Easy Halloween Party Food


Halloween is a big deal at our house. My husband has always had a fine appreciation for all things creepy and I have to admit that I didn’t love Halloween until I married him. I’ve always loved everything about the fall season (like the menu and the wardrobe), but just not the Halloween holiday itself. But that has changed over the years and now I can honestly say that I love Halloween! Almost 8 years ago we brought our first baby boy home from the hospital on Halloween day. Since my little guy’s birthday is so close to the holiday, we often have Halloween-themed birthday parties and I’ve made quite a collection of easy kid-friendly party food. I wanted to have them all in one place here so that when you’re planning a party you won’t have to search far! If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that you can turn any food into a Halloween food with the addition of a) eyes or b) plastic spiders. Seriously. But here are some of my favorite things that make appearances at our house around this holiday. The great thing is that a lot of them are healthy (or semi-healthy) options, which is a nice thing compared to the loads of candy you usually see. Enjoy!

Crypt Kreeper Crescents

These are super duper easy, and a great make-ahead treat.

Easy Halloween Treat from Our Best Bites

Yeti Cupcakes

I think these are so stinkin’ cute.  They’d be adorable for a monster-themed party.

Super-Easy Yeti Cupcakes from Our Best Bites

Mummy Dogs

Mummy Dogs from Our Best Bites
This is a childhood favorite and always the most popular of our Halloween spreads! Cut crescent roll dough into thin strips and wrap around hot dogs. Bake according to crescent package directions and use ketchup or mustard for eyes. I cut my hot dogs in half to make them bite-sized.
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Monster JawsApple Jaws from Our Best Bites
Quarter apples and take a wedge out of the center of each quarter. Dunk them in water with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Use slivered almonds for teeth (I toasted mine for color and taste!) Eyes are optional. I stuck pretzel rods in and attached candy eyes with peanut butter.
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Bones n’ Blood

Bones n' Blood from Our Best Bites
Use breadstick dough (store bought or homemade) and cut into strips. Use scissors to snip the ends into 2 pieces and roll them down to make the bone shape. Dip in “bloody” marinara! For extra flavor sprinkle with garlic and Parmesan or this seasoning.
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Candy Corn Pizza

Candy Corn Pizza from Our Best Bites
Easy peasy! Plain cheese pizza, just make a ring of cheddar around the outside edge and mozzarella in the center. Cut into wedges to make the candy corns.
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Cheesy Fingers

String Cheese Fingers from Our Best Bites
Super kid friendly- who doesn’t love string cheese?? Again, I cut them in half to make them kid-sized. Use the flat side of a knife to make the knuckle marks and attach slivered almonds with a dab of cream cheese for the nails. I also used a knife to shave off just a bit of the cheese at an angle before attaching the almond.
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Chocolate Cherry Mice
Strawberry Mice from Our Best Bites
You’ll need maraschino cherries for this one. Make sure you buy ones with stems. Drain them and dry them well with paper towels. Dip in almond bark, or chocolate bark. When they are semi dry, attach a chocolate chip for a nose, slivered almonds for ears, and little candies or sprinkles for eyes.
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Dirt n’ Worms

Cup of Worms from Our Best Bites
Another classic. Use chocolate pudding for your mud and put some crushed Oreos on top for dirt. Hide those gummy worms in there for eeek factor!
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Pumpkin Sammies

This is a great staple for a Halloween party spread because it pleases both kids and adults, and is something with substance! Use Halloween cookie cutters to cut your bread. I like to fill some with peanut butter or cream cheese and orange-colored jam (like peach or apricot) for the kiddos, and something more sophisticated like Teriyaki Chicken Salad for the grown ups!
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Nutty Ghosts

Nutty Ghosts from Our Best Bites
Nutter Butters are naturally ghost shaped, which make them perfect for dipping! Give them a bath in some almond bark and put on a couple of mini chocolate chips for eyes. And might I add that white chocolate covered Nutter Butters taste really good!
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Witches Wands

Halloween Pretzel Rods from Our Best Bites
Dipped Pretzel Rods are instantly transformed into “Witches Wands” with a little Halloween pizzazz! I sometimes have a hard time finding them in stores, so you can get them here if you find yourself in the same boat. Put them in containers with candy corns to hold them up. The little mini buckets pictured are from the Target dollar section. SO cute!
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Spidey Cookies

