8 Pumpkin-themed recipes for your Halloween party

Oct 26, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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Theme parties are always a fun way for you and your guests to get as creative as possible. For Halloween, you can’t go wrong with a pumpkin or jack-o'-lantern theme. From face painting to pumpkin decals, decorating your pumpkins and even pumpkin piñatas, there are so many ways to decorate with this theme! When serving your guests at your next Halloween party, you can stick with the pumpkin theme and serve savory as well as sweet options.

8 Spooktacular recipes that your guests and kids will love!

Monogrammed pumpkin cookies

Pumpkin cookies
Image: Bake at 350

Anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with fonts, letters and words — maybe because I am a writer! In any case, when I found this recipe for monogrammed pumpkin cookies from Bake at 350, I was sold! This double-decker cookie is perfect for a class party or to share with neighbors.

Jack o' lantern stuffed peppers

Jack-o-lantern-peppers
Image: Laura's Lean Beef

This jack o' lantern stuffed peppers recipe from Laura’s Lean Beef is so creative and fun! I love how simple this dish is to make, serve and display. Your guests of all ages will love that Laura’s Lean Ground Beef is lower in fat and cholesterol than conventional ground beef — and free of added hormones and antibiotics. The jack-o-lanterns are made with orange bell peppers stuffed with lean ground beef and seasonings like garlic, cumin and onions, which makes for a delicious and satisfying scary-licious entrée.

Pumpkin popcorn balls

Pumpkin Popcorn Balls
Image: Somewhat Simple

Growing up, my mom would make fun desserts from popcorn. When I found this recipe for pumpkin popcorn balls from Somewhat Simple, it was reminiscent of my childhood. I love how they used Tootsie Roll minis for the stems and green candy for the leaf.

Pumpkin dinner rolls

Bread Pumpkins
Image: Flour Arrangements

Using saffron, curry powder, ginger and cayenne pepper to color the dough, these pumpkin dinner rolls from Flour Arrangements are so creative. Pale orange in hue and using pecan slivers for stems, the warm rolls are perfect for this time of year as the temperatures begin to cool down. They are so beautiful that you can use them as a decorative piece at your Thanksgiving Day dinner table!

Chocolate covered pretzel pumpkins

Chocolate preztels
Image: High Heels And Grills

This is a really fun, sweet treat that your kids will love. The chocolate covered pumpkin pretzels from High Heels and Grills use tiny twist pretzels and are dipped into an orange colored white chocolate. The green M&M's create the stem on this adorable and perfectly festive Halloween treat!

Buffalo meatball pumpkins

Meatballs
Image: The Gunny Sack

Meatballs are the perfect finger food at any dinner party, so when I came across this recipe of buffalo meatballs pumpkins, I just had to share it with you. The perfect appetizer, this recipe uses fully cooked beef meatballs and a sauce made with butter, pumpkin purée, ranch dressing and buffalo sauce. The stem is a pretzel rod and a parsley leaf completes the look! #Yummy!

Cheddar and chive pumpkin cheeseballs

cheeseballs
Image: Jam Hands

A delicious mixture of cream cheese, chives and cheese is what you will find in this recipe for a cheddar and chive pumpkin cheeseballs from Jam Hands. You can make this recipe the night before a Halloween or holiday party to save time. Served with crackers or vegetables, this is a hearty appetizer your guests will love!

Jack o' lantern Cake Pops

Pumpkin sticks
Image: The Nest

I like the versatility of the recipe for jack o’ lantern cake pops from The Nest because you can actually use any flavor cake for the filling. Your kids will love decorating and making different faces on their treats. You can even have your guests design their own pumpkin face using an edible marker!

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