There's more to Halloween food than sweets. If you’re taking advantage of the opportunity to hold a party, then here are a number of recipes aimed at both children and grown-ups.

For the kids

Chocolate apples

halloween apples
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We start with a coated apple, but rather than the fairground staple of a toffee apple, these are coated in chocolate.

Wrapped in cellophane, they would make a great gift, and if the children are old enough, they could help with piping on the decoration.

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Toxic swamp Halloween smoothie

toxic swamp halloween smoothie
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A smoothie suitable for breakfast, or how about as an option to ubiquitous squash at parties, how about this green smoothie with a seasonal edge.

Start the spookiness with breakfast!

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Chocolate peanut butter spiderweb brownies

spiderweb brownies
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Food that the whole family can get involved with making is a great way of spending an afternoon before trick or treating or holding a party.

These vegan brownies are great for decorating with a spiderweb from maple syrup and cocoa powder frosting.

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Sushi balls (temarizushi), Halloween style

Halloween sushi
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These are such fun. Little balls of sushi rice made into pumpkins, mini-brains, black cats… let your imagination reign.

What a great way of introducing sushi to children. They’ll be fans before you know it!

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Butterscotch swirled marshmallow with red velvet hot chocolate

butterscotch swirled marshmallow red velvet hot chocolate
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If you’re going to layer flavours, it might as well be done properly. Here, a recipe for red velvet hot chocolate has home-made butterscotch and chocolate marshmallows floating on top.

Before we gave it a go, we didn’t know just how much better home-made marshmallows are compared to ones in a packet.

Get the recipe for butterscotch swirled red velvet hot chocolate

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For the grown-ups

 

Spiced pumpkin punch

spiced pumpkin punch
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This is definitely one for adults only. Punches are great for parties—a large bowl serves most of your guests something that’s a lot more interesting than a bland choice of red or white.

Here’s a spiced pumpkin punch with honey, lemon juice, spices, ginger and bourbon, and using ginger beer for some fizziness.

If you can’t find tins of pumpkin puree, it’s straightforward to make by roasting and pureeing a pumpkin.

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Pumpkin spice muffins

pumpkin spice muffins
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As any visitor to coffee chains will tell you, pumpkin spice is everywhere in October. Muffins are a really quick win, so these are great to whip up at short notice.

The big secret to light and fluffy muffins is not to overmix the batter.

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Butternut squash, black garlic and blue cheese bake

Butternut squash, black garlic and blue cheese bake
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This dish is a double winner. A warming plate of baked vegetables and cheese—always a great combination, with a Halloween twist in the colours of yellow and black.

It is one for the adventurous cook, as the black garlic cheese requires a little inspiration and experimentation around the basic idea of homemade processed cheese, but if it’s a rainy afternoon, what better than to spend the time in the kitchen experimenting?

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Pumpkin risotto

pumpkin risotto
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Definitely one at the grown-up end of the spectrum, but I love the idea of a rich risotto with exactly the right consistency—not too stiff, but not too soupy, with the grains of rice each plump and fluffy.

Here’s one perfect for this time of year, flavoured with pumpkin.

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Pumpkin spice tarts

pumpkin spice tarts
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These are sweet, flaky, explode in the mouth rollover or square covered tarts.

The filling mix sounds like a great starting point for your own tart-based variations. Spice, again, appears here but classic combinations are classic for a reason.

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Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food and travel writer, recipe developer and photographer at Fuss Free Flavours

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