Is there a better excuse to play with your food than Halloween? This spooky holiday practically begs for whimsical Halloween recipes, from marshmallow ghosts to caramel apples to peeled grape eyeballs. And the candy! It's everywhere, in shapes and colors perfect for creating ghoulish surprises. There are endless ways to give your food a twist creepy -- your creativity (and some easy tools) can do all the work. There are lots of easy kids recipes that go beyond toasted pumpkin seeds. Make Halloween cupcakes, frost them with chocolate icing, and go to town creating spider webs and vampire faces with colorful candies. Red Jell-o can stand in for anything from blood to brains. Baby carrots make scary little fingers and dark rye-bread sandwiches can easily be cut into the shape of spooky bats. And Halloween drinks are always a hit. Punch recipes are easy and will quench the thirst of lots of guest. No matter what you cook up, let your imagination take you to the dark side - Halloween isn't for the timid.
Purchase cookies or brownies and let the kids decorate them for a Halloween party.
Decorate toaster pastries to form these haunted houses to share with friends at a Halloween party.
Crispy rice treats shaped into ghostly figures and coated in white make for spooky but tasty Halloween cookies.
Packaged cream filled sponge cakes look like a spooky owl when you decorate them as we've done for this fun dessert.
Kids will love decorating this fun Halloween dessert.
This savory appetizer looks like a Halloween candy! Serve it at your next ghoulish party.
Candy coated pretzels form the base of the aliens for these Halloween treats. Decorate with candy to make them come to life.
Let kids decorate a mini raisin box with candy for a fun Halloween party activity.
Buy chocolate cupcakes and then decorate them to look like scary vampires for these Halloween party treats.
A muffin and an assortment of candy make this fun Halloween party treat.
Graham crackers covered in green frosting make the monster head for this Halloween cookie. Use candy to make his face come alive!
Boo! Carve scary eyes and mouths in these pumpkin-shape cookies then make them glow with melted candies.
For a spooky good time, decorate these orange and nut cookies with spiders made from small candies and piped icing.
Like things on the spicy side? Use chorizo in place of pork sausage in this Sausage-Cheese Dip.