I have been collecting Halloween recipes for the past few years, here are some of my favs. Lots more in the replies! - Mandee 

Use breadstick dough (store bought or homemade) and cut into strips. Use scissors to snip the ends into 2 pieces and roll them down to make the bone shape. Dip in “bloody” marinara! For extra flavor sprinkle with garlic and Parmesan.

Halloween Bark

Melt chocolate chips on stove top and gather goodies for the topping.Spread melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil, and sprinkle with candy bar toppings. Use a small piece of wax paper to gently press the loose candies into the chocolate. Melt white chocolate and/or peanut butter chips in the microwave and drizzle on top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then break into pieces.

Tip: Be careful with the melted chocolate & the younger kids. Younger kids can help pick out the candies, crush them up & sprinkle them. 

Voodough Dolls


Voodough Dolls

You Need:

To Make:

PREPARE cookies as directed on package. Cool completely.

CUT marshmallow in half lengthwise. Frost cut side of marshmallows and place each on a cookie. Trim off excess cookie around marshmallows so that the marshmallow and cookie are the same shape. The cookie crumbs can be saved and used for an ice cream topping or in a shake.

LIGHTLY FROST marshmallows. For each doll, position 6 body parts on each plate for the head, body, arms and legs. To keep from sliding, a small amount of frosting can be used as glue on the bottom of each cookie.

CUT licorice into small pieces for stitching and for the mouths. Place morsels for eyes and buttons.

FOR PINS, pinch off a small piece of Laffy Taffy and roll into small balls. Insert pretzel sticks. If using toothpicks, discard pins before eating.

• If string licorice is not available, tubes of decorator gel or icing can be used for stitching. 

Witches Wands

Another fun Halloween treat to make with your little ones. Older ones can carefully do the dipping and the younger ones can roll on the sprinkles. 

Melt down white chocolate (you really could use regular too) Using large breadstick like pretzels, dip them in the chocolate and then immediately roll in your fav Halloween sprinkles. 

Tip: Change up the sprinkles to make it for any theme! 

Spider Web Dip

This trick works for pretty much any dip that you could pipe sour cream on top of! Put some sour cream in a plastic baggie with the end snipped off and use it to draw a web pattern. Throw on a fake spider or two and your favorite party dip is instantly creepy!

Slimy Worms

(My actual pic from when I made them)

Just slice hotdogs and drop them into boiling water for just a minute or two and they’ll curl a bit. Drain and put in a large bowl & add BBQ sauce. Eat alone or on buns! 

Tip: You can have the kids cut up the hot dogs & stir the up the sauce. I put mine in the crock pot after I made them to keep warm during our party.

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Halloween Party Treat: Witches Finger Cookies

Creep out everyone at your Halloween party with witches finger cookies. You can use any shortbread cookie recipe, but here’s one for you to use if you prefer.

Witches Finger Cookie Recipe

Yield: 5 dozen

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Almond extract
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 2/3 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup whole Almonds, blanched
  • 2 squares of melting chocolate, or chocolate bark

Combine the sugar, egg, butter, almond extract, and vanilla in a bowl. Mix in the flour, and salt. Cover and refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it’s firm.

When you’re ready to shape the cookies, only take out a small portion of the dough at a time. Shape the cookies into fingers by rolling and working with your hands. Score the top of the cookie with a knife or spatula to make it look like the wrinkles in your knuckle. Press an imprint into the tip of the cookie with your finger to make a spot for the almond finger nail. Press an almond into the tip of each finger to look like a fingernail.

Placed on a cooking sheet lightly coated with no-stick cooking spray and bake at 325` for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cookies are a very light golden brown. Let the cookies cool on a drying rack.

Use melting chocolate to go around the outside of the almond nail, giving a ghoulish appearance. Just melt the chocolate, put it in an icing piping bag, and cut a very small hole in the tip. Then pipe around the nail.

If you use red melting chocolate the look will be even more dramatic, you can also make small drops of chocolate blood, or chocolate cuts on the cookies if you really want to gross out your guests.

The witches finger cookies will make great party treats, but you can also bundle them up in a decorative container and use them for your Halloween party favors.

