Catch the spirit of Halloween fun and invite your friends over for a spooktacular time. Deck the halls with pumpkins, cobwebs, ravens and more to match our ghoulishly good menu. Or just pick your favorite recipe, and let the kids help you make an after-school treat.
Put your jack-o-lantern skills to work on this cookie pizza that starts with purchased cookie dough. Let your friends or family help with the decorating, and every pizza will have its own personality.
Brownielike cutout cats add an autumnal touch to your seasonal party buffets. If you want a variety of shapes, try any cookie cutters you have on hand--such as pumpkins, bats or ghosts--and decorate accordingly.
Fudgy Cats 
Create an appropriately spooky party centerpiece with our Ghoul's Punch. Eyeball candy on licorice rocks makes a striking, edible party tableau under cider punch. The fog drifting off the drink comes from the dry ice placed in a heavy metal cup set down in the punch. Dry ice is extremely cold; handle it with tongs.
Ghoul's Punch 
Find a colorful baking-cup selection at your local crafts store or supermarket. Then mix up your favorite cake mix or cake recipe, filling the baking cups in the cupcake pan about half full. Cupcakes will bake at the same temperature called for in the cake recipe, but baking time will be reduced by one-third or one-half. To decorate, use purchased frosting or homemade butter frosting with orange food coloring. Look in supermarkets and candy stores for black gumdrops (which can be cut into shapes), licorice whips, jelly beans and black sugar.
What's out of the world about this sweet treat? It's the bittersweet chocolate and caramel finish on a juicy fall apple. Consider it a caramel apple with attitude.
A sugared cat cookie tops our brownie cupcake, set in a jellybean bed. Stand cat cookies upright on frosted cupcakes, or fashion a cat face on the cupcakes using different colors of frosting. Licorice whips make great whiskers.
An apple-and-cheddar spread gets a scary reputation when applied to a cracker with a finger-shaped knife. We hollowed a small pumpkin for the serving container for this spread--hauntingly good and loaded with cheddar, cream cheese, apple, carrot, nuts and currants.
Spooky Spread recipe 
Tinted noodles look and feel scary. We cooked and cooled regular spaghetti, then tossed it with food coloring. It keeps our deviled eggs from rolling and cushions our laboratory "brain"--a cauliflower floating in a jar.