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.


Fun Halloween Ideas @createdbydiane


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. 1

    Your party looks like so much fun Diane!! I love those cute cupcakes and the jars of candy are darling! :)

  2. 2
    angela@spinachtiger says:

    Love those mummies and the idea of a pumpkin chili that is spicy is right up my alley.

  3. 3

    Sounds a like a blast at your house for Halloween! I’ve never tried pumpkin chili – so glad you came up with a winner!

  4. 4

    looks like so much fun!

  5. 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!

  6. 6

    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.

  7. 7

    Pumpkin Jalepeno? Um, skip the chips and pass the spoon please!

  8. 8

    Oooooo–I LOVE chili out of a Frito bag. It always reminds me of childhood.

  9. 9

    I am excited for Halloween now!

  10. 10

    WOW…love everything you did…I added some to my Pinterest boards!!!

  11. 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!

  12. 12

    The chili is so creative. GREG

  13. 13

    Can’t beat Fritos and chili!

  14. 14

    What a fun concept! I’ve never eaten chili out of a frito bag, but now I will! My kids will love me even more! Great post!

  15. 15
    Squash Blossom Babies says:

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

  16. 17

    I love the creativity of this dish. Pumpkin and jalepeño sounds delicious!

  17. 18

    Your pumpkin chili sounds awesome, I love all your decor, and those mummy cupcakes look to die for (no pun intended.) I really love the witches setup and your book case display!

  18. 19

    Love the halloween party

  19. 20

    Sounds so different…but I like it!

  20. 21

    Mmm, sounds delicious!

  21. 22

    I adore Halloween! Such fun ideas! LOVE the mummy cupcake!

  22. 23

    Pumpkin and jalapeno together at last! Genius. I have to try this! Thank you for sharing such an amazing recipe. =)

  23. 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!

  24. 25

    I found another recipe recently for a pumpkin chili (I think it was in a magazine) and thought I might give it a try…seeing your post makes me think I should. I really love your cute mummy cupcakes.

  25. 26

    Mmmm, pumpkin chili. What a great recipe, Diane!

  26. 27

    I wish I went to this party! I happen to be a big fan of chili and have never tried pumpkin chili. The mummy cupcakes are also a nice touch. Great recipes and ideas, Thanks for sharing it with everyone


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