It’s easy to fall back on your fifth Hocus Pocus Halloween party in a row, but this year, ditch witches for other horror and sci-fi fun. To help narrow down the genre’s options, we’ve picked five TV shows for inspiration. How about a Stranger Things-themed bash featuring Eleven’s favorite food — waffles, pictured above, that you can make in less than 30 minutes — or a Walking Dead party where you serve a zombie cocktail?
Check out more Halloween recipes and ideas below.
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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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Rosanna Pansino took over YouTube with her fun Nerdy Nummies, and now she’s bringing her geektastic food to Cooking Channel. On her first special, Ro’s Tasty Treats: Halloween, she showed us how to make Mummy Hot Dogs, spooky Peanut Butter Spiders and Cauldron Cake Pops that Harry Potter would love.
If you missed any of the Allhallows Eve action, watch the full episode online below, and be sure to enter to win Ro’s Nerdy Nummies cookbook before time runs out on Oct. 27!
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Have you eaten your quota of fun-sized candy bars yet? While there’s still plenty of time before October 31st, there’s no harm in getting in the spook-tacular mood early with these Creeptastic Zombie Cupcakes. They’re also ideal for a Walking Dead zombie party. The skulls, eyeballs and gooey brains that sit on top of the cupcakes start with a simple red velvet cake, broken down into crumbs and mixed with enough frosting to bind them together into cake eyeballs, brains and skulls. Dip them in white chocolate and go wild creating the brains and guts. Your friends won’t believe their eye(ball)s!
For more creepy creations to jumpstart your Halloween celebrations, check out these bone-chilling recipes from Cooking Channel:
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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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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This time of year all of the apple bins at the grocery store are framed with rows of gooey caramel apples, studded with nuts, candies and chocolate. I can’t blame my kids for being drawn in; they are irresistible. But, when you bite into them they are always just a touch disappointing. The apples are usually soft and the caramel is cloyingly sweet and tastes like it was from the previous generation.
I convinced my boys to walk by without taking one, but only after promising to make them some at home. We picked a bunch of fresh, crisp, juicy, tart apples. The caramel is easy to make and is rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. For a bit of contrast to the sweet caramel, you can dip the bottom in salted peanuts
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Let’s talk Halloween decor. People spend a fortune on this stuff. Why? It’s so easy and cheap to turn your place into a nightmarish crypt. Nadia G.’s simple theatrical blood is pure Dexter. Just schvitz some on a table cloth or old sheet. It doesn’t get much creepier than that.
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There are so many reasons to love October. To name a few: the crisp fall air, the beautiful changing leaves, amazing seasonal recipes, Halloween, and for a certain subset of the population, the return of The Walking Dead. Last Sunday kicked off season 3 of the cult-hit drama, which brings to life (or, er… unlife?) the same-named graphic novel about a post-apocalyptic, zombie-ridden world. (Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the premiere yet.)
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The best part of carving pumpkins? The spiced pepitas you can make when you’re done!
Watch how Bill turns pumpkin seeds into a simple and delicious nibble to serve with drinks:
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