Whether you want to host a legendary Halloween party, make your home the most popular for trick-or-treaters or simply cuddle up on the sofa and watch your favourite horror film while gorging on themed snacks, these killer recipe ideas will come in handy...

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    Blood Orange Blackberry Rum Punch

    It wouldn't be a Halloween party without punch, and this one is incredibly pretty. If rum is your tipple of choice, this recipe is sure to hit the spot.

    Get Heather Christo's recipe here.

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    Bloody Sangria Cocktail

    This 'Walker Blood' Halloween cocktail is one for all the Walking Dead fans, though you can certainly appreciate it without having seen the zombie-themed cult TV show. The only ingredients needed to make this easy drink are wine, pomegranate juice and orange juice.

    Get the recipe over at Cravings of a Lunatic.

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    Lily Vanilli's Blood Stained Sugar Glass

    Lily Vanilli is the queen of Halloween baking, and these 'glass' shards make for another brilliant cake decorating idea. Don't forget her wonderfully easy recipe for meringue bones.

    Get Lily's recipe here.

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    Black Velvet Galaxy Cake

    Artist sea sponges at the ready - this cake is a work of art. Inspired by picture books on the Hubble telescope, Heather Baird at Sprinkle Bakes decided to make colourful nebulae edible. Thank you, Heather.

    Get the recipe over at Sprinkle Bakes.

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    Spooky Chocolate Bars

    'This is the "no pants, no bra necessary" dessert of Halloween desserts. It's quick, it's easy, it doesn't require any fancy tools or techniques, and it won't judge you if you make it in your pajamas.' Sounds excellent.

    Get the recipe over at The Simple Sweet Life.

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    Black Forest gâteau

    This cake isn't specifically for Halloween, but it does look wonderfully gothic. Although its Seventies associations may have given the Black Forest gâteau an unsexy reputation, this version of the retro classic is 'more Cabaret and Liza - all sheer dark stockings with glossy red lipstick - than sweet trollies in suburban restaurants and Alison Steadman in Abigail's Party.'

    Click here for MsMarmitelover's BFG recipe.

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    Spiced Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

    'What even is a whoopie pie?' I hear British readers asking. The name refers to a baked treat from the US that consists of a creamy filling or frosting sandwiched between two round pieces of cake. If any nation knows how to do Halloween, it's America - we should trust them on this. And doesn't browned butter maple cinnamon frosting sound delicious?

    Get The Chunky Chef's recipe here.

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    Saucy Spider with Hairy Leg Sticks

    Slightly gory and very effective, this doughy spider filled with tomato sauce will go down a treat at any Halloween party.

    Get the recipe over at Woman's Day.

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    Halloween Marshmallow Pops

    If you're feeling a little lazy in the run up to Halloween but still want to impress, this is the perfect food idea. It takes just five minutes to prepare, looks appropriately Halloween-y and tastes great.

    Get the recipe over at My Baking Addiction.

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    Meringue Bones, Blood-Soaked

    Blood-soaked bones... for vegans. Yes, that's right - these Halloween-themed 'meringue' treats are in fact vegan, containing no egg whatsoever. Instead, aquafaba (chickpea water) is used. It's a magical process.

    Get the recipe over at Brit + Co.

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    Graveyard Chocolate Mousse Pots

    Lemon poppyseed tombstone cookies paired with velvety chocolate mousse pots and tiny edible flowers make for a pretty (if somewhat morbid) Halloween dessert.

    Get the recipe over at Wallflower Kitchen.

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    Black Poison Toffee Apples

    These black toffee apples look stunning and would make for an impressive centrepiece. This is also the perfect opportunity to dress up as the Evil Queen, find Snow White and offer her a poisoned apple.

    "One taste of the Poisoned Apple and the victim's eyes will close forever in the Sleeping Death..."

    Get Alida Ryder's recipe on Simply Delicious Food.

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    Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

    This cake looks almost too beautiful to eat. Alas, we could never resist the glorious combination of chocolate, salted caramel, apple, cinnamon and peanut butter, even if we tried. Over the top? Perhaps. But we're not complaining.

    Get the recipe over at Sprinkle Bakes.