Let's celebrate! It's Halloween food season

It is fall and my favorite month, October, meaning I have begun my compulsive Halloween and pumpkin behavior.

Halloween is a favorite holiday for me and I like to add a Halloween spin to many dishes: oatmeal, spaghetti, salads, sandwiches, pancakes and more.

Pumpkin added to vanilla ice cream can be used to make frozen orange pumpkin balls. Red peppers can be turned into horns. Green or black food coloring turns spaghetti into a creepy dish, especially with the red sauce on top.

Moving on to my pumpkin obsession ... once canned pumpkin hits the stores, I like to purchase some cans every time I shop. This behavior can be blamed on the pumpkin shortage a few years ago and the fact that pumpkin can be hard to find after the holidays.

The rest of winter is still pumpkin season for us. I add canned pumpkin to stews, soups and sauces for the richness.

For now, though, enjoy these Halloween favorites.

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