Halloween Party Food Ideas

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October 26, 2009

My husband's favorite holiday is Halloween. He loves decorating our house and our yard, But the best to him is all the candy he gets to give out. (and eat!)


I have been collecting Halloween treat recipes for many years. Some of these are from parents of children that my kids went to school with and some from their teachers. Some recipe are from Mrs. Julia Kenyon who gave me her Halloween Popcorn Ball recipe that she made for 30 odd years for all the neighborhood children right before she died. Others have come from the parents of my grandchildren's friends. I hope you enjoy them all.

Chocolate Spiderweb Cookies

Cut cookies into circles, bake at 350 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on cookie sheets 5 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. Spread frosting over cookies to within 1/8 inch of edge; let stand until frosting sets. Place chocolate morsels in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts. Let stand until almost cool but not set. Spoon melted chocolate into decorating bag fitted with metal tip No. 2.

For round pattern, pipe chocolate in 5 or 6 circles around top of cookie. Pull the point of a wooden pick across chocolate circles from the center to the outer edge. Repeat 8 or 10 times, spacing evenly across top of cookie.

For linear pattern, pipe chocolate in parallel lines, about 1/4-inch apart, across top of cookie. Pull the point of a wooden pick diagonally across lines. Let stand at room temperature until chocolate is firm. Yield: 6 dozen

Dead Men's Legs Cookies

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat egg lightly and gradually add sugar. Beat with mixer until light and foamy, about 20 minutes. Add almonds and flour; mix well. Roll dough into finger-thick ropes on a very light floured surface. Flatten slightly with fingertips and cut into 3 inch lengths and place on ungreased cookie sheets.Bake in oven until light brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets and cool completely before storing in airtight containers.Stores 1 to 2 months. Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Easy Halloween Cookies

Take Ritz Crackers and make sandwich cookies out of them using peanut butter for the filling. Then coat each one in melted chocolate "almond bark" (without almonds). Place on wax paper. Put some orange sprinkles on top and put in the refrigerator to cool.Store in an air tight container. No need to refrigerate once they set.

Flat Cat Cookies

Preheat oven to temperature specified on package. Sprinkle flour on a clean, flat surface and roll out cookie dough slightly thicker than what the package calls for. Then, using butter knife, cut out cookies in the shape of a flattened cat. Use a large spatula to carefully transfer cookies to cookie sheet. Bake according to package directions. While they are cooling, count out enough cinnamon candies to put two eyes and a nose on each cat.

Carefully flatten between the front and back of two spoons and set aside. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for about 3 minutes and then press in eyes and nose. Transfer to wire rack to continue cooling. Dribble jam here and there on each cookie for blood. Makes approximately 3 dozen kitty road kill cookies.

Fudgy Bat Cookies

Use a serrated knife to carefully cut 18 of the cookies into quarters. Save remaining cookies for another use. For each bat, place 2 cookie quarters 1/4 inch apart on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining quarters. Melt candy melts. Drop about 1/2 teaspoon of melted candy at center of each bat, connecting cookies. Use a toothpick to smooth melted candy into a uniform circle. Cool completely before removing from waxed paper. Yield: 3 dozen

Chocolate Spiders

Cut twizzlers into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Slice each piece in half lengthwise. On waxed paper, place 4 legs (pieces) on each side and then drop 1 tsp melted candy in middle for body. Use a toothpick to smooth to uniform circle and connect all candy pieces. Cool completely before removing from waxed paper. Yield: 2 dozen

Great Ghost Pumpkin Cookies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; set aside. Cream butter; gradually add sugars, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix. Alternate additions of dry ingredients and pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in morsels. For each cookie, drop 1/4 cup dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet; spread dough into a ghost shape using a thin metal spatula.

Or make a quick ghost pattern of heavy paper. Make 2 or three poses for realism. Bake 20-25 minutes, til cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets; cool on racks. Spread with white royal icing. Trim brown face features with tube-icing.Yields 19-20 large cookies.

