When you’re a kid, Halloween is all about the candy. When you’re in college, it’s all about the costumes (or lack thereof) and kegs. And when you’re an adult (well at least when you’re me), it entails candy, costumes, scary movies and parties.
Just because Halloween is filled with sugary treats and ghoulish tricks for the little ones doesn’t mean the holiday is free of opportunities for us big kids. What better way to celebrate this spooky evening than with a dinner party or other Halloween-themed meal?
Whether you want to enjoy a meal out or host a party of your own, there are plenty of opportunities for both in Metro Detroit.
The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit, will put on a Mystery, History and Haunted Hunting Dinner on Saturday, October 26. The event will be hosted by paranormal expert Bev Rydel and includes a champagne meet and greet, four-course dinner, ghost hunt and tour, book signing and more.
The special Halloween dinner includes a Pumpkin Puree and Apple Frisee Salad, Pomegranate Braised Veal Cheeks, Chargrilled Swordfish and a Devilishly Delicious Dessert Trio. There will be an afternoon seating served at 1:30 p.m. (for $75) and an evening dinner at 7 p.m. (for $100).
The Whitney is allegedly one of Detroit’s most haunted buildings, so it’s a perfect place to celebrate!
The Historic Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, Holly, will hold several Halloween themed meals. A weeklong Victorian Séance will occur on Thursday, October 24 through Wednesday, October 30. Each night, the hotel will host a medium who will attempt to contact the hotel’s spirits. The séance begins at 8 p.m. and costs $25. Beforehand, a special “haunted” dinner menu will be offered, and guests are encouraged to make reservations for 6 p.m. in order to make it to the séance on time.
The hotel’s Annual Witches Luncheons will be held on Saturday, October 26 and Thursday, October 31. The lunch features a multi-course menu of Spiced Pumpkin Curry Soup, your choice of three entrees (including hen, beef tenderloin and sole) and dessert. You’ll also receive a special “witches gift,” all for just $29. Reservations are required and costumes are recommended!
If breakfast is more your style, a Spooky Brunch will be held on Sunday, October 27 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.
The Detroit Princess Riverboat will offer a Halloween Motown Dinner on Saturday, October 26. The dinner cruise includes a buffet meal of prime rib, chicken piccata, vegetarian lasagna, assorted salads, cheese tortellini and more.
The two-and-a-half hour cruise also includes a cash bar and entertainment courtesy of Motown band The Prolifics. Beautiful skyline views, Motown tunes and a Halloween celebration… what could be better?
The cruise departs at 6 p.m. and costs $49.95 for adults and seniors, $25 for children.
If you find that hosting your own Halloween-themed dinner is more practical, go right ahead! There are plenty of ways to spook-ify your home and create your own monster mash.
You can build your evening around a particular theme, like old horror movies or a certain zombie-centric television show. From there, make sure your food fits the part— Halloween cocktails, pumpkin risotto and caramel pumpkin cheesecake bites are a great place to start.
If you’re not exactly a renowned menu planner, cheat your way to a perfect evening by checking out this Halloween Supper Menu, courtesy of myrecipes.com. Should you need help with the entire party, take a look at Rachael Ray’s Rest-in-Peace Potluck Party for complete instructions, start to finish.
The most important aspect of a Halloween party (next to the food) is ambiance—don’t forget to make your place look a little creepy! Check out Better Homes & Gardens’ ideas for quick decorations that won’t break the bank.