Pumpkin Carving Party Pics & Recipes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had a deliciously good Pumpkin Carving party, and I’m eager to share the recipes in case you’ve still got a Halloween-themed party in the works this year! It was great fun, with 40-ish people and pumpkin goop as far as the eyes can see.

Everything always is gluten-free, and some things are dairy free, soy free, egg free, vegan, paleo, etc. to make sure that everyone is happy and well-fed.


Hot mulled apple cider


caramel dip

Raw caramel dip from Whole Life nutrition and honey crisp apples

veg and dip

Tangy peanut dip (sauce made as a dip, from Paleo Cooking by Elana Amsterdam)




apple crisp 2013

Apple crisp Vegan, grain-free—one of my very favorites

choc pumpkin pie

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie—this recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie didn’t come anywhere near filling my pie crust, so I made a chocolate ganache to go on top and fill it out some more.


Chocolate Caramel Bars: A variation on this recipe, with a honey caramel. I’m not sharing the caramel recipe because the recipe I used didn’t work well. So I simply *must* make it again, right?

carrie's cookie plate

Chocolate Chip Cookies: I do believe there would be a riot if I didn’t make Carrie’s cookies every year.

pretty pralines

Pralines  This batch is made with a classic recipe

cheryl's pralines

And Vegan Maple Pralines! So amazingly delicious—refined sugar-free and vegan


Pumpkin Raisin Cake with a Maple Spice Glaze from the Gluten-Free Goddess

spooky meringues 2

Spooky Meringues from Heather of Celiac Family


chickpea curry

Coconut curried chickpeas with rice

And for those of you who write me to say, wait a minute, shouldn’t all of this be healthy? We all define healthy differently. Everything at our parties is homemade and made with love. All of it is free of gluten, artificial whatevers, HFCS and trans fats. Some options have gobs of sugar, some have natural sweeteners or little to no sweeteners. And it’s a party. So that’s all I’ll be saying about that.

Here are pictures of the pumpkins

and previous party roundups:

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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3 Responses to Pumpkin Carving Party Pics & Recipes

  1. This looks like so much fun! I never have thought to have a carving party. What do the pumpkins look like?

  2. Hi Kate,
    The link is here:

    it’s great fun and an easy conversation starter because everyone is covered in goo and sharing tools. 😉

  3. Heather says:

    Looks like it was a great time… or at least fun, with great food. 🙂 Thanks for sharing my ghostly meringues.

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