Frightfully Fun Feast for Halloween

Halloween Photo

Halloween Photo

Planning a haunting Halloween celebration? Surprise your favorite goblins with a boo-tiful buffet of eerie edibles. Our Test Kitchen home economists had a ghoulishly good time creating many of the ghostly goodies on this macabre menu.

To start, let friendly ghosts greet your guests. The kooky characters float atop a cool and creamy beverage that's quick to whip up in the blender.

Even pumpkin seeds wear disguises this time of year. Dress them up with two ingredients and watch as guests make the savory snack disappear.

To satisfy monstrous appetites, you can brew a bubbling pot of spirit-warming chili in less than a half hour. It's delicious ladled into individual bread "cauldrons" you baked earlier in the day.

End your spooktacular spread with a sweet treat. Big and little monsters alike will gobble up yummy sugar cookies inspired by colorful candy corn.

Boo Beverage: Silly spooks formed with whipped topping garnish glasses of this smooth drink made with sherbet, orange juice and bananas.

Monster Munchies: Magically transform pumpkin seeds into a spellbinding snack with ranch salad dressing mix. Or for a different twist, try this tasty treatment on squash seeds.

Bewitched Chili: Anne Mitchell of Lynchberg, Ohio lends a family favorite to our monstrous menu. Beef, tomatoes, garlic and a touch of cumin combine to create her hearty home-spun chili.

Cauldron Bread Bowls: Quick-rise yeast cuts the preparation time of this make-ahead bread. Hollow out the large rye rolls and fill with Bewitched Chili or your choice of dip for chips or veggies.

Candy Corn Cookies: Get a head start on these buttery cookies by shaping and chilling the homemade dough ahead of time. When you're ready, just slice and bake the tri-color treats.