1 Pumpkin, 3 Milkshakes

October brings a whirl-wind of crisp cool air, leaves, and HALLOWEEN…

Growing up, my family never really made a big deal over Halloween. Some years we trick-or-treated, some years not. So you can imagine what a shock it was to buy a house in a neighborhood with Halloween FEVER! Yes, we live in one of THOSE neighborhoods…every town has one. A SPOOKTACULAR neighborhood where houses are decked out in ghoulish garb, children and adult alike are adorned in ghastily get-ups, and candy flows like milk and honey one night a year!

~Halloween 2009~

It just so happens that we bought a house on the main drag, so our road actually gets closed off for hundreds thousands of people to stroll (or creep) down Halloween night. Year after year we watch our neighbors out-do each other with magic shows, man-powered floats, and Hitchcock movies blasted on the sides of houses. A former art professor down the street, carves masses of the most amazing pumpkins you’ve ever seen and hangs them in trees! It’s a full-moon affair, you could say.

The candy has become an issue. Last year we gave out 1200 treats! No, that’s not a typo. Can you imagine buying enough treasures for 1200 little goblins? We have to buy bigger items so we can give each child ONE, in order to keep count for the next year! But it’s part of the package deal, living in this neighborhood. We’ll just call it an association fee!

We have collected our fair share of lawn ornaments for Halloween, but my participation lies more in the kitchen. Every year we plan a menu for the 80+ guests that will attend our party, then proceed to come up a  dangerous dungeon full of delectables. Our goal is ALWAYS to create treats that are fun and festive, but that taste GREAT! It’s a horror to bite into a meticulously decorated witch cookie, only to howl with disappointment over shortening-laden frosting! PLECK!

So here is the beginning of my trial Halloween recipes. I promise to only include those that were screamingly scrumptious and are likely to end up at our party!

Of the milkshakes, the coffee version was MY favorite. I thought it would be fun to garnish them with bloody lady fingers! Hubby liked the gingersnap best and the kids liked the banana.


NOTES~ I used canned pumpkin puree, but needed to sweeten and spice it up. If making these in mass, I would  buy canned pumpkin pie filling, then skip the extra sugar and pumpkin pie spice! Also, the Pumpkin-Gingersnap Shake doesn’t need quite as much pumpkin as the other two with stronger competing flavors.

Each recipe makes 1 large (larger than the photos) milkshake.

Pumpkin-Snap Milkshake

1/3 cup pumpkin puree
1 Tb. brown sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 LARGE scoops vanilla ice cream
6-8 broken gingersnap cookies
1/4 – 1/3 cup milk

Puree in the blender until smooth. Garnish with extra cookies pieces or pepitas (pumpkin seeds).

Java-Squash Milkshake

½ cup pumpkin puree
1 Tb. brown sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 LARGE scoops vanilla ice cream
1 tsp. finely ground coffee
1/4 – 1/3 cup milk

Puree in the blender until smooth. Garnish with extra coffee or lady fingers.

Ban-umpkin Milkshake

½ cup pumpkin puree
1 Tb. brown sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 LARGE scoops vanilla ice cream
½ large ripe banana
1/4 – 1/3 cup milk

Puree in the blender until smooth. Garnish with banana slices.

Other fool-proof sweets that could be used for Halloween:
Ancient Pleasures Brownie
Apple Cider Cinnamon Knots
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread
Homemade Oatmeal Cream Pies
Potato Chip Cookies
Quintessential Chocolate Cake

Pumpkin-Gingersnap Milkshake on Foodista

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61 Responses to “1 Pumpkin, 3 Milkshakes”

  1. #
    Sanjeeta kk — October 10, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Lovely smoothies and a great fun idea!


  2. #
    Sophie — October 10, 2010 @ 5:57 pm

    Great pictures of your decorated house for Halloween!

    Those pumpkin smoothies look incredibly tasty!



  3. #
    Joudie's Mood Food — October 10, 2010 @ 6:14 pm

    These shakes are perfect. I have never thought of using pumkin to make a shake and now im thinking how i lived all this time without this wonderful idea. Looks gorgeous!


  4. #
    sweetlife — October 11, 2010 @ 3:51 pm

    How fun, to have such a motivated street, our is very boring….I love these milkshakes and the topping are fab, have fun creating new treats!!



  5. #
    Rick — October 14, 2010 @ 8:31 pm

    Pumpkin snap wins.


  6. #
    Gitte — October 16, 2010 @ 9:03 am

    Wow, sounds like your house is the place to be for Halloween. Love the milkshakes, how creative!


  7. #
    Miss Meat and Potatoes — October 18, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

    Wow. I utterly adore the Halloween spirit in your neighborhood! I have no idea how you manage to cook/bake for 80 guests and hand out treats to 1200 AND get your own kids out the door for trick or treating. But I bet everyone appreciates it. Can't wait to see what you post next.


  8. #
    Sophia — October 19, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

    Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living's Ghoulishly Good Halloween Recipe Contest! It looks delicious!


  9. #
    Hyosun Ro — October 14, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    Pumpkin in milkshake sounds so good! Making Java-Squash this weekend.



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