Halloween Party ideas and Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili Recipe

When I plan a Halloween party, the first thing I think of is the food. Tell me I’m not the only one. For some it’s the shopping, decorating, or costumes. For me it’s all about the food. This years Halloween Party features my new Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili, I’ve attempted pumpkin chili before with mediocre results. This year I got it right. Yippee! I like to keep the food simple and delicious so that I can enjoy the party.

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The party food included caramel apples, Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili, pretzels with caramel and sprinkles, radish eyeballs with cream cheese and olives, breadstick skeleton bones and mozzarella finger with grape tomatoes.

Pumpkin Jalapeno Chili Recipe (Printable)

3 lbs ground beef

2 cups pumpkin

1 diced onion

4 cloves minced garlic

2 teaspoons Hot Mexican Chili Powder

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 cup water

1 teaspoon Knorr beef stock

4 jalapenos (roast them until they are black on the outside, then remove seeds and rib and dice)

4 cans drained black beans

In large pot, brown beef with onion and garlic. Add pumpkin, chili powder, cumin, pumpkin pie spice, cloves, water, beef stock and jalapenos. Stir in black beans and heat thoroughly. Serve with grated cheddar cheese and scallions over Fritos or with bread sticks.
This recipe can be cut in half for a smaller portion.
There were plenty of bags of Fritos to load the chili into which I think the kids liked best.
The spiderweb tablecloth made this table really stand out, everyone loved it.
As soon as I saw the witches hat and cape I knew I had to decorate using them. I found them at Kmart. They have lots of Halloween deals. Enter the Monster Bash Contest on Kmart’s Facebook Page. I thought the watermelon made a great witches prop.

 It wouldn’t be Halloween without lots of candy.

What a fun party!

Halloween Party Games

Kids always like eating powdered donuts off the clothes line without using their hands, wrapping each other in toilet paper as mummies, and bobbing for apples. Lots of fun for everyone!

Mummy cupcakes are always a big hit at Halloween Parties.


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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias #kmarthalloween. All opinions are my own, those are priceless.



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  1. 5

    Sara @ Mom Endeavors says

    Cute, cute, cute! LOVE the witch hat and cape! And, I’m SO right there with you on the food! I have such fun planning the food too! Love it!

  2. 6

    Paula says

    Ding Dong! I’m at the door, sorry I’m late for the party, any left-overs? Looks like I missed one heck of a good time not to mention the great food, decorations and treats.

  3. 11


    I am going to have to try that chili recipe soon- we love pumpkin AND chili but have never tried them together! The mummies are adorable, too, such a great idea!

  4. 15

    Squash Blossom Babies says

    Awesome!!! That sounds great!!! Do you use pureed pumpkin or cubed uncooked pumpkin for the chili?

  5. 24


    This is brilliant. I love the idea of adding pumpkin spice to chili, what depth of flavor I bet it creates. These photos are lovely but I’m like you…I always think of food before costumes or decoration!


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