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Witches Brew
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Submitted By: MOMMYGABS
Photo By: laurie k.
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 7 Days
Servings: 16

"A fun Halloween attention getter. Great for parties. A fake hand is frozen in a disposable glove and then slipped into the punch bowl!"
1 (10 ounce) package frozen raspberries
, thawed
2 1/2 cups cranberry juice
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
2 liters ginger ale
2 liters sparkling apple cider (non
6 gummi snakes candy

1. To make the frozen hand: Wash and rinse the outside of a rubber glove. Turn glove inside out and set aside. In a 4 cup measuring cup, combine the thawed raspberries and cranberry juice.
2. Pour 2 cups of the raspberry mixture into a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over and let stand 2 minutes. Warm over low heat, stirring constantly, just until gelatin dissolves. Mix back into the reserved raspberry mixture in the measuring cup.
3. Pour raspberry mixture into the inverted glove. Gather up the top of the glove and tie securely with kitchen twine. Freeze until solid, or several days if possible.
4. To serve: Carefully cut glove away from frozen hand. Place frozen hand, palm side up, leaning against side of a large punch bowl. Pour in ginger ale and sparkling cider. Garnish with gummy snakes.
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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Candy Corn Marshmallow Treats
Candy Corn-Marshmallow Crispy Treats recipe
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10 min
10 min
24 servings

what you need

cup  butter
cups  JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
drops  yellow food coloring
drops  red food coloring
cups  crisp rice cereal
cups  candy corn

make it


MICROWAVE butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 45 sec. or until melted. Add marshmallows; toss to coat. Microwave 1-1/2 min. or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring in food colorings after 45 sec.

ADD cereal and candy corn; mix well. Press onto bottom of 13x9-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray.

COOL completely before cutting into bars. Cut each bar diagonally in half.

kraft kitchens tips

Melt butter in large saucepan on low heat. Add marshmallows; cook until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients; continue as directed.
Use waxed paper to press marshmallow mixture into prepared pan.
Store in airtight container at room temperature.

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Crescent Mummy Dogs

Crescent Mummy Dogs
  • of ingredients5
  • prep time 30 Min
  • total time 50 Min
can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
2 1/2
slices American cheese, quartered (2.5 oz)
large hot dogs
Cooking spray
Mustard or ketchup, if desired
  • Heat oven to 375°F.
  • If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough; separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough; cut into 4 rectangles.
  • With knife or kitchen scissors, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half).
  • Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog and 1/4 slice of cheese to look like "bandages," stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate "bandages" so hot dog shows through for "face." On ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs (cheese side down); spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
  • Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until dough is light golden brown and hot dogs are hot. With mustard, draw features on "face."

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

10 Halloween Treats (That Don’t Require a Culinary Degree To Make)

No-Bake Spiderweb Cheesecake: Martha never disappoints with her Halloween inspiration. This cheesecake was an instant winner with me because it’s gorgeous and comes together waaaaay more quickly than most cheesecakes. (And no baking!)
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Marshmallow Witches: Taste of Home came up with these adorable witches…no actual cooking required. That’s green-tinted coconut for the hair!
marshmallow witches 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Graveyard Brownies: My cooking contest buddy Jenny posted these on her blog, Picky Palate, a week or two ago. I thought she deserved a medal for her ingenious use of theMilano cookie as a tombstone!
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Vampire Cupcake- My girlfriend sent me this picture and I’ve kept it on file for almost a year. I don’t have the “recipe” but I’m pretty sure none if it was made from scratch. The red cape is a fruit roll up with the edges cut in a scallop pattern. It’s “glued” by cutting the cupcake in half (horizontally) and adding a layer of frosting for the wings to stick to, then placing the top half back on.
vampire cupcake 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Sweet and Salty Caramel Apples: They had me at “salty”…the addition of the salt makes these very sophisticated. Probably not for the preschool class…but maybe an apple for the teacher?
sweet and salty caramel apples 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Halloween Spritz Cookies: A holiday classic adapted beautifully for Halloween.
spritz cookies 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Strawberry Ghosts:These are super easy if you have deep pockets. They’re actually sold by Godiva, but I bookmarked them because I think I could rig up a homemade version fairly easily.
strawberry ghosts 300x221 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Pumpkin Veggie Tray:The token healthy item, I actually thought this was a pretty cute way to serve something healthy for a party. Thanks to Taste of Home, this one requires no fuss; it comes together in 10 minutes flat!
carrot pumpkin 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Cheeseball Goblin: I always feel like I should have at least one savory snack at a Halloween party (in addition to the token healthy snack above). Paula Deen came up with this goblin dude and I thought he was “real cute y’all.”
cheeseball goblin 300x225 10 easy to make Halloween treats

Black Widow Cocktail: And this is for when the kids go to bed after the Halloween party….
black widow cocktail 300x199 10 easy to make Halloween treats

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Peppy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from the Betty Crocker site!

