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Easy Halloween Party Foods

You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this late-fall feast!

Three witches at a Halloween party

The Witches of Del Ray, Va.? — Photo by: Chris Usher

Butternut Apple Soup With Swiss Cheese
Put out stacks of sturdy mugs and spoons in the kitchen, and let your guests help themselves to this big pot of healthful butternut squash soup, simmered up in the slow cooker.

Spiced Pecans
Crunchy protein-rich nuts make an addictive snack. Put out several small bowls of these around the house. A bit of rosemary and cayenne set these apart from other spiced nuts.

Chocolate Caramel Corn
Sweet and crunchy, a big bowl of this will disappear in no time. Put out small bags with ties so that your guests can take home a treat of their own. Make sure to put a scoop in the bowl so your friends can fill up their goody bags!

Candy Bar Cupcakes
Steal a few candy bars from the trick-or-treat basket and make these whimsical cupcakes with a piece of candy bar buried within, like hidden treasure. You could also buy some small empty Chinese takeout containers and let your guests bring one home to nibble the next day.

Brittle With Pumpkin Seeds and Cranberries
Toasted pumpkin seeds are one of the best rewards for the messy work of carving a pumpkin, but if you want to take it one step further, you can turn them into an irresistible and very grownup brittle with wonderful chewy tart cranberries and a shiny chocolate coating. The brittle keeps for up to a week.

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