Halloween Crispy Candy Corn Treats

Melt butter and marshmallows; stir until smooth. In a large bowl, mix rice cereal, candy corn and miniature chips together. Add orange food coloring to marshmallow mixture, or squirt over cereal in bowl.Add marshmallow mixture to cereal mixture; stir quickly to combine. Spread on a large buttered jelly roll pan; press with buttered hands. While warm, press on candy pumpkins spaced 1 to 1/2-2 inches apart.Refrigerate and cut into squares.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Core apples from stem end to 1/2 inch from bottom. Stuff each hole with 1 tsp jam and butter. Place in a pan and bake uncovered for 35-45 minutes. Remove apples let stand for 15 minutes. Set each apple in a bowl and spoon syrup from baking pan around it. Insert a gummy worm with half its body protruding.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Rinse seeds well. For every 2 cups of seeds, put 4 cups of water and 2 Tbsp. of salt into saucepan. Add the seeds and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Drain well in strainer. Place on paper towels and pat dry. Toss the seeds with melted unsalted butter in a large bowl until evenly coated. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable spray. Spread seeds over tray and bake for 30 minutes, stirring, and tossing occasionally. When seeds are golden brown they are ready. Store in airtight container in cool place.

Popcorn Balls

Keep popcorn warm in a 200 degree F oven. Melt caramels in top of double boiler over simmering water. Add corn syrup and water and mix until smooth. Slowly pour over popcorn in a large bowl. Stir to mix well. With greased hands, shape into balls about the size of softballs. Let cool completely before wrapping with plastic wrap.

Candied Apples

Grease a large cookie sheet and set aside. Wash and dry apples. Insert a stick through stem, leaving about two inches sticking out. In saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, food colouring and water. Cook, stirring constantly, until ingredients are dissolved and liquid boils. Set a candy thermometer in mixture and continue cooking, without stirring until temperature reaches 290 degrees, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile place shopped peanuts in a bowl. Remove syrup from heat and dip the apples, one by one, to coat evenly. Work quickly. As you dip each apple roll in peanuts to coat then place on prepared cookie sheet. Let apples cool for at least an hour.

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October 28, 2008

These favors are always a hit with children and adults too. They get a kick out of receiving the favor because of the "novelty" of the use of the glove.

glove filled with popcorn


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October 30, 2012

A great treat for a Halloween potluck.

Baked Snake


October 27, 2009

A peanut butter ball covered with melted almond bark can make a delicious, but creepy looking treat for your Halloween party.

candy eyeball


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October 30, 2013

A quick way to dress up your snack table at a Halloween party is to make a cheese ball pumpkin jar.

cheese ball in jar

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October 24, 2006

How many times have you put olives on your fingers? Here's a fun food display where the icy fingers display the olives.

olives on frozen hand forms


October 18, 2010

Fun for adult party or for kids! To make a haunted forest, first create trees. Cut bottoms from stalks of broccoli to make 6-inch broccoli trees. Slice beets about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick to make a base for broccoli trees.


October 8, 2007

Make any kind of cake that you like. Remove a slice and put a little plastic jack-o-lantern on top of the cake. Smear some icing on the pumpkin's mouth and tell the kids Mr. Pumpkin ate the cake.


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October 25, 2006

This is a simple way to decorate your sandwiches for Halloween. Great as an appetizer or sent as a fun school lunch.

Sandwich Fingers


October 15, 2010

Great for kids or adult parties! Form one loaf into a round ball for body. Place on a large cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.


October 27, 2008

These are fun to serve at a Halloween party. Lay sheets of waxed paper on cookie sheets. In a heavy, tall glass tumbler, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave 30 seconds at a time, stirring with a chop stick till melted.


October 28, 2010

Line baking sheet with wax paper. Insert sticks into stem ends of pears. Melt bark according to package directions. Dip pear into bark spooning over top to coat evenly.


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October 30, 2006

A quick healthy snack for ghosts and goblins around your household.


October 23, 2006

Recipe for Monster Munch. Combine popcorn, cereal and pretzels in a large bowl. Melt 1 cup marshmallows, chocolate morsels, peanut butter and margarine in sauce pan over medium heat, stirring constantly.


October 31, 2008

Combine all above ingredients to form a dough. Grease cookie sheet. Drop by teaspoonfuls. Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-12 minutes. Cool.


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October 30, 2008

Combine cottage cheese, sour cream, onion soup mix and carrots in a bowl. Add 4 or more drops of food coloring. (You want enough to make it have that wonderful yellow vomit color.)


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October 3, 2006

These spooky breadsticks are perfect for a Halloween party. They are quick and easy to make too.


October 8, 2005

Great little Halloween bugs made from candy, vanilla wafers and pretzels.


October 17, 2004

Place one piece of candy corn, pointed side out into clear gloves. Fill the rest with the popcorn or caramel corn (green is best). Tie with yarn or festive Halloween ribbon. Serve to those special ghosts and goblins.


