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Best Halloween Recipes

There's no need to go out this Halloween, try these homemade recipes.

Recipes for Your Halloween Party

Looking for a few items to serve at your Halloween party? Check out these suggestions from Patch readers and contributors.

Halloween is around the corner and everyone is gearing up for costume parties and trick-or-treating.
Why not whip up some treats for yourself? We asked Patch readers and contributors to suggest some Halloween-themed recipes to share with the rest of us.

Apple Cider

Bunch of apples
Puree a bunch of cored apples in a meat grinder or food processor.
Place the puree or "mash" into a fine mesh strainer or a bunch of cheese cloth and allow the liquid to strain into a bowl or pitcher. Save the puree to make apple butter (recipe below).
Recipe from

Apple Butter

2 cups of pureed solids from cider recipe
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
Combine all ingredients in a pot and allow it to simmer until it is dark and thickā€”for about 1 hour.
Puree the cooked butter in a food processor or blender for a smoother texture.
Recipe from Kurt Clodfelter

Gummy Worms

2 hours 30 minutes
8 tablespoons Knox unflavored gelatin, divided
12 tablespoons sugar, divided
2/3 cup raspberry juice (*see note)
8 tablespoons corn syrup, divided
2/3 cup orange juice
Food coloring, optional


Prepare an 8-by-8-inch pan by wetting it lightly with water.
Place 4 tablespoons gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water to soften for about 5 minutes.
Place the raspberry juice, 6 tablespoons sugar and 4 tablespoons corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
Stir in the gelatin and continue stirring until gelatin dissolves.
At this point, add food coloring if desired.
Pour into a prepared pan and leave until completely set, 1 hour in the refrigerator or 4-6 hours at room temperature.
Repeat procedure with orange juice: place 4 tablespoons gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water to soften for about 5 minutes.
Place the orange juice, 6 tablespoons sugar and 4 tablespoons corn syrup in a medium saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves.
Stir in the gelatin and continue stirring until gelatin dissolves.
At this point, add food coloring if desired.
Remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes in pan.
Pour over raspberry layer and leave until completely set, 4-6 hours at room temperature or 1 hour in the refrigerator.
When set, turn out of pan and cut with a sharp knife into long, thin strips to resemble worms.
*Note: Raspberry juice can be obtained from boiling fresh or frozen raspberries over medium heat. Place 1 1/2 cups of berries in a small saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, until they are very liquidy. Pour through a strainer, reserving juice, and press fruit against the strainer to squeeze out all the juice.
Recipe from KraftRecipes.com, suggested by Kurt Clodfelter
Kurt also suggested baking rice pilaf in a pumpkin.
"It's a great idea and works very well," he said.

Black Halloween Punch

1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened grape soft drink mix
1 (.13 ounce) envelope unsweetened orange soft drink mix
2 cups white sugar
3 quarts cold water
1 liter ginger ale
To make a frozen hand, wash a disposable glove, fill with water, seal with a rubber band and freeze until hard.
Stir together grape soft drink mix, orange soft drink mix, sugar and water until solids are dissolved.
Combine with chilled ginger ale just before serving.
Dip the frozen hand briefly in warm water, then peel off the glove. Float the prepared hand in the punch bowl for a ghastly effect.
Recipe from AllRecipes.com, suggested by

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