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Posted on Oct 1, 2018

The Orange List: Top Halloween Treats

The Orange List: Top Halloween Treats

It’s true that we’ve always preferred the treats to the tricks – that’s why we’ve joined forces with party expert Sandra Lee to bring you our Top 10 Halloween treats! The Halloween edition of Sandra Lee Magazine has tons of easy-to-make Halloween recipes and Halloween drink ideas that make any Halloween party something special.


1. Yummy Mummies

Yummie Mummies

Use these cute marshmallow ghosts as garnish, or enjoy them on their own!

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As seen on Evite Gatherings:

  • Marshmallows
  • Molding chocolate
  • Shortening
  • Sugar Eyes Decorations
  • Paper straws
  • Parchment

1. Insert a straw into a marshmallow.

2. Melt white molding chocolate, then stir in a tablespoon of shortening to thin.

3. Dip marshmallow into mixture and, while chocolate is wet, adhere two edible sugar eyes, then set back on parchment to dry.

4. Reheat remainder of molding chocolate and, using a fork, drizzle a few lines across marshmallow to create the mummy’s wraps.

2. Spooky Stuffed Bites

Spooky Stuffed Bites

The perfect Halloween appetizers!

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Makes 4 dozen appetizer servings

  • 24 frozen Cheddar, bacon, and jalapeño-stuffed potato skins
  • 24 frozen Cheddar and bacon-stuffed jalapeños
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 cup sliced black or pimiento-stuffed olives

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Place potato skins and jalapenos on 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 14 minutes, or until thoroughly heated, rotating pans once. Place potato skins and jalapenos on serving platters. Let cool slightly.

3. Place sour cream in a large zip-top plastic bag. (Do not seal.) Snip one corner of bag to make a small hole. Drizzle sour cream in a crisscross pattern over potatoes and jalapenos.

3. Orange Cupcake Pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns

Orange Cupcake Pumpkins and JackOLanterns

Every proper party needs creative cupcakes!

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  • Makes 12 servings
  • 1 box (16.5 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1⁄3 cup vegetable oil
  • Orange food coloring
  • 1 container (16 ounces) vanilla cream frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 24 cups of a standard muffin tin with paper liners.

2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at low speed, beat cake mix, eggs, orange juice, and oil until moistened. Beat on medium speed until smooth, about 3 minutes. Stir in food coloring to desired shade and mix until fully blended, about 1 minute.

3. Fill muffin cups two-thirds full of batter and bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool to touch, then unmold onto wire racks to cool completely.

4. Tint frosting with food coloring.

5. Halve cupcakes horizontally. For pumpkins, spread a thick layer of frosting on cut sides of half the tops and sandwich with the other half; for jack-o’-lanterns, repeat procedure, but using cupcake bottoms. Adhere candy (licorice twists, gumdrops, candy eyeballs, and Tic Tacs) with frosting for faces, stems, and leaves.

4. She’s Melting!

She's Melting Caramel Apples

Here’s a great way to decorate store-bought or homemade caramel apples.

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As seen on Evite Gatherings:

  • 2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Candy thermometer
  • 6 decorative lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks
  • Parchment paper
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Small witches’ hats and brooms  (for decoration)

1. Wash and dry apples thoroughly to remove all the wax.

2. Heat a medium nonstick saucepan over low to medium heat and add the granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water. Do not stir; just allow the ingredients to melt and boil together. Cook until the caramel is a light golden amber and a candy thermometer registers 320 degrees F (about 175 degrees C), about 8-10 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat and slowly whisk in the heavy cream, butter, vanilla, and salt. Whisk until smooth, then allow the caramel to cool until it is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

4. Insert lollipop sticks or popsicle sticks into the stem end of six apples. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.

5. Dip the apples into the caramel to coat and allow the excess caramel to drip off. Roll in topping of your selection if desired, then stand on the baking sheet to dry.

6. Place broom upright on side of still-sticky apple and hat on top at a rakish angle, giving the appearance that the witch has melted.

5. Dracula’s Bat Wings

Draculas Bat Wings
Chicken wings are the ultimate party food, but bat wings are so much spookier.

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  • 1 cooking spray packet (1.6 ounce) garlic-and-herb Buffalo wings seasoning mix
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 16 whole chicken wings (about 3 pounds)
  • Garlic bulbs, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line bottom of a broiler pan with foil. Coat broiler rack with cooking spray and place in broiler pan.

2. Put seasoning mix, oil, and hot sauce in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add chicken wings to bag and seal, turning to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes.

3. Remove wings from marinade (discard marinade). Arrange wings, skin side down, on broiler rack and bake for 20 minutes.

4. Increase oven temperature to 425°F. Turn wings and bake for 25 to 30 minutes longer, or until cooked through.

5. Transfer to a serving platter. Garnish with garlic, if desired.

6. Butternut Squash Soup with Herbed Cornbread Croutons

Butternut Squash Soup with Herbed Cornbread Croutons

Add this soup to any Halloween meal for an extra splash of orange!

