Samhain Cooking and Recipes

Feasting and Food for the Samhain Season

Join us here at About Paganism for some absolutely spectacular ideas that will jazz up any feast, whether you're having a traditional Halloween party, or a more solemn and spiritual Samhain celebration. Check out our most popular recipes for drinks and beverages, snacks, harvest-themed dishes, and the original amazing Ghost Poop dessert!

Ghost Poop Dessert

"Ghost poop" sounds a little gross, but your kids will love this. It's like a chocolate mousse full of Halloween candy. Image by Patti Wigington, 2008

Got a Samhain celebration coming up and you need something spooky for dessert? Wondering what to do with all that extra Halloween candy? Whip up a batch of Ghost Poop!

Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Make sugar skulls to celebrate the season of death. Image by Wendy Connett/Moment Open/Getty Images

In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated around the same time that Pagans observe Samhain. One tradition that's always popular is to make sugar skulls. Here's how to make your own sugar skulls and decorate them for your Samhain celebration.

Creamy Marbled Orange Fudge

Orange creamsicle fudge is a sweet Samhain treat!. Image by Patti Wigington, 2013

This is one of our family's favorite recipes, and we make it each year at Halloween. Use white chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and sugar to create a rich, creamy orange fudge that tastes like Creamsicles. For even more fun, make a batch of regular chocolate fudge, and then alternate the squares in a checkerboard pattern for an orange & brown Samhain treat.

Soul Cakes

Use your favorite simply pastry recipe to make soul cakes for Samhain. Image by Philip Wilkins/Photolibrary/Getty Images

Soul cakes were traditionally given out on Samhain to anyone who came tapping at the door. This was one of the origins of today's Halloween trick-or-treating. Make your own soul cakes for your Samhain rituals, using one of our four easy recipes.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and toasted as a great addition to your Samhain feast. Image by Patti Wigington 2010

Pumpkin seeds are a delicious addition to just about any seasonal feast, and at Samhain, the pumpkins are everywhere! When you remove the seeds from your pumpkins (which is all part of carving a Jack-O-Lantern!) you can rinse them off, roast them, and season them with just about any flavor you like. Here are the basics to get you started on roasted pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

Image by Patti Wigington 2013

Pumpkins are just about everywhere you look in October. If you're someone who loves the taste of pumpkin, try making a pumpkin cheesecake to add to your Samhain feast!

Butternut Squash Casserole

Squash Apple Casserole
Combine apples, nuts, raisins and squash for a delicious seasonal casserole. Image by Patti Wigington 2012

This butternut squash casserole includes apples, nuts, and golden raisins. It's warm and comforting, and perfect for an end-of-the-harvest Samhain feast!

Savory Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup
Serve some pumpkin soup right inside the pumpkin!. Image by Tim Buckner/E+/Getty Images

Do you love the flavor of pumpkin? Make a batch of savory soup and serve it up to your guests inside the pumpkin shell! It's a fantastic and fun addition to your Samhain feast!

More Halloween Recipes

Samhain is considered the time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. Image by Eri Morita/Image Bank/Getty Images

Are you thinking about hosting a Halloween party or a big Samhain celebration? Set the scene with some tasty and fun Halloween recipes using the best of fall produce, with a spooky twist. These recipes are all delicious variations on traditional fall foods, with some Halloween flavor thrown in for fun. Of course, all of these recipes taste delicious, no matter how gross they look.