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Photo courtesy of Hanna Howarth

Traditionally, Halloween is celebrated by children and adolescents, but this year we have a great idea for you and your friends – a Spook Supper!  We first saw this in a Family Circle or Woman’s Day magazine many years ago and tried it – we promise it is fun!

Unless you hire someone or have teenagers willing to act as wait staff, you will be “plating up” and serving, so keep this in mind when you decide how many guests to invite – around 10 works well. Prepare and time all the dishes and beverages so they are ready to serve at the same time.  Set the dining room table with only butter, salt, pepper, cream, sugar and any decorations you may want. Once your friends have arrived and are socializing with each other in the living room, distribute pens and menus (see below for a template) and ask them to select what they would like for each course, reminding them to choose each item just once and leave nothing out.  Collect the menus and invite everyone to make their way to the dining room.  Meanwhile, in the kitchen start assembling each plate, based on what each guest ordered.  You must work quickly because you want everyone to be served at the same time and you don’t want the food to get cold.   As plates are ready, start serving your guests and wait for the fun and laughter to begin!  Remember, as each course is completed, you must clear everything from the table except for the butter, salt, pepper, cream, sugar and decorations.

We’ve included some recipes to make the preparation easier for you or substitute your own. Everyone will be talking about your Spook Supper for years to come!

If you have a fun way to celebrate Halloween, share it with us – we’d love to hear from you!

Until next time,

Your Boomer Life Partners

Spook Supper Menu

Guest name:______________________

First Course

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Second Course

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Third Course

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Slimy shivers        Tumbling tombstones        Jack’s Ripper

Lapover                Frosted Pumpkins           Pig in a poke

Autumn nectar        Witches’ brew               Irish eyes

Devil’s Right Arm    French Greens               Ditch Digger’s Delight

Host Cheat Sheet

Slimy slivers  Jellied salad

Tumbling Tombstones  Bread rolls

Jack’s Ripper      Knife

Lapover      Napkin

Frosted Pumpkins      Pumpkin pie with whipped cream

Pig in a poke     Ham

Autumn nectar      Wine

Witches’ brew     Coffee

Irish Eyes      Scalloped potatoes

Devil’s Right Arm       Fork

French Greens      Green Beans

Grave Digger’s Delight   Spoon



Carrot Pineapple Jellied Salad or Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Scalloped Potatoes


Pumpkin Pie (serve w/whipped cream)