31 October Recipes To Make All Month Long, From French Toast Casserole To Chocolate-Filled Halloween Cookies

Welcome to October, when the leaves are starting to change, the air is turning crisp, and pumpkin-flavored things are everywhere. Well, it's the perfect time to take advantage of the shifting seasons with some festive recipes. Here are 31 delicious things to cook in October — including some spooky-themed Halloween eats.

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1.Orange Creamsicle Baked Oatmeal

Baked orange oatmeal.

This baked oatmeal is the type of breakfast you can make at the beginning of the week and enjoy every morning when you're on the go.

Recipe: Orange Creamsicle Baked Oatmeal

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2.Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole

A slice of cinnamon apple French toast.

Prepare this French toast casserole, and then let the baking dish sit in the fridge overnight. What better thing to wake up to, after all?

Recipe: Overnight Cinnamon Apple French Toast Casserole

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3.Fresh Cranberry Muffins

A cranberry muffin in a muffin tin.

Celebrate cranberry season the best way possible: with this one-bowl recipe, a delicious blend of sweet and tart.

Recipe: Fresh Cranberry Muffins

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4.Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

Spinach and fried eggs in a skillet.

Mashed sweet potato forms the base of these filling breakfast bowls. Load them up with your favorite toppings like bacon, more veggies, and an egg any way you like it.

Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowls

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5.Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

A skillet of sweet potato and lentil curry.

Cool nights call for warm, veggie-packed curry. You can always add your favorite protein to make these bowls even more filling.

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

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6.Mushroom Parmesan with Garlicky Breadcrumbs

Mushroom parmesan over roasted cherry tomatoes.

This vegetarian main dish calls for portobello mushrooms, which are stuffed with marinara, mozzarella cheese, and garlicky breadcrumbs, and baked over cherry tomatoes.

Recipe: Mushroom Parmesan with Garlicky Breadcrumbs

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7.Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli

Sheet pan beef and broccoli.

There are few things better than a good sheet pan dinner. This Chinese-inspired recipe is easy and requires minimal clean-up, and it's even quicker than ordering take-out.

Recipe: Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli

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8.Roasted Delicata Squash with Honey Butter and Pistachios

Squash roasted with pistachios and honey.

Savory, sweet, and nutty, this winter squash side dish checks off all the flavor boxes.

Recipe: Roasted Delicata Squash with Honey Butter and Pistachios

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9.Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with Crispy Fish

Crispy fish over cabbage salad.

This fall crispy fish salad calls for one of my favorite time-saving cooking hacks: fish sticks. Of course, you can always swap in breaded chicken cutlets, coconut shrimp, or whatever protein you like best.

Recipe: Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with Crispy Fish

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10.Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower over rice with naan.

Butter chicken gets a vegetarian-friendly twist thanks to cauliflower. Here, the florets are broiled and then simmered in a blend of tomato paste, coconut milk, and spices.

Recipe: Indian Coconut Butter Cauliflower

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11.Brussels & Kale Caesar with Cheesy Garlic Croutons

Kale and Brussels sprouts in a bowl with dressing.

Give your basic Caesar salad a fall facelift thanks to crunchy, shredded Brussels sprouts and kale. Add your favorite protein, some roasted chickpeas, or cashew nuts for some extra oomph.

Recipe: Brussels & Kale Caesar with Cheesy Garlic Croutons

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12.Cheesy Cauliflower

Cheesy cauliflower

This seriously cheesy cauliflower is a side dish the whole family can get behind (and the sneakiest way to make kids beg for their veggies).

Recipe: Cheesy Cauliflower

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13.Pumpkin Snack Board

A board of snacks shaped into a pumpkin.

This fun and festive snack board is perfect for your Halloween party. Just load it up with your favorite bites — like pretzels, Cheetos, crackers, and popcorn galore.

Recipe: Pumpkin Snack Board

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14.Miso Sesame Glazed Brussels Sprouts

15.Salsa Verde Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Poblano peppers stuffed with chicken and corn.

