babe, who is quickly getting older and thus understanding things better, the holidays are WAY more fun!! 😊
Halloween is one of those holidays that we have so many traditions for, from spending all day at the pumpkin patch, to having scary movie marathons with ghoulish grub and of course carefully picking out and creating coordinating costumes!
One tradition I’ve loved over the years is hosting a Halloween party with friends! Some years we’ve had huge gatherings, complete with costume contests, music, elaborate décor and spreads of food. And other years, we’ve just had a few friends over to carve pumpkins together and munch on snacks.
This year was a first, where we got together with some of our other friends with small kiddos and headed to the pumpkin patch for a day of sweaty fall fun (hello 90-degree Texas weather). We then had a family friendly Halloween lunch and pumpkin painting complete with about a million stickers!
Halloween Lunch Ideas
Since having a child, I still love to host gatherings, but have learned to keep things simple, yet fun and tasty. For our tiny family Halloween party, I decided to set up a Halloween inspired soup and sandwich bar, complete with Halloween Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (super easy to make with Halloween cookie cutters!) and snacks.
My sandwich bar was the perfect Halloween lunch idea and included trays of meat, cheese and bread, as well as assorted chips (I used blue corn chips for a spooky Halloween look), pretzels, carrot sticks (the perfect Halloween veggie) and set our several flavors of Heluva Good! Dips.
Vegetable platters and chips, served with a creamy dip like Heluva Good! Dips, are always a go to party food for me. They are so easy to throw out on a party snack table, are super budget friendly and are always a crowd pleaser. Heluva Good! Dips, found on the dairy aisle of your local grocery store, are made with real milk, and no oils or waters. They come in seven delicious, bold flavors including French Onion, Buttermilk Ranch, and Jalapeño Cheddar and are good served with veggies, chips, wings and pizza.
Fun Halloween Dinner Ideas
Heluva Good! Dips have been making an appearance at my Halloween parties for years, but this year I decided to get a little creative with how I served this delicious dip. In addition to serving it as a dip for chips, vegetables and pretzels, I decided to up my sandwich making game and use Heluva Good! Dips as a sandwich spread for an extra pop of flavor!
I used them, in place of butter or mayo, on the outside of my grilled cheese sandwiches, to add not only flavor but to help achieve that crispy, crunchy texture on the bread that a grilled cheese is known for! Not only that, I used some of the dip to create a fun and festive spider web topping on my soup for the ultimate Halloween lunch!
Hosting our pumpkin painting party and serving up a Halloween soup and sandwich bar turned out so well and was so much fun, that I think it will become a new Halloween tradition!
What are your go to party foods? Please share in the comments below!
Helpful Halloween Halloween Grilled Cheese Sandwich cooking tips and information:
Sandwich Bar Ideas:
I kept my sandwich bar simple and only served three different kinds of meat, cheese, bread and Heluva Good! Dips. I recommend serving traditional and basic “crowd pleasing” verities of meat and cheese, like ham, turkey and salami for the meat and cheddar, Colby Jack and provolone or Gruyere for the cheese.
For the bread I served potato bread, Pumpernickel (since it is dark and made fun bat and spider sandwiches) and pumpkin bread that we used to make dessert style grilled cheese sandwiches using cream cheese.
Helpful equipment: I recommend using a large flat top skillet to cook your grilled cheese sandwiches, especially if creating and serving them for a crowd, since you can make a lot and one time.
What to do with leftover bread: I hate wasting food, so I took the bread trimmings from creating my Halloween grilled cheese sandwiches and popped them into a freezer safe baggie to store in the freezer. I’ll then use these bread scraps to make homemade bread crumbs, croutons or to make this Pumpernickel Sausage Stuffing for Thanksgiving.
Halloween Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Pumpkin Bread
- Potato Bread
- Heluva Good! Dips:
- Buttermilk Ranch Dip
- Jalapeño Cheddar Dip
- French Onion Dip
- Cream cheese
- Colby Jack
- Meat (optional):
- Hard salami
- For serving:
- Additional Heluva Good! Dips
- Veggie sticks
- Pretzel sticks
- To make Halloween grilled cheese sandwiches: place two pieces of desired bread on a cutting board. Use Halloween cookie cutter to cut bread, cheese and meat into desired shapes.
- Assemble sandwiches and spread desired Heluva Good! Dips on the outside of both pieces of bread.
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add prepared sandwiches and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until bread is toasted and cheese is melted. Tip: If bread is toasting faster than the cheese will melt, use the lid to a sauce pan to cover the sandwich to help the cheese melt faster.
- Serve your Halloween grilled cheese sandwiches with additional Heluva Good! Dips,
spider web soup, carrot sticks and blue corn tortilla chips.
- To make spider grilled cheese sandwiches: use a large circle cookie cutter or cup to cut out bread, cheese and meat. Prepare grilled cheese sandwiches as described above. Right before serving, insert 4 pretzel sticks into each side of the circle and top with two dried cranberries or raisins for eyes.
- To make spider web soup, pour a smooth soup: like tomato or butternut squash bisque into a bowl. Fill a piping bag fitted with a small circle tip or a squeeze bottle with Heluva Good! Dip. Working from the outside of the bowl inward, pipe circles on top of the soup. Once you have several circles, run a toothpick or knife through the circles to create a spider web effect.