Spider Cookies from Our Best Bites
Red Hots and licorice turn Oreos into creepy (but kinda cute) spiders. Shoestring licorice is hard to find these days, but I did find some here. If you don’t want to order online, Twizzlers makes “Pull-Apart” candy that works perfectly.
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Spider Web Dip

Spidey Dip from Our Best Bites
This trick works for pretty much any dip that you could pipe sour cream on top of! I always do a basic 7-Layer taco dip. Put some sour cream in a plastic baggie with the end snipped off and use it to draw a web pattern. Throw on a fake spider or two and your favorite party dip is instantly creepy!
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Slimy Worms on a Bun

Worm Sammy from Our Best Bites
My son seriously thought these looked too gross to eat-he wouldn’t even touch it! Just slice hot dogs and drop them into boiling water for just a minute or two and they’ll curl a bit. Dunk them in some BBQ sauce and you have slimy worms 🙂
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Witch Hats

One of the easiest Halloween tricks (and treats!). Place a Hershey’s Kiss on top of a Keebler Fudge Strip Cookie (in case you need a mental image of the cookies I’m talking about, here you go) and you have a little hat. Use the little tubes of frosting you can buy in the grocery store baking isle. Pipe a ring around the outside of the bottom of the kiss and press onto the cookie. It will squeeze out and make the ring around the kiss. Then pipe on the bow.
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Witch Brooms

A witch with a cute hat needs a broom to match! Use cookie dough to form a broom shape around the end of a large pretzel rod. Use a tooth pick to make indentations in the cookies if you want. If your cookies spread too much during baking just use a knife to trim the edges when they come out of the oven and are still warm. Then decorate as desired. I just used a packaged PB cookie mix to make it easy, but I added a bit of flour to make the cookies hold their shape better. You could also use this PB cookie dough or this sugar cookie dough.
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These sweet cookies are so super easy!  No rolling or cutting with cookie cutters, just slice and bake.  Click here for the recipe.
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Who says gingerbread men are just for Christmas??  These little cuties get a spooky, chocolaty makeover for Halloween!  Easy piping with a chocolate cut-out cookie recipe.  Also included in that post is an even easier, and quicker, mummy cookie!  Find the tutorial here.
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Oreo BatsThese not-so-spooky Oreo Bats look great on a plate, or you can easily stick them on sticks for bat pops!  Find recipe here.
Monster Munch
Perfect for a party, or great in individual party bags or container for favors!
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Caramel Toffee Dip

Caramel Toffee Dip in a Pumpkin from Our Best Bites

One of our favorites gets a Halloween makeover! Click here for the recipe.

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Halloween Cookie Pops

Here’s a great sugar cookie recipe and a tutorial on both glace icing and cookie pops. Make some spooky shapes and let people pick up some yum on a stick! Click here for a tutorial on making the spider web designs.
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Candy Corn Cupcakes

We started a trend with these adorable candy corn themed cupcakes. Click here for the recipe, and also a how-to on making those pretty swirly tops!

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Autumn Pretzel Turtles

These quick and easy bites get a quick fall makeover by using Reeses Pieces in the centers, or drizzling colored candy melts over traditional nut centered ones. Click here for the recipe.
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Stove Top Kettle Corn

You don’t need a fancy machine for this classic fall treat. Just a pot on the stove top and our tutorial and you’ll be snacking in no time. Click here for the recipe.
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Chocolate-Dipped Owls

You’ll be amazed by how quick and easy these little owls are! Click here for a tutorial

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Caramel Apples

What’s a fall party without caramel apples? Click here for great tips!

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Honey Caramel Apples

Speaking of caramel apples, here’s a great honey version. This homemade caramel only requires 2 main ingredients! Click here for the recipe.

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Caramel Apple Cider

Need a drink to serve with all these goodies? Look no further than this delicious Caramel Apple Cider. Click here for the recipe.

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Shrunken Apple Heads

Decorate with these easy to make, spooky shrunken heads!
Click here for the tutorial.
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Mason Jar Lanterns

These easy-to-make mason jar lanterns instantly add festiveness to your party!
Click here for the tutorial.

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Glow in the Dark Drinks

Curious? Click here to find out how to turn any drink into a spooky glowing one!

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Makes a great goopy party favor! Or have kids stick their fingers in it while blind-folded. It’s sure to get some screams! Click here for the recipe.

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Mad Scientist Potion

This is such a quick and easy way to completely wow kids at a classroom party or adults at a grown-up Halloween party. Feel free to use your favorite brightly colored drink when you’re brewing up your crazy concoctions! Click here to see how we did it!

