“Poisoned” Candy Apples

Don’t worry, these apples aren’t really deadly — but they certainly look it. To make them, you’ll need: apples, twigs that have been washed and trimmed, granulated sugar, light corn syrup, water, cinnamon-flavored oil, red food coloring, black food coloring and a candy thermometer. Thoroughly wash each apple, remove the stem and insert a twig (you may need to sharpen the end first). Next, stir sugar, corn syrup and water together in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Boil until the syrup reaches 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring. To coat the apple, dip completely in the syrup and swirl it. Hold the apple above the saucepan so the excess coating can drain off. Place candied apple onto a baking sheet that’s been greased or lined to allow it to cool.

Easy Appetizer: Cheesy Eyeballs

Who knew creamy mini cheeses, olives, and a little food coloring could look so creepy yet taste so yummy?! Fill up your party guests with these savory little mouthfuls for a fun take on standard cheese and crackers.

Not-So-Scary Monster Apples

Turn tart apples, dried fruit and nuts or seeds into healthy treats for your favorite trick-or-treaters.

Easy Mummy Cake Pops

A store-bought snack cake gets all dressed up for Halloween with a layer of ooey-gooey chocolate and frosting bandages.

Candy Corn Brownies

Concentric rings of colored sugar give dense, chocolatey brownies a candy corn makeover for Halloween — our free printable template makes the tri-color effect a snap.