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Panini, treats, and food for Halloween

A buffet to satisfy everyone on Halloween

The Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar turned out scrumptious and fabuous thanks to my daughter-in-law Ashley.

She helped me set up the buffet table and it looked grand!

Thank you so much Ash for your time and very cool decorations. It make it all come together boo-tifully!

On Halloween night, at our place, family and friends drop by to show off their kids, or grand kids, their costumes, and visit for a spell.

It is usually the tradition to have chili, soup, stew or even a pizza decked out to look like a pumpkin.

But I wanted something that as people came by, they could make their own food to their liking.

See, something went terribly wrong, and a few of my kids do not like soups or pasta (I know….WHAT?). So a panini bar fits everyone just right.

This is family friendly to the best! There’s something for everyone. Healthy food. Have gluten free bread on hand. People can make their  sandwich hot or cold. And best of all….you get to relax and enjoy the company!

EVERYTHING you’ll want from crafts to decorations to keepsakes is here at It’s ALL About Halloween 

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

Halloween Buffet and Panini Bar

A panini bar is a wonderful option for guests to make their own. See below for more on the paninis.

Here are the details of the awesome Halloween Buffet Table.

The plates and utensils were on a side table due to space.


Eye See YOU Halloween Cupcakes started the dessert table.

Red Cupcakes decorated with white frosting, topped with a candy eyeball and red gel icing

Halloween decorated cupcakes


My Cold Cider Drink comes up next.

A cold apple cider easy to make with purchased ingredients

A delicious cold apple cider


You could also serve my copycat version of Starbucks Hot Caramel Apple CiderCarries Cold Cider


Not to be passed by is my own Spooky Halloween Layered Cake

Halloween colored cake batter and decorated cake

Cake with layers of batter in Halloween colors, then decorated with Halloween candy


If you want a real treat with a trick, make sure to have out my own creation of Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat


Always a favorite is Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn

Halloween Mother Goose PopCorn colored Orange and Purple with candies

Granny Corn, Mother Sugar Popcorn

Homemade or purchased donuts are easy to put in a fun decorated plate or bowl.

The incredible Make Your Own Hot Sandwich Panini Bar

meat, cheese, condiments and more set out for make your own hot panini sandiwich

Panini Bar for guests to make their own hot sandwiches

For MORE Halloween food, decorations and crafts, come on over to It’s All About Halloween

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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  • I love both your table setups for dinner and dessert. Absolutely perfect for Halloween and you both did a wonderful jump setting this up. Wish we lived closer, because I would love to see this in person. Happy Friday to you 🙂

  • Diane Roark says:


    I am definitely doing this Panini idea. Why have I not thought of that? Great idea!
    Your table and food look wonderful. Perfect for Halloween.
    Diane Roark

  • I think we’ll be dropping by to visit this Halloween night! This looks like a great idea and a super fun way to celebrate family too. Thanks for this idea and post! 🙂

  • Jess says:

    This looks so great! So inviting!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  • Kimberly says:

    Hello sweet lady! This looks incredible. Pinned. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  • What a fun party. You did such a great job on the food. The cupcakes look fantastic! Thanks for linking up to the Tasty Tuesdays Linky Party at Creative K Kids! I’ve pinned your post to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board

  • Tasha says:

    This looks fantastic and has lots of fun ideas!!! I have to say…the beware sign made me chuckle. It’s a bit of an inside joke with my step-daughter and an episode of My Little Pony! She is going to be tickled when I show her this post lol. A panini bar is a great idea!!! We don’t usually have house guests on Halloween but boy would I love to be yours!!! Just keep the eggs off the table 🙂

    • Thank you Tasha! I’m glad you enjoyed the panani bar and the decorations also. Come on over anytime and YES, the eggs – particularly the raw ones, must stay off the table! lol.

  • Great table! Your guests will love it 🙂

  • Patti says:

    I love the idea of a pannini bar. I also love that layer cake, the eye ball cupcakes…..Let’s face it. I love it all. How soon can you come over and put together a buffet like that for me? LOL. Seriously, great ideas. I’m very inspired.

  • I love all these ideas Carrie! I am especially a big fan of paninis! Everything looks just so festive for Halloween. Need to try putting one of these buffet tables together this year! Thank you for sharing with us at #ThrowbackThursday we hope to see you again this week!

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