10 Grown-Up Treats for Halloween

10 Grown-Up Treats for Halloween

Kelli Foster
Oct 20, 2017
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If your goal this Halloween is hosting a super-festive party that will keep your friends talking, you're going to have to go beyond the fun-size candy bars and chips and dip. The good news is that it doesn't have to take a ton of time, effort, or money to pull it off. From pumpkin beer floats to skillet s'mores, these 10 sweet treats are just what your Halloween party needs.

1. Halloween Brownies with Powdered Sugar Spiderweb

You can never go wrong with a batch of brownies. They are beloved by the young and young at heart. This version gets a spooky upgrade with a powdered sugar to spiderweb design.

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2. Pumpkin Bundt with Cinnamon Streusel and Salted Caramel

This seasonal Bundt cake has a moist pumpkin base, a sweet brown sugar streusel ripple through the center, and a salted caramel sauce finish. How's that for classy?

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3. Pumpkin Beer Float

If there ever was a time to put a seasonal, boo-zy spin on the beloved ice cream float, it is right now. Start with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the bottom of your pint glass, then top it off with a seasonal pumpkin beer for a cool, festive treat.

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4. Catskills Apple Dumplings

Apple dumplings are such a joy to serve at Halloween parties. This rustic dessert isn't nearly as messy as a caramel apple, and because it's made with purchased puff pastry, it's not as fussy as pie.

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5. Boozy Caramel Milkshake

This Halloween-worthy treat is a one-two punch that treats you to drinks and dessert in the same sip. Get a head start by making the caramel in advance. This recipe calls for classic vanilla ice cream, although I'd also be curious to try it with caramel or even pumpkin ice cream.

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6. Glow-in-the-Dark Jello Shots

Yes, your Halloween party needs glow-in-the-dark jello shots! And good news — this jiggly twist on a classic gin and tonic is surprisingly simple to make.

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7. Halloween S'mores Skillet

There is a lot to love about this s'mores skillet, and the generous helping of Nutella and candy corn topping is just the beginning. Have plenty of graham crackers at the ready because this treat will bring everyone to the table to dip and share while it's still warm out of the oven.

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8. Slow Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider

Let your slow cooker do all the heavy lifting to keep your guests' glasses full with warm mulled cider. This version makes the most of fresh apple cider, fragrant spices, and, of course, the nice body-warming effects of bourbon, brandy, or dark rum.

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9. Candy Crunch Dip

If you believe dip is a must for any party, go with this sweet version paired with graham crackers, shortbread, wafer cookies, or apple slices. The recipe calls for chopped toffee bits, but any type of candy will be a hit.

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10. Smoky Candied Popcorn

Be prepared for your friends to gobble this up by the handful. This recipe starts off like classic caramel popcorn, then gets a smoky, spicy twist from a dash of chili powder.

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