It’s easy to fall back on your fifth Hocus Pocus Halloween party in a row, but this year, ditch witches for other horror and sci-fi fun. To help narrow down the genre’s options, we’ve picked five TV shows for inspiration. How about a Stranger Things-themed bash featuring Eleven’s favorite food — waffles, pictured above, that you can make in less than 30 minutes — or a Walking Dead party where you serve a zombie cocktail?
Check out more Halloween recipes and ideas below.
Lost: Ahi Poke
Lost filmed in Hawaii, fish was one of the major proteins that the Flight 815 survivors ate on the tropical island and poke is totally on-trend right now. It’s an easy choice.
The X-Files: Mini Pizzas
Instead of getting delivery pizza like Mulder and Scully, make bite-sized versions at home — with mushrooms, of course — to fuel up for fighting aliens. Bonus points if you shape the dough like UFOs.
Twin Peaks: Cherry Pie-in-a-Jar
Agent Dale Cooper would probably appreciate a pint-sized cherry pie-in-a-jar — just don’t forget to serve coffee alongside it.
The Walking Dead: Zombie Gut Punch Cocktail
One of our favorite Halloween cocktails may help you get over Negan’s murdering spree on The Walking Dead’s Season 7 premiere. Pour one out for the dear departed..
Even More Spooky Ideas from Our Friends:
A Mind “Full” Mom: Mini Pumpkin Pie Cookies
Creative Culinary: Halloween Mummy Cupcakes with Espresso Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Buttercream
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Twix Bar Brownies
The Mom 100: Mummy Cupcakes
Foodtastic Mom: Bourbon Bacon Pumpkin Seeds
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: Mini White Pumpkin Milk Fudge with Dry fruit Filling
Healthy Eats: 6 Lightened-Up Sweets for a Healthier Halloween
Taste with the Eyes: Three Truly Gruesome But Tasty Halloween Recipes
Mom Loves Baking: Pumpkin Cupcakes
Swing Eats: Spooky Halloween Buckeyes
Pinch My Salt: Double Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes
FN Dish: When Food Gets in Costume: Edible Takes on Creepy Halloween Things