Halloween Appetizers & Snacks

We love filling the buffet table with everything from devilish eggs to guaca-”moldy”. Just because these Halloween appetizers—horror d'oeuvres, if you will—are scary and spine-tingling doesn't mean they won't taste good. Taking an extra minute to arrange these appetizers and snacks to tell a creepy story or create a laugh-out-loud scene out of your Halloween party food.

Staff Picks

Candy Apples

Rating: 3.61 stars
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Candy apples are a classic fall dessert that family and friends are sure to love. Use your apple-picking haul to make the ultimate Halloween treat, complete with a sticky-sweet caramel coating.

Chocolate-Candy Icebox Bars

Rating: 2.83 stars
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Who doesn't buy extra Halloween candy? This year, use some in these festive icebox bars and throw a party.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars
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This recipe is the gold standard when it comes to classic cupcakes. We frosted these with Easy White Icing, but you could use our Chocolate Glaze for an even richer dessert.

Smoky Black-Bean Salsa

Just the thing for easy Halloween entertaining! A touch of chiles in adobo adds intrigue to this simple salsa that starts with a can of beans.

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Rating: 3.65 stars
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Pumpkin's not just for pies. Mix up these cupcakes with canned pumpkin and lots of spice, then top them with tangy cream cheese frosting and the cutest mini marzipan pumpkins.

Popcorn Balls

Rating: 3.15 stars
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No tricks, only treats here! This classic kid-friendly snack is made with just four ingredients—popcorn, melted buttered, marshmallows, and light brown sugar. Feel free to mix in additional sweet ingredients such as dried fruit, toffee bits, or chopped chocolate to these popcorn balls.

Bacon-Wrapped Prunes

Rating: 3.09 stars
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Also known as Devils on Horseback, these sinful bacon-wrapped bites are perfect for a Halloween party hors d'oeuvre. With just two ingredients and about five minutes of prep work, they couldn't be easier to prepare either. They're best served warm, so pop them in the oven right before your guests arrive.

Cherry Sheet Cake

Rating: 3.46 stars
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We used frozen cherries to make a fruit-studded cake that's sweet as can be. Serve it on its own as an afternoon snack or with whipped cream for dessert.

Glazed Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.7 stars
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This is an elegant and rich-tasting cake, but it is actually simple to prepare. Delicate curls of semisweet chocolate dress up the whipped cream for the ultimate garnish.

Popcorn on the Cob

Celebrate harvest season with "ears" of candied popcorn, reminiscent of Indian corn. Unbleached parchment paper from your pantry is all you need for the pretty presentation.

Apple-Walnut Bundt Cake

Rating: 3.93 stars
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There is fall flavor in every bite of this seasonal bundt. An apple-cider glaze and caramelized apples in the batter set this spice cake apart.

Crudites with Miso-Yogurt Dip

Use vegetables that have crossed over to the dark side, from purple carrots and potatoes to red cabbage and black radishes, to make this creepy crudité platter for Halloween.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our Favorite Halloween Recipes

These Halloween appetizers, snacks, cocktails, and main courses may not be the spookiest out there—but they'll definitely satisfy hungry party guests. Serve festively scary foods that aren't cheesy but are delicious thanks to our selection of Halloween recipes.

Angel Food Cake

Rating: 3.4 stars
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The secret behind this classic, light-as-air cake is one dozen egg whites. Place the finished cake in a bed of white cotton candy for an angelic presentation. Serve slices of the confection with fluffy dollops of whipped cream and glasses of Champagne for a dessert that's truly heavenly.