1930s Witches Donut Delight and Cauldron Punch

Like I promised yesterday when I gave a 1930s doughnut recipe, here is a super-easy way that a 1939 newspaper article offered up to give a doughnut a special twist on Halloween plus a 1930s punch recipe. Also if you want to read about Halloween and the doughnut the blog post is right here.

First up is the Witches Donut Delight. Here is the photo from the newspaper with the caption:


In case the caption is hard to read for anyone it says : “Taking the step from Hollywood where many such parties were staged last year, many women are planning Halloween donut parties this month. The popular round cakes with the holes go very well with apples, cider, nuts and the usual Halloween menu. Here is a brand new method of serving donuts which is especially suggested for a Halloween party.”


Witches Donut Delight

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy 1930s Halloween treat.


  • 1 cake doughnut
  • Whipped cream
  • Chopped nuts
  • 1 to 2 mandarin oranges


  1. On a small plate, place a doughnut in the middle.
  2. Place a generous dallop of whipped cream in the center.
  3. Top with nuts.
  4. Arrange peeled sections of the oranges around the doughnut in a petal like fashion.
  5. Enjoy!

NOTES: This can be made even better with a scoop of icecream before the whipped cream.

Next is a punch recipe called Cauldron Punch. It is from a 1934 article. My biggest regret is putting it in the cauldron punch bowl, though on theme, it just did not photograph well. It was hard to capture the effect of the grapes in the little glass punch glasses.


Cauldron Punch

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: easy
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A punch recipe from the 1930s.


  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup seeded and halved grapes
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 12 ounces ginger ale
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a punch bowl or large mixing bowl, combine the cider, grapes and orange juice. Chill in the fridge till ready to serve.
  2. Right before serving mix in the ginger ale and add the ice cubes.
  3. Serve and enjoy!

So there it is an easy and quick way to do something special for Halloween the 1930s way!



“Halloween Donut Party”. The Charlotte Observer. October 28, 1939.

“Halloween Recipes”. The Tribune. October 26, 1934.


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