Persephone ate only a few pomegranate seeds in the whole time Hades had her trapped on his side of the River Styx. If only he'd served treats as tempting as our underworld-inspired recipes. This macabre selection is not the food of myth; instead, it's a stunning drink and appetizer pairing fit for the gods—and just what the most elegant of adult Halloween parties needs. No cheap tricks or silly treats here, just a dark and mysterious Mediterranean dip, squiggly, scary grissini, pierced "hearts" sure to seduce revelers, and a what-lies-beneath punch made with (bwahaha) pomegranate juice—will tempt your guests to stay put.
Like a lush if slightly eerie still life painting, this most beautiful Halloween punch is as rich in taste as it is in looks. Deeply colored frozen fruits—kumquats, husk cherries, red grapes, and pomegranate seeds—float atop a brew of dry sake, plum wine, and pomegranate juice, a blood red liquid well-suited to an All Hallow's Eve celebration. The finishing touch is a garnish of hibiscus and begonia leaves that we're told is edible...
Medusa's Hair Grissini with Dark-Night Dip
Black tahini transforms baba ghanoush into bubbling tar. Luckily, it's still as creamy of texture and smoky of taste as usual. The perfect partner for this deliciously dark dip is our unique and creepy grissini "snakes." Never was a next-level snack so easy to make: Divide store-bought pizza dough in two, add a little squid ink to half, and roll and bake it into crisp but not straight grissini. (That these breadsticks are an eternity tastier than the reptilian locks of the monster of Greek mythology they're named after is a given.)
Notched dried figs stuffed with goat cheese, wrapped in prosciutto, drizzled with balsamic vinegar, and skewered with decorative picks invite your guests to eat their you-know-whats out. This dramatic finger food is a riff on the classic devils on horseback but swaps out the traditional prunes and bacon for a different (we say better) dried fruit and pork pairing, and then gilds the lily with goat cheese. A no-cook appetizer fit for gods, demons, ghouls, and whatever other spectres attend your Halloween bash.