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Sifted: Spooky Halloween Treats, Pumpkin French Toast + More

Witches' Fingers Breadsticks by Cookie Monster Cooking

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  1. Spookify weeknight dinner with a basket full of witches’ fingers breadsticks. Head over to Cookie Monster Cooking for the recipe.
  2. Lottie and Doof’s dark and stormy caramel corn would make a great homemade gift, but good luck giving any away once you’ve tried it.
  3. If you haven’t tasted Momofuku Milkbar’s corn cookie, you’re seriously missing out. Thankfully Oui, Chef has the recipe so you can make it at home.
  4. Serve Tracey’s Culinary Adventures’ cheesy party bread at your next get-together and people will be begging for invites to all your future parties.
  5. Tidy Mom coats pumpkin french toast with sweet and crunchy cereal then fries it in bacon fat. Think you can top that?

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Party in Five: Voodoo-Themed Adults’ Halloween Cocktail Party

We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drinks. We show you how, with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements), you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

Between figuring out the perfect costume, tending to needy trick-or-treaters and fulfilling regular party-planning duties, hosting a Halloween party can often feel terrifying…and not in that thrilling horror movie way. For this year’s festivities, try putting together a cocktail party that minimizes hosting stress, while still offering guests a night to remember. This voodoo-inspired bash relies on inexpensive, easy-to-find materials to set the ultra-spooky scene and a fuss-free, self-serve menu.

To host your own adults-only Halloween cocktail party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Perfect Pumpkin Cakes: For Halloween and Beyond

As we give up the sunny days of summer, nature presents bright orange pumpkins to cheer us up. Much like with zucchini, there is an endless bounty to be made from these winter gourds. Here is a spiced pumpkin cake that is absolutely delicious and needs no adornment to be appreciated. But decorate it like a sugar pumpkin and it becomes a centerpiece for any fall holiday table; the addition of the words “Trick” and “Treat” turn these cakes into perfect Halloween desserts.

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

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Hump Day Snack: Cerebral Halloween Treat

Any idea what this noggin-inspired Halloween treat is sculpted from? If you guessed red velvet cake, you’d be dead wrong. This brainy dessert is actually an intricately carved whole watermelon that requires peeling the green skin off before carving away at the rind to create a squiggly pattern. Sure it might take a few hours with a vegetable peeler and paring knife to produce, but no doubt that your dentist will thank you when you serve it to your kids in place of extra sugar. If you’re hosting a more grown-up group, get a little gory and hack it up with a hatchet or mallet a la that melon-smashing maniac comedian Gallagher.

Get started on this fruity think tank by clicking here, then make a spooky statement with some of Cooking Channel’s best Halloween treats below.

Show Off Your Best Halloween Treats

We want you to show us your best Halloween food photos. Upload your spooky sweets with our easy sharing tool and your ghoulish grub might be featured in a Cooking Channel Halloween gallery. Browse some of the creepiest submissions to date to get inspired for this year’s fright fest.

The Five Best Candies to Get on Halloween

Paul F. Tompkins

5) SMARTIES. These tiny discs of concentrated sugar contain enough tartness to serve as a perfect palate cleanser between your milk-chocolate-and-caramel courses.

4) BUTTERFINGER. Whatever the substance in this bar is that bonds like Gorilla Glue to your teeth makes this hearty treat last way, way longer than any other chocolate bar. You are done with it before it’s done with you. ACCEPTABLE SUBSTITUTE: Clark Bar.

3) MILKY WAY MIDNIGHT. The candy bar that brought grown-up elegance to Hallowe’en. The hint of dark chocolate sophistication practically forces you to extend your pinky whilst gorging.

2) CANDY CORN. Not because it’s good. Because it’s not. What is this, the Great Depression? Why are we eating this brightly colored Appalachian wax? I’ll tell you why: because if you knew no pain, you’d never know joy. You eat candy corn because it’s there, and you can’t stop yourself. It’s still, thanks in large part to its name, TECHNICALLY candy. But when you eat some of the top-shelf stuff after a handful of these sad shapes, you appreciate the effort made by huge, faceless corporations.

1) REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS. For my money, the undisputed King of All Hallow’s Eve. Not the two-disc sleeve, not the miniatures in gold foil (the sweet-to-savory ratio is WAY off on those), I speak of the individual cups. And the packaging is ORANGE. Intelligent design? A case could be made!

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Rock This Look: Nadia’s Halloween Special

Rock This Look: Bitchin' Halloween Special

It was a dark and stormy night, and you could swear you heard sounds coming from your kitchen. Was it the ghost of dinners past, a zombie gnawing on your leftovers or — gasp! — a horrible DIY costume from last year that just won’t die?! Look, Halloween is just about the only time you’re “allowed” to pass off a bed sheet for an outfit, but that doesn’t mean you have to.

Sure, costumes are fun, but if you’re going to have a sophisticated celebration this year, take some cues from Nadia G’s Halloween Special attire, then break out that badass Iron Man suit when the sun goes down.

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Hocus Pocus Halloween Party Menu

Hocus Pocus Halloween Party Menu from Cooking Channel

Don’t deny it: You get as excited as we do when promos for Hocus Pocus start popping up all over the airwaves.

Not only is Hocus Pocus the best Halloween movie of all time (comment below if you agree or disagree), but it also gave us this Halloween party gem: A spell-binding performance from (soon to star on Glee) Bette Midler.

“Thank you, Max, for the maaaarvelous introduction.”

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Call your friends, light the black-flame candle, and drink the witch’s brew: We’ve got the best Hocus Pocus Halloween Party menu to knock your friends off of their broomsticks. 

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Sifted: Halloween Oreo Recipes + Wacky Pizza Inventions

Halloween Cookies and Cream Ice Cream by Amy Bites

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  1. Who says ice cream is only for the summer? Amy Bites’ cookies and cream ice cream with Halloween Oreos is both festive and tasty. Plus, ice cream is always a good idea.
  2. Speaking of Oreos, this frozen hot chocolate recipe by Lauren’s Latest is the real-deal.  The name may seem contradictory, but it will make absolute sense once you try it.
  3. Pumpkin pie spice is in high demand during autumn. Sweet Remedy shows you how make your own, using ingredients already in your pantry.
  4. Jazz up your favorite pancake batter to make Everyday Southwest’s recipe for pumpkin pancakes with cajeta de leche.
  5. Pizza Sleeping Bag: Use or Lose? Buzzfeed rounded up “14 Groundbreaking Pizza Inventions.”

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Sifted: A Scandalous Butter Comedy + Spooky Halloween Recipes

Jennifer Garner stars in new comedy Butter

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  1. Butter-sculpting is in fact a real competition at the Iowa State Fair, and Jennifer Garner’s newest comedy shows just how intense the dairy sport can be. Seriously, it’s a “3-D re-creation of DaVinci’s Last Supper” kind of extreme. – Tasting Table
  2. There are tons of beer recipes around the blogs right now and we’re totally okay with that. Ezra Pound Cake’s beer cheese soup is high on our to-do list.
  3. Bakers Royale puts an American twist on the classic French macaron by adding Snickers.
  4. This football Sunday, grab a beer and try Domestic Fits pizza stuffed pretzel rolls.
  5. Hungry Happenings shows you how to add a touch of Halloween whimsy to your appetizers. All it takes is food coloring, a spooky stamp and a delicious recipe.

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  • Get festive this October with our fun and frightful Halloween recipes.
  • Looking for more ways to sneak your favorite candy bars into dessert? Bake them into a brownie!