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Halloween

Trick or treat? Make this Halloween even more fun with a special menu created by Academia Barilla Chefs!

Even if Halloween is considered an American holiday, its name come contraction of All Hallows Eve, a Catholic holiday on the eve of All Saint’s Day. This holiday actually dates back 3,000 years.

For the ancient Celtic people, in fact, the night between October 31 and November 1 was not only the last night of one year and the first of the next, but also the night of the dead according to the legend of Samhain, the dark prince. The Celtics believed that the ghosts of the dead would leave their tombs and travel across the earth looking for their former homes. For this reason, people would wear scary masks to keep the spirits away. On the very same night, people would leave food outside their homes as a small peace offering to the bad ghosts in hopes that they wouldn’t play terrible tricks on them.

All of these Celtic traditions have been passed down over the years. During the mid-19th century, when over half a million Irishmen moved to the United States because of the Irish famine, they brought with them the Halloween tradition.

To celebrate the scariest night of the year,  Academia Barilla Chefs have come up with a special pumpkin-based menu that will please kids and adults alike!

The menu created by the Academia Barilla chefs

Pumpkin timbale with walnut and herb saucePumpkin timbale with walnut and herb sauce
Sweet and bitter flavors come together perfectly in this Halloween recipe.
Penne with pumpkin, bacon and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena Penne with pumpkin, bacon and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
A satisfying and flavorful pasta for this special evening.
Veal and pumpkin rolls on a bed of chicory and almondsVeal and pumpkin rolls on a bed of chicory and almonds
These delicate veal rolls are stuffed with pureed pumpkin and are an ideal meat course on the night of October 31st.
Halloween CookiesHalloween Cookies
Treat your kids to these fun Halloween cookies. Let them pick out their favorite shape.

Discover additional Halloween recipes

Pumpkin Puree with Goat Cheese Mousse and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of ModenaPumpkin Puree with Goat Cheese Mousse and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Crispy chips, soft pumpkin puree and cheese mousse are a great way yo start your Halloween meal.
Pumpkin soupPumpkin soup
A light first course that can be served directly from a pumpkin, amazing your Halloween guests.
Rosa di Parma Meatloaf Rosa di Parma Meatloaf
A classic recipe from Parma that is filling, yet delicate in flavor.
“Scapece” Pumpkin“Scapece” Pumpkin
A cold side dish to serve with Rosa di Parma.
Halloween Pumpkin Spice CookiesHalloween Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Delicious pumpkin cookies are the perfect way to end your Halloween dinner.