If you're more into enjoying the party this Halloween than slaving over a stove, then try a quick recipe from Christy Jordan's "Southern Plate" (William Morrow, $27.50). The entire cookbook is filled with what Jordan calls "classic comfort food that makes everyone feel like family." The list includes a quick Pumpkin Pie Dip that mixes canned pumpkin and cream cheese. Then there's Homemade Caramel Corn, a sweet and salty treat few can refuse. The final recipe, for Pumpkin Crumb Cake, takes a little more work; but the end result is one that will have people asking for more. And if you're carving a jack-o'-lantern, save those seeds. They make a great treat that you can season to your taste.