Our annual Harry Potter Halloween Feast is a huge highlight of our autumn. We usually hold it on a night other than Halloween because it is an event by itself, and leaves us plenty of time for the trick-or-treating and regular festivities of the 31st. Here is a rundown of the basics of our feast:
The Feast Decor:
- A purple tablecloth with a black and orange table runner, black dishes, and Halloween napkins. Sometimes we use black goblets, and other times these eyeball fancy drink glasses you can see above, made by gluing wiggly eyes on to dollar store glasses.
- A printable marauder’s map that adorns each plate. I solemnly swear that I am up to no good . . . mischief managed. [/mantra-pullquote]
We fill the kitchen with all kinds of dishes and then let everyone pick and choose just what they want, buffet-style. Each dish has a little sign identifying it in Harry Potter style. The exact dishes change year to year, but here is an example of what would be served. This is just one of the countertops filled with food. The whole kitchen was covered with our buffet.
- Veins with Unicorn Blood (Pasta with alfredo sauce)
- Soda with fancy-schmancy drink labels that make a simple drink into a magical concoction.
- A cauldron of steaming spiced apple cider . . . mmmmm, I can smell the cinnamon and cloves!
- McGonagall’s Mummies – just simple pigs in a blanket
- Happy Jacks – mandarin oranges with jack-o-lantern faces drawn on
- Hagrid’s Dragon Eggs – hard boiled eggs surrounded by a sausage and cheese layer and then baked
- Trelawny’s Tarts – baked apples sprinkled with cinnamon sugar in a crust
- Blood and Guts – Ravioli in a meat and tomato sauce
- Carrot sticks with ranch dip served in a hollowed out pumpkin
- Ghosts in the Graveyard – Pudding cups with little ghostie and pumpkin treats on top
- Edible Eyeballs – Made from pudding and gummy candies. Click here for the directions if you want to make them.
The Dessert Table
It wouldn’t be a feast without a dessert table.
After dinner we all got to choose some desserts to try.
The kids all watched Harry Potter movies and played yard games while I set up the feast. We invited our cousins, so it was a great crowd. Before they came in I dimmed the lights and made it glow orange using an orange IKEA light my son owns, which I decorated with black vinyl to look like a jack-o-lantern. It cast a Halloweeny glow on everything. There were also orange and blue glowing tea lights all around.
After dinner we went down and watched a Harry Potter movie together. That’s where the dessert table was, so we could just get a treat or two as we watched. It lasted a long time and was full of games, visiting, dinner, and a movie night. We had a terrific time!
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