A picnic can be as simple or extra as you want it to be. When I host picnics for friends or put together a picnic for me and Tres, I think of it as if I'm deciding where to go to dinner - quick, fast, casual, easy OR fancy, frou frou, elegant, and Instagram worthy. Both are fine by me, but a planned, picnic to a lovely setting with a beautiful spread will be relished much longer - my idea of a fabulous afternoon!
So why a Halloween picnic? Because it's the most beautiful time of year consisting of sweater weather, gorgeous colors, and few bugs! Most people just prefer to be outside this time of year, and it won't be long before the temps drop too low to even think of a picnic. Halloween is simply one of the most fun holidays to celebrate so find a spooky, cozy backdrop and set your perfect picnic of lovely food, a few books, and wine!
What To Eat:
To me, a picnic is all about fancy meats and cheeses. Check out some of my Halloween meat and cheese boards for inspiration:
- Witching Fruit Board
- Darling Pumpkin Board
- Spooky Sausage Board
Also a beautiful baguette from the bakery and any spreads (Fig, Apple Butter, Pumpkin Jelly) to go on it works as the perfect centerpiece of any picnic.
What To Drink:
A seasonal wine that really speaks "fall" is what I go for on a picnic. A deep red that's still light enough for the day time or a buttery chardonnay to warm you on the inside. I'm also all about an Oktoberfest or Pumpkin brewsky, so you decide!
What to Pack:
A beautiful neutral colored blanket to act as a backdrop for your food. Food shows up better on neutral colors.
A pretty picnic basket. I got one years ago and use it constantly. Plus it's so pretty in photos. If you can't find a picnic basket Michaels and Hobby Lobby has loads of cute little baskets with handles.
Books! I prefer any type of campfire tale stories - The Scariest Stories You've Ever Heard and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark are ideal!! Actually, they're life!!! If you didnt grow up reading these books, buy them for your children or future children!
Platters or Cheese Boards and utensils for food
Wine glasses - nothing beats the real thing. We always take glass wine glasses with us on picnics.
Little hints of Halloween - a pumpkin, a skull, a skeleton dog - haha! It just brings it all to life.
Where To Go:
Your favorite park
Your backyard (no one said you have to leave home)
A campground or the woods
The drive in movie (new Halloween movie. anyone?)
A cemetery (if you dare! Seriously though, some actually have picnic areas).