Halloween Book and Recipe Favorites

Autumn is the absolute best time of year to spend a day baking goodies in the kitchen. The weather is cool enough that the oven’s warmth is welcome and there are so many wonderful fall flavors to use at this time of year. To all of that incentive, in the month of October there is the added fun of creating Halloween goodies. I love the creativity of decorating cookies to look like monsters or molding chocolate in creepy shapes. Of course this is all even better if you can pair those goodies with a delightful book to share. Here are some of my favorite Halloween books with goodies to match. From donuts to chocolate frogs, there is a treat here for any taste and any cooking skill level. Just click on the images to take you to the book review and recipe. Enjoy!

Arthur’s Halloween is one of the only Halloween books I remember reading as a child and I still love this story about Arthur facing his fears to save his sister. Also, there are chocolate donuts!
The Candy Witch by Steven Kroll was originally published in 1979 but remains a classic Halloween tale of a little witch who just wants to be noticed. When she realizes she is hurting people in her effort to get her family’s attention, she decides to make amends . . . with candy! Candy apples flavored with vanilla and spices are the perfect Fall treat to accompany this delightful book.
I was so excited a few years ago to discover this little book by one of my favorite illustrators, Tasha Tudor. Pumpkin Moonshine is a lovely, gentle tale for younger kids and why not make some flavored pumpkin seeds to eat while you read? These are a healthy, flavorful snack and great way to use up those seeds from the pumpkins you carve.
What is better than chocolate frogs? How about Chocolate Frogs in three different flavors with printable make-your-own wizard trading cards? These are fun to make and easier than they look. Find the printable cards and step-by-step instructions here.
For another classic Harry Potter inspired treat, try these Pumpkin Pasties. This recipe is a little bit more complicated than some of the others, but it’s a fun weekend project and the results are delectable!