Halloween is the craziest holiday—a socially acceptable time to let your kooky and crazy treats shine. Cookie balls that look like mummies, brownies decorated with “cobwebs”—not to mention all the bizarre-o things you can make with JELL-O! We’ve got all kinds of recipes tips and tricks here, but by all means have a monster’s ball getting inspired by our Halloween party menus for kids and the Halloween party menus for grown-ups. If you’d like to see how easy it is to make these ghoulish and ridiculously fun cakes and treats, check out our holiday video how-to vault.
- Easy Halloween Truffles can be made ahead of time and make wonderful gifts! Pack them up in colorful treat boxes purchased at your local craft store.
- Our Jack-o'-Lantern "Cake" is sure to please everyone at your Halloween party, from the youngest ghouls to the oldest ghosties.
- It's easy to incorporate festive themes into your favorite recipes. Try using food coloring to tint canned vanilla frosting orange, then spread on chocolate cupcakes. If you have a bit more time, try making "Eyeball" Cupcakes or our Great Pumpkin Cake.
- Spiders are definitely friendlier when they're made of OREO Cookies and black string licorice. Check out our Spider Cupcakes for how-to directions.
- Visit our Halloween hub for even more recipes, tips, tricks and videos.
Halloween Fright Night Dinner
- Who says all Halloween treats have to be sweet? Our Scary Skillet Shepherd's Pie is full of veggies with nary a candy bar in sight.
- Fear not … our Monster Fingers Recipe are just chicken breasts in disguise!
- For a quick, spooky side dish, add a few drops of green food coloring to hot mashed potatoes.
- With our Halloween Party Menu for Kids or Adults, party planning is a snap! Be sure to serve a variety of savory as well as sweet items.
- Give kids a snack, such as cut-up vegetables and hummus or apple and pear slices, before heading out for trick-or-treating. They will feel more full and be less likely to overindulge in candy.
- Use a hollowed-out pumpkin as a tureen for serving Butternut Squash Soup with Sour Cream.
- Our Praline Pumpkin Mousse makes a perfect ending to a grown-up Halloween dinner.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Don't throw away the seeds from your Jack-o'-Lantern. Rinse well, then follow this recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. For a change of pace, you can even try using different seasonings.