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Halloween is a great excuse to go mad in the kitchen. But not in the crazed horror-film sense; more in the natural food-colourings and heart-warming treats sense.

Autumn is an excellent time to take advantage of seasonal produce and create some classic comfort food, but the spookiest night of the year is a brilliant excuse for getting stuck into some naughty homemade treats. And we’re here to show you how. Below are our favourite Halloween sweet-treat recipes – from ghostly meringues to bleeding vampire cookies.

MERINGUE GHOSTS

We’ve all seen Halloween-themed bakes before, but you’ve never seen anything like this from Food Tube’s Cupcake Jemma! These bite-sized ghostly meringues are super-easy to make and lots of fun to cook up with kids – if you don’t mind the odd misshapen ghost, that is!

Jamie and the Food Tube gang have loads of tasty treats on their Halloween playlist, so make sure you have a look through for more ideas.

ROCKY ROAD KILL

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This recipe comes to us courtesy not of Jamie, but of his Transylvanian relative, Count Oliver. His creation features snake’s brains (cherries and cranberries), zits (marshmallows), and the “shaved bones of a disgusting man” (shaved coconut), all drenched in melted dark chocolate then chilled before being cut into chunky bars that make the ultimate Halloween treat.

BLOOD ORANGE SODA

Donal’s bloody soda is the perfect soft drink for Halloween. Ideal for kids at your Halloween party or for dishing out to thirsty trick-or-treaters, this gory creation blends ice with frozen mixed berries, blood orange juice, ginger ale, and the juice of a freshly squeezed orange. Looks spooky; tastes fantastic.

You can find loads more drinks ideas over on Drinks Tube’s Halloween playlist, including Jamie’s pumpkin punch and a very special toffee apple cocktail. Speaking of which…

HOMEMADE TOFFEE APPLES

These sticky, naughty classics from Food Tube’s Barry Lewis are also spiked with autumnal spices, making them a Halloween essential. You can even get creative with other coatings and toppings, from nuts and sprinkles to different melted chocolates – perfect for getting little helping hands involved!

MOSHI MONSTERS’ BUTTERNUT SQUASH MUFFINS

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Okay, so they’re not exactly the scariest monsters out there, but kids love them and they’ll love this recipe, too. It’s full of good stuff, as well as lots of lovely spice and natural sweetness.

VAMPIRE BITE HALLOWEEN COOKIES

These vampire bite Halloween cookies by Dulce Delight are not for the faint hearted! Filled with low-sugar raspberry jam, these crunchy buttery biscuits bleed once cooked, so they’re bound to add some genuine terror to your trick-or-treat celebrations.

DEVIL’S DOUBLE CHOC MALT COOKIES

1314_1_1436786134These cookies are terrifyingly tasty – a gooey, chocolatey biscuit mixed with crushed Maltesers and white chocolate. You won’t be able to wipe that grin off your face.

Be sure to have a browse through our Halloween recipes for loads more inspiration – perhaps have a crack at ghoulash (sorry), ghost potatoes (really sorry) or terrormisu (actually, not remotely sorry for that one).