When I was growing up, the smells of Halloween were synonymous with the smells of pumpkin goodies–namely my mom’s famous pies or my dad’s roasted seeds after my siblings and I finished carving our jack-o-lanterns. Even today, the sweet, spicy scent of anything pumpkin brings back memories of spooky witch costumes, howling ghosts decorations, and my brother’s morbid goblin mask (eek!).
So, in honor of Halloween, it’s with a blend of holiday excitement and happy nostalgia that we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pumpkin recipes, plus a few other creepy treats sprinkled in. With everything from pumpkin fudge and graveyard cupcakes to nutritious dips and other updated classics, these treats will make this season extra fun for the family–and maybe even inspire some new traditions. Boo appetit!
Caramel Corn Recipe
The caramel corn experts behind Brooklyn confectionery Butter & Scotch share a deliciously crunchy caramel corn recipe that's sweet for kids and prime for a wicked twist for adults.
Pumpkin Pie Fudge
This candy treat from New York Family blogger Kelsey Banfield combines the texture of fudge with the sweet taste of pumpkin pie. It's perfect to serve at Halloween, Thanksgiving, or any time you want some dessert.
Apple Slices with Pumpkin Pie Dip
Looking to give the kiddies a break from their Halloween candy? Try Yummy Delicious blogger Jenna Helwig's nutritious spread made from Greek yogurt, pumpkin, and a dash of cinnamon. (Bonus: it's super easy to pack in lunch boxes too!)
More Pumpkin Pie Dip--With Crackers
Because there's no such thing as too much spreadable pumpkin, right? Cooking Classy's Halloween party staple includes ginger and caramel sauce for sophisticated little palates.
Pumpkin Crunch Cake
This easy-to-make, festive cake from Kim Demmon combines all of the best spices of fall: pecans, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin puree. Just top it off with whip-cream and it's ready to serve!
Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal
Just for busy parents with hungry kids: Cooking Classy transforms a regular breakfast into a new fall favorite with just 3 1/2 minutes in the microwave. Genius? We think so.
Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Gingersnap Crusts
Indulge yourself in this delicious combination of Philadelphia cream cheese, pumpkin puree, and gingersnap cookies from Natalie Dicks. Perfect for portion control at kiddie and grown-up parties alike.
Spicy Pumpkin Soup
This zesty fall broth is essentially fall in a spoon. Even the pickiest eater will love the adorable and natural package of this appetizer. Thanks, New Jersey News Room!
Pumpkin French Toast
Start off the Halloween celebrations early--right at the breakfast table! For some family bonding time, you can even enlist your budding chefs to help stir everything in a large bowl. From Minimalist Baker.
Vegan Pumpkin Cupcakes
Got allergies? Don't despair! LilSugar's gluten- and dairy-free recipes ensure that no child gets left behind this holiday season.
Boulder Locavore's creepy, crawly cupcakes make a fun treat any Halloween party. Best of all: they include everyone's favorite ingredients, gummy worms and chocolate cookies.
"Boo" -nana Pops
Make your kids laugh this Halloween with these ridiculously adorable ghost boo-nanas from Skinny Taste! Not only is this a healthy snack, it's also fun for all ages.
Pumpkin-Roasted Banana Quick Bread
Spice up your banana bread into a satisfying and healthy snack with Boulder Locavore's festive blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and more.
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese
No kid says "no" to mac 'n' cheese, especially with it fills your kitchen with hearty pumpkin aromas. Ready for a new smash hit? From Gimme Some Oven.
Spread fall across your bread with Skinny Taste's nutritious pumpkin blend. With apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and pumpkin puree, this butter has the perfect Halloween holiday spice!