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Making jack o’lanterns is such a fun Halloween tradition, so why not take things up a notch by having a whole pumpkin carving party?! And what’s a great party without some awesomely themed food? So read on for some spooktacular Halloween party fun, including pumpkin party food ideas like a guacamole puking pumpkin, pumpkin patch brownies, easy jack o’lantern soda, plus a delicious jack o’lantern stuffed pepper recipe! Definitely clear it’s a pumpkin party, don’t ya think?! HA! We had SO much fun putting this themed Halloween party spread together, complete with ALL the pumpkins & jack o’lanterns! It’s the perfect Halloween dinner food before you get started carving pumpkins – whether you’re having a pumpkin carving party with a big group of friends or just a fun family night at home! Either way, the star of this party spread is the jack o’lantern stuffed peppers! Aren’t they so fun?! I’m sharing the full recipe below, but you can actually hover right over the photo below to click through to Walmart.com to purchase what you need (like RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies)!
I actually used RO*TEL in 3 of the different food items in our pumpkin party spread since it is such an easy way to add a little zest to your recipes, delivering bold flavor! And bold, zesty flavors are definitely good for Halloween parties, right?! Read on to see what we made (and the recipe for those cute pumpkin peppers at the end)!
Halloween Pumpkin Party Dips
You know how much we love a good dip recipe, right?! I’m ALL about the dips at parties, largely because they are SO easy to make while also being a favorite among guests. So, I had to do some Halloween-themed dips for our pumpkin carving party, starting with the classic “puking pumpkin”. Would you dare to dip in this guacamole?! Blah! I mean, does it get more “Halloween” than a jack o’lantern barfing guacamole? It’s so awesome and SO easy to make! You just need a pie pumpkin (or larger if you’re doing a bigger spread), avocados (or already made guac), and RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies! The RO*TEL adds some great flavor (and chunks, lol) to the guac. You’ll start the process by carving the pumpkin (cleaning out the guts first). You can make the eyes any way you like, but you’ll definitely want a round/oblong shape for the mouth. Place the pumpkin on a serving tray and then spread the guacamole out from the mouth of the jack o’lantern down the tray. So easy and the perfect dip pumpkin carving party dip! You need chips for that guac, so you’ll want to be sure to have some out on your party table. And, blue corn tortilla chips are PERFECT for Halloween parties since they really look black. So, we served up a big bowl of these “black” tortilla chips and added another super easy & classic dip recipe to the party with 2-ingredient queso! If you’re uneasy about dipping in the “guacamole barf”, this queso dip is one that you can definitely dare to dip in! In fact, you might not be able to resist! It’s so good and so easy whip up!
Easy Pumpkin Party Treats
It’s not a complete party without some fun desserts and sweet treats though. And that is especially true this time of year, right?! We had to have some festive Halloween desserts! And I love how it turned out!
Just like with the dips, the goal was keeping this all EASY but yet really fun & tasty! So, I got store bought cupcakes with black and orange frosting to fit with our party theme colors. Then, I just topped them with little sugar jack o’lantern decorations. You could also just top them with the classic mellow creme candy pumpkins if you can’t find other decorations. And since the theme was a pumpkin carving party, I thought our pumpkin patch brownies were a must-have! These little decorated brownies are also SO easy to make. You can always buy store bought brownies too to cut down on prep time (that’s what I did)!
In addition to fun treats, you need a fun Halloween drink for your pumpkin carving party! Again, my goal was quick & EASY prep! So while you could make a punch or Witch’s Brew, I kept things simple by doing jack o’lantern soda bottles! All you need to do is remove the labels from the 2-liter bottles of your favorite orange soda. Then use a sharpie to draw the jack o’lantern faces on to the bottles! SO easy and the perfect Halloween drink! And I love how cute the jack o’lantern bottles look peeking out over the food on the table! And speaking of the party table, you can see that I went with all orange & black for the decor! I found a cute jack o’lantern table cloth (that was big enough to cover the table and make a backdrop), a jack o’ lantern banner, and even this cute jack o’lantern serving bucket. You could put food in these buckets or serving ware/napkins/etc. It even would be cute with different types of candies in it! We found all the party decorations at Walmart as well! I also put out some little mandarin oranges (also perfect for decorating like jack o’lanterns) for some table fillers and a tasty grab ‘n go snack for people! Another easy party idea! So now…on to the details of the star of our show – stuffed jack o’lantern peppers!
How to Make Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers
This stuffed pepper recipe is SO good, easy-to-make, and perfect for Halloween with the orange peppers carved like jack o’lanterns! For the recipe, you’ll need 5 main ingredients (in addition to the orange bell peppers): ground beef, RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, rice, black beans, and cheese! The filling is easy to whip up in a skillet. You’ll cook up about a pound of ground beef. Once that’s cooked, you’ll add two cans of RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies, a can of black beans, some cooked rice, and some cheese. Doesn’t take long at all and you’ve got a stuffed pepper filling that’s full of flavor! Once the filling is done, you’ll put it in the orange bell peppers that you’ve carved to look like pumpkins! You want to carefully cut the tops off (but you’ll save those for later). Remove the seeds and inside white tissue. Then, use a very small kitchen paring knife to carve a jack o’lantern face out of the peppers! Isn’t it cute?! These carved orange bell peppers are SO perfect for a Halloween dinner or pumpkin carving party food! Once you stuff the peppers and bake, the results are both adorable AND delicious!!!
Jack O’Lantern Stuffed Peppers Recipe
- 6-8 orange bell peppers
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 2 cans (10oz) RO*TEL® Original Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 2 C cooked rice
- 1-2 C shredded pepper jack cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large skillet, brown ground beef.
- Once the beef is cooked through, add the RO*TEL, black beans, and cooked rice. Simmer on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Near the end of the simmer time, stir in cheese.
- While the mixture simmers, prepare the bell peppers. Cut the tops off (set aside to reuse) and remove the seeds & white tissue inside. Using a very small paring knife, carve each pepper to look like a jack o'lantern.
- Place cut peppers inside a large baking dish and completely fill each pepper with the mixture. Top each pepper with more cheese if desired and then place the pepper top back on top (to complete the pumpkin look)
- Place in oven and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes (just until the peppers are cooked some, but still firm. You don't want mush)!
- Serve warm and enjoy!
So, hopefully that gives you some fun ideas for your own pumpkin carving party or just any Halloween party in general! For even more spooktacular ideas, click here: Dare to Dip Halloween Party Food Ideas. And, be sure to head to Walmart to pick up the supplies for your pumpkin carving party! I was able to get everything for my party there and found a big display just for RO*TEL!
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