From the Recipe Crypt: Halloween-y Treats

October 31 is just a week away. Are you practicing your apple-bobbing maneuvers?

(Kim O'Donnel)

This year, Halloween falls on a Friday, which means tricksters can frolic all weekend long. The Friday night monster mash can easily segue into a Saturday morning-after pumpkin pancake brunch or an afternoon candy-making workshop before the next round of evening festivities (and a costume change, of course).

Roll up those costume sleeves and whip up a pot of homemade caramel for dipping apples. While you oversee the super-hot cooked sugar, the under-12 set can spear the apples with sticks (use up those unused take-out chopsticks) and assist with the dipping. Aprons (and a candy thermometer) are a must!

For more of a kitchen challenge (and something more arts-and-craftsy), consider a batch of homemade candy corns. I had a ball making these last year, but my only regret was not having a partner. A team of two or three will keep the afternoon from dragging into the evening, and after all, you’ll want to share your creations at the masquerade dance. Trust me, everyone will go bonkers over these wacky morsels.

Speaking of party snacks, the gals at Loulies are busy making candy out of pumpkin seeds, a zesty twist on an old classic.

If by Sunday, you still haven’t had your fill, pumpkin muffins should do the trick, with a few leftovers to add to weekday lunches. I like to freeze half a batch and thaw on a snack-as-needed basis .

Got a Halloween sweet tooth? Add to the witch's cauldron below. Savory ideas are welcome, too.

By Kim ODonnel |  October 24, 2008; 7:00 AM ET Baking , Candy , Holiday Treats
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I forgot about those homemade candy corns! So glad to see them again. Thanks, Kim!

Posted by: mauramcc | October 24, 2008 9:25 AM

Us carnivores demand equal time and Carnivore Wednesday since there is a meatless Monday.

The WP's ombudsmperson is aware of the issue. The Beef folks have donated money for a legal challenge!

Its only fair!!! Or maybe Kim should be replaced with soemone who gives equal time
to omnivores, carnivores and vegans!!!

We can discuss how to hunt, kill and butcher Bambi in Kim's first Carnivore Wednesday column. Kim I have friends in the Seattle area who would love to take you deer hunting and Benelli USA is donating a rifle for your use to keep!

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | October 24, 2008 10:15 AM

Hi Kim!
My daughter's preschool is having a Halloween party next Friday. She was assigned "apple slices", but I thought it might be fun to do carmel apple slices (maybe topped with sprinkles or something instead of peanuts?). I know, not the healthiest, but come one, it's Halloween! Any suggestions on doing carmel dipped apple slices that can be easily packed and transported to school? Whole carmel apples are just too much for 3-5 year olds, so I thought slices might work well.

Posted by: sp1103sd | October 24, 2008 10:23 AM

omarthetentmaker -PLEASE GO AWAY!!!!!!!!

Posted by: connie47 | October 24, 2008 11:47 AM

sp1103--what about drizzling the tops with caramel? make sure the caramel is hot enough before you begin to make it easier. you could probably put the apple slices in-between wax paper in a tupperware container. Or if you have a cupcake carrier, you could just put the slices in each individual cup and they would transport smoothly.

Posted by: Merdi | October 24, 2008 12:02 PM

I, as an omnivore, do not demand anything; rather, I am enjoying the great number of recipes (meat and meatless), advice, politics and activism that this blog helps to bring to my attention.

Oh Omar, variety is the spice of life, dear.

Posted by: con-e | October 24, 2008 2:56 PM

sp1103sd: Cream cheese and brown sugar make a great dip for apple slices. You might want to spread the dip on the slice and create a tray of hors d'oeuvres to avoid all of those little fingers dipping into the same bowl, or maybe you could provide individual little bowls.

Posted by: davemarks | October 24, 2008 4:32 PM

And all we are asking for is equal time.
If vegans get meatless Monday's then us Bambi killers should get Carnivore Wed.

Hey Connie last I checked at least until Obama is inaugrated in Jan 09 we all still have a right to express our opinions. I appreciate yours and at least you could do is entertain mine.

Now off to take Bambi down and butcher him.
Connie would you like a venison loin? Or make some duck breast!

Ted Nugent rules!

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | October 24, 2008 5:14 PM

Hey Kim just spoke with Mr Nugent he will be in the Seattle area in a couple of weeks. He wanted to know if you wanted to go hunting and also learn how to live off the land and with in ones means.

Have you read his latest book?

Die Bambi die!

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | October 26, 2008 2:36 PM

Wow. It's one thing to be a griefer, but another thing to be utterly clueless. This blog has readers who eat just about everything, so mistaking it for a vegetarian/vegan/Bambi-hugger group is, well...

Posted by: mensan98th | October 27, 2008 12:24 PM


For the caramel apples try this, a tip I got from a friend.
You'll need some fairly big apples, use a melon baller and scoop out little rounds of apple. Using a toothpick poke each round of apple and dip those into the caramel.

This provides you with bit size caramel apples. It worked well for my friend and her little ones.
Hope this helps.

Posted by: Librasmoon | October 27, 2008 2:10 PM

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