Easy Halloween Party Foods to Cook on the Grill

Halloween. It's a kid’s holiday, right? The youngest in the neighborhood dress up as witches, ghosts, and Minecraft characters and head door to door, collecting their favorite candy from neighbors. The teenagers may be up to no good, toilet papering the principal’s house on top of other mischievous pranks.


What’s an adult to do on a holiday like this? Sure, you’re probably a little too old to go trick-or-treating with the little ones; but that doesn’t mean grownups can’t have a little backyard fun on the spookiest day of the year!


Grab your favorite brew, turn up the music, and fire up the grill. We’ve put together a few easy Halloween party food recipes you can cook up quickly while you celebrate Halloween adult style.


If you love the recipes in this collection, be sure to download our official Kick Ash Basket Halloween menu, filled with grilled appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks—complete with ingredient lists and grilling instructions. Enter your email below to download it today!

 


Table of Contents:

  • Grilled rib cage

  • Halloween Foot Loaf

  • Halloween Grilled Veggies

  • Scary Grilled Cheese

  • Grilled Campfire Apples

  • Candy Corn Martini


Grilled Rib Cage

Credit to Weber for this recipe. They're among the top experts in grilling, and this recipe is one of the best we’ve tried. Use your imagination and don’t be scared to add sausage organs and more!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Heat grill to a high temperature (450 to 550 degrees).

  2. If you’re making a red pepper heart, grill the pepper over direct heat. The pepper should be black, blistered, and soft. Remove seeds and set aside.

  3. Reduce grill temperature to medium low heat (250 to 350 degrees).

  4. With a knife, remove the membrane from each track of ribs. Season with Sweet Mama Original BBQ rub and let rest until meat reaches room temperature.

  5. Add wood chips to grill, then place ribs bone-side down on grates. Cook until done, around 3 to 4 hours.

  6. While meat cooks, spray with apple juice or cider. During the last 30 minutes, brush with BBQ sauce.

  7. Remove from the grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut racks into individual ribs, then arrange meat-side down on a tray to resemble a skeleton’s rib cage. Place red pepper heart, garnish ghoulishly, and serve hot.


Halloween Foot Loaf

Or hand loaf, or leg loaf, or whatever you like. You can even create an entire mummy using this grilled meatloaf recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef

  • 1 egg

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 3/4 cup ketchup

  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs or crushed crackers

  • 1/2 cup minced onion

  • Garlic powder to taste

  • BBQ sauce or spicy ketchup for basting

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill to 375. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Shape meat mixture into the body part of your choosing - use your imagination!

  3. Place your creation over direct heat, and cover loosely with foil. Grill for approximately 3 minutes each side.

  4. Move to indirect heat and cook for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

  5. Decorate as you please - use spicy ketchup or BBQ sauce for blood, onions for toenails, or anything else you see fit!


Halloween Grilled Veggies

Use cookie cutters or your supreme knife skills to cut winter root veggies into the spooky shapes of your choice!

Ingredients:

  • Winter veggies of your choice (beets, sweet potatoes, potatoes, rutabaga, etc.)

  • Olive oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill to 350 degrees.

  2. Slice root vegetables uniformly, then cut into Halloween shapes. Parboil for 5 minutes, then remove from water and strain.

  3. Combine in a large bowl and coat lightly with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

  4. Grill over indirect heat until veggies are soft. Serve warm.


Scary Grilled Cheese

Super simple and quick, grilled cheese is a fan favorite for all ages.

Ingredients:

  • Butter

  • 10 slices bread

  • 5 slices American or cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat.

  2. Brush softened butter on one side of each slice of bread.

  3. Using a cookie cutter, cut bats, jack o lanterns or any other shape you choose from the center of 5 slices of bread.

  4. Place cheese on the unbuttered side of bread, then assemble sandwiches.

  5. Place sandwiches on the grill, paying attention not to allow cheese to drip.

  6. Serve hot.


Grilled Campfire Apples

A fall favorite, this dessert is perfect for relaxing on a cool fall night with your friends.

Ingredients:

  • 6 apples, sliced uniformly

  • 1/2 cup melted butter

  • Cinnamon to taste

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat the grill to medium heat.

  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, ensuring apples are covered in butter.

  3. Separate into 6 foil packets, folding to seal.

  4. Grill over indirect heat until the apples are soft, approximately 10 minutes.

  5. Serve warm.


Candy Corn Martini

Serve this drink as a cocktail or a mocktail.. it’ll be a hit either way!

Ingredients:

  • Crushed ice

  • 4 ounces whipped cream or vanilla flavored vodka for cocktail

  • 4 ounces clear cream soda for mocktail

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

  • 2 tablespoons grenadine

  • Whipped cream for topping

Directions:

  1. Fill martini shaker 1/4 full with ice

  2. Pour in vodka (if cocktail) and pineapple juice.

  3. Tighten lid, shake for 15 seconds.

  4. Remove the strainer lid. If mocktail, add cream soda.

  5. Pour into two martini glasses.

  6. Measure 1 tablespoon grenadine, pour gently into each glass, then allow to sink to the bottom.

  7. Top with whipped cream and serve.


Halloween Grilling is Nothing to be Scared Of!


If you loved this collection of Halloween recipes you can make on the grill, don't forget to download our complete Kick Ash Basket Halloween Menu. To share your experience with your spooky creations, head on over to the Kick Ash Crew, our members-only community, and post your Kick Ash dishes!

 


As always, be safe and have fun! From our family to yours, have a happy Halloween!