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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.

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

Pumpkin Sloppy Joes

When my oldest granddaughter gave me eight of the 50 pumpkins she grew in her backyard, I didn't know how I'd use them all up! Then I remembered this recipe from a dear friend—I'm glad I tried it. I froze some of the pumpkin to use in this and other recipes, and also froze some of the sloppy joe mixture to enjoy later.—Eleanor McReynolds, Scott City, Kansas

Festive Pumpkin Dip

Festive Pumpkin Dip

Festive Pumpkin Dip

An unexpected use for pumpkin is in this creamy, zippy snack dip. It's a chunky, satisfying dip perfect for any time.—Evelyn Kennell, Roanoke, Illinois

Goblin Chewies

Goblin Chewies

Goblin Chewies

These light, crispy cookies are packed with fun ingredients perfect for Halloween. —Bernice Morris, Marshfield, Missouri
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Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

Sugar Cookie Scarecrow and Pumpkins

To add bushels of fall flavor to your birthday bash, try baking up this cookie scarecrow shaped and decorated by the Crafting Traditions kitchen crew. It starts with Vickie's sugar cookies. "The recipe is a winner with my family and friends," Vickie says. "I am always asked to bring it—or even make it—for people." The scarecrow's easily adapted for other themes besides. For example, try a clown with bouncing balls or an athlete with baseballs instead.—Vickie Wade, Bourbonnais, Illinois

Bat Wing Soup

Bat Wing Soup

Bat Wing Soup

Convenient stewed tomatoes are the base for this spooky soup that gets extra richness from cream added minutes before serving. It's nicely flavored with garlic (to keep those vampires away!) and garnished with toasty bat wings. (They are a snap to cut out of white bread-see instructions below.)

Frankenstein Salads

Frankenstein Salads

Frankenstein Salads

Kids of all ages will love these fun and fruity Frankenstein faces made from rectangles of jiggly green gelatin resting on bright purple kale. Bean sprout hair, jelly bean eyes and nose, mini marshmallow bolts and a sour cream smile give this memorable monster some playful personality.

Black Cat Cupcakes

Black Cat Cupcakes

Black Cat Cupcakes

If a black cat crosses your path, we hope it's one of these cute chocolaty creations. This time-saving recipe relies on a boxed cake mix and a can of prepared frosting jazzed up with simple cookie and candy decorations. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Broccoli Boo Salad

Broccoli Boo Salad

Broccoli Boo Salad

There's nothing scary about the recipe for this popular salad—it's delightfully easy to put together. The mandarin oranges also look nice with the colors in other foods and decorations for my theme.—Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California

Halloween Party Mix

Halloween Party Mix

Halloween Party Mix

"This colorful snack mix has a light coating that also makes it perfect for gatherings," notes field editor Jeanette Urbom of Overland Park, Kansas.

Graveyard Cake

Graveyard Cake

Graveyard Cake

Underneath tasty "tombstones," ghosts, pumpkins, "worms" and "soil" that make this dessert a conversation piece, you'll find a delectable chocolate cake made from scratch in a few simple steps. It's a recipe I use year-round with different frostings. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California

Jack-o'-Lantern Burgers

Jack-o'-Lantern Burgers

Jack-o'-Lantern Burgers

It's fun to "carve" cheesy faces on these nicely seasoned burgers I served at my Halloween theme party. Hungry trick-or-treaters in our family welcome the hearty sandwiches…and they're a can't-miss entree for a casual holiday get-together. —Vicki Schlechter, Davis, California
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