Fun and Frightful Halloween Recipes

Browse these Halloween-inspired recipes from Cooking Channel, but beware: Some of the photos are a bit spooky.

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Mummy Cake

Scare up some smiles at your Halloween gathering by baking these creepy coffin-shaped vanilla, raspberry and chocolate cakes, with a sweet frosted mummy lying on top.

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Mummy Hot Dogs

Rosanna Pansino's spooky spin on pigs in a blanket uses homemade dough wrapped around hot dogs. 

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Nacho Jack-o'-Lantern Cheese Ball

Halloween can get cheesy, so why not embrace it? Try the unholy union of chips, cheese and salsa rolled into a cool Jack o’ Lantern — without the slimy guts to scoop.

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Jack-o'-Lantern Deviled Eggs

Classic creamy deviled eggs get a Halloween makeover with orange food dye and a scribble of black gel coloring. Have fun and make your jack-o'-lanterns look as happy or spooky as you want.

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Bocconcini Eyeballs with "Blood" Salsa

Creep out guests — and ignite their appetites — with Bocconcini cheese, Prosciutto di Parma, tomato and olive appetizer eyeballs. A dollop of spicy, herbed "blood" salsa amps up the gross factor while adding flavor.

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Spider Cake

Spiders on a cake are just plain creepy and a whole lot of fun. The marble cake will satisfy your cravings for both vanilla and chocolate. And nutella buttercream and bittersweet ganache spiders are the perfect finishing touches.

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Spiced Pumpkin Cake

Have your pumpkin cake and eat it, too, with this spiced round glimpse of the season.

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Orangettes

Chocolate-coated candied orange peels are simple to make and slightly better for you than all the other Halloween candy you're eating.

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Bonz of the Dead

Don't be scared away by their name, these cookies carry a cool licorice flavor and sport a perfectly crumbly and satisfying crunch. And we would never not advise you to try dunking them in a hot cup of coffee or espresso.

Get the Recipe: Bonz of the Dead: Ossa dei Morti

Marshmallow Popcorn Balls

Use Halloween candy, pretzels or nuts in these buttery popcorn balls. Wrap them individually for trick-or-treaters or save them for yourself.

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Wicked Cupcakes

One look at the mound of green frosting and candy décor on these witch cupcakes and you’ll likely think, "I'll eat you, my pretty!"

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Double-Decker Coffin Sandwiches

These sandwiches make a sweet and spooky main for any Halloween gathering. Within the pumpernickel bread coffin, find aged cheddar, apple slices, alfalfa sprouts and almond slivers. A drizzle of pureed raspberries adds even more sweetness and makes these sandwiches "bloody delicious," according to Nadia.

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Frozen Cherries with White Chocolate Sauce

Seeing a bowl of these is a lot spookier than grapes, the classic go-to for Halloween "eyeballs." Don't be surprised if your friends jump back after getting a good look at 'em.

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Vampire Cocktail

Satisfy your sweet tooth and your lust for blood all in one with this grenadine-laced blend of vanilla ice cream, white creme de cacao and triple sec.

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Milk Chocolate Graveyard Cake

Bury your guests in a bed of chocolate wafer cookies, milk chocolate buttercream, semi-sweet chocolate chips and a whole graveyard's-worth of scary good treats.

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Chocolate, Coconut and Toasted Almond Devils Food Twinkies

Pairing rich chocolate cake with toasted almond marshmallow cream and finishing them off with a blizzard of tropical coconut makes for an insanely good treat. It's like an almond joy, in the form of your favorite childhood cake.

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Spicy/Sweet Popcorn Balls

This sweet, nutty recipe pairs two of our favorite fall treats: popcorn balls and toasted pumpkin seeds.

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Diavoli Fritte with Onion and Dill Dip

Nadia G’s fried devils — or red finger chiles — will give your evening a fiery kick-start.

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Chocolate-Hazelnut Smooches

Baked with brown sugar and nutella, and topped with a witch hat-resembling chocolate kiss, all these spell-casting cookies are missing is an edible broom.

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Yummy Mummy

Need a party appetizer that screams Halloween? Look no further than the cheese-filled Yummy Mummy. Get creative and dress it up with vegetable decor.

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Haunted Candy House

For dessert and a festive party centerpiece, make a spooky, chocolatey Halloween version of a gingerbread house.

The Brain Cocktail

A cousin of the Bloody Brain Shooter, this cerebral cocktail packs plenty of Southern charm thanks to sweet peach schnapps.

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Pecan-Caramel Spiders

These creepy spiders will crawl off the plate with their licorice legs, and in one bite, their pecan-caramel-chocolate goodness will be gone.

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Screaming Spice Cookies

The scary, screaming faces on these cookie pops will send shivers down your spine, but it's the sweet, spicy pumpkin flavor that will haunt you long after they're gone.

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Halloween Hermits

Spicy, chewy Colonial-era cookies are filled with nuts and dried fruit, and when wrapped with a pretty orange ribbon, become perfect Halloween fare.

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Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

These fluffy, frothy ghost cupcakes will watch you from the cake plate with their candied eyeballs.

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Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Walnut Apples

Start your Halloween off with pumpkin and nutmeg waffles for a spirited breakfast filled with fall flavors.

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Pizza

Chicago may be known for its deep-dish pizza, but this chocolate and cookie version might come out on top.

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Blood and Guts Potatoes

Nigella lets the kids decorate simple cheese-stuffed potatoes with "bloody" ketchup.

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Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Cheesecake Pops

These pops are so supremely decadent, it’s fitting they be enjoyed on the sweetest of all holidays, Halloween.

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Spellbinders With Devil Eyeballs

These appropriately creepy cocktails are garnished with cherry-lychee "eyeballs."

Snack Bar Madness Chocolate Chip Cookies

Add a cup of any or all of your favorite stir-ins to these fun cookies that get crunch from potato chips. Try nuts, peanut butter candy, dried fruit or more chocolate.

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Sea Creature Soup With Slime Aioli

The sight of this dish will freak out your guests, but it's really just fresh seafood with a basil-spiked aioli.

Severed Hand Sangria

As the night rocks on, fill guests' glasses with a tangy citrus sangria. This party drink is so tasty, punch-goers might be a little heavy-handed with their self-service — so have seconds ready to go in the fridge.

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Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

Reinvent the classic peanut butter-chocolate cookie with googly eyes. These treats will skitter right off the plate.

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Cauldron Cake Pops

Crumbled green velvet chocolate cake is at the center of Rosanna Pansino's festive cake pops. It takes a steady hand to pipe on the frosting, but once you get the hang of it, you'll be cackling with excitement.

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