Royalty meets spook: why you should be serving purple foods this Halloween. Forget the monochromatic oranges and blacks—this year, it’s all about adding a splash of regal purple to your Halloween festivities. From kale salads that’ll have you screaming ‘Yum!’ to jello molds that double as decorative brains, purple foods offer that enigmatic charm perfect for a night of fun and fright. Now, are you ready to use those pops of purple and violet?
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Discover the Mystique of Purple Foods on Your Halloween Table
Tired of the monochromatic Halloween hues? Add a dash of magic and mystery with purple, the color of royalty. If you’re looking for something with that Halloween “je ne sais quoi,” you’ve landed at the right spot.
To help you get the colors to really pop, we’ve added a simple styling section for popping purple on your Halloween table towards the end, so jump there if you want to know that!
Here are our top 24 list of purple foods to elevate your Halloween eats and provide those essential purple color pops.
Your Ultimate Purple Food Ideas Headquarters
Let’s talk purple before you hit “send” on those mysterious invites and press play on that “Witchy Vibes” Spotify playlist.
1. Purple Cauliflower: The Enchanting Brain on Your Table
Purple cauliflower is great for mashing and creating an edible, purple brain that’s the ultimate conversation starter. Pair it with a ghoulish dip (add pops of purple to the dip with food coloring) and watch your guests’ eyes pop because everyone’s tongue will be purple from the dip!
2. Kale Yeah, It’s Purple: A Salad That Screams Halloween
Pair this vibrant purple kale with bright orange bell pepper strips and get a nutrient-packed, eye-catching Halloween salad. Talk about seeing pops of purple; this makes it the headliner, in our opinion! Don’t forget to add white feta for contrast or goat cheese crumbles! Bonus points if you add dark black balsamic dressing, which allows the pops of purple to really stand out!
3. Purple Sweet Potatoes: The Root of Purple Foods Halloween Mystery
Mash ’em or bake ’em; these purple potatoes are versatile and bring an air of intrigue and lots of pops of purple into any dish you add them to. So, if you are looking for simple purple food ideas, this is your star. From the easiness of prep to the vibrant hue, it’s the magical Halloween foodie solution.
4. Berry Me in Purple: Blueberries and Blackberries
More like boo-berries and black-spell-berries. Use blueberries and blackberries (fantastic purple foods even if arguably blueberries might look blue) as a cocktail garnish, or toss them into a fruit salad for a mystifyingly delicious twist.
5. The Purple Ooze: Unleashing the Power of Purple Jelly
You might think jelly is just for kids’ PB&J sandwiches, but we’re about to elevate it into something spectacular. Think of it as ooze from a cauldron that’s both delicious and spellbinding.
Smear some of this purple jelly atop a wheel of brie, then throw on some crushed blueberries and nuts for a sensational texture contrast. Serve with very WHITE crackers for contrast. Guests will love the surprising, gourmet twist on a classic.
Alternatively, you can serve the jelly alone on a stark white plate, surrounded by crisply baked crackers and a peanut butter side. So the next time you’re in the grocery aisle contemplating between grape jelly and marmalade, go for the purple ooze!
6. Purple Cabbage: The Hidden Jewel of Your Halloween Feast
Slice it thin for slaws or sauté with apples for a warm, comforting side dish that will make your table pop.
7. Enchanting Eggplant: The Spellbinding Addition Your Table Needs
Who knew this purple veggie could be so versatile? Grill eggplant slices for an appetizer, or stuff them with cheese for a hauntingly delicious main course. Then, stripe the grilled pops of purple eggplant with orange cheddar cheese.
8. Lavender-Infused Sweets: A Whiff of Witchcraft
Lavender’s a flower, but its culinary uses are a no-brainer for our list. Add a dash to cookies or lemonades for that ethereal, mysterious touch.
9. Purple Dragon Fruit: The Mystical Showstopper
Slice it open, and what do you get? A beautiful magenta flesh that can elevate any fruit salad or be enjoyed on its own.
10. Jelly Belly’s Purple Jelly Beans: Bite-Size Magic
Sprinkle these tiny wonders on top of your cupcakes or place them in decorative jars for a magical touch that even the kiddos will appreciate.
11. Purple Mio: A Pop of Potion in Your Drink
Want to spruce up a mundane glass of water or soda? A squirt of purple Mio will do the trick, making your beverages as fun as they are refreshing.