These poblanos are stuffed with shredded, spiced chicken, tangy salsa verde, and fresh avocado corn salad. It's an easy meal that tastes seriously impressive.

Recipe: Salsa Verde Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers

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16.Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Meal Prep Bowls

A bowl with sweet potato, chicken, avocado, and broccolini.

Between back to school season and the hustle of everyday life, fall can be busy. Make meal time a little bit easier with these make-ahead chicken and sweet potato bowls.

Recipe: Spicy Chicken and Sweet Potato Meal Prep Bowls

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17.Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Oregano

A Dutch oven filled with mushroom rice risotto.

This risotto calls for either arborio or short-grain brown rice. While most risottos require lots of stirring, this no-fuss version starts on the stove and gets finished in the oven.

Recipe: Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms and Oregano

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18.Mummy Hot Dogs

Hot dogs wrapped with pastry dough.

You only need two ingredients for these cute-meets-creepy DIY mummy dogs: hot dogs and a roll of crescent dough.

Recipe: Mummy Hot Dogs

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19.Balsamic Fig Chicken Marsala

A skillet of chicken with figs.

Between the earthy mushrooms, sweet marsala wine, tangy balsamic vinegar, and fresh figs, this chicken dish is so full of flavor. Serve it over rice, couscous, or your favorite grain to sop up the delicious sauce.

Recipe: Balsamic Fig Chicken Marsala

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20.White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese Stuffed Squash

Plated squash stuffed with mac 'n' cheese.

These stuffed acorn squashes are both festive and comforting. Best of all, you don't have to clean any bowls when you're done eating.

Recipe: White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese Stuffed Squash

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21.Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Sauce and Pecans

Ravioli with brown butter sauce and pecans.
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22.Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies

Cookie dough cut out in the shape of pumpkins.

These cookies are easy enough to make from scratch, but you can always hack them with your favorite store-bought sugar cookie dough and a jar of Nutella.

Recipe: Milk Chocolate Stuffed Jack-O’-Lantern Cookies

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23.Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

Caramel apple pie bars.

Layers of shortbread crust, spiced apple filling, streusel topping, and salty caramel make this dessert nothing short of irresistible.

Recipe: Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars

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24.Salted Honey and Pistachio Fig Tarte Tatin

A fig and pistachio tart.

While it may look totally fancy, this impressive dessert is really just an upside-down tart filled with figs, honey, and pistachios. And the icing on the cake (or tart, so to speak) is that it begins with store-bought puff pastry dough.

Recipe: Salted Honey and Pistachio Fig Tarte Tatin

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25.Maple Vanilla Baked Pears

Maple baked pears with vanilla ice cream.

Who knew fruit could taste this indulgent?

Recipe: Maple Vanilla Baked Pears

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26.Coffee Tahini Date Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

Chocolate chip date cookies.

Spice up your average chocolate chip cookies with the help of tahini, fresh fall dates, and oatmeal.

Recipe: Coffee Tahini Date Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies

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27.Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ghosts

White chocolate covered strawberry "ghosts."

Well aren't these white chocolate covered strawberry ghosts just spookily adorable?

Recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberry Ghosts

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28.Apple Fritter Cake

An apple fritter cake in a baking dish.

Is it a donut? Or is it a cake? Turns out, it's one in the same, and it's an ideal use of your fall apple picking haul.

Recipe: Apple Fritter Cake

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29.Spiced Chai Old Fashioned

A chai Old Fashioned cocktail.

If the idea of chai simple syrup sounds intimidating, keep in mind all you need to make it is water, sugar, and Chai tea bags.

Recipe: Spiced Chai Old Fashioned

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30.Apple Cider Prosecco Spritz

To glasses of cider spritz.

Aperol season might have ended with August, but spritz season lives on. Meet this boozy, sparkling apple cider creation.

Recipe: Apple Cider Prosecco Spritz

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31.Pumpkin Patch Punch

Two glasses of punch.

Need a seasonal punch recipe for your Halloween festivities? Consider this the one.

Recipe: Pumpkin Patch Punch

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