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It's not just the ghouls and goblins that make Halloween such a frightening holiday. Whether it's the individually packaged and corn syrup-laced candy or the plastic costumes with a life expectancy of one evening, the amount of waste produced can be mind-boggling. But that doesn't mean I don't like to celebrate.

This year slip into a responsible costume and throw a horrific get-together for the whole crew. Not sure where to start? We've got you covered. Here are some great recipe ideas for throwing a Halloween Extravaganza to remember:

Get the Party Started with Pumpkin Spice Margaritas

Hands down my favorite fall cocktail, these pumpkin spice margaritas are a crowd pleaser. This eco-friendly version makes slurping on a margarita throughout the holidays a-OK.

Cost: $45

Next Up: Harvest Greens with Sunflower Sprouts, Butternut Squash, Pickled Purple Onions, and Gorgonzola

This harvest salad puts a bounty of farmers' market favorites on display. Pickling the onions makes the salad extra special along with the pungent flavor of some high quality bleu cheese.

Cost: $22

Serve a Comfy Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage Brown Butter Sauce

Sweet potato gnochi pleases vegetarian and meat eaters alike. These fluffy pillows of sweet potato pasta remind me of when I lived abroad in Florence. Pair with brown butter and sage for an added fall touch.

Cost: $19

Top the Meal Off with My Sea Salt Caramels

Instead of purchasing Halloween candy, end the meal with these sweet and salty caramels. They're quite simple to make and your guests will be impressed that you made your own candy for the party. Caramel is also cheap to make because it only takes a few ingredients.

Cost: $12

Total: $98

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