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