October 6, 2004

These easy appetizers will make a fun addition to any Halloween party. Try them with your favorite mustard, hot sauce or catsup.


October 6, 2004

Squeeze a one inch circle of cheese in center of each cracker. Top with a corn snack. Makes as many as you like.


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September 20, 2004

My kids are having a Halloween party this year. I was hoping that someone might have some gruesome, gory, or creepy food recipes. I have looked at several sites but it seems that most have the same ones over and over again...

Delaine in GA


September 20, 20040 found this helpful

I've seen cupcakes with gummy worms on them. ALMOST enough to keep me from eating a cupcake! Also once a long time ago in our youth group they turned out all the lights and we sat in a circle while they read a scary story and passed around paper cups of things we were supposed to feel. When they talked about the man's hair they had corn silk in the cup, the next cup had grapes in it and it was about his eyeballs. Maybe this would start you thinking about some ideas. Good luck.

By Virginia (Guest Post)
September 20, 20040 found this helpful

Last Year for Halloween I made devilled eggs. After cooking the eggs (most of the way, until they are firm.) I removed them from the pot and rolled them across the counter to crackle the shells. Then I placed them back in the water to which I added a large amount of red food coloring. When they were completely done I removed them from the water and let them cool. Upon deviling I added a little blue coloring to the yolk mixture and a sliced black olive to the top. Arranged on a platter they make a great representation of bloodshot eyeballs.

Additionally I made "ladies' fingers". I made meatballs in the shape of fingers and inserted an almond into the tip. After cooking and glazing with Sweet and sour sauce (preferably something red) they look quite gruesome.

September 21, 20040 found this helpful

An old microwave recipe I used to make for regular parties was crunchy breadsticks wrapped in bacon strips and then rolled in parmesean cheese... I did these for a halloween party once and labeled them as skin and bones...really grossed people out but the food was good. We also bought pasta made with squid ink (the taste was normal - just black color) and put it in red sauce...called it Medusa's hair.

We aslo made stew with veggies and chunks of meat and sausage and called it "greasy grimy gopher guts" - the food was normal, it was the creative naming that made it gruesome...

Have fun!

By Debbie (Guest Post)
September 21, 20040 found this helpful

For one of our halloween parties, we had a floating hand in our punch bowl. A day or two prior to our party, I cleaned both the inside and outside of a rubber glove, then filled it with punch, secured the end tightly so that it wouldn't leak and then froze it. I layed it in the freezer with the fingers slightly separated and bent. When I made the punch, I removed the rubber glove and put the frozen hand in the punch. Using punch of a different color really makes the hand stand out in the punchbowl.

By Cheryl from Missouri (Guest Post)
September 21, 20040 found this helpful

A gross food item you could make is "Kitty Litter". You put unwrapped tootsie rolls in a bowl of granola.

Also along those lines, here's a gross game you can play. Blindfold the kids, put their hand in a CLEAN potty chair and tell them to squeeze whatever they find. Inside you've placed a peeled banana! The ultimate gross out!!

September 21, 20040 found this helpful

A couple of years ago I bought a hollow skull from Walmart. I took it home and washed it out very well. Then made spaghetti. I put lots of sauce in a pan and added blue food dye until my sauce turned a purple/red color. I mixed the noodles with the sauce and placed it all inside my skull head. My kids thought it looked neat, "just like brains". Then before I served dinner I tipped the skull over on its side, on a plate and it looked like brains oozing out of a head.

We also used the skull to make jello in. That looked very strange.

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October 8, 2006

I'm having a Halloween party and I have the decorations set but I need a little help on ideas with the food. I have eyeball ice cubes and I'm putting little plastic spiders on toothpicks but what else can I do? Thanks!

Jenny from Milwaukee, WI

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September 20, 2015

Does anyone know where to get the bowls used for the pretzel candies? They are white and one says BOO and the other says EEK.


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October 28, 2011

A few years ago I made a fun dessert for my husband's Halloween party at his work. It was called "Roadkill something ". It used cherry/raspberry pie filling and was similar to a cobbler type dessert, and looked a bit disgusting like something squished on the road; but got excellent compliments on its tastiness. Now I have a need for it again and can't find the recipe. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

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February 2, 2018

Are you looking for some fun snacks to serve at your Halloween party? These hot dog 'fingers' are easy to make and super creepy. This is a page about making creepy halloween 'finger foods'.

hotdog on bun with catsup

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