I suppose that the one night a year when no one really NEEDS a special holiday treat would be Halloween, since it already features a metric truckload of individually wrapped cavity-bombs, but what are we, GRINCHES? No we are NOT.
Here’s some cooking inspiration for your Halloween evening, if you can put the fun-sized Butterfingers down long enough to spend time with a recipe or two:
Caramel apples. Classic. Sure, you could give one to your kid, but do you really want to be cleaning caramel out of the carpet all winter? Me, I’d wait to nosh on one after the trick-or-treaters are in bed for the night. Shhh, it’ll be our secret.
Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Cauliflower Soup. This sounds like a perfect dinner to celebrate the season and strengthen the spirits before you start the grueling chore of stuffing your child into their once-beloved costume, which they of course now hate with the burning hate of a thousand hating suns.
Sweet and Salty Pumpkin Seeds. Cinnamon, butter, and sugar? Yeah, I’d hit that.
Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream. Homemade. Pumpkin. Pie. Ice. Cream. Dear LORD in heaven. GET IN MAH BELLEH.
Leftover Candy Cookies. Here’s a good way to stop eating the leftover Halloween chocolates: use them to make some delicious cookies. Then eat those instead.
Meat Hand. Oh, I SO saved the best for last. Wait, where are you going? Children NEED a good meal before heading out into a cold October evening! Why not warm them up with a nice hearty meatloaf for dinner? EVERYONE WILL LOVE THIS!