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No Tricking with these Halloween Treats

No Tricking with these Halloween Treats
Written by Hannah Lee Leidy

Halloween casts a spell every year that makes us crave all-things spooky, sweet, and, okay fine, pumpkin spiced. Between carving pumpkins, assembling our costumes, and marathoning all three “Halloween” movies, we need to consider the menu for the evening. Leave the bagged candy for the other trick-or-treaters—your crew deserves a cut above the rest. These Halloween treats put a focus on seasonal flavors, festive colors, and, because it’s only once a year, sugar.

Whether you’re cooking for just the family or hosting a ghoulish gathering, these easy-to-eat snacks and sweets balance sweet with savory, and they taste better than anything you’ll get in a Halloween bucket.

Cheese Straws for Halloween Party

The Lee Brothers’ Cheese Straws

Call these bright, orange cheese straws Jack-0-Lantern Fingers for a kid-pleasing treat. Adults, alternatively, need no encouragement to eat this Southern party staple. 

Curry Sweet Potato Hand Pies

These spiced-savory hand pies put Halloween colors in the spotlight with the pumpkin-colored filling and black sesame seed topping. The recipe includes directions for how to make the pastry pockets, but you could also use frozen puff pastry or phyllo dough.

Deviled Country Ham

Deviled in preparation and wickedly delicious, this country ham spread makes an excellent addition to your spread of Halloween treats. Try it as a dip for crackers or serve it with sliders. 

Nachomama Cornbread for Halloween Treats

Nachomama Cornbread

This isn’t your plain ‘ol cornbread. These ochre-colored nuggets get pan-fried into small bites with a charred, crunchy exterior and rich batter inside. 

Halloween Treat for Your Sweet Tooth

Smoked Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars for Halloween Treats

Smoked Chocolate and Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

It’s not Halloween without chocolate! The crunchy pretzels pair with the smooth peanut butter base to give these smoked chocolate bars an addictive texture. The smoked chocolate evokes sensations of fall bonfires.

Halloween Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Not just a Halloween treat, we love this pumpkin pie ice cream because as the ideal dessert for any fall gathering. Make a big batch and enjoy during Halloween, Thanksgiving, and spur-of-the-moment dinner parties.

Apple Jacks for Halloween Treats

Apple Flapjacks

These portable pies are a treat for kids as they roam the neighborhood. Make extra to have for the week: The crispy crust enveloping the stewed apple filling makes the flapjacks a winning breakfast, dessert, or mid-day snack. 

Pumpkin Layer Cake

Pumpkin Layer Cake with Pecan Toffee

This cake does Halloween right with its decadent combination of pumpkin, chocolate, and toffee. Don’t let its beauty trick you; this showstopping dessert is deceptively simple to make.

Halloween Treats: Apple Butter Cream Pies

Apple Butter Oatmeal Cream Pies

Reminiscent of Little Debbie’s classic, this apple butter-infused cookie sandwich works as a more dressed-up version of the lunchbox staple. Serve it at your Halloween gathering as a party favor that carries the treats into the next day. 


Halloween Treats: Pumpkin Cookies

Perfect Pumpkin Cookie

We can’t talk about pumpkin season without this perfect pumpkin cookie, complete with milk chocolate chips. It’s a winning Halloween treat for all ages.


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