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Creepy in the Kitchen


No-bake peanut butter candy pumpkinsThe spookiest time of the year is upon us, so it’s time to break out all your favorite decorations, costumes, recipes and more. There aren’t many other times of the year when it’s perfectly acceptable to gross out your whole family just for fun, but when Halloween rolls around on the calendar, all bets are off and it’s time to make creepy, crawly, tasty recipes to scare and delight your whole family. Just imagine your children’s reactions when they sit down to a dinner of a meat hand, a side of monster toast and some pumpkin candies for dessert.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Candy Pumpkins

Whether you need a tasty topper for some store-bought cupcakes or you want a bowl of sweet snacks to keep you away from the trick-or-treat candy dish, this is a tasty snack you can make in no time. It can be a little tough forming the pumpkins at first, but a little practice is all you need to be a pumpkin-making whiz.


  • ½ cup butter
  • 1½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 16 oz powdered sugar
  • food coloring
  • green decorator icing


  • Microwave the butter in a large bowl until melted.
  • Add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring until you reach a pumpkin-like color.
  • Add the peanut butter and powdered sugar.
  • Mix well until dough is stuff.
  • Shape dough into small pumpkin candy shapes. You can use a butter knife to make the ridges of the pumpkin.
  • Add a small green tip to each pumpkin for the stem.
  • Chill until firm or ready to serve.

More Spooky Ideas

There’s no limit to all the creative ideas you can come up with for your Halloween menus. Whether you’re looking for party food ideas or you just want to have some fun with your own family, here are a few more ideas to spark your imagination. 

  • Turn ice cream cones upside down for witches’ hats.
  • Use your Christmas gingerbread men cookie cutters for a scary treat. Just add scars and cut off some limbs to turn them into Halloween cookies.
  • Classic meringue cookies make easy ghosts. Just add some chocolate-chip eyes.
  • Pit some dates, stuff with cream cheese and you’ve got tasty snacks that look like cockroaches.
  • Lychee fruit looks like an eyeball. Grab a can and stuff with strawberry jam for a gross treat.
  • Ask your butcher for extra meat-packing materials for gross-out serving platters and dishes.
  • Forget a boring veggie tray. Spend some time making those vegiges into witches’ brooms, bugs or any other Halloween-themed snack.
  • Lollipop sticks, mini marshmallows and some caramel are all you need for disgusting edible Q-tips.
  • Freeze gummy worms in ice and add to your child’s favorite juice for a fun treat.

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