Emma Wartzman

Holiday season is coming up.

We’re not quite there yet, but as the sun stays out for a shorter time each day, and leaves fall from trees, we can’t help but let our minds wander to a time that is always filled with good food and friends. So, let’s start with the closest one: Halloween. It may not be known for its table spreads as much as Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it's still a good excuse to get the party going.

In the 1960s, Sunset published a dinner party book. The menu for October 31 is, well, orange (with the exception of a decidedly “green” salad on the side). It features carrot soup, savory cheese pie, and a spicy orange sundae (vanilla ice cream topped with oranges, ginger, cinnamon and raisins).

These days we still like to cook for Halloween, but we’re not so committed to the whole color thing. Instead of a full dinner, we focus on little bites and candy. From cinnamon pumpkin seed brittle to bite-size honey popcorn balls, we’ve got you covered.

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