5 Retro Halloween Treats Your Party Really Needs

Impress your squad with old-school Halloween goodies steeped in history and childhood nostalgia. How old-school are we talking about? Some of these go waaaay back.

Serve up these retro faves right alongside the Flayed Man Cheese Ball, Spooky Witches’ Fingers, and Bloody Baked Rats, of course. I mean, it’s Halloween for fright’s sake.

1) Popcorn Balls

Corn as a foodstuff dates back thousands of years, but the history of the popcorn ball is a little harder to verify. One fanciful story cites a perfect storm involving a hot Nebraska cornfield, a rain-soaked sticky sorghum field, and a tornado. What we do know for sure is that a recipe for Pop Corn Balls appeared in E.F. Haskell’s Housekeeper’s Encyclopedia in 1861.

Caramel Popcorn Balls

Caramel Popcorn Balls

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Rocky Road Popcorn Balls

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2) Caramel Apples

The official story is that a Kraft Foods salesman named Dan Walker came up with apples dipped in melted caramel back in the 1950s when he was trying to use up some extra caramel stock after Halloween. Dentists have blessed or cursed him ever since.

Caramel Apples

Caramel Apples

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Gourmet Caramel Apples

Gourmet Caramel Apples

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Rice Cereal Marshmallow Treats

Officially dating back to 1939, these marshmallow + crisp rice cereal + butter confections were invented by Kellogg’s employees Mildred Day and Malitta Jensen. Yes, you can cut them into crispy, sticky beige squares as originally intended, but you can also add color and bend this highly malleable mixture to your creative will.

Marshmallow Treats

Marshmallow Treats

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Cereal Treats

Cereal Treats II

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Pumpkin Seeds

Ancient native cultures in the Americas consumed nutrient-dense pumpkin seeds both raw and roasted as far back as 10,000 years ago. There’s no evidence that they sprinkled them with sugar and cinnamon, though.

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds

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Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds

Cinnamon Toast Pumpkin Seeds

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Spice Cake

The tradition of eating spiced soul cakes on All Hallow’s Eve dates back to the Middle Ages. Children would go door to door singing a ritual song in honor of the dearly departed, and collecting small, spiced cakes to eat. Just try giving out baked goods to trick-or-treaters today. Nope, nope, nope.

Nutmeg Cake

Nutmeg Cake

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Sweet Potato Cake

Sweet Potato Cake

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