5 of the Most Delicious Fall Recipes That You Need to Make This Halloween

Fall Recipes

Halloween is the beginning of everything beautiful and magical about this time of year. Growing up in Michigan, it was spellbinding. Beginning in October, the nights were bitterly cold; so my costume creativity went as far as dressing in warm clothing and throwing a sheet over my head, emerging as a ghost. I was committed to my childhood rite of passage; running from house to house with a pack of neighborhood kids to score a bag of candy. It was thrilling.

What I love most about fall though, are the scents, and the spirit rocketing from my youth. So, I put together my favorite fall recipes that remind me of everything that’s warm and good about this season.

Enjoy, with love.

My Favorite Fall Recipes

The following fall recipes are all apple and pumpkin baked goods, which are perfect for this season. All of the apple recipes are family favorites that have been passed down over the years. I stand by them all and they never fail me. The pumpkin recipes are from other sources, but each is exceptional.

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Hot Baked Apples

¾ cup dark raisins

8 baking apples (Cortland or McIntosh)

½ cup butter

1 pound dark brown sugar

Juice of 1 orange

Grated rind of 1 orange

4 whole allspice

¾ cup of hot water

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a large baking dish.
  2. Soak the raisins in hot water for five minutes and drain.
  3. Core the apples and set them in the baking dish. Fill the cavities with raisins. To each apple add one tablespoon of butter and press brown sugar on top.
  4. Put the rest of the sugar, raisins, orange juice and rind, allspice, and water in the baking dish.
  5. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes and serve hot with chilled rum custard.
Apple Pie

1 cup sugar

½ cup flour (not self-rising)

4 lbs. apples

3 tbsp. of butter (sliced thin and placed on apples before baking)

1 tsp. cinnamon & nutmeg

A dash of salt (or self-rising)

1 tsp. lemon juice


1 ½ cup flour

¾ cup of firm butter

¾ cup of brown sugar

  1. Combine the sugar, flour, spices, and salt.
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples thinly.
  3. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  4. Pour the dry mixture over the apples and stir thoroughly. Place it in a deep dish.
  5. Combine the topping ingredients and crumble over the apples.
  6. Cover the topping with the thinly sliced butter.
  7. Bake for 50 minutes at 425 degrees F
  8. Then cover and bake for another 30 minutes.
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Apple Crisp

6 apples

1 cup of sugar

1/8 tsp. of salt

¼ tsp. cloves

½ tsp. cinnamon

6 tbsp. of butter or sweet margarine

2 tsp. of lemon juice

¾ cup of sifted flour

¼ cup of chopped nuts

  1. Peel, core, and slice the apples into a bowl.
  2. Add ½ cup of sugar, spices, and lemon juice.
  3. Mix lightly and pour into the buttered 1 ½ quart casserole.
  4. Blend the remaining sugar, flour, salt, and butter to a crumbly consistency.
  5. Add nuts and then sprinkle over the apple mixture.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F or until the apples are tender and crust nicely brown. Serve with ice cream and whipped cream.
Pumpkin Spice Mousse by Good Housekeeping

1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin (1 3/4 cups)

1 tsp. grated peeled fresh ginger

¼ tsp. ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. freshly ground nutmeg

Kosher salt

3 oz. cream cheese, cubed

1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 cup of sweetened condensed milk

2 cups of heavy cream, cold

Sour cream and crushed ginger cookies, for serving

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch salt. Cook on medium, stirring frequently, until steaming heavily, darker in color and slightly thicker, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Transfer to a bowl, then stir in condensed milk. Let cool completely.
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat cream until medium peaks form. Fold in the cream cheese mixture, then spoon into 4-ounce jars. Chill until ready to serve. Makes 8 cups. Serve dolloped with sour cream and crushed ginger cookies if desired.
Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins by All Recipes

1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix

1 (15 ounces) can pumpkin puree

9 ounces cinnamon chips (can be substituted with chocolate chips)

1 cup chopped pecans

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Mix spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and cinnamon chips together in a bowl until cake mix is completely moistened; add nuts and stir. Spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups to about 2/3-full.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
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10 Fun Facts about Halloween

Now that you’ve tried the fall recipes and your tasty treats are in the oven getting ready for you and the family, amuse yourself by discovering some fun facts about Halloween:

