Whether you’re holding down the fort while the kids are trick-or-treating or having all your friends over for a celebration, you don’t need to settle for prepackaged sweets this Halloween. From smoking punch to delectable desserts, we’re all about homemade goodness and creative drinks to make this a memorable Halloween.
While the kids munch on fun-sized packages of Smartfood, throw together this spicy treat—the cinnamon-sugar sweetness perfectly complements a touch of chile oil. The recipe only takes about 10 minutes, and makes a big serving that’s scary-movie ready. Get our Spicy Cinnamon-Sugar Popcorn recipe.
These eggnog popcorn balls taste like the boozy real thing, but can be shared with all ages. Make as a treat for your own relaxing Halloween in, or in bulk for your whole group. Get our Eggnog Popcorn Balls recipe.
A dose of pumpkin spice makes the classic sticky, sugary crisp rice cereal treats a little more grown-up, but a drizzle of white chocolate ensures they’re still plenty sweet. If you’re looking for a boozy batch, try our White Russian Cereal Treats, but these pumpkin spice squares are fit to share with the kids. Get the recipe.
While certain children may egg houses, you know they’re best when cooked and consumed. Add some truly devilish heat to your deviled eggs with Sriracha, and for the occasion, swap out the cilantro for toasted black sesame seeds, which play well with with the flavors and make a perfect color partner with the orange pickled carrots. Get our Sriracha Deviled Eggs recipe.
Think candy apples that aren’t hard on your teeth—and have alcohol to boot. This dish is more of a time commitment, but believe us, it’s worth it. You’ll have the house smelling like the delicate balance between sweet cinnamon and mouth-watering, buttery goodness. While you wait for it to bake, you can throw together a warm Hot Toddy with the leftover apple brandy. Get our Spiced Apple Galette recipe.
All the same candy you’d get on your childhood trick-or-treating rounds, but placed on top of a deep, dark chocolate tart with notes of peanut butter and Nutella—sometimes, it is better to be all grown up. Get the recipe.
If you’re going to make your own ice cream, it better be boozy. This recipe yields an ice cream that’s at once rich and icy, making the perfect base for a float or sundae—and, of course, it’s incredible on its own. Get our Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream recipe.
Why settle for a Hershey’s when you can roll up some decadent truffle balls in just 40 minutes? These treats mix in liqueur and zest for a perfectly sweet, creamy, and sophisticated dessert. Get our Orange Marmalade Truffles recipe.
Have a lot of party invites? Cook up some of these easy candies and bring a baggie to each of your get-togethers, or set on the coffee table as a homemade pick-me-up for your guests. Get our Honey-Butterscotch Candy recipe.
This bark is ridiculously easy and incredibly delicious—ideal for a Halloween event contribution when you’re pinched for time. We love the dash of cayenne with pepitas, but also encourage creativity with the add-ins to this treat. Get our Chocolate-Toffee-Pumpkin Seed Bark recipe.
There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch in front of your favorite scary movie and a big cup of hot chocolate—except maybe spiked hot chocolate. This recipe allows for some creativity with liquor flavors to pair well with whichever treats you’d like. Get our Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate recipe.
Though it may be considered a summer treat, The Original Zombie is a delicious addition to any spooky-themed parties. Make for you and a loved one or throw together a large batch to share. Get The Original Zombie recipe.
Not too sweet and deceptively strong—Full Moon is the perfect autumn-themed punch for your Halloween party. Use juicy, fresh apple slices, or sub with other favorite seasonal produce such as pears. Get our Full Moon recipe.
This punch is surprisingly easy to throw together the day before the holiday and yields nearly three dozen drinks! Perfect for adding a festive touch or completing an overarching party theme. Get our Smoking Swamp Halloween Punch recipe.
Ring in the start of the holiday season with a warming mulled wine on Halloween night. This recipe needs to infuse overnight, but makes up to eight drinks—great for a small gathering on a cold October evening. Get our Mulled Red Wine recipe.
Drink seasonally with fresh cranberries, apples, and apple juice on Halloween night. This punch is intended for large batches and yields a sweeter cocktail. Get our Brandy Apple Punch recipe.
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