You know, I was getting good and riled up about how all the stores want to skip directly to Christmas. I'd been making snide comments about the neighbors that have hung their holiday lights up when it's not even the end of October. But now Mother Nature's in on it all, blanketing the area in wet, heavy snow. Come on! How am I supposed to enjoy fall when even the environment conspiring to brush past fall and bring on the jingle bells?
Well, I'm not going quietly folks. Here's a list of Halloween-y dinner suggestions just in case you want to fight too.
First Course Options:
Sweet Potato Soup - make it cuter and more festive by using a witch on a broomstick cookie cutter to cut pieces of toast. Place on the soup to make it look like she's flying in front of the Harvest Moon.
Creepy Carrot Fingers - from stellacarolyn over at My Family Table.
Just in case gruesome is how you like your vegetables.
Main Dishes (Ranging From Simply Seasonal to Super Spoooooky):
Butternut Squash Lasagna - So delicious and decadent. No tricks here, it's all a treat.
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - Worried the kiddos will OD on candy with nary a vegetable in sight? This tastes rich and creamy, there's no need to mention all of the squashy goodness.
Fresh Fettucine with Butternut Squash - Sophisticated and sweet!
Mummy Meatloaf - stellacarolyn always does Halloween right, this time with a recipe from epicurious.
Ghostie Potatoes - doubtless the most adorable thing you can serve on Halloween. Another of stellacarolyn's amazing Halloween creations!
Frankenpeppers - stellacarolyn's menacing vegetable and pasta sides.
Eyeball cupcakes - Heading to a school Halloween party? You still have time to whip these up. Boxed cake mix + canned frosting and a smidge of effort will have stellacarolyn's cupcakes making you the hit of the afternoon.
Pumpkin snickerdoodles -simple, homey and perfect with a cup of cider.
Halloween sugar cookies - Not for the faint of heart, these sugar cookies will take up a lot of your time. But they're ridiculously fancy looking if you need to impress.
Tarantula cookies - I know plenty of people who'd leave a party if these were served. Which is fine. More for the rest of us, I say. Another stellacarolyn Halloween treat.