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Halloween Party Recipes

Host the creepiest party on the block with these Halloween party recipes, including pizza, punch, chili, desserts, apple cider, pretzels, caramel apples, popcorn balls, pumpkin mousse, pumpkin spice bread, snack mix and more.

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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup

A local restaurant serves a similar soup but wouldn't share its recipe with me. So I developed my own, modifying a recipe for potato soup. I was really pleased at the way this all-American soup turned out. —Joanie Shawhan, Madison, Wisconsin

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

Zucchini Cupcakes

I asked my grandmother for this recipe after trying these irresistible spice cupcakes at her home. I love their creamy caramel frosting. They're such a scrumptious dessert you actually forget you're eating your vegetables, too! —Virginia Lapierre, Greensboro Bend, Vermont

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a wonderful recipe I discovered and changed a bit to suit my taste. I love the flavor of pumpkin and the cinnamon makes ordinary cream cheese frosting extra special. When I made a batch for my husband to take to work, he said they disappeared in record time.—Debbie Wiggins, Longmont, Colorado
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Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

Layered Turtle Cheesecake

After receiving a request for a special turtle cheesecake and not finding a good recipe, I created my own. Everyone is thrilled with the results and this cheesecake remains a favorite at the coffee shop where I work. —Sue Gronholz, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

I keep my freezer stocked for our harvest crew with home-baked goodies like this deliciously spicy pumpkin-rich quick bread. —Joyce Jackson, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

I like using pretty mini muffin liners and topping these peanut butter cups with colored sprinkles to coordinate with the holiday we're celebrating. People can't believe how simple it is to make this irresistible candy with gooey, peanut butter centers. —LaVonne Hegland, St. Michael, Minnesota

Giant Molasses Cookies

Giant Molasses Cookies

Giant Molasses Cookies

My family always requests these soft and deliciously chewy cookies. The cookies are also great for shipping as holiday gifts or to troops overseas. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake

It's surprising how perfectly chocolate and pumpkin combine in this two-toned firm cake. This flavorful mixture of ingredients really does take the cake! —Laurene Hunsicker, Canton, Pennsylvania

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

Apple Caramel Cheesecake Bars

It's a caramel apple, cheesecake and streusel-topped apple pie all rolled into one irresistible dessert. If you can’t resist a “taste test” before a party, just arrange them on a serving platter and no one will know a piece is missing from the pan! —Katherine White, Clemmons, North Carolina

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Pumpkin Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

Instead of a traditional pie, I like to surprise holiday guests with a silky cheesecake. Make it a day ahead and let it chill overnight. It's one less thing you'll have to make on the big day. —Dorothy Smith, El Dorado, Arkansas

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

Spice Cookies with Pumpkin Dip

My husband and two kids are sure to eat the first dozen of these cookies, warm from the oven, before the next tray is even done. A co-worker gave me the recipe for the pumpkin dip, which everyone loves with the cookies. —Kelly McNeal, Derby, Kansas
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