  • Since both adults and children love Halloween, it’s one of the most popular holidays of the year, beating out both Valentine’s Day & New Year’s and coming in second after Christmas.
  • Halloween is an adaptation of the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which celebrated the end of the harvest season. It was believed that the veil between our world and the spirit world was thinnest on this day, so bonfires were lit to ward off spirits. Similarly, treats were left on doorsteps as offerings for the spirits – the original trick or treat.
  • Halloween may stem from the ancient Celtic Samhain celebration, but it actually has even older Roman roots and is believed to have been celebrated in some form or another for over 6000 years.
  • The trick or treat tradition evolved further during Medieval times and was called “guising” in the British Isles. Back then, children would dress up in costumes and perform songs and poems in exchange for food or money.
  • The holiday was established in the US by Irish immigrants who traditionally celebrated Samhain in Ireland.
  • Jack-o’-lanterns are also an Irish tradition that has been adapted. The ghoulish faces used to be carved out of other vegetables such as turnips, potatoes, and beets, but Americans chose to use pumpkins instead.
  • Nobody could go trick or treating during World War II because of sugar rationing, but the holiday really took off in the US after the war ended because of marketing done by candy companies.
  • Unsurprisingly, the most common Halloween costumes you’ll see on kids these days are superheroes and princesses.
  • American’s spend a lot of money on Halloween by purchasing costumes, decorations, and of course, candy. Most households spend an average of $86 on Halloween each year.
  • Salem, Massachusetts is the self-proclaimed Halloween capital of the world – for obvious reasons.

There you have it, everything you need to make this season festive – the tastiest fall recipes plus some fun facts about Halloween.

Which of these fall recipes is your favorite?


Fall recipes

Comments 12

  1. The recipes sound delicious. I like that they are simple and use timely ingredients. When it came to Halloween when I had young children at home we would creatively rename food items at Halloween. Blue nacho chips and salsa became bat wings and blood, cheese strings shredded to 1/3 were witches brooms, we sculpted a black loaf of bread to look like a house and put spinach dip around it and called it a haunted house with a swamp. Not much actual baking being done but lots of fun.

    1. Julie, I love your creativity! You must have had so much fun renaming foods and enjoying the spirit of Halloween.
      I loved seeing how excited my kids got. I only prayed that the weather held out and we wouldn’t freeze over on our candy journey.

  2. I can almost smell the wonderful scents of baking with your fall recipes, Ronni! Pumpkin muffins and baked apples are the ones I want to try first. I love the historical information your shared about Halloween.

    1. The baked apples are delicious. Served with ice cream or fresh whipped cream, you can’t go wrong. Let me know how they turn out, please!

  3. I confess that I love Halloween. It was always a fun day for me growing up, and I have many happy memories. I decorate and love seeing the kids come by. Not sure how this year is going to pan out, but I am ready for any little ones who might come by!

    I love the recipes, Ronni. Makes me want to go out and buy some apples and pumpkin! When my children were little, I always used to make a special dinner before they headed out, like a serpent stromboli or graveyard shepherd’s pie. That kind of thing is so fun!!

    1. I love the special meals you used to make before heading out for Halloween night. I’m impressed. I think we used to order a pizza so they could eat something quickly before a night of fun.
      This makes me laugh.. As I was writing this, I recalled kids on my block ringing doorbells and saying, not trick-or-treat, but “help my dentist get rich.” I haven’t heard that one in a long time.

  4. OK. So now you made me want to bake…like right now! Your recipes look so delicious. And while I looked them over, I could imagine the wonderful scents wafting from the oven. You inspired me, and I might do some baking this week. I loved reading all the Halloween fun facts you shared. When our girls were growing up, Halloween was a huge deal. There were the Halloween parades, parties, and trick or treating. We’d get in on the action too, and dress up when we’d take them out to trick or treat. As they got older, they went on their own. But I still have a few costumes in my dress-up box, just in case. You never know!

    1. Definitely keep those costumes. You’ll be so happy that you did when your house is filled with the pitter patter of little feet, once again!
      My older daughter was a variation of every kind a princess imaginable at Halloween. My twins were always so creative with their costumes and they often made them themselves.
      Please let me know if you try any of the recipes and how it turned out!!

    1. The apple pie recipe is my favorite, hands-down. Followed by apple crisp, which is like an apple cobbler.
      Do you make your own crust when you bake?

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