You love the idea of having a Halloween party, but the menu can be scarier than the creepy decorations and monster movies. Reel back from your fear by creating an easy black and orange themed menu. Full instructions are below.

Easy Halloween Dinner Party Menu

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Beverages: Colored Fruit Drinks

  • Orange Fruit Drink
  • Purple Fruit Drink
  • Red Fruit Drink

First you need to find orange, purple, and red fruit drink mixes. Obviously what comes to mind are Kool-Aid packets. Mix together a container of orange fruit drink. For the other, mix the purple and red together to create a nearly black coloring.

The display of these colored beverages is most visually effective if placed in two clear punch bowls or two clear pitchers. This illustrates the black and orange contrast.

Appetizer: Nachos

  • Black Tortilla Chips (Often labeled Blue Corn)
  • Velveeta
  • Milk
  • Red Food Coloring

It’s simple to make black and orange Halloween nachos for your guests to enjoy. Cut the Velveeta cheese into chunks and place in a bowl. Add a little milk and place in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds. Keep heating and stirring until the cheese is melted. Then add in a few drops of red food coloring to achieve a more orange color, rather than the initial yellow hue.

Place the black tortilla chips on a tray or in a bowl near the bowl of cheese. Another option are small cups which you can pour the cheese into, allowing each guest to have their own personal cheese dip.

Entrée: Spaghetti

  • Black Spaghetti Noodles
  • Jar of White Sauce (Alfredo)
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Yellow Food Coloring

Black spaghetti noodles can be found at stores with specialty pastas. This is easier than you think, as most Target grocery stores carry this type of spaghetti noodle, as do many local grocery markets. Simply cook the pasta according the instructions in order to prepare it for dinner (which is as simple as boil and drain). Save yourself the hassle of making a sauce and simply buy a jar of alfredo sauce.

Warm it on the stove in a saucepan or heat it in the microwave in a bowl. Once warm, add in a few drops of red and yellow food coloring, regularly stirring, until the white cream sauce turns an orange color. It’s that easy to have a black and orange dinner.

Dessert: Cupcakes

  • Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Orange Frosting

Use a boxed chocolate cake mix and prepare as the instructions direct. When it comes time to bake the batter, you can either grease the muffin tins or use cupcake liners.

If you grease the muffin tins, the cupcakes will just slide out and the finished product will be an orange and black effect as the chocolate cake will be exposed on the bottom and covered in orange frosting on top (though be prepared to offer your guests plates and forks to eat these little cakes). With the other option, you can use either black cupcake liners or cute Halloween printed ones.

Either way you decide, your finished cupcakes will keep with the theme so choose what is easiest for you. After the cupcakes have cooled you need to frost them. If you cannot find orange frosting, buy white frosting and add a few drops at a time of red and yellow food coloring, stirring thoroughly, until the frosting turns orange.

Simply frost the cup cakes and you have a completed and appetizingly adorable dessert. Add orange and black sprinkles for that extra special touch.

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