A Spooktacular Supper for Pumpkin Carving


A Spooktacular Supper for Pumpkin Carving

Hi, my name is Shay and I’ll use any excuse to make it a party.  Including pumpkin carving.

I just cannot get enough holiday stuff in my life.  I cram it in like there’s no tomorrow and one of my favorite October traditions is when we carve those jack-o-lanterns.  So, I thought I’d make a special menu for the night to make it seem even more fun (plus, the menu is easy so you don’t have to fuss with food while you’re carving).


This got me reminiscing, so I thought I’d share a pic from four years ago when we carved our pumpkins.  Where did my babies go?!  They’ve gotten so big!

Instead of just carving your pumpkins, make it an extra special affair (we play spooky music while we do it!).  Here’s a spooktacular menu to go along with your evening…

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies are one of my kiddos’ favorite appetizers.  I love them because they can be prepared in advance and then just popped in the oven (or you can eat them room temp).  These will go like crazy!

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew is one of our all-time favorite suppers to make around Halloween.  The best part?  It’s made in the slow cooker, so you don’t have to do any of the work right at dinnertime.

Three Bean Chili

If you’re not into stew, try my Three Bean Chili. It’s also made in the slow cooker!  #easypeasy

Avocado & Orange Salad

My Avocado & Orange Salad rounds things out for a side.  Any salad will work, but my kids are crazy about avocados, so this one is popular at my house.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip

For dessert, either dip gingersnaps into my delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Dip (again, made in advance so that you don’t have to fuss with it on carving day!) or…

Candy Corn Cookies

…have some of my Candy Corn Cookies ready to be eaten (or you can decorate them as a family after you carve your Jacks!).

Happy Friday, friends!


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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 20, 2017 at 4:37 am

    Are kids into avocados nowadays? That’s great, it’s so healthy!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erika Slaughter October 20, 2017 at 5:51 am

    How fun is this?!! GREAT idea!!

  • Alexis deZayas October 20, 2017 at 6:45 am

    What a fun menu! Carving pumpkins and decorating cookies sounds like the best night!

  • Narci October 20, 2017 at 6:46 am

    What fun!! That dip looks delicious! Yum!!

  • Angela Ellingson October 20, 2017 at 6:55 am

    I love that you make every celebration special! Great menu!

  • Laura @ Laura Likes Design October 20, 2017 at 7:23 am

    This has me craving chili! Might have to make some this weekend!


  • Melissa D. October 20, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Your Three Bean Chili has been on rotation at our house ever since my oldest (who detests any sort of bean) went back to college this fall! The rest of us look forward to it a couple times per month! Thanks for making such a delicious and super-easy recipe to share!

  • Meredith October 20, 2017 at 9:51 am

    I just love your blog. It’s so fun! I literally save your emailed posts for fun reads when I get five minutes to myself. I also make a bunch of your dinner recipes, and they’re so yummy and family-friendly. Thanks!

  • Paula October 20, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Pumpkin carvi g in Christmas pj’ s. Priceless!

  • Analeigh October 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    We did this growing up with spooky music and yummy treats. Side note, Is your adorable family complete with 4 kids?! Are you thinking of a 5? Such adorable babies! Love all the pictures! 🙂