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Eat, Drink And Be Scary: 9 Fun Foods For Your Halloween Party

Why should the kids have all the treats this Halloween? Be the Ghostest with the Mostest with these easy gourmet recipes for your Halloween party.
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Why should the kids have all the treats this Halloween? Be the Ghostest with the Mostest with these easy gourmet recipes for your Halloween party.

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Halloween and caramel go hand-in-hand, so why not make some homemade caramel corn for your crowd? Surprisingly, you don't need a giant copper kettle, or even a candy thermometer, to make it. Fair warning, though: it's utterly addictive. Don't make this popcorn unless you have the willpower of a saint or many friends to share it with! GET THE RECIPE

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This warm fall cocktail combines apple cider with hot buttered rum and autumn spices. It's ideal for a crowd because it sits on the stove in a big pot with a ladle for everyone to help themselves -- making your house smell amazing -- and you can make it ahead of time. GET THE RECIPE

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Though they look like bread sticks, these crisp and flaky cheese straws are actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry. They're wildly addictive, and just plain fun to serve. Bet you can't eat just one. GET THE RECIPE

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My husband calls these candied pecans "crack nuts" because they're madly addictive. They're perfect to serve with cocktails, toss over salads or just keep around the house over the holidays. The best part? You only need four simple ingredients to make them -- and if you start right now, you'll be done in 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

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Made with a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this is an easy yet delicious chili that you can prepare for your crowd in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

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Throw away those old kitschy cocktail meatball recipes that call for grape jelly and frozen meatballs -- these are easy-to-make and so much better. The meatballs are baked, not fried, and the sweet and tangy sauce is ready in under 15 minutes. Kids love them as much as grown-ups, so make extra! GET THE RECIPE

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Known as Millionaire's Shortbread, presumably because they are so rich, these bars consist of a layer of crumbly shortbread, a layer of soft caramel and a layer of chocolate. They taste like gourmet Twix bars. GET THE RECIPE

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This is the perfect ginger cookie: it's got just the right balance of spices -- think ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice and black pepper -- and a buttery crisp texture. GET THE RECIPE

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With a chocolate cookie crust, rich and creamy peanut butter layer, and smooth-as-silk milk chocolate topping, these bars taste like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in grown-up form. GET THE RECIPE