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.

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Scallop-and-Olive Eyeball Canapés
Credit: © 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.

Kill Devil Punch

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.”

Fried Chicken Wings with Black Bean Sauce

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.

Green Goddess Dip with Crudités

5. Pomegranate-and-Tequila Cocktail
This festive variation on a margarita is made with pomegranate syrup, silver tequila and fresh lime juice.

Pomegranate-and-Tequila Cocktail

6. Sriracha-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Perfectly crunchy and spicy, these sriracha-flavored pumpkin seeds are a great afternoon snack.

Sriracha-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

7. Focaccia with Roasted Squash
This sensational focaccia is topped with sweet, tender strips of roasted butternut squash scattered with thyme and drizzled with honey.

Focaccia with Roasted Squash
This dough requires some beauty sleep like you do, so start it Friday or Saturday night and enjoy it for the rest of the weekend.
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8. Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers
For a creepy effect, shape these cheesy crackers into fingers, then press a sliced almond onto the end of each one to make a nail.

Spicy Cheddar Witch Fingers
Credit: © David Malosh

9. Black Widow Goat Cheese Log
Sautéed shallots and feta cheese flavor this simple spread, which is a delicious hors d'oeuvre at any time of year but here it's formed into a spooky spider.

Ghostly Halloween Recipes
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| Credit: David Malosh

10. Pork Dumplings with Chile-Sesame Sauce
These wrinkly dumplings are filled with pork, shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, scallions and ginger. For Halloween, soak the brain-like dumplings in the dipping sauce, then serve them in science-lab beakers.

Pork Dumplings with Chile-Sesame Sauce