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6 Halloween Movie and Food Pairings for a Spooktacular Party

The fall is a wonderful season for many activities, including apple picking (and baking with the fruits of your labor), pumpkin carving and jumping into piles of leaves, but none of them compare to Halloween. The spooky holiday is filled with endless candy, silly costumes and — best of all — Halloween movies.

The whole year leading up to October is basically a countdown to watching Hocus Pocus, The Nightmare Before Christmas and slasher flicks like Halloween. To celebrate, grab some friends, queue up your favorite films and pair them with witches’ brews and eye-popping recipes that are ghouled enough for any Monster Mash.

Hocus Pocus: Witches’ Brew

Don’t let your party run amuck, amuck, amuck! Instead, embrace your inner Sanderson sister with a bewitching punch or one of our other Hocus Pocus party ideas.

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Football Food Hacks to Make Your Game-Day Party a Touchdown

Gearing up for game-day parties can have a few hurdles, but don’t let them stress you out. Before you sit down and cheer on your favorite team, practice the second-best part of football season: eating. Even though the traditional fare is some of the messiest — aka saucy Buffalo chicken wings — with a few easy tips and tricks, you can keep your eyes on the game and make your stomach happy at the same time.

Dan Pashman is dishing up food hacks on the on-air special You’re Eating It Wrong, Friday, Oct. 23 at 9:30pm ET, but we have a sneak peek at some of his game-day advice. Find out how you’re eating wings, burgers and chips and guac wrong below so your party can be a total touchdown.

Chicken Wings

Unless you use a fork to spear your wings, you’re still going to get sauce on your hands — there’s no way around it. But by getting most of the meat off in one bite — like with competitive eating champ Crazy Legs’ “The Bone Splitter” method — you can eat a lot in one fell swoop and then get back to the game. Check out our favorite chicken wing recipes to try out this new hack.

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Stop the World and Melt With These Easy Cheesy Fondue Recipes

Sweet dreams are made of cheese, and one of our favorite ways to indulge is ooey-gooey fondue. Any excuse to dip anything and everything into a vat of melted cheese is Gouda in our book, and even though it seems like a fancy French thing to do, it’s so easy you won’t Brielieve it. (Last one, we promise!)

Whether you’re throwing a fall bash or  Monster Mash, or just looking to crash after work with cheese and wine, there’s a perfect fondue for you. Check out four of our favorite fondue recipes below — ranging from Italian-accented Fontina to chorizo-spiked queso — and get more cheesy recipes here.

Chips with Blue Cheese Fondue

Homemade rosemary potato chips are delicious on their own, but when you dip them in blue cheese fondue, it takes them to the next level. Warning: These may start a serious addiction.

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Apple Recipes for When You Go Overboard at the Orchard

‘Tis the season for apple picking — and overpicking bushels of apples that you don’t know what to do with. When you’re up to your eyes in fruit and can’t possibly eat another classic pie, turn to other harvest desserts and savory dishes to use up your fall bounty.

Get five of our favorite recipes below, including a few that can be doubled and stored for apple goodness year-’round.

Caramel Apples

You probably have the nine ingredients for this quick caramel sauce in your kitchen already. After the initial dip, roll them in nuts, sprinkles, candy or even shredded coconut. They freeze well, so you can eat them whenever you get a craving.

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4 Sweet New Spins on Classic Desserts

Think about the last dessert you made at home. It was probably chocolate chip cookies or a pan of brownies, right? As much as we love the classics, it’s time to step outside the box — and we don’t mean just boxed mixes, but toss those, too — and throw some new ingredients into the bowl.

Instead of making plain ol’ crispy rice treats, mix in some Oreos, pretzels and potato chips for an “everything but the kitchen sink” version, or add some spice to your next batch of fudge with cayenne pepper. Check out those ideas and more of our best dessert recipes below, and get ready to blow your friends’ minds with inventive sweets.

Compost Crispy Rice Treats

Momofuku Milk Bar in New York City has a Compost Cookie featuring mix-ins like potato chips, pretzels and Oreos, and Zoe Francois gave the same treatment to crispy rice treats. Heart shapes are optional, but why not have some extra fun with your food?

