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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You may eat with your eyes first, but sometimes the most vital part of a meal is feeding your brain. No, we’re not talking about turning into a zombie — we mean having some nerdy fun in the kitchen. That’s the name of Rosanna Pansino’s game on her YouTube cooking show, Nerdy Nummies, and now she’s bringing her recipes to you in the The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us. The book comes out Tuesday, November 3, but you can pre-order your copy now (or keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy).
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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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Pumpkin gets a lot of love in the sweet category. And happy as we are to dive into pumpkin pie, sticky buns or cheesecake, it’s time to give a little love to the savory side. Witness: dinner in a pumpkin. This clever, ultra-homey idea bakes a classic casserole (think: cream of mushroom soup, wild rice, water chestnuts, ground beef or turkey) into an actual (medium-size) pumpkin. Pop it in the oven on Halloween night, draw a face on the finished gourd (preferably better than we did here…) and dish it out with the now-softened pumpkin for maximal heartiness before trick-or-treating time. Or make it the throw-back main course for your adults-only party, since it pairs well with pumpkin ale and a sensible kale salad. (Full disclosure: This is stock art, not the actual dish. We completely failed to take a picture when we made this dish ourselves.)
More Savory Halloween Meals:
Jack-O’-Lantern Cheese Ball
Bocconcini Eyeballs with “Blood” Salsa
Double-Decker Coffin Sandwiches
Before you buy industrial-size bags of candy bars and make yours the most popular house in the neighborhood come Halloween, pause for a minute. Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course there’s the issue that we as Americans eat too much sugar and face an obesity epidemic. We’ve heard plenty about that. But also more important than ever is the issue of deadly food allergies. That’s why FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is promoting the Teal Pumpkin Project this Halloween: Offer something that’s not candy (or food) and paint your pumpkin teal so savvy (and food-sensitive) trick-or-treaters can know which houses are safe.
Lest you fear getting TP’ed for your treats, the alternatives to candy don’t have to just be raisins and toothbrushes. Here are a few cooler ways to sidestep candy.
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Rich, decadent, moist and chewy with chunks of candy bars melted in, you couldn’t ask a brownie for more. One of the best parts about these candy bar brownies is that you can do them in one bowl, so cleanup’s a breeze. The one thing you have to remember is to put the candy bars in the fridge before you got to chop them up or you’ll get mush instead of chunks.
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
When it comes to Halloween night, entertaining is a “no brainer”: It’s time to mix up a chilling beverage to go with the candy, caramel apples and spooky snacks. Satisfy your lust for blood with these Bloody Brain Shooters, an appropriately creepy, grenadine-laced concoction that’s enough to lure in brain-eating zombies.
For this bloody-good Halloween shooter, mix chilled strawberry vodka with lime juice and top with the bloody “brains,” a mixture of Bailey’s and dripping red grenadine. The results are positively spine-tingling.
This powerful potion is sure to liven up your Halloween night (but those zombies will stay positively undead).
Happy Halloween, folks!
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Happy Halloween! You might be full of mini candy bars already. But since these are mainly made of crispy fruit, there’s always room for candy-coated apples. The decadent apples (pictured above) from Zoe Francois are dipped in easy-to-make caramel that’s rich, creamy, gooey and not over-the-top sweet. For a bit of contrast to the caramel, you can dip the bottoms in salted peanuts.
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