Because food and drink are an important part of the perfect Halloween party, we’ve found some of the best cookbooks with mouth-watering and blood-curdling dishes and delicious cocktails.
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Planning a Halloween party can be overwhelming, but we’re here to help keep things on track. There’s a lot to remember: costumes, candy, decorations, fun activities, and a spooky music playlist should all be on your list of essentials. But deciding on the perfect food and drink options could be one of the most important parts of having a successful party.
For party foodies who want to whip up some dangerously delicious treats this Halloween, we’ve rounded up seven easy-to-follow cookbooks you can order today to get them way before New Year’s Eve. Read on for a list of some of the best cookbooks and cocktail books to help create an unforgettable Halloween party. For more guides, check out our selections of the best Halloween costumes for movie and TV lovers.
“Eerie Elegance Eats: A Halloween Cookbook of Creepy Cuisine” by Britta Peterson
With over 30 new exclusive recipes, as well as fan favorites from two previous books, “Eerie Elegance” offers a collection of spooky cooking. The book is organized into eight chapters: Mad Scientist Body Parts, Beverages, Brews & Potions, Creepy Cuisine Contest Champions, Scary Savories, Dastardly Desserts, Spooky Spiders & Skeletons, Dia de los Muertos Delights and Gingerbread Goodies.
“The Evil Baker: Cakes and Treats to die for” by Helena Garcia
Make your culinary repertoire a little more spooky with weirdly clever recipes for cakes, cookies, pastries, breads, desserts and even drinks, in “The Wicked Baker” by Helena Garcia (former contestant for “The Great British Bake Off”). Try the mummified éclairs, cinnamon buns made to look like brains, a batch of freshly baked cookie sticks, or a spooky poisoned apple and candy cake. Vegan options are featured in the cake as well, along with some really gorgeous artwork.
“Little kitchen of horrors: hideously delicious recipes that disgust and delight” by Ali Vega
Fly burgers, crispy fried mice, spider eggs, crooked finger bread and gooey alien limbs are just a few of the dishes you’ll learn to cook in the ‘Little Kitchen of Horrors’. Ali Vega. This cookbook includes a collection of seemingly terrifying but tasty cooking ideas, along with clear step-by-step instructions and helpful photos.
“The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook: Deliciously Bewitching Recipes for Fans of the Halloween Classic” by Bridget Thoreson
“Hocus Pocus” is synonymous with Halloween. And if you’re a fan of the deliciously demonic Sanderson Sisters, “The Unofficial Hocus Pocus Cookbook” is a must-have for cooks of all ages. The cookbook is filled with over 60 recipes inspired by the trio of witches and their spells, potions and blueprints. Inside you’ll find Burning Rain of Death Punch, William’s Wormy Grave Tombstone Cake, Dead Man’s Toes Sausage Appetizers, Baked Witch Casserole, Alcohol-Free “Way to Go, Virgin”, and more.
“Tarot & Tequila: A Tarot Guide with Cocktails (Sugar Skull Tarot Series)” by David A. Ross
Is someone drinking? “Tarot & Tequila”, by professional tarot card reader David Ross, is described as a “positive and spiritually uplifting” guide that introduces the basic and humorous tequila-inspired meanings of the 78 tarot cards that beginners and experienced card readers can relate. The Magic Mixology Book contains 40 cocktail recipes based on the attributes of the cards themselves (one for each Major Arcana card, plus bonus Minor Arcana drinks). The drink menu includes the High Priestess, Chariot, and Four of Wand, along with mystical associations that explain why Ross associated each card with their respective drink.
“The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die for: The Beetle House Cookbook” by Zach Neil
Written by Chef Zach Neil, “The Nightmare Before Dinner: Recipes to Die For” features over 60 recipes from Beetle House Restaurant, where “Every Day is Halloween”. The deadly delicious menu inspired by the works of Tim Burton (and all that is dark and charming) includes Edward Burger Hands, Silence of the Lamb Chops, Beetle Bacon Bread, Hallowpeño Honey Cheddar Corn Bread, Barbarian BBQ Beef Udon and vegan options. . You’ll also learn how to make a range of spooky craft cocktails like Coco Skellington and Beetle’s Juice.
“Disney Villains: A Devilishly Delicious Cookbook” by Julie Tremaine
It’s fun to be bad. Cruella de Vil, Maleficent, Ursula, Captain Hook and other iconic villains guide you through some of their favorite and devilishly delicious treats in “Disney Villains Cookbook”. This fun cookbook for all ages has everything from spellbinding appetizers to delicious main courses and decadent desserts to make Disney villain-themed treats for Halloween and beyond. Poor hapless buns, lion’s share farro salad, evil dragon eggs, hunter’s pie, wheeled potatoes and Dalmatian pancakes are among the many recipes.