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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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If you love gingerbread, you won't be able to resist this crispy, crunchy 'corn. Munch it yourself or share it as a tasty gift! —Lynne Weigle-Snow, Alexandria, Virginia
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Jack-o'-Lantern Cake

Jack-o'-Lantern Cake

Jack-o'-Lantern Cake

I pieced two fluted tube pan cakes together to make this gap-toothed grinner that will make the best-ever centerpiece at your Halloween party. —Julianne Johnson, Grove City, Minnesota

Bat Cupcakes

Bat Cupcakes

Bat Cupcakes

Even my adult children love these Halloween cupcakes! We serve them every year at our pumpkin-carving party. You can also make them with the fudge stripes on their wings facing up for variety. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

Apple Peanut Butter Cookies

These spiced peanut butter cookies are great for fall gatherings. They're crisp on the outside and soft inside. —Marjorie Benson, New Castle, Pennsylvania
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pie

After spending an afternoon in the chilly October air at our town’s pumpkin rolling contest, my family, including my grandchildren, head over to my house for a fun pumpkin-themed meal including this luscious dessert. —Diane Selich, Vassar, Michigan

Frosty Ginger Pumpkin Squares

Frosty Ginger Pumpkin Squares

Frosty Ginger Pumpkin Squares

My family loves getting together to sample good food. While pumpkin makes it perfect for the holidays, this ice cream dessert is requested year-round.

Savory Pumpkin Quiche

Savory Pumpkin Quiche

Savory Pumpkin Quiche

This quiche satisfies a seasonal craving I get for all things pumpkin. Fresh mushrooms add flavor, and I try different types like baby portobello and cremini mushrooms. —Rachel Garcia, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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

Autumn Apple Salad

Autumn Apple Salad

Autumn Apple Salad

Whether I make it for a Sunday dinner, a company dinner or a covered-dish dinner, people like the blend of flavor in this salad. The ladies ask for the recipe...the men ask me to make sure their wives get a copy of it! Our house is on the edge of town. It has lots of room for gardening (my husband, my parents and grandparents, all lived on farms). I'm a second-grade teacher with two boys, 5 and 2, who "help" Mommy cook.

Maple-Orange Pot Roast

Maple-Orange Pot Roast

Maple-Orange Pot Roast

From Orlando, Florida, Christina Marquis explains, “Served with fresh bread, this easy-to-prepare, tender roast is a wonderful reminder of New England’s autumn flavors. It always brings back memories of a friend’s maple sap house in New Hampshire, where we’re originally from.”

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

I used to live in Australia, where this soup is served often. I had to have the recipe, and now it's one of my family's favorites. —Tiffany Pope, Draper, Utah

Giant Molasses Cookies

Giant Molasses Cookies

Giant Molasses Cookies

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