Halloween

An assortment of day of the dead cookies on a dark background.

Day of the Dead Cookies

These sugar skull cookies are classic Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) treats, but work for Halloween, too.

Caramel apples with branch sticks sitting on a metal dish, with more in the background.

Halloween Caramel Apples

Forget bobbing for apples. This endeavor requires less effort yet yields more caramel-cloaked gratification and a more elegant version of those sticky, red apples of our youth.

Several chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and candies on top on a wooden chair.

Halloween Candy Cupcakes

Halloween candy still tempting, teasing, tormenting you? We divulge how to keep it outta your house—and off your hips.

Three pieces of spicy pepita brittle on a white plate.

Spicy Pepita Brittle

When we think of brittle, we tend to think of a wallflower-like candy. This snappy little number proves that we couldn’t be more wrong.

Pumpkin swirl brownies, uncut, in a large rectangular baking pan.

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

These pumpkin swirl brownies are just as outrageously rich as you’d expect thanks to pumpkin spice cheesecake colliding with a pan of fudgy brownies.

Spiced cider doughnuts and doughnut holes on a square metal tray with one in pieces beside a cup of coffee.

Spiced Cider Doughnuts

These doughnuts are certain to conjure memories, real or imagined, of crisp autumns, roadside farmstands, and grease-stained paper bags full of similar piping hot beauties.

Halloween meringue bones piled on a paper plate and scattered on a black cobweb tablecloth beside the plate.

Halloween Meringue Bones

What’s spookier than a skeleton? Disembodied bones. Although these meringue bones are surprisingly and sweetly irresistible.

An Irish coffee mug filled with butterscotch beer with foam on top and a drizzle of butterscotch sauce.

Butterscotch Beer

If a trip to Hogsmeade isn’t in your future, you can whip up a sweet little batch of Butterscotch Beer to tide you over. It’s magical.

Five chocolate orange cupcakes with swirls of chocolate frosting on top.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes

Nothing says lovin’ from the oven quite like not-too-sweet chocolate cupcakes smothered with even more chocolate in the form of a not-too-sweet bittersweet frosting.

Pieces of spicy bacon caramel corn on a baking sheet.

Spicy Bacon Caramel Corn

Addictive. That’s what we’re hearing about this smoky, salty, spicy, sweetly little enticing number that goes alarmingly well with beer.

Several plates with fluorescent glowing Jello molds.

Glow in the Dark Jello

The spirits summoned for this ghostly glow-in-the-dark Jello hail from a bottle, not the supernatural. (It’s just a gin and tonic under a black light. Who knew?!)

Four meringue ghosts on a bed of candy corn on a black cake stand.

Meringue Ghosts

These—eek!—meringue ghosts couldn’t be any easier. Beat egg whites and sugar until satiny and stiff, create some spooky blobs, and bake. See? Not so scary after all.

Four cupcakes with chocolate icing, topped with chocolate wizard hats.

Wizards’ Hats Cupcakes

These inspired Halloween wizards’ hats are a simple assembly job made from cupcakes, frosting, sugar cones, sprinkles, and candy. Inspired by Dumbledore. Loved by all.

A child dressed as a ghost with a ghost cupcake on their head.

Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

We swear these spooky sweets are so simple anyone can make them, no matter how elementary your culinary or crafting skills.

A white mug of hot chocolate on a white sauce with two pieces of chocolate nut bark beside it.

Halloween Hot Chocolate

Halloween hot chocolate is made, quite simply, with leftover Halloween candy and milk in a saucepan. Hey, at least you’re getting your dairy. And putting a dent in the Halloween stash.

12 graham cracker squares topped with various candy bar pieces.

Candy Bar S’mores

S’mores purists may scoff, but that’s cool. More for us. Leftover Halloween candy never looked so good.