Party with Palmer’s: Spooky to ‘spook-free’ menus, events

Delicious chili, served in pumpkins, makes a fall gathering feel more festive.
Guests have plenty of options to choose from when Palmer's plans or caters the party.
A 'Zombie Party' is a popular theme with teens who like to enjoy the gory and scary side of Halloween.
Fun and tasty menu options, "Spook-free," are available for younger children.
A "Haunted Mansion" or witch's lair theme offers an elegant take on Halloween.
Let Palmer's handle the decor and the menu for your Halloween bash.

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October’s pumpkins, costumes, comfort foods and craft beers make it ripe for entertaining.

Just ask Megan Palmer Rivera, who uses her love of all things Halloween and fall-themed to create Pinterest-worthy food and parties as Palmer’s Market Culinary and Events Director.

“Halloween is one of the only holidays that isn’t about tradition — so we get to be a little more creative and whimsical,” Megan said.

The crisp air and changing leaves are a perfect backdrop for any number of outdoor parties by Palmer’s. If you’re hosting a block party, let guests sample a variety of freshly-made chilis, served in hollowed-out pumpkins, while kids enjoy a custom s’more station. A warm, soft pretzel bar and craft beer station make for a perfect Oktoberfest.

“In my neighborhood we do a pumpkin-carving party with all the kids and it’s BYOP — bring your own pumpkin,” Megan said. “One of my neighbors calls it our pre-hibernation party, before the weather gets too cold and we all stay inside.”

When it comes to Halloween, Palmer’s Events provides the decorations, food, custom cocktails and staff, dressed to match. Every party has something for all ages attending. The menus and decor can also be suited to all tastes — from the refined to the gory.

A “Spook-free” Halloween menu for young children includes mummy dogs, poultry fingers and desserts like a dirt cup with worms and purple people-eater punch.

“For the little ones we also do our vegetable graveyard — which is just some veggies in a cup with ranch dip,” Megan said. “It’s a fun way to get them to eat their veggies.”

Teens tend to love the Palmer’s “Zombie Party,” complete with gory decor and a menu of brain-dip and ogling eyeballs, to name a few.

For a little Halloween sophistication, Megan loves creating the drama of a “Haunted Mansion,” with velvet and satin linens, black candelabras, and silver platters of food. A witch theme is another favorite, complete with a spellbook and apothecary jars stuffed with mysterious items.

“The theme we create really carries over into everything at the party,” Megan said.

Creating a custom theme often comes from seeing the venue or meeting with clients.

“I visited one home and knew right away it was just perfect for a murder mystery,” Megan said. “As each guest arrived, we took their photos and they all became our list of suspects in the crime.”

For Megan, it’s all about making a memorable experience for clients — sharing her excitement for the season.

“It’s the transformation,” Megan said of Halloween. “You get to be somebody else for the day and tap into that creativity.”

If Palmer’s isn’t planning the party, customers can still take advantage of the specialty fall and Halloween menus.

“The great thing is a lot of these items are available by the dozen on our website,” Megan said. “We can cater the whole thing for you or you can just order a few items to supplement.”

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