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Camila McConaughey, mom of three, entrepreneur and Women of Today founder, is a whiz at creating fun, inexpensive and easy treats for Halloween. Ghoul faces floating in a bowl of punch is sure to get a reaction from kids and adults alike. (If you're serving kids, use an alcohol-free punch.) This recipe can be scaled up or down as you like. 

For more budget-friendly Halloween ideas from Camila, check out her "Blood" Oranges, Spooky Pasta with "Worms," Eyeball Meatballs and Ghostly Banana Treats


  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 apples, peeled, halved lengthwise and cored
  • 24 cloves
  • 1 gallon punch of your choice


Serves: About 16


Preheat the oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 

Place the lemon juice in a medium bowl, add the salt and stir to combine. Using a paring knife, cut a spooky face into each apple half, being careful not to cut too deep. Submerge the apples, in batches as needed, in the lemon juice for about a minute. Shake off any excess juice, then set the apples on the prepared baking sheet, cut-side down. Bake for 1 ½ hours and let cool. 

Poke a clove into each eye socket on the cooled apples, then in the nose divot. Pour the punch into a punch bowl and add the apples face-side up.