Making Your Own Halloween Treats

October 9, 2020 | Jen McB

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Halloween may look a little different this year. But the original point of Halloween was to celebrate the end of summer and the harvest, and ward off the evil spirits that may show up as the nights get longer. So we can still celebrate this year with a sugary night of sweets and fright (Mwahahaha). What's important is to celebrate with spirit! Turns out there are some fun and tasty ways to do this. 


Why not make your own candy?

Do you remember making candy apples in school? And then somehow as the years went by we had to stop because it could break our teeth. Or, in some cases, it wasn't nut free. Traditional candy recipes are still available to explore and experiment with, especially in an old digital cookbook.

Here are some more contemporary options. These recipes can please candy lovers of all ages!

The complete photo guide to candy making

The Complete Photo Guide to Candy Making by Autumn Carpenter

If you prefer, Autumn Carpenter has a guide to cookies too!

The Sweet Book of Candy Making

The Sweet Book of Candy Making by Elizabeth LaBau

The LiddaBit Sweet Candy Cookbook

The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook by Liz Gutman and Jen King. Regular print only

Candy is Magic

Candy is Magic by Jami Curl

300 best homemade candy recipes

300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes by Jane Sharrock. Regular print only

Sweet and Salty

Sweet and Salty: The Art of Vegan Chocolates, Truffles, Caramels and More by Lagusta Yearwood


You can find other ways to celebrate Halloween this year as well.

Throw together a costume from your closet or recycling. I am not kidding when I tell you that toilet paper roll costumes do exist. Books also contain pattern ideas for simple children's costumes. Or, if you want something fancier, why not make a high tech Halloween costume with LEDs, 3D printed parts and more? We have some advice and suggestions!

Have the kids make their own mask and add some glitter glue. Introduce a beginner's sewing craft. There are lots of alternatives to going door to door in cold weather. Since Halloween this year is on a Saturday, stay up late with a scary movie night! There are plenty of films for kids to pick from, as well as ones for adults!

In my opinion, one of the scariest scenes in all of film is when Mr. Bean takes turpentine to the painting of Whistler's Mother. It is an absolute horror to watch because you just know that it is not going to end well.

You can also make some decidedly Halloween-themed treats and foods. Cheese comes in oranges. So do oranges and dried apricots! Get creative. You can use blackberries and licorice to keep within the theme. Chocolate truffles can be turned into bats. Cookie pops can be decorated as pumpkins. Add marshmallow eyes and candy corn teeth to, well, anything! Your imagination is the limit.

Here are a few more deliciously spooky cookbooks to check out.

Halloween Treats

Halloween Treats by Annie Rigg. Ebook only

The Wicked Baker

The Wicked Baker by Helena Garcia. Ebook only

Let's Bake Halloween Treats

Let's Bake Halloween Treats! by Ruth Owen. Regular print only


Once upon a time, Halloween cards were a popular tradition. Just like the postcard at the top of our page. If you're looking for ideas to decorate, take a look at the Halloween images from our digital archive.

There are so many ways to inspire joy during the frightful transition of seasons. One last word of warning... If you do something fantastic this year, you may be asked to do it again next year!