Here at Maple Valley, we think maple and Halloween just go together. Each fall, when the leaves turn and the weather cools, our minds drift to visions of maple syrup and Halloween costumes. However, not everyone thinks of combining the two. So, we wanted to share our fall spirit with all of you. We combed the web for the best combos of maple and Halloween and put together a list of 33 ideas. 33 you guys! Can you believe there are so many wonderful ways to combine our favorite things!? We organized it into fun crafts; creative costumes; and recipes – SO many recipes! Check it out, then share your own ideas in the comments. If you want an easy place to view them all, check out our Pinterest Halloween board. Happy Halloween!
Did you know you can make edible fake blood using maple syrup? This tutorial from Southwest Shadow is just one of the many recipes we found. We suggest making one change and using maple syrup in place of the corn syrup in the recipe. The result will be just as effective and twice as tasty!
These adorable leaf crowns from Twig & Toadstool are the perfect topper for a royal costume. We love the use of the colorful leaves and the simple creative design. It’s a DIY costume element that will be raking in compliments (pun intended).
These beautiful butterfly wings from Tarnished Royalty are made from maple seeds. They are an amazing craft for any time of the year, but we love the idea of modifying this craft slightly to make some neat wings for a costume. With a tag board backing, some straps, and some extra strong glue, we think we could make a pair that would last through a halloween party or some trick-or-treating.
This one isn’t a tutorial, but we think if you are the crafty type, you could find some great inspiration to make a wreath similar to this one from Williams Sonoma. Sure, you could just buy one for $129.95, but that wouldn’t be nearly as fun as coming up with your own design. Either way, we think our doorways would benefit from the pop of autumn color.
If creepy crawlies creep you out, this craft from Bright Child is the one for you. Like the butterfly art we listed earlier, this one uses maple seeds to create fun little bugs you can hang around the house. We think they would be a fun addition to fake spider web decor.
We found a few versions of this fun craft, but our favorite and most clear directions come from Artists Helping Children. These cute little ghosts made from maple leafs can be used in wreaths, hung from the ceiling, or pasted on to a handmade haunted scene. They are simple, versatile, and a perfect craft for kids. Sounds good to us!
Sadly, we were only able to find a photo for this one. But, if you happen to have inherited some maple sap buckets, why not make some fun yard decorations? This same principle could be applied to any kind of bucket or scrap metal. You could even put a candle inside for a fun yard light. It will last longer than a pumpkin!
These beautiful DIY candle holders from Spark & Chemistry capture the color of the season beautifully. Using real maple leaves, they create a lovely golden glow. We find this fall decor to be suited for Halloween and beyond.
Show your love for breakfast with this hilarious costume from Rasta Imposta. You could even carry around a bottle of Maple Valley maple syrup as a prop! You know everyone will want to talk to the person at the party adding syrup to everyone’s drinks.
If you love maple syrup and you are looking for an easy costume idea, why not go as maple syrup itself? This one would also be a great couples costume when combined with the stacked pancakes costume. It would be a great shortcut for two of the other costumes on this list as well.
We are SO in love with this beautiful handmade leather mask from OsborneArts. If we owned this mask, it would hang on the wall as decoration for the 364 days of the year that aren’t Halloween. We would have to throw masquerade parties just to justify wearing it more often. If you are looking for something unique and handmade, this is the piece for you.
How cute is this maple syrup and pancakes siblings costume!? It is no wonder it won Editor’s First Choice for Inhabitots’ 2010 Green Halloween Costume Contest. We are sure a crafty mom could come up with something just as cute with a little time and effort. This could also be adapted to an adorable couples’ costume with the help of our first two costume listings above.
This creative couples’ costume took some out-of-the-box thinking from Ariel at AUTEURariel and we love what she came up with! Bonus points on this one if your significant other loves the Elf movie as much as you love maple syrup.
This recipe is one of our own. Boil maple syrup, heavy cream, butter, and sea salt until it thickens. Add vanilla and boil for one more minute. It’s that easy! It makes incredibly tasty caramel apples if that is your jam. Otherwise, it can be drizzled over any of the following Halloween dishes. Here is the recipe card:
Somehow these raw, vegan mousse pots from Wallflower Kitchen manage to be cute, creepy, healthy, and sweet all at the same time. These would be a perfect sweet treat for a fancy Halloween party. You wouldn’t even need to feel guilty if you had more than one!
