Halloween can be cutesy and childlike with friendly ghosts and Jack O'lanterns, but I've been seeing some talented bloggers that are injecting a bit of grown-up elegance into this versatile holiday. Check out this list of impressive, beautiful ideas to dress up any party or celebration.
This is a recipe round-up, so all photo credits belong to the original bloggers. I have not copied the recipes onto this blog post, so please click through to the original authors to see how to make their creations. If you use one of their ideas, make sure to leave them some love in their comments sections!
Black Sesame Cake with Marshmallow Webs by The Little Epicurean
Not only is this cake gorgeous and festive, but I have never had a black sesame cake. After poring over the ingredients in this beauty, I think I may need to change that soon.
Spiced Pumpkin Pie Tart by My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
This has to be the most unique way of presenting a pumpkin pie that I've ever seen!
Deathly Hallows Cheese Board by Half-Baked Harvest
Are you kidding me with this?!? I don't even know where to start. What a gorgeous grown-up Halloween spread with some mouth-watering delectable foods. You have to go look at this post!
Black Bread and Roasted Carrot Hummus by A Shaggy Dough Story
If this isn't festive, I don't know what is. That black, black bread topped with bright orange hummus - so fun!! Check the recipe to see what gives this bread its color.
Swiss Meringue Bones with Raspberry Guts by A Sue Chef
I love meringue cookies - making them into Halloween bones with bloody raspberry compote is brilliant.
Dark Chocolate Matcha Ghoul Log by Baking a Moment
Three words: green tea buttercream.
Naked Red Velvet Spiderweb Cake by Sugar Hero
I love naked cakes, but those beautiful icing spiderwebs just kicked things up a notch.
Black Cherry Chocolate Fondant by Kitchen Sanctuary
Amazing delicious gorgeousness.
Snickerdoodle Confetti Bars by Chelsea's Messy Apron
Easy to make with a big visual impact!
Candy Bar Ebelskivers by The Kitchen Whisperer
Once the holiday is over and your house is full of way too many leftover candy bars, make these.
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