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Samhain Cooking and Recipes

Feasting and Food for the Samhain Season


Join us here at About.com for some absolutely spectacular ideas that will jazz up any feast, whether you're having a traditional Halloween party, or a more solemn and spiritual Samhain celebration. Check out these popular recipes for drinks and beverages, snacks, harvest-themed dishes, and the original amazing Ghost Poop dessert!


Ghost Poop Dessert

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Got a Samhain celebration coming up and you need something spooky for dessert? Wondering what to do with all that extra Halloween candy? Whip up a batch of Ghost Poop!


Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

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In Mexico, the Day of the Dead is celebrated around the same time that Pagans observe Samhain. One tradition that's always popular is to make sugar skulls. Here's how to make your own sugar skulls and decorate them for your Samhain celebration.


Creamy Marbled Orange Fudge

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This is one of our family's favorite recipes, and we make it each year at Halloween. Use white chocolate, marshmallow fluff, and sugar to create a rich, creamy orange fudge that tastes like Creamsicles. For even more fun, make a batch of regular chocolate fudge, and then alternate the squares in a checkerboard pattern for an orange & brown Samhain treat - here's how to get started on a batch of Creamy Orange Fudge.


Soul Cakes

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Soul cakes were traditionally given out on Samhain to anyone who came tapping at the door. This was one of the origins of today's Halloween trick-or-treating. Make your own soul cakes for your Samhain rituals, using one of our four easy recipes.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Pumpkin seeds are a delicious addition to just about any seasonal feast, and at Samhain, the pumpkins are everywhere! When you remove the seeds from your pumpkins (which is all part of carving a Jack-O-Lantern!) you can rinse them off, roast them, and season them with just about any flavor you like. Here are the basics to get you started on roasted pumpkin seeds.


Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake

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Pumpkins are just about everywhere you look in October. If you're someone who loves the taste of pumpkin, try making a pumpkin cheesecake to add to your Samhain feast!


Butternut Squash Casserole

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This butternut squash casserole includes apples and is topped with a buttery spiced crumb topping with brown sugar. It's warm and comforting, and perfect for an end-of-the-harvest Samhain feast, from Diana Rattray, our Southern Food Expert.


Black Cat Cookies

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Kids and adults alike will love these cute chocolate cookies. With candy-corn eyes and red-hot noses, Black Cat Cookies are a fun addition to any Samhain celebration. Check out this great recipe from Diana Rattray, our Southern Food Expert.


The Banshee: Mulled Wine for Halloween

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Mulled wines are a traditional favorite, no matter what the occasion, but Samhain presents a terrific opportunity to introduce others to its appeal. The Banshee Mulled Wine recipe is a warm wine punch that will warm the soul on a chilly October night. Check out this tasty treat from Stacy Slinkard, our Wine Expert.


More Halloween Recipes on About.com

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Are you thinking about hosting a Halloween party? Set the scene with some tasty and fun Halloween recipes using the best of fall produce, with a spooky twist. These recipes are all delicious variations on traditional fall foods, with some Halloween flavor thrown in for fun. Of course, all of these recipes taste delicious, no matter how gross they look. Linda Larsen, our About.com Expert at BusyCooks, has a ton of great stuff for you!


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