Peppy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

You Need:


cup pumpkin seeds from fresh pumpkin
teaspoons vegetable oil
teaspoons Old El Paso® taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)

To Make:


  • 1Heat oven to 350°F. Rinse pumpkin seeds; remove any pulp and fiber. Pat seeds dry with paper towels. Spread seeds in ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. Sprinkle with oil; stir to coat.
  • 2Bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring once, until deep golden brown and crisp.
  • 3Sprinkle warm seeds with taco seasoning mix. Cool completely, about 10 minutes, before serving.


For more pumpkin fun, pop these in the oven to roast while you carve your pumpkin.

Serves: 8

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

Popcorn balls



Sweet and gooey, these Candy Corn Popcorn Balls are the perfect Halloween treat! You won’t believe how easy it is to make popcorn balls using melted marshmallows, popcorn and candy corn. Be sure to press the balls together firmly, so that they won’t fall apart.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1/2 stick (2 ounces) butter
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 bag plain popped popcorn (12 cups popped)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups candy corn


1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Place the popped popcorn and the candy corn in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

3. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 30-45 seconds to melt it. Add the marshmallows, and microwave for an additional 90 seconds to melt them. The marshmallows might not look melted at the end of this time, but once you stir them, they should liquefy. Stir to blend the butter and marshmallows, then add the vanilla and salt and stir until the candy is well-mixed.

4. Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn and candy corn, and stir until they are thoroughly combined. Allow the mixture to sit for a minute, to cool down the hot marshmallow.

5. Spray your hands with nonstick cooking spray, and scoop up a handful of popcorn. Press it firmly between your hands, forming a ball shape. Make sure that the balls are compact; loosely formed popcorn balls easily fall apart. If the balls don’t form at first, allow the mixture to sit for another minute, this seems to help them hold together.

6. Place the popcorn balls on the prepared baking sheet and allow them to firm up at room temperature. Store the popcorn balls in an airtight container in a cool, dry room.

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Tonic Water - The Secret to Ghostly Glowing Jell-O Shots

Jell-O Shot Brain Jell-O Shot Brain
In Normal Light   Under the Black Light 

This is the coolest – Jell-O that glows under black light. What’s the trick? Tonic water. The quinine is luminescent under ultraviolet light. Jell-O made with tonic water will light up eerily. We found that Berry Blue is one of the best colors to show off that ectoplasmic glow. You’ll get a brighter light if you make your Jell-O with tonic water as the only liquid (boiling half, and adding half cold), but it won’t taste that good. Plus, you want some booze in there. We found that some Malibu takes the edge off the quinine’s bitterness and works well with the berry flavor. Make regular Jell-O shots, or use a mold to make a glowing brain. Glowing Jell-O also looks good in other props, like syringes and petri dishes.

Brain Mold 

Boo-Berry Black Light Jell-O Shots

3 oz. pkg Berry Blue Jell-O
1 cup Tonic Water 
¾ cup Malibu plus ¼ cup tonic water

Bring one cup of tonic water to a boil. Add to Jell-O and stir till dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature. Stir in the Malibu and additional tonic. Pour into cups and chill. If using a brain mold, multiply this recipe by four (use two 6 oz. boxes of Jell-O).

Here is the link as CM is cutting it off: http://www.myscienceproject.org/halloween.html

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Oct. 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

The Great Drunken Pumpkin

What’s better than pumpkin pie? Pumpkin pie with booze in it! This is an alcoholic spin on a traditional fall favorite that you can use throughout the holidays. You can pour the pumpkin mixture straight into cups, or use Keebler ready-to-use mini graham cracker crusts. You could even crush up some graham crackers and make mini crusts inside Jell-O shot cups. Because it has no eggs and little dairy, this recipe lacks some of the richness of regular pumpkin pie. We added some butterscotch schnapps to make up for that, and a dollop of whipped cream will do the rest.

Vodka and Butterscotch Schnapps

Great Drunken Pumpkin Pie Jell-O Shots

8 Keebler mini graham cracker crusts
1 envelope Knox gelatin
1 cup water + 1/4 cup for later
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
½ cup vodka
½ tbsp heavy cream
2 tbsp butterscotch schnapps
Whipped cream topping

Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in saucepan and let sit a few minutes. Heat over low heat while stirring until the gelatin is dissolved. Add the pumpkin, sugar, and spice and continue stirring over low heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and cool for 30 minutes. Combine liquors, ¼ cup water, and cream in a bowl. Whisk in the pumpkin mixture and pour into pie crusts or shot cups. Chill and serve with whipped cream.

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