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Halloween Desserts

Make desserts for a party or to hand out during trick-or-treat with these spine-tingling recipes for Halloween desserts, including cake, cupcakes, candy, cheesecake, cookies, pie, tortes, trifle, blondies, peanut butter cups, pumpkin mousse, glazed apples and more.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake

We sometimes call this Thanksgiving Cake because it's a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie, but we don't relegate it to just that holiday. I think you'll agree it's delicious any time of the year.—Kathy Rhoads, Circleville, Ohio

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake

A slice into this fun pumpkin-shaped dessert reveals a moist banana cake inside. A tempting nut filling joins two cakes to form the pumpkin. Decorating is easy with orange-tinted frosting. We use it as a birthday cake, but it also would be nice following a special fall meal. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota

Owl Cookies

Owl Cookies

Owl Cookies

I came up with these cookies as a treat for my kids class parties. Not only do they look cute but they are also delicious.—Starrlette Howard, Ogden, Utah
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Quick Ghost Cookies

Quick Ghost Cookies

Quick Ghost Cookies

Spruce up store-bought cookies for the holiday. These are a real hit with "goblins" of all ages. —Denise Smith, Lusk, Wyoming

Wiggly Pumpkins

Wiggly Pumpkins

Wiggly Pumpkins

Pumpkin-shaped cookie cutters form these festive finger snacks. My grandkids love them! —Frances Poste, Wall, South Dakota

Halloween Layer Cake

Halloween Layer Cake

Halloween Layer Cake

There's nothing "scary" about this cake. I make it every Halloween for my husband, Mike, and our three children. —Karen Wirth, Tavistock, Ontario

Cream Puff Monsters

Cream Puff Monsters

Cream Puff Monsters

These "costumed" cream puffs are as cute as can be. —Susan Seymour, Valatie, New York

Spiderweb Brownies

Spiderweb Brownies

Spiderweb Brownies

To decorate these moist brownies for Halloween, I drizzle a chocolate spiderweb on their white icing. They're so delicious and chocolaty...you'll find yourself making them for gatherings throughout the year. —Sandy Pichon, Slidell, Louisiana

Kid's Play Dough

Kid's Play Dough

Kid's Play Dough

It's perfectly okay for young ones to play with this food! The edible dough made by our kitchen staff is ideal for modeling as well as munching. So encourage the tots at your gathering to create spooky stuff—then invite them to eat their efforts.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Ghostly Custards

Ghostly Custards

Ghostly Custards

You'll hear shrieks of delight when these not-so-spooky pumpkin custards appear for dessert. These ghosts will be gobbled up in no time! —Suzanne Strocsher, Bothell, Washington

Owl Eyes Cookies

Owl Eyes Cookies

Owl Eyes Cookies

These cookies are a real hoot, and they taste as good as they look. Each fall, it was a tradition for my Grandma to bake batches of Owl Cookies. The sweets were so tasty that we'd beg her to make them before the leaves had even begun turning. —Liz Clemons, Sumter, South Carolina
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