Celebrate Halloween in New Paltz!

By Caitlin Marinaccio

Halloween is coming! Have you made any plans yet? Whether you’re a newcomer to New Paltz or a seasoned veteran, this list has something for everyone looking for a fun way to celebrate Halloween. New Paltz is known for taking Halloween very seriously, with festive events ranging from wacky pumpkin carving contests to spooky ghost tours. What will you choose?

Make Your Own Candy Corn!

If you’re not a fan of store-bought candy corn and want to try something new this Halloween, put your baking skills to the test with this homemade candy corn tutorial! The recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of candy corn, so there’s plenty to go around at this year’s Halloween party!

Make Your Own Candy Corn! from SUNY New Paltz on Vimeo.

Here’s the recipe! Print it out and save it in your recipe book!

Start to finish: About 1 hour

Servings: 1.5 pounds


  •  1 bag of marshmallows (10 ounces)
  •  4 cups of powdered sugar, plus extra for dusting
  •  2 tablespoons water
  •  Red and yellow food coloring


  •  Large table, counter or cutting board
  •  Large microwave-safe bowl
  •  Measuring spoon
  •  Microwave
  •  Rubber spatula or wooden mixing spoon
  •  Measuring cup
  •  Knife
  •  Rolling pin
  •  Wax paper (to place the candy corn while making)
  •  Airtight container (for storing)


Step 1: After dusting your work station with powdered sugar, dump the whole bag of marshmallows into a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 1 minute.

Step 2: Stir the melted marshmallows with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon until the mixture is completely smooth.

Step 3: Add 4 cups of powdered sugar to the melted mixture. Stir the marshmallows and sugar together until it becomes impossible to do anymore. The mixture will be very thick!

Step 4: Split the thick dough into 3 separate dough balls, patting and smoothing them out as you go. Set aside 1 ball for the white part of the candy corn!

Step 5: Flatten 1 of the dough balls and squeeze 4-5 drops of yellow food coloring in the middle of it. Fold the flattened ball over once and begin to work the coloring through the ball with your hands. Do the same for the other ball, except with 4-5 drops of yellow and red food coloring. The colors will mix and make orange.

Step 6: Wash your hands of all food coloring to avoid getting any on the white dough ball. Taking portions from each ball, roll each of the 3 portions, white, orange and yellow, into long, thin, sausage-like strips and place them close to each other.

Step 7: Making sure that your strips are not coated with too much powdered sugar (or they will not stick together!), press the 3 strips into each other. Cut the long, multi-colored strips into triangular candy corn shapes. You can place each one on wax paper as you make them. Store them in an airtight container.

In November 2015, Caitlin Marinaccio reported on the Athletic & Wellness Center’s 8th annual Thanksgiving food drive: Athletic and Wellness Center’s Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to Benefit the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

In September 2015, she spoke with New York City EMT Mahtik Calhoun about a moment he will never forget: Mahtik Calhoun, Emergency Medical Technician

In May 2015, she reported on health code violations found at SUNY New Paltz: New Paltz, Nine Other SUNY Campuses Receive Code Red Health Violations

Caitlin Marinaccio

My name is Caitlin Marinaccio. I live in Beacon, New York and I'm graduating from SUNY New Paltz in December 2015. I love manatees and jigsaw puzzles!

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