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice: 5 Things We’re Falling For This Autumn

After months of balancing beach time and blasting air conditioning, summer is ending. Now that you’ve scrambled to cook all the best warm-weather produce and fired up the grill a final few times, let’s give a (slightly less) warm welcome to the greatest season of all: fall.

Now, we understand that fall may not be everyone’s favorite time of year, but it does have some of the best foods and flavors (two words: pumpkin spice) plus cardigan-wearing-temperature weather. Just try to go apple picking while surrounded by colorful falling leaves without grinning from ear to ear. Here are five things we’re excited about this autumn, including finally giving that Dutch oven some lovin’.

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Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes That Make Food Disappear Faster Than Houdini

We’ve cracked the code to healthy, kid-friendly dinners that will have your whole family running to the table. Are you ready to get in on the secret? It’s easy (and sometimes cheesy): Just go for the classics. No one can say no to creamy mac and cheese or chicken nuggets, and they’ll never know that there’s butternut squash and Greek yogurt hidden in that cheese sauce or that the pretzel-coated chicken was baked instead of fried.

Check out five of our favorite recipes below that will satisfy kids and adults alike.

Crispy Mac-and-Cheese Cups

Bobby Deen uses homemade butternut squash puree to bulk up his cheese sauce while slimming down the calories. All your kids will taste is cheesy pasta and crunchy breadcrumbs — and dishing up single servings is always more fun.

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Top Restaurants Share Their Best Recipes

Picture this: You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant after devouring an incredible meal, already imagining when you’ll have it next. If you’re lucky, this happens pretty regularly, but not everyone can bankroll a daily trip out for the best steak or decadent brunch. Thankfully, some top restaurants have given us their famous recipes, from an epic Monte Cristo sandwich in Portland, Ore., to a buttery coconut cake from Asheville, NC.

Check out seven secret recipes below from Chuck Hughes’ adventures across the country, and for more, watch Chuck’s Eat the Street on Sundays at 10:30am ET.

Monte Cristo

DIY a jaw-dropping brunch with this French-toast breakfast sandwich from Sunshine Tavern in Portland, Ore. But instead of putting a bird on it as they do on Portlandia, put an egg on it!

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Last Call! 6 Ways to Devour Fresh Summer Produce Before Labor Day

Parting is such sweet sorrow, but the time has come to bid farewell to fresh summer produce. After months of eating piles of fresh corn on the cob, watermelon and other in-season fruits and vegetables, it’s time to move on to apples, squash, Brussels sprouts and more fall fare.

Before Labor Day rolls around, start a mini bucket list of things to cook with your farmers market favorites. Whether you enjoy baking a bubbling stone fruit cobbler or biting into a fresh tomato like it’s an apple, the countdown starts now. Get it all out of your system now so when fall comes on Sept. 23, you’ll have some closure, having given warm-weather produce a proper sendoff. Here are six ideas to get you started with your goodbyes.

Tomatoes: Heirloom Tomato Caprese

Fresh heirloom tomatoes are so juicy that you may want to take a bite of one without bothering to even slice it up. But if you want to be a little less of an animal, make a simple caprese salad with Burrata cheese, basil and olive oil.

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Take Your Own Taco Trip with 5 Unique Twists on the Mexican-Food Favorite

It doesn’t have to be Tuesday to have a taco party. If we had it our way, every day of the week would be filled with different variations on the Mexican staple, whether it’s classic childhood fare — aka ground beef stuffed in hard-shell corn tortillas — or upscale twists like braised pork belly or fresh lump crabmeat.

Even if you don’t have time to travel across the country in search of the best tacos, you can still make your own taco trip at home. Check out five of our favorite unique taco recipes, then tune into the premiere of Taco Trip with host Aarón Sánchez on Tuesday, August 25 at 10pm ET for more new takes on Mexican fare.

Mexican Pot Roast Tacos

Reinvent your fast-food favorite with two easy swaps: slow-cooked beef shoulder instead of ground beef and freshly fried corn tortillas instead of mass-produced hard shells. Homemade guacamole and salsa don’t hurt, either.

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