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Donal Skehan’s freakishly good Halloween treats — barmbrack parfait pots, ghostly peanut butter squares and an autumnal tart

Get into the fright night spirit with these spooktacularly fun dishes

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Donal Skehan getting into the Halloween spirit in the kitchen with his children. Photos: Donal Skehan

Donal Skehan getting into the Halloween spirit in the kitchen with his children. Photos: Donal Skehan

Roast Squash tart

Roast Squash tart

Roast Squash, Blue Cheese & Thyme Tart

Roast Squash, Blue Cheese & Thyme Tart

Ghostly Peanut Butter Squares

Ghostly Peanut Butter Squares

Barmbrack Parfait with Whiskey Prunes

Barmbrack Parfait with Whiskey Prunes

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Donal Skehan getting into the Halloween spirit in the kitchen with his children. Photos: Donal Skehan

Halloween has always been a big event in our house and it typically begins with baking barmbrack. This year was the first time our two little boys got involved in the process, and they were mesmerised by the idea that you could bake a ring into the batter, and even more surprised when it turned up in one of their slices when we ate it.

My wife, Sofie, takes traditions very seriously and sprinkles our year with all the occasions she grew up with in Sweden. From midsummer parties and crayfish feasts to Christmas advent candles, she has them all covered, but Halloween is one of the few festivities we Irish have the upper hand on, so it’s left to me.


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