When autumn arrives, my brain goes to several different places. I think of all the fun fall activities my boys look forward to football, pumpkin carving, apple picking and, of course, the food! And when it comes to the best fall appetizers, I can daydream about everything from soups and slow cooker meals, to amazing dips and other fall-friendly fare.
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Summer may be the time for backyard pool parties and weekend BBQs, but fall brings just as much fun. Friends gathered around the bonfire, ravenous fans tailgating in the parking lot, Halloween parties...the list goes on and on. Seriously, there are so many reasons you need a great list of appetizers this time of year—and I happen to have one.
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Fall Party Appetizers
When entertaining during the autumn months, I am normally thinking game-day, bonfire or late-season cookout food. Plus, there are always Halloween parties and of course the big Thanksgiving holiday. Luckily there are plenty of appetizers that can be used for any or all of these occasions. I usually try to pull from a list of go-to categories:
dips: hot or cold
sandwiches or sliders
cheeses: sliced, ball or spread
wings, meatballs or other protein
snacks: chips, party mix, pretzels, etc.
slow-cooker, Instant Pot or air fryer apps
Best Fall Appetizers
For me, the best appetizers and party foods are those that aren't complicated to make, can be prepared ahead of time or quickly throughout the party and don't involve a knife and fork. This collection has the best ones around that fit the bill for one heck of a fall party, no matter if you're hanging out around the fire pit, or cheering your favorite team from the parking lot or couch.
This collection has a little bit of everything that can absolutely take you from these early fall days, right through Halloween and onto Thanksgiving. With these 80 easy fall appetizer recipes, you'll never grow bored—or run out of party-ready ideas again. Just be sure to pin these recipes for later to make all season long.
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