Some Traditional Halloween Recipes for Delicious Treats

We all have our own traditional Halloween recipes for pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cookies, but not everyone likes pumpkin.

Here are some ideas for recipes without pumpkin that still feel like fall and you can easily adjust them for a party crowd.

Make a big pot of beef stew in your slow cooker, thicken it with a little cornstarch and water and serve with chunks of crusty bread.

Twice-baked potatoes go down well with adults and children alike, and can be made the day before and reheated in the oven.

Don't know how to make this traditional Halloween recipe? Bake enough potatoes for a crowd (allow at least one potato per person) and, when they're done, cut them in half and scoop out the cooked potato from inside into a large bowl, leaving a 1/4 inch thick potato "shell". Place the shells on a baking sheet and pop back in the oven for a few minutes to crisp.

Mash the scooped out potato well with a little cream, sour cream or milk and season to taste; then add chopped chives, grated cheese, chopped cooked bacon or ham - or whatever ingredients you prefer, and mix well. Spoon the mixture back into the potato shells, fluff lightly with a fork and reheat until the tops are slightly browned.

These can be served with baked beans and good quality sausages that have been baked in a roasting pan in the oven.

Need more ideas for traditional Halloween recipes? If you don't have the time to make twice-baked potatoes, you can bake sweet potatoes or yams and serve with the cooked sausages.

What better meal to serve on Halloween than ribs? All those bones! Martha Stewart includes barbecued ribs in her traditional Halloween menu - they certainly look delicious. You can use Martha's recipe or your own special sauce. I have a friend who makes wonderful Chinese spare ribs for Halloween parties, which makes a nice change from the usual recipe.

You probably already have a favorite traditional Halloween recipe for pumpkin cheesecake; here's an idea for a topping that makes it even better - simply take the juice of one lemon, 1/2 cup of plain yogurt and 1/2 cup of whipped heavy cream. Mix together and spread over the top of your cooled cheesecake, then refrigerate. This will take your plain old pumpkin cheesecake to a totally different level!

All the children love gingerbread men, so why not make Dead gingerbread men cookies and start a Halloween tradition. Just use white or black icing to make "X"s for eyes. You can add slashes of "blood" by using red icing. The kids will love them.

If you're tired of the traditional Halloween recipe of a pumpkin-shaped cake, try making a headstone cake curved at one end to form the shape of a tombstone. Decorate with gray frosting and black icing epitaphs, as well as a few spiders.

It wouldn't be Halloween without pumpkin bread. Here is an easy traditional Halloween recipe that makes two loaves:


  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 oz can pumpkin
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

    Directions for this traditional Halloween recipe:

  • Combine sugar, cream cheese and margarine. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Blend in pumpkin.
  • Combine dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mix. Stir until just moistened.
  • Fold in chopped nuts.
  • Pour into two well-greased loaf pans.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.

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