12. Purple Carrots: The Original, Now in Violet
Turn heads with a platter of purple-hued roasted carrots. Not only do they offer a dash of surprise, but they also blend seamlessly with other seasonal veggies.
13. Purple Majesty Potatoes: Royalty on Your Plate
Take your pick: mash, fry, or bake these vibrant spuds. No matter how you cook them, they will surely bring a regal vibe to your table.
14. Blackberries: The Dark Horse of Purple Foods
Blend blackberries into smoothies or whip up a berry compote; these delicious fruits are a surefire way to add color and flavor. Add Halloween straws with stripes for an accent.
15. The Purple “Brain”: Grape Jello Mold
Want to make your Halloween table unforgettable? Create a creepy yet captivating grape Jello mold shaped like a brain. Kids and adults alike will be captivated.
Make this pop by adding a homemade whipped cream in orange that you stripe or dot the plate with!
16. Purple Cabbage: A Subtle Veggie Powerhouse
Slice it up and throw it in a Halloween-themed coleslaw. Or use it as a garnish to bring out the colors in other dishes. Either way, this veggie is super versatile.
17. Purple Kool-Aid: A Blast from the Past
This nostalgic beverage isn’t just for kids. Turn it into a grown-up cocktail with a little added spirit, and you’ve got a festive drink everyone will be talking about. Use the pops of purple from this powder pack in a vodka bottle, and you’ve got spooky pops of purple in cocktail glasses!
18. Grape Juice: The Dark Elixir
Grape juice is a multi-faceted addition that can work in various settings and is great for mocktails or as a mixer.
19. Purple Jello Shooters: The Life of the Party
The adult version of the purple brain Jello but instead by the mouthful, not the spoon! Mix in some vodka and have a fun and festive adult treat. These little guys are a huge hit at parties.
20. Purple Kale: The Health Nut’s Favorite
Toss it in a salad with orange peppers for a fun play of colors, or use it as a base for a unique Halloween-themed dish.
21. Purple Cauliflower Brain: Turn Heads, Literally
Purple cauliflower is not just a pretty face but can serve as ‘brains’ for the ultimate Halloween shocker. Just blanch and then carve to get that cerebral look.
22. Blueberries: Petite Purple Perfection
Drop them into drinks or bake them into desserts; blueberries add that touch of indigo sophistication.
23. Purple Jelly Beans: The Ultimate Sweet Treat
These purple candies are versatile, delicious, and perfect as a dessert table topper or incorporated into various dishes.
24. Purple Dragon Fruit: A Tropical Twist
For an exotic edge, include slices of dragon fruit in your spread, or mix it into a tropical cocktail.
How To Style The Pops of Purple: Up Your Aesthetic Game
- Balance with White: If you’re slicing up those purple carrot sticks, make sure to lay them on a white plate. The color contrast will make the purple pop even more.
- Illuminate with LEDs: Incorporate circular battery-driven purple LED lights to create an inviting ambiance.
- Mix with Orange: Got a bowl of dragon fruit slices? Throw in some tangerines for a Halloween-worthy color contrast.
- Bloom with Lavender: Put some lavender in a jar and place it at the center of your table. The light purple flowers will catch the eyes and add to the mystique.
- Stripe the Eggplant: When serving your enchanting eggplant dishes, stripe them with an orange cheddar sauce for a standout effect.
- Colorful Carrots: Use a mix of purple, orange, and yellow carrot sticks for a vibrant and festive vibe.
- Spookify the Table: Add toy spiders, skeleton arms, and skull heads to bring a spooky feel to your stylish setup.
- Cauldron Glow: Place a small cauldron with a purple LED light inside. It’ll fill any ambiance void and tie the whole table together.
- Blueberries And Blackberries: Create a fantastic fruit salad and add mandarin oranges with the syrup, creating intriguing purple food ideas combined with oranges!
The Pièce De Résistance: The Power of Purple
Don’t underestimate purple—it’s the pièce de résistance of any bewitching Halloween feast. Often overlooked but totally essential, purple brings a level of mystique that other colors can’t match.
Its power to pop against Halloween classics like orange and black can catapult your party from a “Hey, cool decorations” to a “Wow, you should totally do this professionally!”
So, this Halloween, are you ready to give the color purple the standing ovation it deserves? Transform your Halloween table with these amazing purple foods and styling tips.
Tell us how it goes, and don’t forget to share your spooktacular purple creations with us on social media. Purple for the win, witches!v ~ Dana XO