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Homemade Halloween Party Food Recipes

Updated on October 18, 2012
Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Pie
Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Pie | Source

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Halloween parties are always fun. They can be very, very family friendly (i.e. for children with games and cartoons) or very adult (i.e. drenched in Halloween-themed drinks and horror movies).

Either way, food is always present. If you don’t want just order pizza and buy store-bought bags of candy, and cookies from Costco, you can always make your own treats.

I know that most people don’t think that making food from scratch for a party is ever appreciated by the guests (Most people might notice for a second, or mention it in passing as they reach for another drink), but doing it can become a tradition that people remember and look forward to it.

(We all know those stories of fond memories of someone's grandma, aunt or mother who would always make this or that type of treat on Halloween).

So, I put together a short list of a few easy homemade treats that aren’t difficult to make and, for the most part, can be made in a short period of time. They can just as easily be made a day or two in advance to save time and stress. Enjoy!

Halloween themed sugar cookie cutters
Halloween themed sugar cookie cutters | Source

Frosted Sugar Cookies

When I was a kid, sugar cookies were a special treat normally saved for the holiday (mainly Christmas).

I still have vivid and happily memories of the those cookies: colored sugar, sprinkled glitter and dotted with cinnamon chips.

I've noticed that you can purchase these cookies at the grocery store, but they just don't taste as good as homemade ones.

Recently, I have started a tradition (in the last few years) of making a few batches of Halloween sugar cookies (with the cookie cutter and colored frosting).

True, making these cookies is a bit laborsome: you have to make the dough with cold butter and constantly keep the dough cold as you roll them out and cut them out. but I've never eaten a store-bought one that tastes as good.

I've added a link to my recipe for them; they are a bit time consuming, but are well worth it!

Rice Krispies usually have the recipes on the side of the boxes.
Rice Krispies usually have the recipes on the side of the boxes. | Source

Rice Krispies Treats (Marshmallow Squares)

These staples of childhood are great to eat, but can be a pain to make. (I have attempted to make these ultimate treats twice and both times I’ve failed miserably. However; once you get the hang of making these treats, they are actually fun to put together).

Here is a simple recipe for them (you can add chocolate chip, peanuts or M&M's if you like):

-3 tbsp. butter

-10 oz. of Marshmallows

-6 cups Rice Krispies cereal

1) In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted and then remove from heat.

2) Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.

3) Lightly press the mixture into a large (9x13 inch) baking dish and allow to cool and set up. You can refrigerate it to keep it fresh, but allow it to come to room temperature before cutting and serving them.

A Double Boiler
A Double Boiler | Source

Chocolate Cover Peanuts

Sure, you can buy these things anywhere, but there are a few times a year when making homemade treats should be done: It is not just traditional, it’s also exciting and appreciated.

These are very easy to make and they don’t take too long to make.

You can use any type of nuts you like (peanuts, almonds, walnuts and even pistachios if you like them); and you can use which ever type of chocolate that you like (white, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, or dark) or a combination of all them together.

The steps are pretty easy, even if you've never done this before:

-4 cups nuts

-2 cup (16 oz.) chocolate (shaved or chopped / chocolate chips)

1) Over a double boiler (a medium pot with a inch of water in it, with a glass bowl over it; see picture) over low heat, melt the 2 cups of chocolate or chocolate chips.

2) Stir constantly; if it gets too clumpy add a tablespoon of coffee to help loosen it up.

3) Toss 1/2 cup of nuts at a time in the melted chocolate. (If you use pre-salted nuts rinse them under cold water and dry them before coating with chocolate.)

4) Pick the nuts out of the chocolate with a fork and spread the nut on a sheet pan lined with wax paper.

5) Allow them to cool before serving.

Some basic ingredients for pumkpin pie.
Some basic ingredients for pumkpin pie. | Source
A simple Jack O Lantern design
A simple Jack O Lantern design | Source

Pumpkin Pie

You carve up a pumpkin, scoop out it brains and set it outside with a candle in its skull, so you might as well make a pie to go along with it.

Sure, pumpkin pie is usually reserved for Thanksgiving, but they (sugar pumpkins or baking pumpkins) are plentiful around the fall and taste just as good on Halloween as on Turkey Day—just don’t confuse them with the huge carving pumpkins. There is also the canned pumpkin mash if you don’t want to try baking a sugar pumpkin.

There is a neat little decoration you can put on the pie to make it more festive:

-After it is baked, while it’s cooling, you can sprinkle a combination of spices ( ½ tablespoon of ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon of ground ginger, ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and a 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves) in a "Jack O' Lantern" design on the top of the pie.

You can cut out the design on a sheet of paper with a pair of scissors (see picture) and lay it over the top of the pie and sprinkle the spices over the top (like a spray paint thing).

There are many pumpkin pie recipes out there, but I've added a link to one of my pie recipes if you want to try it.

A huge batch of pumpkins
A huge batch of pumpkins | Source

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

After you've carved up the pumpkin and taken out the guts for your Jack O Lantern, you can toast up some of the pumpkin seeds for a nice treat.

-After you hollow out the pumpkin, separate the seeds from the membranes.

-Wash them off, making sure that you get all the membrane strings and juices off of them.

-Allow them to dry (or you can pat them dry with a paper towel)

-Toss them in a tablespoon of olive oil to lighly coat them.

-Put them on a cookie lined with parchment paper (make sure they are equally spread out).

-Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.

-Toast them for about 10 minutes (make sure to keep an eye on them or they can easily burn. The size and thickness of the seeds vary for pumpkin to pumpkin).

-Right after you take them out of the oven sprinkle them (or toss them in) cracked black pepper or some paprika or cayenne pepper (to taste).

Yummy apples
Yummy apples | Source

Chocolate Covered Apples

I remember bobbing for apples at Halloween parties when I was a kid (not my favorite thing, but it was a tradition).

If you want to do the same just make sure you do it in the backyard, because you’ll get water everywhere.

If you just want to go with a less wet and messy apple alternative you can make some chocolate covered apples.

There are many ways to do a chocolate apple and you can pick whichever one you find easier or more enjoyable.

-Use the same directions as the chocolate covered pueanuts for melting the chocolate (if you choose to do both, it's a good idea to make them at the same time).

--You can dunk the apples in melted chocolate (similar to candy apples) or drizzle the chocolate over the top of the apple.

-Either way, place the chocolate-coated apples on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper to dry (if you want, you can sprinkle them with chopped nuts while the chocolate is still soft).


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    • Edgar Arkham profile image

      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading! The pickled eyeballs and stuff reminds of the "dead witch's body parts" gag when we were kids.... "these are her eyes, her brains, her intestines...."

      But you can find those kind of recipes all over the place. I just wanted to have a more simple and basic menu for a halloween party.

      Thanks again for reading!

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Thank you for all of these great party food ideas.. I thought I was going to find pickled eyeballs and severed fingers and stuff like that.. hehe- I mean, the gory stuff is fun.. but these do sound more appetizing :) Love ALL the ideas and recipes you have shared... Voted up!

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading; glad you enjoyed it!

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      Twila Nelson 5 years ago from Carmichael, California

      Thank you for sharing these recipes with HubPages today because we are preparing for a children's Halloween and harvest festival themed birthday party for next week. We are looking at every homemade fun and spooky recipe and game we can find. Oh, and we are covered in paint. Enjoy this wonderful and fun season!

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thank you for reading!

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      Amanda 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Mmm, Rice Krispie treats are the best! I completely agree it's worth it to make a special food for Halloween. People do appreciate the creativity or the talent involved.