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A Sweet & Spicy Halloween Buffet

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Bring Halloween dinner plans to life by planning a perfectly delicious menu. From a snappy starter salad and a rich, comforting casserole to a flavor-packed side and seasonal sweets, this menu is sure to delight on fright night! Serve it buffet-style so friends can help themselves before or after making the trick-or-treat rounds.

Menu Timeline

4 Days Ahead


  • Bake the pumpkin cake and, when completely cool, tightly wrap in plastic
  • Make and refrigerate the soup

3 Days Ahead


  • Make the sauce for the enchilada casserole

2 Days Ahead


  • Make the filling for the enchilada casserole

1 Day Ahead


  • Make the salsa for the enchilada casserole
  • Make the cookie dough

4 Hours Ahead


  • Prepare the ingredients for the carrot side dish and refrigerate
  • Bake the cookies

1½ Hours Ahead


  • Assemble and bake the enchilada casserole
  • Take the salsa out of the refrigerator to bring to room temperature

1 Hour Ahead


  • Prepare the carrot side dish
  • Drizzle white chocolate on the cooled cookies

30 Minutes Ahead


  • Assemble the jícama salad

Just Before Dessert


  • Make the syrup to serve with the cake

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