Our Best Halloween Ideas
Photo By: Karl Juengel ©Hearst Communications Inc., 2009
©Hearst Communications Inc., 2009
Candy Corn Parfait
This grown-up parfait draws inspiration from candy corn's colorful layers: Use yellow lemon curd, sliced oranges and fresh-whipped cream.
Get the Recipe: Candy Corn Parfait
Turn a store-bought jelly-roll cake into realistic corn cob. Shape the cake, spread with icing and then bedazzle with candy corn "kernels." Green fondant serves as the corn husk.
Get the Recipe: Corn on the Cob Cake
These cupcakes have chocolatey bodies and fluffy white icing that tastes as good as it looks. Add food coloring to make the candy eyes pop!
Get the Recipe: Ghouly Cupcakes
Orange Sherbert Cups With Berries
Use orange halves to serve this fresh Halloween-hued dessert, then top with fresh blackberries.
Get the Recipe: Orange Sherbet Cups With Blackberries
Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding
Top homemade pumpkin pudding with a dollop of meringue and, for fun, some candy eyes.
Get the Recipe: Ghostly Pumpkin Pudding
Pumpkin Pie Parfaits
Transform canned pumpkin into an easy layered dessert. Alternate crushed gingersnaps, bourbon-spiked pumpkin filling and whipped cream.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin-Pie Parfaits
Perfect Caramel Apples
Don't let fall go by without biting into a crisp, sweet caramel apple. Keep it simple with a layer of homemade caramel, or dip yours in one of our favorite crunchy toppings.
These cute caramels are a fun take on classic caramel apples. Cut fresh pears into wedges, then coat with homemade caramel and add a candy "face."
Get the Recipe: Caramel Pear Mice
Maple-Cinnamon Spider Web
Garnish cinnamon-spiced fritter "webs" with gummy spiders for a scary-good dessert.
Get the Recipe: Maple Cinnamon Spider Web Fritters
Spiced Caramel Roulade With Ginger Cream
Roll a sweet potato-spice cake around ginger-flecked whipped cream. Use powdered sugar and stencils to create a Halloween pattern on top.
Get the Recipe: Spiced Caramel Roulade with Ginger Cream
Mexican Pumpkin Punch
Celebrate pumpkin in drink form! Mix pumpkin puree into the punch, then garnish with pineapple chunks, pecans and a splash of rum, if desired.
Get the Recipe: Mexican Pumpkin Punch
Alton's Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
After you carve your jack-o-lantern, don't throw away the seeds — roast them!
Watch the Video: Toasting Pumpkin Seeds with Alton
Claire's Dark and Spooky
"Classic cocktails are so trendy right now. One of my favorites is this twist on a Dark and Stormy, perfect for Halloween." — Claire Robinson, for Food Network Magazine
Get the Recipe: Claire Robinson's Dark and Spooky
Vampire Blood Tomato Soup With Muenster Sammies
Kick up the creepy factor by serving tomato soup in test-tube "shooters." Pair with monster-shaped Muenster cheese sandwiches.
Get the Recipe: Vampire Blood Tomato Soup with Muenster Sammies
Candy Corn Cordials
Infuse vodka with sweet candy corn, then mix with orange liqueur and lemon juice.
Get the Recipe: Candy Corn Cordials
Sandra's Halloween Tablescape
Turn pumpkins and Halloween candy into a decked-out tablescape — Sandra shows you how.
Watch the Video: Sandra's Semi-Homemade Halloween
Sandra's Monster Cupcakes
Transform store-bought cupcakes into spooky Halloween monsters, with a green food coloring base, gummy ring and chocolate candy eyes and cashew horns.
Get the Recipe: Monster Cupcakes
Spiky Candy Corn Cupcakes
Give your Halloween cupcakes an edge with Sandra's simple decorating tip: stud the top with candy corn to create a spiky, fun silhouette.
Get the Recipe: Spiky Candy Corn Cupcakes
Vampire Bite Mocktail
For the non-drinkers in your crowd, whip up Sandra's blood-red mocktail made with cranberry juice and grenadine. Rim glasses with red candy gel for sweet, creepy drips.
Get the Recipe: Vampire Bite Mocktail
Sandra's Black Cloud Cocktail
A triple dose of orange flavor, from orange soda, juice and liqueur, gives Sandra's cocktail Halloween flair. Float black vodka on top, then garnish with a rolled licorice wheel.
Jack O'Lantern Cupcakes
Top your favorite cupcakes with black and orange fondant to create a sweet take on a jack o'lantern.
Get the Recipe: Jack-O-Lantern Cupcakes
Pumpkin Waffles With Trail Mix Topping
Greet Halloween with a treat, not a trick — Claire's homemade pumpkin waffles are the perfect way to start the spookiest day of the year.
Get the Recipe: Pumpkin Waffles With Trail-Mix Topping
Star Pumpkin Carving
How do Ted Allen, Melissa D'Arabian, Sandra Lee, Ellie Krieger and more dress up their pumpkins for Halloween? Food Network Magazine gave them a pumpkin and they got creative — the results are so cool, it's scary.
Good Eats-Inspired Costumes
Alton's Brown's Good Eats episodes features some of the craziest food costumes on TV. Food Network Magazine put the show's costume designer to work creating 5 cool kids' costumes, all inspired by food.
Slashing Pumpkins at Charm City Cakes
Duff and the Ace of Cakes crew know how to get creative in the kitchen — see how they carve Halloween pumpkins.
Scary Good Halloween Snacks
Dress up your Halloween spread with 9 luxe ideas for black-and-orange treats.
Screaming Hot Peanuts
Spice up your Halloween party with these fiery roasted nuts coated in a mixture of cayenne and ancho chili powders.
Get the Recipe: Screaming Hot Peanuts
Deviled Chicken Lollipops
Coat these devilishly delicious chicken drumettes with honey mustard sauce, spices and crisp sourdough breadcrumbs, then serve with hot sauce for dipping.
Get the Recipe: Deviled Chicken Lollipops
Duff's Cool, Creepy Recipes
From creepy cakes to trick foods, get Duff's fun ideas for a spooky, spunky celebration.
Watch the Video: Duff's Halloween Tricks and Treats
Sweet-and-Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Roast and hull the seeds from your jack o' lantern and use them to make these grown-up popcorn balls.
Get the Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Pepitas Popcorn Balls
Sandra Lee's Halloween
Join Sandra's outrageous Halloween party, complete with over-the-top costumes and simple party recipes
Watch the Video: Sandra's Semi-Homemade Halloween
These adorable chocolate cupcakes are as fun to make as they are to eat. Get the kids and assemble the candy faces and cake hats.
Get the Recipe: Wicked Cupcakes