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  • 1 (8 inch) square purchased cornbread, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic and herb seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 to 4 cups chicken stock, divided
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) frozen butternut squash, thawed
  • ¼ cup heavy cream

1. For croutons: Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cornbread in a large bowl. Drizzle melted butter over the top and sprinkle with seasoning mix and Parmesan. Toss gently. Spread single layers over 2 baking sheets.

2. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, rotating pans and stirring croutons halfway through baking time, until lightly golden. Set aside to cool completely.

3. For soup: In a soup pot, heat butter over medium-high. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add carrot, season with salt and pepper, and cook another 2 minutes. Add 3 cups of chicken stock and butternut squash. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.

4. Ladle half of the soup into a blender, cover (but leave steam hole open), and puree until smooth, adding chicken stock to reach desired consistency. Repeat process for second half. Return soup to pot over low heat, stir in cream and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Serve soup in mugs with croutons.

7. Candy Corn Surprise!

Candy Corn Surprise

This amazing cake decorating tip works with any multi-layer cake! (For the purposes of this tutorial, we assume four; at least three are necessary to achieve desired effect.)

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  • Identical baked cake tiers
  • 2 1/2 cups Candy Corn
  • Frosting
  • Serrated knife
  • Paring Knife

1. After cake tiers have been baked, level their tops with a serrated knife.

2. Set one cake layer on a serving platter and frost.

3. With a paring knife, cut a 3 to 4 inch circle from the center of two of the other layers.

4. Set one of these layers onto the first, frosted layer, and frost. Repeat with the second.

5. Carefully pour candy corn inside the hole.

6. Place the final layer on top of the cake, and frost the tops and sides.

8. Harvest-Time Hooch

Harvest Time Hooch

This simple Halloween cocktail is sure to start the party off right.

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Makes 12 servings.

  • 1 chilled 64-ounce bottle of Orange Carrot V8 Splash
  • 1 cup chilled Smirnoff Orange Vodka
  • 1 cup chilled sparkling water
  • Pitcher
  • Mason jars

1. Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher.

2. Mix and serve in Mason jars.

9. “I Scream” Treats (Non-Alcoholic Punch)

Halloween Drinks Orange Original

This alcohol-free Halloween punch is kid-friendly and absolutely delicious!

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As seen on Evite Gatherings:

  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 2 cups Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 gallon Orange Sherbet
  • 2 liters Lemon-lime Soda
  • Frosting
  • Orange Sprinkles or Decorating Sugar
  • Mason jars
  • Punch bowl
  • Ribbon (for decoration)

1. Rim Mason jars with frosting and orange sprinkles, and tie with decorative ribbon.

2. Fill a punch bowl with ice and 2 cups each of chilled orange and pineapple juice.

3. Scoop ½ gallon of orange sherbet into the punch, then add 2 liters chilled lemon-lime soda.

4. Ladle into jars and greet each guest with one.

10. Crow’s Blood Champagne Cocktails

Crow's Blood Champagne Cocktails

Here’s a Halloween cocktail idea for those wanting to create a more macabre atmosphere.

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As seen on Evite Gatherings:

Makes 8 to 10 servings


  • Toy crows
  • Feathers
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots

  • 2 cups unsweetened pomegranate or cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 bottle Stellina Di Notte Prosecco
  • 8 to 10 sugar cubes

1. Prior to party, adhere crows to glass rim with glue dots. Place on trays lined with feathers.

2. When guests arrive, fill each champagne glass with ¼ cup juice.

BONUS: Try these three Halloween food ideas from our Orange Tuesday partners! A Top 13 list is so much more Halloween-ish than a Top 10 anyway, don’t you agree?


11. Jones’ Frankenstein Floats


These freaky floats make for a chilling treat!

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  • Jones’ Soda, green apple
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Candy Corn

1. Add a single scoop of ice cream to a martini glass and pour soda over the top.

2. Finish with a few kernels of candy corn as garnish.

3. Serve with a striped straw.

12. Caramel Pirate’s Booty Snack Mix


Skulls and sweets – everything’s in order for a Halloween snack.

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  • 8 ounces Pirate’s Booty Snacks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking power
  • Other mix-ins, e.g. cereal, pretzels, nuts (optional)

1. Melt butter.

2. Stir corn syrup and brown sugar into butter until mixture is bubbly.

3. Add baking power to mixture and stir.

4. Pour mixture over Pirate’s Booty Snacks, and add your preferred mix-ins (don’t forget the Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar Snacks!)

5. Serve in a big, festive bowl!

13. Home Run Inn Pumpkin Pizza


Knock your Halloween party out of the park!

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  • 1 Home Run Inn Pizza, Classic Cheese
  • 2 Orange peppers
  • 1 Head of broccoli tips

1. Preheat oven to 450°F.

2. Cut the peppers into small rectangles and use them to create a pumpkin shape on the pizza.

3. Place one of the broccoli tips on the top of your design to serve as the stem, and add the rest at the bottom to form the pumpkin patch.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.


Have these Halloween recipes inspired your Halloween party plans? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter @BuyCostumes! Check out our Pinterest boards too, for even more Halloween party ideas and Halloween costume ideas.




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