Between the costumes and the candy, there’s no denying that Halloween is a holiday for kids. But it’s also a great excuse to throw a subtly spooky, elegant cocktail party for adults.

By F&W Editors
Updated: May 23, 2017

Between the costumes and the candy, there’s no denying that Halloween is a holiday built especially for kids. But it’s also a great excuse to throw a spooky, elegant cocktail party for adults. Here, our favorite recipes for a ghostly grown-up get-together. Scallop and olive eyeball canapés anyone?

David Malosh

Between the costumes and the candy, there’s no denying that Halloween is a holiday for kids. But it’s also a great excuse to throw a subtly spooky, elegant cocktail party for adults. Here, the best recipes for a ghostly grown-up get-together.

1. Scallop-and-Olive Eyeball Canapés (above)
A quick scallop mousse mixed in a processor in under a minute forms the base of these elegant canapés.

2. Kill Devil Punch 
This punch is cooled with a block of raspberry ice, which releases berries into the bowl as it melts.

3. Fried Chicken Wings with Black Bean Sauce 
While chicken wings aren’t inherently creepy, once fried and glazed with a Chinese black-bean sauce and arranged to appear in flight, they convincingly become “bat wings.”

4. Green Goddess Dip with Crudités 
Loaded with parsley, tarragon and chives, this creamy dip has a texture and color perfect for all sorts of Halloween gags.