Traditional Halloween Food

Craft a menu that encompasses the history of the season. There is no shortage of traditional Halloween food to choose from.

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Halloween is upon us yet again, that most wonderfully macabre of all our holidays. But did you know that there’s a whole lot more to Halloween than store-bought costumes and candy? Indeed, this spooky tradition may have roots as far back as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a yearly celebration marking the end of the harvest season. While joyous feasts commemorated this transitional time of year – between plenty and scarcity, lightness and dark – popular imagination suggested one more transition: from life into death. And so our beloved holiday was born. Because the veil between the living and the dead was thinnest during this unique time – or so the legend goes – this was also a time when the ghosts of the past could return to walk among us. And even though Halloween has been largely transformed over the centuries, from a pagan rite of passage to a Christian holiday of solemn remembrance, this connection to the other world still remains – lending all that festive fright! So to help you make the most of this year’s festivities, here are some of our best traditionally inspired Halloween recipes. Make an Irish-Catholic tradition your own this year by preparing potato pancakes or a potato-cabbage dish called colcannon. Or why not really go back to your roots with some delicious recipes to use up that harvest? We’ve even included some DIY candy recipes in case you want to keep it modern. Happy Halloween!

Traditional Irish Fare
Potato Pancake Recipe
Colcannon Recipe

Celebrate the Harvest
Apple Quick Bread
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup With Apple Pear Compote
Raw Kale Salad
Finnish Turnip Casserole
Red Beet Chocolate Cake

The Best Candy Is Homemade Candy
The Caramel Apple
Never-Fail Divinity Candy
Sponge Candy
More Candy Recipes