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Quick treats, clever drinks for Halloween

We’re not quite done with Halloween yet.

Here’s a round-up of a few more festive recipes, including a couple of creepy – yet classic – cocktails and two last-minute, no-bake options.

One of them is even a healthy, vegetable snack – disguised as edible eyeballs, of course.

The other is an easy and quick recipe that children might enjoy helping assemble – and then making disappear.

No-Bake Witch Hats


32 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped

1 (11 1/2 ounce) package of fudge-striped shortbread cookies

1 (1 1/4 ounce) container of orange decorating icing

Attach 1 Kiss to the chocolate-covered bottom of each cookie, using icing. Pipe icing around base of each Kiss.

Edible Eyeballs

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Cream cheese

Pitted black and/or green olives

Slice carrots into 1-inch chunks, top each with a dollop of cream cheese and half of an olive.

Spiced Cider

Recipe courtesy of Jill Novatt of Food Network Kitchens

1 quart apple cider

Zest of 1 lemon

1 cup dark rum (optional)

Thinly sliced apples (for garnish)

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)

Pour apple cider into a large saucepan. Add cinnamon sticks and lemon zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Add dark rum. Serve warm in coffee mugs and garnish with an apple slice and a cinnamon stick.

Corpse Reviver 1

Colleen Graham, Cocktails

1 1/2 ounce brandy

3/4 ounce calvados or other apple brandy

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Corpse Reviver 2

Colleen Graham, Cocktails

1 ounce gin

1 ounce Lillet Blanc

1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice

1 ounce orange liqueur (such as Cointreau)

Rinse of Absinthe

Cherry (for garnish)

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry.