From crafty cocktails to seasonal sweets, we’ve got you covered.
When I was a kid, my mom used to cover a lollipop with a tissue, draw two eyes on it, wrap the stick in ribbon and call it ghost. Although I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen at the time, it seems people have gotten a lot more inventive in the (many) years since I last went trick-or-treating.
While I may feel a little cheated (where were my Spider Cake Pops?), I’m excited to try some of these modern-day Halloween hacks this year. Plus, grown-up Halloween is so much better; there are no candy limits and you can drink all the festive cocktails you want. We tapped into the beyond-creative feedfeed community to pull together a few simple recipes to help you pull off your best Halloween bash yet!
Step 1: Shake up some spooky cocktails.
This mix of vodka, ginger, beet juice and activated charcoal (which is thought to help detox the body, but we’re more into the color here!) will set a terrifying (in a good way!) tone to your evening. The charcoal in these Black Friday Vodka Cocktails is tasteless, so you can also use it in other cocktails or punches for an extra-creepy vibe.
This potent Walking Dead Rum Cocktail is no joke! It’s made with three different types of rum, a grapefruit and cinnamon syrup, pineapple juice, absinthe (!), grenadine and bitters. To top things off, garnish with brandied cherries. Proceed with caution!
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Step 2: Add some festive food.
With all of those potent cocktails, you’re going to need to eat some food (mini chocolate bars don’t count). This Pumpkin Curry Soup with Candied Pumpkin Seeds will keep you full and satisfied and the leftover candied pumpkin seeds made a great snack.
The best part about this Chicken Fajita And Black Rice Stuffed Peppers recipe is that although it’s perfect for Halloween, you’ll want to make it over and over again once the holiday is over.
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Step 3: Bake these (trick or) treats.
Who says black cats are bad luck? These adorable Black Cat Cupcakes are dead simple to make, and even easier to eat!
Because bourbon seems to make everything better, these Bourbon Spiked Caramel Apples are dipped in an irresistible caramel spiked with the stuff.
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Step 4: Put leftover candy to good use.
When life gives you leftover Halloween candy, make Salted Candy Bar Fudge. And add some sea salt—it makes everything better.
Chop up leftover candy and add it to the creamy filling of these No Bake Chocolate Cheesecakes. The filling sits on top of a cookies and cream crust, sure to make your Halloween hangover just a bit easier to handle.
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