Tons of easy Halloween food ideas from Our Best Bites!

Sara Wells
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. We had a birthday party for my 5-year-old on Saturday and served Mummy Dogs with Dipping Blood (ketchup in plastic shot glasses, which are just the right size for dipping mummy dogs or veggies at a kids party) and Blood and Eyeballs (grapes in red jello). The looks on their faces when I told them what we were having were priceless!

    I tried to make the slime to put in the favor bags but I used a mix of Elmers and other glue and it didn’t work. Next time I will believe all the comments and just go with Elmers. At least my kids that were helping to make it had fun.

  2. I knew last night when there was no new post after midnight that the garlic-knife-stitches incident was more serious than we dared believe. I hope you can enjoy your time in Ohio even with your Frankenstein stitches. Does this mean your kiddos are having to Trick or Treat without you? I’m seriously thinking I need to send you that silicon tube for peeling your garlic. We don’t want you looking just like purple-haired Barbie, do we? I thought not.

    1. Well, I’m not quite gone yet, haha! And we also kind of already had our Halloween festivities. Sad, right?!

      And no, we don’t want me looking like purple-haired Barbie. On so many levels. 🙂

  3. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas! This year I did the candy corn cupcakes, the pumpkin chocolate chip “muffins” with cream cheese icing, and just made the cute little bat oreos last night. I am going to miss Halloween 🙁 But I am happy that pumpkin flavoring will be around for a while… followed by peppermint!

  4. My 3 boys loved making your shrunken apple heads. Every morning they would check to see how much creepier theirs were. Thanks for all the great ideas and recipes!

  5. Your ideas are so awesome! I’m having a party on the 27th and I’m certainly going to take advantage of a couple of these recipes. Your website is going to be definitely on my go-to list!

  6. Sara, you are incredible! I love holiday themed food and these are fantastic ideas. A couple years ago I bought one of those little Pillsbury books in the checkout line that’s Halloween themed. Your collection of recipes and ideas here on this page outshines that entire book! The monster jaws are particularly fantastic. At a minimum I will definitely be trying the honey caramel apples (sounds incredible and we always do caramel apples at Halloween), the breadstick bones and the worms on a bun (hilarious!) this year and will undoubtedly try others in the future. Something I regularly do at Halloween is make deviled eggs but tint the filling green and put an olive slice on each egg so they look like monster eyes, and we make mummy fingers with halved hot dogs wrapped in tortillas.

  7. these are so cute!! i have a Halloween party coming up and i was worried about what i would make!! thanks!!

  8. Wow! Gotta try this at home! Thank you for sharing and I will visit this site again soon!

  9. Wow! These all look so cute and yummy!
    I would definitely need a lot of patience to make all these.

  10. Well, those mummy dogs are pretty spectacular! That’s definitely a new one! Love it.

  11. This is awesome!! I love finding what I am looking for all in one place!! Thanks for all the great Halloween food Ideas!! 🙂

  12. I am hosting the Halloween party for preschool this year and I am super excited to try these ideas!

  13. Really great and fun Halloween recipes. I especially like the fingers from cheese. Very clever. I think I’m going to need to copy a couple of these for this year’s Halloween party.

  14. I would love to make the mason jar lanters. It says to click “here” to learn how but it only makes the picture bigger. How did you make those? I LOVE Halloween and everything about this fall holiday. Karla

  15. I can’t get the link for how to make your spider web design work. It keeps saying page not found…any suggestions? Thank you!

  16. Adorable, clever, fun and it all looks like it actually tastes delicious! Have bookmarked this page to use this Halloween! I can hardly wait! Thank you! Your family is very lucky to have you! Valerie, Colorado

  17. i was planning on throwing a halloween party last year but didnt have enough cool ideas like these and now i am so going to throw one this year. thank you so much!!!

  18. This is amazing! Halloween is my favorite holiday. Thank you so much for posting these!!!!!

  19. I love this website it has given me ideas for so many parties to come, I have a 4 year old so many halloweens to come plus I am sure I can find excuses to make them anytime. WOW So amazing!

  20. thats so awesome my birthday is near halloween and I always celebrate it on the 31st my friends are gonaa enjoy it a lot!!! thanks love the ideas

  21. Great site. Thanks for all the recipes. A lot of ideas for Halloween. My grand kids will love cool snacks ideas. Thanks.