These orange gummies from Green Healthy Cooking are so cute your kids won’t care if they are healthy. With only 4 ingredients: gelatin, pumpkin, coconut milk, and maple syrup; you can’t go wrong.
For another healthy treat that is also chilling (ha ha), try this frozen yogurt bark from My Kids Lick the Bowl. We how simple this recipe is and how cute the little ghosts turn out. We think this one would be a big hit with small kids!
We think these pear ghosts from My Gorgeous Recipes would be another great addition to a Halloween cocktail party. Their haunting silhouette is both cute and spooky! Who could resist a tray of these cuties staring out from a plate?
Talk about fancy. These Halloween Pears from Cook with M & S are that. We aren’t sure what makes them “Halloween” pears but we are here for it.
The creator of these bars, Deliciously Ella, states that they may be the “best sweet treat I’ve ever eaten”. She continues to rave about their many virtues. We are sold. These snack bars are packed full of healthy ingredients. You can even use up some of those pumpkin seeds you saved when you were making jack-o-lanterns!
Alissa from Nourishing Meals came up with this recipe as an alternative option to the huge amounts of candy and sugar her kids were being given each Halloween. It only has 3 ingredients and she states they taste similar to everyone’s favorite chocolate taffy candy. We think a bowl of these would be the perfect addition to our coffee tables.
Maple brownie cookies that is. These thick soft cookies look so delicious. We are big fans of the whole foods ingredients and the simple photo guided tutorial from Fannetastic Food. The iced spider web topping is the perfect way to finish these. Yum.
Caramel corn is a popular treat this time of year, and its hard not to love it. But what if you could have a healthier version that featured a hint of maple flavor? Thanks to Eating Rules, you can.
Just like any other holiday, Halloween can be a difficult for vegans. Try these graham crackers from Healthy Slow Cooking to make sure your favorite vegan isn’t left out.
These little pies are so cute, we just want to hug them. Or maybe not, that might be messy. We will eat them though, if offered, and we are guessing your loved ones would feel the same. Thanks for the awwww moment Taste of Home!
If pumpkin is your jam, this dip will be too. Only 4 ingredients make a tasty dip for whatever you might want to try it with. Healthy Seasonal Recipes suggests apples or gingersnaps. Don’t forget the pumpkin spice!
If you are brave enough to try deep frying something this is the one for you. If you do happen to try you hand at these fritters from Food Network, bring us some. We aren’t as brave as you, but we still want to try them.
As another natural part of fall, apples have made a lot of appearances on this list. None of them have looked as good as this one. This creative twist on caramel apples from Waitrose has us head over heels. There can’t be a better way to eat apples.
Lets get savory! This one isn’t exactly Halloween themed, but just think of all the pumpkin you will have to eat up! Also, the color scheme is right so we think you could call it something Halloweenish and get away with it. This one-dish meal from Recipe Tin Eats is also vegetarian. Winning!
Whew! Only three more to go after this one! We need a boost. A pumpkin spice latte should do the trick. Pumpkin spice is, after all, the flavor of the season. This recipes, from Detoxinista has your dairy free needs in mind. And, with ingredients such as homemade almond milk & pumpkin puree, it will put the corner coffee shop’s latte to shame.
If you want your kids to eat their vegetables, Live Eat Learn has got you covered with this fun recipe. We predict these potatoes, carrots, & beets will be gone before you can say Boo!
Do you still have pumpkin seeds to use up from those jack-o-lanterns you made? Why not try these clusters from Queen of My Kitchen. These would be a great snack to munch on while you watch scary movies and wait for trick-or-treaters
We made it! After all of those crafts, dressing up, making food, we need a drink. What better way to finish the night than with The Speckled Palate‘s punch? This one has it all: pumpkin spice, apple cider, maple syrup, and bourbon (plus some ginger ale). It is like someone captured the essence of fall and made it in to the perfect beverage for your Halloween party. Cheers!
Did you try any of these ideas? Do you have some of your own to share? Let us know in the comments below!