Country Ghost Party: Recipes

Halloween Dinner Ideas: Boo Biscuits with Orange Butter

Need some good Halloween dinner ideas? Here’s our favorite recipes from our Country Ghost Party.

For Halloween Dinner Eat Ghostly White Chili and Homemade Mac & Cheese

For our main dishes we served ever-popular homemade mac+cheese and my personal favorite a ghostly white chili! I whipped up this simple macaroni & cheese recipe. Debbie (whom you may know as Dr. Debbie), makes the most scrumptious and kid-friendly chili. It’s a fall and wintertime favorite at our house. Lucky for us all, she’s agreed to share her recipe:

Debbie’s Ghostly Chili

:: 2 cans white navy beans, reserve liquid
:: 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
:: 1/4 cup butter
:: 1/4 cup flour
:: 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
:: 1 tsp cumin
:: 1/2 tsp salt
:: 1/2 tsp pepper
:: 1 cup chicken broth
:: 1 cup half and half
:: 2 – 4 oz cans of diced green chilies
:: 1 cup cooked cubed chicken

Saute onions in 2 Tbs butter. Add remaining butter, flour and powdered spices. Cook until you have a roux, about one minute. Gradually add chicken broth, bean liquid and cream. Stir until smooth and slightly thickened. Then add sauce to beans, chilies and chicken. Warm in crock pot until ready to serve.

white chili recipe for Halloween Dinner

We offered colorless garnishes for the chili: white cheddar, white onion, sour cream and white corn tortilla chips served up in cracker jars atop tree stump pedestals. These wood slabs are my favorite part of the food table. Nothing says “rustic” as perfectly as these raw tree slices that still have bark — with lichen and all — still in tact.

What to Make for Halloween Dinner

SUPERMOM PARTY SECRET: To remove the intense onion smell and taste from the diced onion garnish, soak the diced pieces in ice water for 30 minutes, then drain and refrigerate until ready for use. I diced and rinsed mine about 10 hours before our party to ensure the smell would be gone!

Halloween Dinner Ideas: Boo Biscuits with Orange Butter

The Boo Biscuits are really Harrison’s favorite breakfast treat: buttermilk scones. To make them appropriate for this ghostly feast I shaped them with our favorite ghost cookie cutter. Continue reading for the recipe…

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Country Ghost Party: Decor + Food Table


Wow. I just went through all the pictures from Harrison’s Spooky Country Ghost third birthday party! There’s a lot to share, so I’m dividing everything up into a couple posts. Today we’ll talk about the Decor + Food Table, tomorrow we’ll cover the Recipes then come back next week for the Games + Activities!

Per Harrison’s request, rather than decorating with a lot of ghosts, we decided to have each little guest come as a spooky spirit. The invitation provided a white bed sheet with basic instructions for each guest to come appropriately disguised. The little ghosts did not disappoint!

My friend Jenn from JennV Photography was on hand to capture the ghosts and all the party details. For a complete round-up of the photobooth pictures, check out Jenn’s site. I especially loved these ghosts!

Isn’t that mustache sticker fun? Liam, our mustache-wearing ghost was a little wild, so we reinforced the sticker to the sheet with a glue gun for some extra staying power, and it worked great.

My favorite part of the entire party is Harrison’s outfit. I love his striped socks with his black Converse and white ghost costume. It’s so three! And I love that he INSISTED that he and Liam wear their skeleton pajama tops under their ghost costume… because under “real” ghosts are skeleton bones, right? I just love his logic.

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Ghost Finger Puppets

ghost finger puppet tutorial

Last Halloween little Harrison became obsessed with ghosts. Between playing ghosts, tracing ghosts and booing like ghosts, I think we had our share of spirited fun. As for an update: here we are a year later putting together the finishing touches for Harrison’s ghost-themed third Birthday party later this week.

Anyway, as part of our ghost play last year I threw together these easy felt ghost finger puppets on a whim with our skeleton game scraps. Our puppets were so effortless that I whipped up enough to pass out to our tiny neighbor trick-or-treaters who were too young for candy. Yes, these are that quick and simple!

ghost finger puppet tutorial

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